Yep – I am still sick. But I have had several good days of vegging out, praying and relaxing (in between coughing spells). Of course, God has again showed me a spiritual connection.
Not to get too gross, but when a virus invades our bodies, our white blood cells rush to to rescue, try to smother it and then tells our body to expel it in a cough or a sneeze. If it is a stubborn virus, all of this action inside of us may cause a fever. We do nothing to cause all of this to happen. Our bodies automatically are designed to fight off infections. However, it is good to push fluids to help the process along, and try to eat the right foods, take Vitamin C, etc right?
When sin enters our life, it is like a virus. But, once we have been baptised in Christ and receive the Holy Spirit as our guide, He will act on our behalf to surround that sin and expel it. Somehow, we just do not feel quite right having that sin in our lives. If it hangs around, we may develop symptoms – anxiety, hurts, anger, feeling out of sorts and irritable.
God, in His wisdom will rally the forces to conquer that sin. The blood of Christ will cover it. The Holy Spirit will find ways to expel it.
But we must do our part. We must keep digesting the right things in our minds – like Scripture, devotionals and faith-based reading to give us strength. We must flush out the sin’s grip with the Living Water of Christ, and take in prayer as a tool to aid in the combat, just as vitamins aid our body. And most of all, we need to rest in the mercy of our Lord and rely on Him to take over the battle instead of relying on our own strength. If we do not, we will prolong the process and stay sicker, longer.
Centuries ago, when someone sneezed it might be the beginning of a horrible plague or flu. People said, “bless you” in a prayer that they would not get so sick they would die. Today, we still say it as a response, but more as a courtesy than a prayer. But, the next time I sneeze and someone says, “Bless you!”, it will now have a deeper meaning. That sneeze is a sign my body is working to rid me of something I should not have. It will remind me my Lord is always at work in me doing the same for my soul.