- We tell ourselves that disease is just a part of the human condition -- that it's unavoidable.
- We tell ourselves that it's powerful - more powerful than our body's ability to resist it.
- We tell ourselves that we must go to great lengths to prevent disease, and then to treat disease, and yet we resign ourselves to suffering from disease.
But what about our bodies being fearfully and wonderfully made? What about our amazing immune system? What about how we have the Mind of Christ?
What if we need to shift from seeing our bodies as weak, and disease as strong -- to seeing our bodies as strong, and disease is fragile...?
All of creation, including the crowning pinnacle of creation - our bodies - declare the glory of God. Read Psalm 19:1-3:
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
3 There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.
And, Romans 2:20 -
20 For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity
And Job 12:7-10 -
7"But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
8"Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
9"Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
10In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
Could we not also say, "ask your body and it will tell you - it will teach you of God's glory. As your cells, ask your immune system, ask the endocrine system, ask the circulatory and nervous systems .. and they will define the nature of the infinite God to you."
It seems to me that we, as always, have a choice. We can continue to fear our bodies, to criticize and find fault with them ... we can continue to not trust them. If we make that choice, we are also saying that we do not trust the One who made our bodies.
Christ, Who is the visible expression of the invisible God -- is manifest in our bodies! The wisdom and Presence of God fills all that He has made - He permeates our bodies! God is not separate from that which He has created -- and this includes our bodies (Col 3:4).
Instead, we have chosen to listen to the wisdom of man, the traditions of man, resulting in our fear and ignorance ...
And yet -- we can escape from this collective consciousness of mankind..! More on that next...