How many times do we see and hear in television commercials for prescription drugs say, “May cause side effects?” If you pay attention, you will find that, for some of these drugs, the side effects are worse than the disease, itself!
My all-time favorites, “If thoughts of suicide occur, call 911 and contact your physician,” and “Seizures and, possibly, death may occur.”
Are you kidding me?
My former physical trainer once told me that every cure for every disease is found in nature. In fact, Hippocrates, the “father” of medicine once stated, “Let thy food be thy medicine.” Certainly, what you eat has a definite impact on your overall health. And the better you eat, the less likely you’ll have to rely on prescription drugs to remain alive.
More important, though, is that which you feed your soul and spirit. More on that in a minute…
One thing you need to know, dear reader, is that the Greek word for witchcraft or sorcery is pharmakeia:
Strong’s G5331 – pharmakeia
1) the use or the administering of drugs
3) sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it
4) metaph. the deceptions and seductions of idolatry
It is also the Greek root for pharmaceutical.
Do you catch that? What enters your mouth may enter your mind because the wizardry behind it may be spiritual!
Don’t laugh. A lot of what is known about pharmaceutical science was gleaned from experiments performed by Nazi scientists during World War II. It is well known and documented that the Nazis were enamored with the occult. So the “breakthrough drug” you’re depending on to survive may have dark spiritual origins.
Lest the anti-conspiracy crowd comes at me with torches and pitchforks, let me offer the following disclaimer – I’m not saying that these things do or do not happen; I’m merely giving you information to consider.
Dovetailing back to my original premise, what are you feeding your spirit and soul – as well as your body?
If you answered, the Word of God, give yourself a gold star! You have, at the very least, a good spiritual dietary foundation. However, we are instructed to rightly divide the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).
What does that mean, exactly? Well, one of my mentors, a stately old Preacher from Texas told me that if you give an average man a side of beef and a knife, you’re likely to get a few ugly cuts and a lot of ground beef. But give that same side of beef to a skilled butcher and you will get a variety of choice cuts with just a little hamburger in between.
See the difference? The Word of God will profit you little if you do not have someone to at least get you started in the right line of study. We are called to study to show ourselves approved unto God, Saints! We must be like the Bereans (Acts 17:11) and search the Scriptures DAILY to see if what we hear is true! And that isn’t just for the Five-Fold minister, that’s for every Kingdom Citizen!
Too many folks are feeding on the Word of God improperly divided! As a result, folks who are Saints by the New Covenant – the shed blood of Jesus – are fed a lethal mixture of law and grace that emasculates them spiritually. The Apostle Paul warned against this in his epistle to the church at Galatia – you can find this specifically in Galatians chapters 3 and 4.
Why does this happen? Glad you asked. Like the pharmaceutical and hospital industries, there is more money in maintenance than in the cure! It is far more profitable to produce a cadre of codependent saints, completely dependent upon a man or woman of God and a physical building. The ministry gifts illustrated in Ephesians 4:11-16 are to do the following:
- Equip the saints for the work of the ministry
- Edify the Body of Christ
- Bring about unity in the faith
- Illuminate the knowledge of the Son of God
- Mature into the stature of the fullness of Christ
The problem with that is when some Saints mature, they have to move on. Just like when a baby comes to term, the baby must be birthed, lest the child and mother become mutual threats to one another. Similarly, when a mature Saint is denied the ability to be birthed into ministry, the Saint and the local church become a threat to one another.
Unfortunately, many churches intentionally hobble Saints to keep them in the house. It is more profitable to fill pews than to send Saints. Moreover, sending out saints neither edifies the 4-walled institution nor glorifies the man or woman who heads it.
The Church is supposed to be the Kingdom dispensary for the cure (Jesus) for all societal ills, not a maintenance drug to help people merely cope!
Now, some would argue this would be resolved with revival. I disagree. Neither revival nor rehabilitation will do – this is the time for revolution. Please understand, I’m not speaking of rebellion, rather, I’m speaking of the same kind of revolution that Jesus brought to the religious order of His day. I’m speaking of the same revolution that the Apostle Paul took throughout Europe and Asia – that brought about the implosion of the Roman Empire.
You cannot rehabilitate a condemned house.
The Bible teaches us that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the Mouth of God. That Word is Jesus. And when we are fed this bread without compromise, we taste and see that He is good! Our spirit is then renewed and our souls are refreshed.
© 2013 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)