Philippians 4:18-19 “But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
God will supply any need we have… including our need to be healthy and well. Isn’t that part of abounding and being full? He has an endless supply of whatever we need. So if we need healing there is an endless supply.
Question: If this is so, (and the Word says it’s so) why are there Christians who are taken over by sickness and disease? If there is an endless supply from God then why can’t we be continually healed of all disease?
Could it have to do with disobedience to the Word of God? Can you expect to have friends and good relationships if you don’t practice the fruit of the spirit such as goodness, kindness, love, gentleness and self control? Most likely the answer is “No”. The same is true of our health. Can we dismiss the information that is given to us in the Word of God and expect to be free of disease? We may be able to be healed once because The Lord will show mercy toward us but can we expect to pray and continue to be healed over and over and over? Or are we expected to mature and learn to do our part in warding off disease? We have mercy with our children but then we expect them to learn and stop making the same mistakes over and over and over…
We have a lot of technology these days and it is too easy to rely of the natural instead of the spirit – the endless supply of medicines and doctors and bad advice from the media can lead us astray. It is contradictory and confusing and we can pick and choose the things we like to hear and just do that. Whether or not they actually are helpful is another story. Why do we need a pill for ever occasion? Why would you need to carry aspirin in your purse or car all the time? Do we need medicines to assure our well being? It is not necessary to have these “natural” crutches around us all the time.
Corrie Ten Boom once asked, “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” We could also ask, “Is choosing good foods your steering wheel or your spare tire? Are you going to eat well only after you have already been diagnosed with disease or are you going to choose well so you can steer your health to an optimal level and avoid a host of problems.
Acts 4:24 tells us that God made the whole earth and everything in it. Since that is so we know that he also created us and the best fuel supply we could ever imagine. Should we use the fuel packed in His foods to steer our health or will we only revert to His foods after we contract a disease? It would seem that obedience would be the prudent thing to do rather than rebel against the very foods that sustain us and feed our cells.
We pay too much attention to the junk food created by the world… food that is addictive and harmful while God is offering His health building food… food that will get us healthy and keep us healthy; food that will satisfy our hunger and give us plenty of nutrients. Why is this important? It’s important because our body needs to perform its millions of little jobs. These jobs must be perfectly orchestrated for everything in our cells and tissues to work correctly. God’s food will give us all the energy we need to perform all that is necessary to follow God’s will for our lives.
You can’t live half in the world and half in God. You also can’t eat half of God’s foods and half of the devil’s perverted foods or you will get little or no benefit. It is true that you have to begin somewhere and every little bit will get you closer to excellent health but to get the best and quickest results you must eat God’s foods and get the perverted foods out of your system.
God wants us well and has already provided everything we need for health and healing. It is up to us to put our faith in His Word and in His provision. We have a part to play.