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Treasures in Earthen Vessels: Less some become boisterous

Updated on December 26, 2011
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Degrees: 1) Oakland U., 2) Michigan State U (College of Human Medicine), 3) George Washington U. (Medicine), Vanderbilt U. (Divinity School)

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Treasures in Earthern Vessels

It was in the Month of June, 2011, when I became ill from a gastrointestinal bleeding episode, of unknown etiology. I lost a third of my blood supply. I drove myself from Franklin, Tennessee to Nashville, Tennessee, approximately 21 miles, and doctors there admitted me to an Intensive Care Unit. The thousands of patients that I had care for in the past crossed my mind, as I rested there on the ICU, in the role of being the patient myself. For 20 years I had practiced the saying, "Physician heal Thyself." But with this medical problem, or was it to become a surgical problem, I was helpless. I could not heal myself of this one.

That's when the scripture as written in 2 Corinthians, the 4th chapter, the 7th verse, crossed my mind, "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us."

For the first time, I understood what the Apostle Paul was saying in this verse from the second epistle. I have had a full measure of health, for so long that I was beginng to think that I would never get sick. I was above illness. I was a great physician. Look at what I have done and look at what I can do. I have found diseases in people, cancer even, and have done my share of healing many, many people of these illnesses. Look at how great I am. But as I lie on the bed bleeding to death, I realize, the power to heal is of God and not of me. All these years, I have been, at best, only an instrument of Living God and not God myself. My body, the earthen vessel, is not the treasure. God has place the treasure in the earthen vessel to help me maintain a sense of humility. Why, I would forget that I was not God if it had been any other way.

This is going to be a short hub. I hope that you have gotten the message that I am trying to convey in this short discourse. The fact that we are feeble in body is a good thing because helps us to be humble. Pride is a dangerous thing, especially for those of us who have power to heal. Healing comes from God. Let's not forget it. If you are not religious and you are reading this discourse, think of Nature. God is all caught up into Nature, somehow, in a matter that is beyond the scope of this short hub to explain. Believe me. I am a Nature farmer, in addition to being a healer. I learned the concepts of Nature farming while living at the base of Mount Fuji in Gotemba, Japan. One can sense God in Nature, even in Japan, a place where only 1% of the population is Christian.

And earthern vessel can break or crack. I can last for a long time, but it want last forever. It will lose its beauty after a time. It is made of the clays of the earth. "From the earth it came and back to the earth it shall return. That's the way it is. This is a good thing. So be it.

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      Dr. Haddox 

      6 years ago

      To: oscarwms. You are very welcomed to use my work, to share in you church newsletter, any of my works. Merry Christmas to you, and Happy New Year. Dr. Haddox

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      Dr. Oscar A. Williams, Jr. 

      6 years ago from PA

      Oh, one more thing Dr.Haddox, I would like your permission to share this in my church newsletter. I think my chuch would be glad to read this. I will not change one word of it or fail to give you credit for it.

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      Dr. Oscar A. Williams, Jr. 

      6 years ago from PA

      That is what I call a great hub, but sad to say many people don't want this kind of teaching which is badly needed in our churches today. I fight against sensationalism and turning the church into an entertainment center by preaching the word of God as you present it hear. Extrodinary testimony. God bless you this Christmas season.

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