Medicine to ALL Your Flesh
By Laurette Willis –
Do you want to find a life-giving medicine from which you can never overdose?
In Proverbs 4:20-22 we’re told that God’s words are that medicine. “My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.” Proverbs 4: 20-22
The word for health in Hebrew is marpê’, which literally means “medicine.” You can consider speaking the Word over your life as taking daily doses of God’s medicine. Since God’s words are life and health, the more you dwell on God’s words and thoughts, the healthier and stronger you’ll become spiritually, emotionally and physically. These are not magic formulas or vain repetition. You are agreeing with what God says about you instead of what the enemy is saying about you.
Speaking aloud God’s promises in the Bible, in faith, will super-charge your prayer life in wonderful ways, too. Don’t think you’re a good pray-er? Meditate on and speak the Word of God aloud in faith and you’ll find that your prayers for yourself and others are more powerful because they’ll be tied to the Word of God. Instead of offering up begging and pleading prayers, pray prayers filled with the promises of God—they’re full of faith!
Whenever I catch myself worrying or dwelling on negative thoughts, Scripture reminds me to “(cast) down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Like a big child, I will often reach up and act as if I could grab the thought with my hand and throw it to the ground, stepping on it! “Gotcha!” I say. “I cast down that vain imagination. I refuse to entertain those thoughts.”
Next step? I choose to fill my mind with God’s thoughts (His Word in the Bible) instead of negative thoughts. We do not have to be a slave to negative thoughts. I choose to say aloud one or several scriptures or scriptural affirmations (a verse from the Bible said in the first person so you can take it personally).
How powerful it is to affirm promises like these: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I am strong in the Lord and the power of His might. I’m more than a conqueror through Him who loves me!” (1)
We can choose to pray in line with the Word of God, think His thoughts (meditate on the Word) and boldly declare that no matter what the circumstances may say to the contrary, what God says is truth and the truth will stand.
(1)Based on Philippians 4:13; Ephesians 6:10; and Romans 8:37
Adapted from The Busy Woman’s Guide to Total Fitness by Laurette Willis (Harvest House Publishers)
Christian Fitness Expert Laurette Willis is the Director of PraiseMoves Fitness Ministry (http://praisemoves.com). See “PraiseMoves Kids” TV Show every Thursday @ 3:30 p.m. EST on TBN’s Smile of a Child Network and LIVE @ http://smileofachildtv.org. © 2010