“And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God’s Who also that made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit; for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” 2 Corinthians 3:4-6
Today’s Christian daily devotional
“I know what I need. I’ve got some viral infection and I need an antibiotic.” Stephania was in a hurry to get out of the doctor’s office and on with her busy day. She hadn’t cleared time in her schedule to ‘get sick’. With three young children and a part time job, she couldn’t really afford it.
“Well, I understand that you may think you know what you need, but remember…I’m the doctor. I don’t want to overtax your system with antibiotics that you may not need. This could create some severe repercussions for your health down the road.” Dr. Berg’s glasses slipped down his nose as he carefully scanned through Stephania’s charts.
“Two months ago I prescribed a Z Pac for you. I’m going to write you up for something that I think will be better.” Dr. Berg typed out a new prescription while Stephania slumped in the office chair.
She was impatient to get better. That Z pac had worked for her in the past. Could she really trust that the new prescription would do the same?
Many people who want to get spiritually healthy mimic this same behavior when it comes to getting help from God. They hop from church to church in search of something that will make them ‘feel good’ for the moment. But in the end doing this will only supply a temporary Band-Aid. It will only cover wounds that haven’t been properly healed yet.
As 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 implies, we mustn’t trust our own fleshly instincts. If we do what comes natural to us, we could quite possibly be preventing our own healing.
This is because most humans want to stop any pain or discomfort as quickly as possible. Many do not take into account if doing this is profitable for them in the long term.
God has your long-term interests in mind. He blesses those who are willing to go through all the lengths that are necessary for complete and total healing.
My personal opinion of why so many children of God are sick and suffering is that so many have lost their stamina in pressing in with God. Healing may be just around the corner and they have decided to give up their hope and faith. God wants to heal you on the deepest levels; He isn’t interested in simply masking your pain.
True and deep healing sometimes takes time. There may be sermons that you may have to sit through, and scripture you must break down and interpret that cause much discomfort. But in the end the conviction that moves you to change might be the catalyst you need.
If you aren’t seeing any answers to your prayers, I challenge you to ask the Lord if there is anything He has told you that you haven’t obeyed Him on.
Just remember—God is wiser than any doctor. You weren’t designed to heal your spiritual self. You were designed to be dependent on Him for all of your needs.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I want to be perfect—now! I realize that my impatience might be the reason why I have so many issues. I have not done what was necessary for me to be completely set free.
Lord, give me the tenacity to keep holding on to my hope and faith when everything in the world seems to be challenging me to just let go and forget the whole thing.
I want to be so much more than I am today. If there is something you have been telling me that I have been ignoring, show me how you want me to change, Lord. I give you permission to keep showing and telling me until that change happens.
Give me a heart to purge whatever it is out of my life so I can move forward. I don’t want to hold myself back anymore.
In Jesus’ precious name, Jehovah-Rappha heal me in those places I haven’t been brave enough to face or uncover. It is time to ‘go there’ so you can take me to wherever I need to be. I’m ready. Amen.”
Thank you for reading today’s Christian daily devotional on verses: 2 Corinthians 3:4-6
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan