I've been sharing quite transparently some recent exchanges between the Lord, Father, and myself concerning me not disciplining to take a full day off each week and the resultant condition of vertigo that happens when I become very tired.
Last week: Paul said in I Corinthians 6:18 (in modern terms) that sins against the body are manifest in the body.
We know this instinctively, but it will help us distinguish between how we seek our healing in terms of what we are to do in the natural, and what we may expect God to do in the supernatural.
Because our bodies are of the earth and will return to the materials used to make the earth until we get bodies made of heavenly material, it means ignorance doesn't excuse us from the consequences of things done in the body.
If you step off a ledge, you will fall to the earth. Ignorance does not free anyone from the consequences of the laws of action and reaction the physical universe is constructed with, and in which we now live. We live on earth, so things of earth are our responsibility.
And that's the difficult thing for Christians
There is a sub-culture of error among many Christians in which they believe that God will make up the differences for their ignorance or disobedience in the natural, or the ignoring of common sense in life and/or business. That is incorrect. Before I return to healing I can explain the principle by using other examples.
He isn't your silent partner making up for you not doing what is right; Meaning you still have to do what is right and proper with due diligence because He won't excuse laziness or dishonesty or failing to do what you know to do in the natural. Natural things are here on the earth and therefore our responsibility. IF after we do what is right and proper, moral and just in the natural, THEN God enters because that flow of righteousness allows Him to flow to us.
Examples of doing right in Jesus' life
Look at Jesus when He fed 5,000 and at another time 4,000 men, plus women and children. What did He do that was right in the natural? He first organized them according to Mark 6:40 into groups of 50's and 100's. That means those maybe 20,000 people were first made to sit down in about 200-400 groups of 50 and 100 each. Walk it through your mind - think it through - imagine the disciples being made by Jesus to take the time to organize that many people FIRST, before the miracle came. But they did, THEN the miracle came.
He didn't just pour out blessing so it would be all unorganized - was the world created so that you see nothing but disorder in nature? Of course not. So why do people think they can ignore doing right in the natural and God will bless? Error. It applies to life, to body, to health, to business, to money, to relationships - everything.
We also know the infrastructure Jesus set up before the miracle went from before He started by organizing the groups, until after He finished because they counted up the baskets of left overs - 5 in one case and 7 in the other. (Matthew 16:8-10)
God promises not to give us more than we can handle - I Corinthians 10:13. That means not only will He limit the attacks of the enemy and make a way of escape, but it also applies to blessings. He won't give you more than you can handle. So if you aren't handling your money righteously now, He cannot bless you with more. The Father could multiply food for Jesus' life that blessed others because (in part) Jesus could organize the people to handle that huge of a blessing - the Father would not give His Son more than He could handle, and aren't we glad Jesus could handle it!
The same applies to our subject of health - are you handling the food you have properly? Why would He bless you with more activity, more business, more things to do if physically we aren't handling what we now have? More later...but first to drive the point home some more...
Think of the water into wine miracle
John 2: 5-6 tells us His mother told Him to do what was right. The very next thing is it says Jesus (looked around) and saw 6 stone water pots that could carry "2 or 3 firkins each". A firkin varied in volume but 1 firkin was roughly 8 gallons (30 liters). So Jesus used 6 stone water pots each filled with 16-24 gallons (60-90 liters), into wine.
But notice - He saw the water pots, clearly looking for something to organize the blessing, adapted their use to His purpose, had them fill the pots with water to the brim, then the miracle happened. He won't do miracles if you don't do what is right in the natural. He can only give you what you can handle. Moses had to get Israel to the edge of the Sea before it parted. So organize your heart first, then your life to contain blessings.
That is the same for healing - what we eat, what we do, the stress we carry. We want God to pour out more of Himself into our lives, but we aren't being good stewards of what we have now, so His hands are tied.
Decades ago in what seems like a galaxy far, far, away, I owned 2 pizza delivery stores. Our profit after all expenses averaged 20%. That means for every $10 of pizza sold, the company was able to bank $2. It was what we call the 'net' profit - the profit after all other expenses were taken out. That $2 was to be set aside for future expansion, part of it used for bonuses for managers, and so forth.
All the other expenses came out of the remaining $8. My salary, the pay for our 65 employees, the purchase of food product, the paying of rent, payroll and matching taxes and such - all that came out of that $8 for every $10 sold. It would have been unrighteousness of me in the natural to take $10 from a purchase and give that $10 it to a relative or my wife or kids or use it to buy something for myself. Of that $10, $8 was to be put back into the people, product, and overhead expenses.
Yet time and again I've seen people take cash from sales and not have the discipline to set their $8 aside for the business - and then they want God and/or others to rescue them. WRONG. He will let them fail because money is on the earth and therefore our responsibility to do what is right. We can't do wrong and then say God please overlook it and make up for my disobedience. Spiritually speaking, He will love you and cover your sin. Naturally speaking, it is up to you to do right.
Money is of the earth and therefore our responsibility, not God's. He will let them go bankrupt for they violated righteousness. Sins of the earth, stay in the earth, if I could say it this way. They sinned against the body of their business, so the sins are manifest in the business. If we sin against our bodies, the sin is manifest in the body.
Examples in the NT next week of balancing miracle healings with doing what is right in the natural. Until then, blessings,
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