As human beings we are more than just the one dimension of our physical being. We all recognize our emotional and spiritual health impacts our physical health. The LORD creates as whole beings. Jesus reminds us that we are to love the LORD our God with our body, mind and spirit. (Mt 22:37)
Jesus Christ told us, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:14-17) “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” (Matt 4:23). He also conferred this healing power onto his disciples who he sent out and they “anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.” (Mark 6:13)
The Church is a Hospital for sinners “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10). We offer healing services offered no where else. Your church is a hospital to bring you God’s healing and promote your well-being. We offer therapies that are not offered anywhere else in our society.
A study from the University of Rochester showed that 85 percent of people who face a major illness turn to prayer … and it works. Studies have shown that prayer and meditation can bolster your immune system, meaning fewer days laid up in bed with the flu and more days out living your life. Daily spiritual exercises can bring long term benefits and wholeness to your body, mind and spirit.
As society we have not an honest discussion about all the damage the lockdowns are causing. We are not discussing the spikes in suicides, opioid deaths, and homicides. We are not talking about the sharp increases in substance abuse and domestic abuse of spouses or children. Polling has shown the effects of loneliness and depression upon the entire populace.
We all recognize depression is a common condition that can lead to self-harm and substance abuse. Spiritual fellowship, however, has been shown to help people who suffer from depression because it eliminates isolation, which is a major cause of many mood disorders.
Churches are needed during this time because people are so spiritually ill. This spiritual illness is affecting their physical health and immunity. The gathering of God’s people is a needed remedy, maybe not for everyone, but for many.
Remember the woman who was bleeding and had exhausted her life savings. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” (Matthew 9:21) In this time when we have exhausted so much of our emotional capital we need the spiritual replenishment that comes from the LORD and from the LORD alone.
The LORD promises to bind up your wounds; whether those wounds our physical, emotional or spiritual. So, come to the hospital where you can meet with the Great Physician. “I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 30:17)
May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened so that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints and his incomparably great power for us who believe. (Ephesians 1:18-19)
– Your servant in the Gospel, Pastor Douglas