Learning how to care for our temple requires discernment. Satan tries to pervert all of God’s ways and the area of health is no different.

Jeremiah 46:11b in vain shalt thou use many medicines; for thou shalt not be cured.

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

James 5:14-16 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

*Remember this is meant to guide YOU as you study the Word….so use it as a springboard and study more….and don’t forget to journal what you find!

Where do we turn when we are sick?

Ezekiel 47:12 And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.

Has God provided medicine?

A concern that I hear frequently from Christians seeking a biblical pursuit of health is how to avoid those things that are linked to the occult. Let’s begin by studying Deuteronomy 18 and notice the abominations God warned the Israelites to avoid in the Promised Land. In order to fully understand I underlined several words in the verses and defined them along with any other pertinent words from the definitions to help clarify. Write your conclusions at the end.

 

Deuteronomy 18:9-12 

When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.

There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,

Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

DIVINATION, n. [L., to foretell. See Divine.]

  1. The act of divining; a foretelling future events, or discovering things secret or obscure, by the aid of superior beings, or by other than human means. The ancient heathen philosophers divided divination into two kinds, natural and artificial. Natural divination was supposed to be effected by a kind of inspiration or divine afflatus; artificial divination was effected by certain rites, experiments or observations, as by sacrifices, cakes, flour, wine, observation of entrails, flight of birds, lots, verses, omens, position of the stars, &c.
  2. Conjectural presage; prediction.

ENCH`ANTER, n. One who enchants; a sorcerer or magician; one who has spirits or demons at his command; one who practices enchantment, or pretends to perform surprising things by the agency of demons.

ENCH`ANT, v.t. [L. incanto; in and canto, to sing. See Chant and Cant.]

  1. To practice sorcery or witchcraft on anything; to give efficacy to anything by songs of sorcery, or fascination.
  2. To subdue by charms or spells.

SOR’CERY, n. Magic; enchantment; witchcraft; divination by the assistance of evil spirits, or the power of commanding evil spirits. Adder’s wisdom I have learn’d to fence my ears against the sorceries.

WITCHCRAFT, [witch and craft.]

  1. The practices of witches; sorcery; enchantments; intercourse with the devil.
  2. Power more than natural.

He hath a witchcraft over the king ins tongue.

SPELL, n. [The verb primarily signifies to throw or drive, and is probably formed on the root of L. pello. In some of the application of spell, we observe the sense of turn. We observe the same in throw, warp, cant, &c.]

  1. A charm consisting of some words of occult power. Start not; her actions shall be holy; you hear my speel is lawful. Begin, begin; the mystic spell prepare.

WITCH, n.

  1. A woman who by compact with the devil, practices sorcery or enchantment.
  2. A woman who is given to unlawful arts.

CHARMER, n.

  1. One that charms, or has power to charm; one that uses or has the power of enchantment. Deu 18:11.

CHARM, v.t.

  1. To subdue or control by incantation or secret influence.

I will send serpents among you – which will not be charmed. Jer 8.

  1. To subdue by secret power, especially by that which pleases and delights the mind; to allay, or appease.

Music the fiercest grief can charm.

  1. To make powerful by charms.
  2. To summon by incantation.
  3. To temper agreeably.

INCANTA’TION, n. [L. incantatio, incanto; in and canto, to sing.]

The act of enchanting; enchantment; the act of using certain formulas of words and ceremonies, for the purpose of raising spirits.

WIZARD, n. [from wise.] A conjurer; an enchanter; a sorcerer. Lev 20.

CONJURER, n. One who practices conjuration; one who pretends to the secret art of performing things supernatural or extraordinary, by the aid of superior powers; an impostor who pretends, by unknown means, to discover stolen goods, &c. Hence ironically, a man of shrewd conjecture; a man of sagacity.

NECROMANCER, n. [See Necromancy.] One who pretends to foretell future events by holding converse with departed spirits; a conjurer.

List the Abominations, as defined,  from Deuteronomy

These are the things that we need to avoid. We also would want to avoid any practitioner that uses any of these methods to bring about healing. By practitioner, I mean a medical doctor, nurse, naturopath, chiropractor, or anyone else you would consult to improve or repair your health.

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

Could keeping your temple healthy allow you to better run the race God has for you?

What about the things not on this list? How do you discern what is profitable for you?

I would like to give you ten questions that Dr. John MacArthur gave in a sermon titled, “Making Hard Decisions Easy” . I recommend you find it online and listen to the sermon in its entirety. It is about decision making in general, but I believe the principles are beneficial when making health choices as well.

 

  1. Will it be spiritually profitable?
    1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
  2. Will it build me up?
    1 Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.2 Corinthians 12:19 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but [we do] all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.
  3. Will it slow me down in the race?
    Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
  4. Will it bring me into bondage?
    1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
  5. Will it hypocritically cover my sin?
    Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
  6. Will it violate the Lordship of Christ in my life? (Will it violate your conscience?)
    Romans 14:2-3 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
  1. Will it help other Christians by its example?
    Romans 14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in [his] brother’s way.1 Corinthians 8:9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
  2. Will it lead others to Christ?
    1 Corinthians 10:33 Even as I please all [men] in all [things], not seeking mine own profit, but the [profit] of many, that they may be saved.
  3. Will it be consistent with Christ’s likeness?
    1 John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
  4. Will it glorify God?
    1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

There’s a lot to chew on!

This might be one to print out, study and pray over! I think it will be good for me to go over it again and revisit it from time to time and make sure I’m following my own advice.

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