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When God Heals Body and Soul, Part 2

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October 10, 2022 7:05 am

When God Heals Body and Soul, Part 2

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For generations mankind has struggled to understand the mysterious ways of God.

Especially when it comes to sickness and suffering were taught that God is the great physician and we boldly hold that conviction. So then how do we petition him for help and healing. Once the proper protocol today on Insight for living. Chuck Swindoll continues and she started on the previous program. James chapter 5 provides clear direction for anyone seeking relief from their hardships. Chuck titled today's message when God heals body and soul and we begin with. We have heard other and we count on it that you lead us your leaders as you please, not necessarily as we wish. Or, as we have planned you lead us unerringly into your will wait blunder along the way and make a mess of things that you very graciously pick us up.

Forgive us, brush us off and get us back on our way. It's all because of your grace, your grace, where would we be without that as you give to us what we do not deserve to never ever heard or repay you. Thank you father for your grace.

Thank you for the grace you have given to mothers, especially mothers, in this day where the pressure is on and there's a constant constant demand from all corners of our culture to be someone they're not enable these mothers who are with us today to simply be who they are by your grace and to remember that your using them as they influence their families and friends were grateful for each one.

No one is poor who has had a godly mother and we are rich by your grace, your amazing grace that enables us from what we have learned to return to you what is yours and rightfully so, we give with gratitude and generosity in the name of Jesus. The model of grace. We pray this.

Everyone's the Bible with Chuck Swindoll by going to/home and now the message from Chuck titled when God heals body and soul. So what does God say when you determined to think biblically, we will answer all the questions you have. We won't even answer most of them but maybe some of them will be answered from James 513 through 16. If you haven't already done so, please turn to that passage of Scripture and notice in a rather simple way.

There are three statements you can_that will at least begin to open up the passage for you.

All three questions.

But in verse 13. Are any of you suffering I have that marked in my Bible I come back to it.

A little later in the verse.

The second you may mark or any of you cheerful oriented you happy Mark that drop down to verse 14 and you will read or any of you sick. Obviously that Be the same as suffering or it would be redundant track with me as we think theologically think biblically when we are suffering. Verse 13 begins the word is critical path that old long Greek word that translates into English suffering. It's a broad word, it means some type of misfortune. Stay with me normally is not used of a physical illness but his use of emotional or mental or spiritual struggles. It is a reference to enter turmoil would include discouragement, doubt, anxiety that lingers even included financial hardship.

Worrying over a lawsuit that you're involved in.

It could include a relational conflict with someone you love or someone you've met you. Maybe were once close, you're not now, and the breakdown has you suffering trouble agitated if the picture of an inter-struggle your enduring a troublesome situation so what you do look at the verse. If you want to think biblically you will let the Scriptures speak and you will not read into them. You will let them speak to you. Let's see what the Scriptures answer is our interview suffering. You should pray. End of sentence.

Now that's a is a profound answer because prayer woven through the fabric of Scripture is his magnificent subject magnificent II could in its broadest sense, assume that would include praying for endurance praying for insight praying for God to reveal how I might build a bridge back to one that I was close to but is not broken down how I might deal with this financial issue. I'm wrestling with. I might pray for encouragement. Recovery from this this dark doubt and anxiety that won't leave maybe even borderline depression.

So I pray when I'm going through times like this to be biblical. I'm to pray and not to take it seriously. This is not a plaything isn't a cliché. You should pray that prayer on your heart on your lips in your mind regularly bombard the throne with your prayer, bring it up often this therapy and releasing the anxiety through prayer and I don't know how that works. I just know that it does is wisdom in the answer. Time doesn't allow us to amplify further but you get the picture. If you are troubled answer is to pray and that isn't that casting off of the concern.

There's a deep compassion in the answer.

Pray the question is are you have you will you continue to that's the biblical answer and there are others as well, but for here that the answer is the second member cheerful, it gets even more simple doesn't it.

When were cheerful list of the opposite of the affliction I just described this as one who is not anxious, not suffering some kind of hardship or trial or affliction but going through some lengthy endurance of a trial. This is a person who is who is on top of it. We say so what you do. The Greek word is stiletto starts with a P starts with an and includes an SPS a LE TPO stiletto.

It means to play on the stringed instrument will obviously not everyone plays the stringed instrument so the phone is really in a broader sense, it's a picture of being filled with praises the kind of praise that comes over you when you hear magnificent music, the kind of joy that accompanies being around one who plays beautifully on an instrument or something within us that is exuberantly excited when we are cheerful and James says let it out. Let it out.

Even though the world is crying and in great need.

You may be having a fabulous day. Let it out, let there be prey's B Psalms, let there be seen how the third category is much more complicated. That's why he spends longer developing it. Look for yourself or any of you sick sick off the net OASTHE and O us the Navajo interesting word. It means to be weak without strength incapacitated could even include bedridden, it doesn't often refer to physical illness as much as a weariness, a fatigue that leads to such there are other words that go deeper into physical illness. But this is a serious illness of some kind. It may be physical, but whatever you we have the words I just can't go on. I just recent and this is it. That's the picture. That's how serious it is. So you're that sick what you do.

What do you do if you're going to think biblically. Let's let the Bible give us instruction on what to do will make this justice clear as we can. First, the sick person takes the initiative notice.

You should call for the elders of the church which you take the initiative. Often, the elders, I can tell you from experience or the last to hear that you've gotten sick or that you're very sick sometime. We don't hear until your near death, not the picture here is that you come as soon as you realize you can't move about. You can't keep working Richard trench in his synonyms of the New Testament says that the word is used in medical treatises for sicknesses.

Now we've got a sickness that we call for the elders and what do they do well. They have a responsibility and by the way, let me add this in ancient days there were not docs in the box on every other corner there were not specialists in every field of the anatomy. There were not that many medical physicians available in the first century. Certainly among the persecuted believers who were the recipients of James letter elders often served in the role of spiritual leaders and if you will, medical practitioner, I pause as you picture that in your mind, not so much nowadays but in those days they would be like a practitioner that would help you with your sickness and so, not surprisingly, they would come with that which would help you with your illness.

Namely, oil you city call for the elders, they will pray over you, anointing you with oil look closely, anointing you immediately think of David, who was found by Samuel Nolan. Jesse's youngest son and he anointed him with oil and the oil ran down is headed. There was a religious significance to it. There was a symbolism about it. As this oil was poured over the head of this young man that is the word Creole CHR I always get the word Christ from it, the anointed one, but that's not the word used here for anointing. This is the word a life of ally photos a sound at all like real and it is meant to because this word means to rub to apply and sometimes to poor into a wound. You member in Luke 1034 the good Samaritan came upon the man who had been mugged and he was beaten the almost the end of his life and no one would stop to help them until the Samaritan tape and what do verse 34 says he poured in or he massaged in or he robbed in same word a life oh he rubbed in the oil. It was the ancient antibiotic if you will. It was the ancient medicine used for wounds and some time for illnesses.

I'll pull the veil back and tell you my wife is suffered greatly. Great pain as a result of back surgery and then later even neck surgery. I said since then as a one who has cared for her through those months of healing is still going on in some ways there's some surgeries are not for sissies. As painful surgery recovery is lengthy and painful.

She's found help with oils that you will often in the morning, rub right on the spot right there I there and has several oils that she will use. It's an ancient method and it's remarkable how often that will help take the pain away visiting the magic isn't miraculous is no hocus-pocus in this incident is medicine. So let me apply when the elders, good question is have you been seen by a physician has the specialist clung to assist you or you gone to one. In that sense your making sure about the oil you carry little flask and drop a few drops on. That's not it. That's that's a ceremonial Creole anointing.

This is rubbing massaging applying so have you sought medical help. In fact, the syntax in the Greek sentence is very revealing. Literally it reads that the elders come and pray over you having anointed you are rubbed in the oil so the rubbing of the oil precedes the praying not. I do think biblically, which we want to do. First comes good medical treatment reliable carefully thought through. As you are able to get that help make sure that you have done that and now were going to pray and please observe that the results are left with the Lord.

Note that no elder has a has a magical gift. No elder is a faith healer.

The elders there to pray and in this case to help provide the medication, the applying of the oils not look closely, not just prayer, but praying over you applying the oil in the name of the Lord.

That is a just a fill-in that's not a cliché when you think biblically you understand this includes his will or God I care about this individual we care as a bodybuilders we were at a loss to know what your plan is. But obviously there's a severe sickness here and and and the seriousness of it forces us to turn to you because we are where helpless good medication is been provided good medical help and there's not been recovery were going to trust you because you bought your will be done are elders did that recently and the individual we prayed for died later. It was not the father's will to heal that individual. The elders were not out of line. They could not have been more sincere And more than once read recently. Sometime the Lord raises them up and in this case, James says there's the Lord will raise you up, look at this. The restoration of the one who was sick. The healing provided by the Lord and now he adds another dimension. If you have committed any sin's that that's that's a new dimension but you're not surprised because we laid a foundation, remember in the third turn to your outline, you will see it. The third foundational fact sometimes is a direct relationship between personal sins and sickness, not openings.

Sometimes symptoms so this James point. If the signals say there is then is as if there is see it.

If you have committed any sins you will be forgiven and the implication is revealed because the connection. In this case is a list has been a part of the of the condition of your life of the sickness. This is insight for living Chuck Swindoll is midway through a message titled, when God heals body and soul to learn more about this ministry, we invite you to visit us moment ago you heard Chuck refer to an outline so will remind you that insight for living provides searching the Scriptures study notes for every sermon Chuck presents thousands are taken advantage of this free study tool and you're invited to do the same by going to But that's not all, because were pleased to tell you that Chuck wrote a brand-new book that parallels this teaching series it to is called, clinging to hope in this latest book from Chuck. He answers relevant questions like why is there so much suffering in our world.

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