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True Remedies 8: Trust in Divine Power
Health and the Cosmic Conflict
There really is no dichotomy, no separation, of the realm of the spiritual and the physical. The drama of the ages between good and evil is a real cosmic conflict between Christ and Satan. Since the fall of our first parents in Eden we have become psychologically distorted, physically diseased, and spiritually evil; reaping the results of sin. Sin leads to disease, disorder, and death.
Take some time today to reflect that the Lord God has been working through several agencies to offer humanity the opportunity to restore the image of God in man; that righteous, loving, perfect, holy, and godlike character which we received in the beginning from the hands of the Creator.
How to Cooperate With the Cosmic Solution
The atonement of the Messiah the crucified Lamb of God is the axis of this purgation/restoration. However as we walk in obedience to God salvation plan He has also ordained natural health laws including proper diet and exercise. As we tap into the divine power of God we come face to face with nature’s true remedies. And to trust in God’s loving healing will for the human race is a marvelous true remedy.
If we bought a Ford and needed help with repair and maintenance then the Ford dealer ought to be first choice; same for Honda, Toyota, or Nissan. So why not trust the divine power of our Creator in order to enjoy life at its best.
I am not advocating a shopping list religion. No! Never!
I propose that we walk with the Lord in the light of His word; in obedience to natural and moral laws.
Prayer for the Sick
The author of the epistle of James exhorts believers to call the elders pray over the sick, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
And a gifted modern prophetess, EG White, writes that prayer for the sick should be offered with calm faith:
"I was shown that in case of sickness, where the way is clear for the offering up of prayer for the sick, the case should be committed to the Lord in calm faith, not with a storm of excitement. He alone is acquainted with the past life of the individual and knows what his future will be. He who is acquainted with the hearts of all men knows whether the person, if raised up, would glorify His name or dishonor Him by backsliding and apostasy. All that we are required to do is to ask God to raise the sick up if in accordance with His will, believing that He hears the reasons which we present and the fervent prayers offered. If the Lord sees it will best honor Him, He will answer our prayers. But to urge recovery without submission to His will is not right." (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 2, 147, 148.)
Teach the Sick to Believe in the Great Healer
I belong to a community of faith which embraces the medical ministry approach to healing. In this series I am exploring the use of the eight natural remedies that are found in the following:
"Pure air, sunlight, abstemiousness, rest, exercise, proper diet, the use of water, trust in divine power,--these are the true remedies." --"Ministry of Healing," p. 127.
To say natural is rather paradoxical since this eighth remedy is based on the natural trusting in the divine.
As we seek to live our lives according the other seven, we place our trust in God's love and goodness. The noted Christian writer shares some more insight on the role of prayer for healing as we trust in divine power:
"Christ is the same compassionate physician now that He was during His earthly ministry. In Him there is healing balm for every disease, restoring power for every infirmity. His disciples in this time are to pray for the sick as verily as the disciples of old prayed. And recoveries will follow; for “the prayer of faith shall save the sick.” We have the Holy Spirit’s power, the calm assurance of faith, that can claim God’s promises. The Lord’s promise, “They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:18), is just as trustworthy now as in the days of the apostles. It presents the privilege of God’s children, and our faith should lay hold of all that it embraces. Christ’s servants are the channel of His working, and through them He desires to exercise His healing power. It is our work to present the sick and suffering to God in the arms of our faith. We should teach them to believe in the Great Healer." (Ministry of Healing, 226.)