IS THERE NO BALM IN GILEAD? PART 2

ENGAGING VITAL COVENANT KEYS TO HEALTHY LIVING

The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me. Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered? Jer. 8 20-22

God is a God of healing, in Jeremiah 8:20-22; Jeremiah 46: 8-11; Jeremiah 33:6-8. There are some medicines that has no curative power in it, but you can’t go to Gilead and not receive the balm that brings healing. It is said that health is wealth; if you ignore your health you may end up spending all your wealth to regain your health. It is easier to maintain good health than to regain it. God desire and wishes that we have healthy living (3 Jhn. 1:2). However, there are things to do to convert His wish to His will. We are going to look at them extensively today.

WHAT IS THE BALM IN GILEAD?

  1. THE WORD OF GOD IS THE BALM IN GILEAD ( 8:22: / Psa. 107:20). The word of God is the balm and Jesus is the physician there (Matt. 9:12-13 / Lk. 5:17). There are specialists in the field of medicine and in the general field but in the house of God He is the generalist. He does not refer cases. He is specialist for the blind, the dump, and the lame, sick diseases. The generalist is Jesus and He will certify you whole today in the name of Jesus. As His word goes forth healing is continuously released.
  2. WHEN THE LIGHT OF THE WORD BREAKS FORTH, ONE’S HEALTH SPRINGS UP SPEEDILY ( 58:8). When you carry light, you’ve dominion over darkness (Jhn. 1:1-5). Longevity of life is in the word. If you lack the word, there is shortage of life. Inside the word there is life and inside the word is light. When you carry the word, you carry light. Every striking revelation dispels the powers of darkness and makes us whole (Job 33:21-25).

 UNDERSTANDING THE MYSTERY OF LONGEVITY

You need to understand your right to longevity (Exod. 23:25-26, Prov. 13:17). You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free; you are not permitted to die young (Isa. 5:30: / Jhn. 8:32: / Rev. 1:18/ Isa. 65:20-24). Man is a triune entity, essentially man is a spirit, with a soul and is contained in a body (1 Thess. 5:23). Your spiritual health primarily will inform your physical and mental health. There are many mental, physical and mental health issues in this country. But recognize that Christ has paid the price for our longevity (1Cor. 6:20, Matt. 8:17).

 HOWEVER, PLEASE NOTE THAT

We have a covenant of longevity in redemption (Gen. 25:8: / Gal. 3:13-14). Abraham lived long and as a child of Abraham, you are rooted as a child to enjoy longevity. We have a root of longevity in our covenant fathers. Three covenant fathers that had longevity:

  • Abraham: He died at 175 ( 25:8 / Gal. 3:13-14).
  • Isaac: Isaac died at 180 ( 35:28-29: / Gal. 4:28). Isaac enjoyed that heritage of longevity and we also as Isaac are qualified to enjoy the longevity covenant.
  • Jacob also died at 147 ( 47:28).

 Moses who received the validity of man’s life span to be 120 experienced same and died at 120 (Gen. 6:3/ Deut. 34:7). Paul departed as an aged man (Phil. 1:22-25: / Philemon. 1:9). You will not die long! Amen.

But the covenant of long life delivers as far as our eyes can see (Gen. 13:14-15). King David as powerful as he was, never lost any battle, but he saw 70 and he departed earlier than 120 as prescribe by God for us all (Psa. 90:10/ 1 Chr. 29:28/ Gen. 6;3). What you see is what you take. What are you seeing, what figure do you’ve in mind?

HOW DO YOU SECURE LONG LIFE AND LIVE STRONG?

To secure long life and live strong and not feeble, you must engage three levels of responsibilities. The first level is spiritual responsibilities; the second is physical responsibilities and the third level mental responsibilities.

 SPIRITUAL RESPONSIBILITIES TO ENGAGE:

To secure long life and live strong and not feeble, one must:

  1. Believe in the validity of the covenant of longevity ( 65:20-24 / Jn. 1:12: / Luk. 1:45)
  2. You need to mind the things of the Spirit (Rom 8:5-6, 13)
  3. Be Committed to Living by the Word ( 4:20-22: / Mat. 4:4: / 2 Pet. 1:4)
  4. Be Committed to Living by Faith ( 6:16/ Matt. 9:27-29 / Heb. 10:38): confidence living. There are things you need audacity to confront.
  5. Be Committed to Pursuit after Souls ( 15:1-2/16: / 2 Cor. 5:19-20 / Prov. 13:17)
  6. Be Committed to a Life of Kingdom Advancement Prayer ( 2:37/ Matt. 6:6/9-10/17-18: / Psa. 84:7). Anna was committed to prayer and as a result she went from strength to strength.
  7. Be Committed to Speaking Right Words ( 18:21/ Psa. 34:12-13, James 3:5). Your tongue can transform or terminate your life. The greatest attack on our life is not the devil but the attack of wrong utterances. One of the forces of life is the engagement of utterance. If you want to see quality things, utter quality utterances. Mind what you say.
  8. Be Committed to Dwelling in the House of God ( 84:7-11/ Hebr. 12:22-24/ Obad. 1:17)
  9. Make a Demand of your Heritage of Long Life when you are Challenged (Isa. 38:1-5/ Psa. 91:15-16). Hezekiah made a demand and 15 years was added to him.
  10. Free yourself from the Fear of Death by Light ( 2:14-15/ Job 3:24-25/ Jhn. 1:1-5). Fear is a torment. Confront the fear of death by light.
  11. Maintain a Giving Life ( 41:1-3 / Gen. 25:8 / Gen. 18:1-10).
  12. Engage the Name of Jesus to Ward-off every Concern on Your Health ( 18:10: / Act. 3:16 / Phi. 2:9-11). Use the name of Jesus to class sickness.
  13. Engage a Lifestyle of Joy and Rejoicing ( 17:22/ Prov. 18:14/ Psa. 92:1-3/10-15). Maintain your joy.

 PHYSICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. NUTRITIONAL: As much as you can eat, eat natural food. Eat a lot of fruits, vegetables (Gen. 1:30). Eat moderately; watch out your eating habits ( 6:12/ 1Cor. 10:31). Avoid heavy meal late in the night. Drink plenty of water.
  2. ENGAGE IN BODY EXERCISE (I Tim. 4:18): Start exercise with minimum effort, progress gradually, it is essential you joy your exercise, if you notice any negative thing, consult your doctor immediately for facts. You can also tackle facts with the truth in faith. The word didn’t profit them not mixed with faith that heard them ( 4:1-4, 12-16).

MENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES

HOW DO YOU EXERCISE THE MIND? (Hebr. 4:14).

  1. You exercise the mind by Reasoning ( 1:19/ Isa. 4:21).
  2. By Researching ( 9:2).
  3. By Meditating ( 1:13, 16-17/ Hosea 4:6).
  4. Engage the Service of Consultants ( 15:2/ Prov. 12:15). In the multitude of counsel there is safety.
  5. Engage in Insight Expectant Prayer (Jer. 33:3).

SALVATION PRAYER

If you are not in relationship with the Lord, we want you to take this opportunity to give Jesus Christ the place in your heart as Lord and Saviour. This is for everyone! It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, where you’ve been or how long since you’ve talked to God or if you ever had. God is willing right now to save you, forgive you of your sins and put you in right relationship with Him. That is the love of God. If you would like to pray a prayer to get your life right with the Lord, pray this simple prayer.

DEAR FATHER, I THANK YOU THAT YOU SEE ME JUST AS I AM. I KNOW I’VE SINNED AND WALKED AWAY FROM YOU. I ASK JESUS CHRIST TO BE MY LORD AND SAVIOUR TODAY. I BELIEVE THAT HE DIED FOR ME AND I BELIEVE THAT HE ROSE AGAIN. I GIVE YOU EVERY PART OF ME NOW. PLEASE FORGIVE ME OF MY SINS. BE MY GOD. THANK YOU FOR SAVING ME. IN JESUS’ NAME! AMEN.

If you prayed this prayer, please let us know by emailing or contacting us so we can follow up with you and provide some resources to help you on this journey of faith.

STAY BLESSED AND RAPTURABLE!

JESUS IS KING OF KINGS FOREVER

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