As a Doctor, helping other people intimately through their spiritual and health journey has taught me A LOT. It is a responsibility and honor I take very seriously, and it has taught me great discipline in seeking the Lord for everything. There is so much information available to ALL of us that I’ve found most people are totally overwhelmed and confused. If I allow people to influence me more than God and His Word I will simply be one more MIS-leader putting out information that keeps people in bondage. Seeking the Lord first has changed my personal health, practice and ministry. I have learned how absolutely critical it is to take the time to seek God for how I should take care of MYSELF, for every decision I make, for any appointment I make for myself, before I look something up online, before I take any class or training, before I purchase anything, and before I commit to any “good opportunity” or partner with ANYONE on ANYTHING for ANY reason. I have learned that no matter how much sense something makes or how good something seems, it's not always GOD’S BEST...FOR ME. HE sees the beginning from the end. We can’t. Sometimes He will call us to change something, try something new, take something, do something, quit something, risk something...or do nothing. Sometimes it's simply an opportunity to practice "saying no" or "saying yes" without questioning God.
ALL of it will take faith. Our faith needs to be exercised to be strong. Sometimes all we need to do is spend time at the feet of Jesus, which takes a lot of faith when we are hurting and the fire is raging. We want to DO SOMETHING. We want to FEEL BETTER, but God’s Word reminds us in Isaiah 30:15 “In quietness and confidence shall be your strength”. Often times, LESS IS MORE. It is a radical act of faith and obedience to quiet our hearts and ask the Lord for what we need. In fact, when we train our faith, it MAY BE the only step we have to take, saving us years (if not a lifetime) of suffering, time, frustration and money. God’s Word is true and He cannot break His promises. Let me remind you of a few stories where FAITH ALONE HEALED GOD’S PEOPLE!
Mark 5:34 (Jesus said) "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over."
Matthew 9:22 "Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well." And the woman was healed at that moment.
Luke 8:48. "Daughter," he said to her, "your faith has made you well. Go in peace."
Luke 18:42 Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you."
Luke 17:19 And Jesus said to the man, "Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you."
Mark 10:52 And Jesus said to him, "Go, for your faith has healed you."
Luke 7:50 And Jesus told the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
Mark 3:10 For He (Jesus) had healed so many that all who had diseases were pressing forward to touch Him.
I now, more than ever, firmly believe that much of the information we have access to (as a patient or Doctor) is a huge distraction, the counterfeit, a cause for fear, a trap into the idolatry of more knowledge, and a trap to self-diagnose, keeping people in the viscous cycle of sickness and hopelessness, thinking they've read, tried and know everything. Sure, the internet can be used for good, but much of it is the work of the enemy. It’s subtle and it’s dangerous.
Don't take the bait. Go to the LORD FIRST before you do more research. 2 Cor 10:5 reminds us: "We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ." You can’t un-read or un-see something. Seeds are planted, many of which are sown in fear, pride, foolishness, worldly knowledge or selfish ambition. Satan LOVES that we are so connected yet so distracted, so deceived, so easily offended, so self-sufficient, and so obsessed with gaining “more knowledge,” that we don’t even think to invite the Lord into these areas of our life. People are so sick, so tired, so confused and so much of it is unnecessary. Only GODLY WISDOM leads to life abundant!
Jesus is the Great(est) Physician. We need to unplug and PRACTICE going to Him for everything. He knows what we really need. He knows whether the need is truly urgent or not. He has the resources you will need for however He leads. It may not make sense at first. You may feel like you don’t hear from God right now, but you never will if you don’t try. You have to take the 1st step. You have to spend time with Jesus to know His voice. He is faithful to speak and to deliver. I have YEARS of personal experience (and mistakes and wasted time and money) researching things to death and making health decisions in the flesh. It kept me sick and left me EXHAUSTED, even hopeless. But God used it to show me what NOT to do, worked it all together for good, for His glory and for the good of the Church, giving me a voice to help YOU quit wasting more time and resources. He’s given me a simple system in my own practice to help others get well...and THE FIRST THING WE DO IS PRAY TOGETHER! He has been so faithful to give me wisdom, revelation, prophecy or direction that I would NEVER have through more studying or training or letters behind my name. I’ve worked with hundreds of people who have wasted YEARS of their life trying to self-diagnose, researching things to death, and just “following the system”, making decisions in the flesh, running to various Doctors in the fear of infirmity and discomfort, desperate for immediate relief and answers, only to stay sick, tired, and hopeless, thinking that “nothing works”.
Let HIM direct your steps instead of your money, your insurance, “expert opinions”, or advice from friends. Get off the internet UNLESS Jesus specifically directs you somewhere. If HE leads you, He will clear the schedule, provide the money, give you the strength, cause you to persevere, whatever you need. GOD DOES NOT LEAVE US HANGING. He. defeated. death. friends! That same resurrection power lives in you! He wants to do far more than heal your physical infirmities. I am a personal testimony as well as a witness to many hundreds of people who God has used in their infirmities to build radical faith, strength, perseverance, character, peace, wisdom, joy and freedom. He cares even more about our hearts and our Spirit.
Proverbs 3: 5-6 TRUST in the LORD with ALL your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In ALL your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
Keep it simple sillies ;)