"One Word at a Time."
Location, Location, Location
"Babylon the great ... has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! ..." And I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues."
~ Revelation 18:2,4 (NKJV)
The ongoing look at Revelation here has come to the place where ultimate suffering, sickness and death are poured out upon Earth's inhabitants because of sin.
Like the right house being a matter of the right city, neighborhood, and land, the Bible describes healing from suffering, sickness and death as a matter of the right location, location, location.
LOCATION IN RELATION TO THE WORLD
The more closely we align ourselves with the ways of the world, the more of the world's sicknesses we suffer. The more closely we align ourselves with the ways of God, the fewer ailments we experience. This principle was stated in Exodus 15:26—the passage which names God "the LORD our Healer"—and continues all the way through Earth's last days as described in the above passage from Revelation.
LOCATION IN RELATION TO GOD
The Jews who expected a Messiah to conquer their political and economic problems had difficulty understanding that Jesus' solution for all trouble was to conquer death and sin. Our foremost problem is the need for reconciliation to God through forgiveness of sins. When we draw near to God in repentance and ask for forgiveness of sin, we begin to be healed from a multitude of afflictions related to sin and death.
LOCATION IN RELATION TO THE KINGDOM
We are promised to one day live in the Kingdom of Heaven with resurrected bodies free of all sickness. Yet kingdom life begins now (Luke 17:21), as we become increasingly spiritual beings. Kingdom life brings healing of soul, heart, mind, and body. We tend to be most conscious of the need for physical healing, while the more significant healing is spiritual. The body both benefits from spiritual healing and may receive miraculous physical healing—even as it grows weaker and closer to death with age. God's Spirit completes the process of healing the whole person in Heaven.
YHWH Rophe-ka, LORD our Healer, please help us share Your healing priorities and cooperate with Your treatment plan. Please let us seek spiritual healing more than we seek physical healing. Please grant us strength of soul, heart, mind, and body that we might use our health to serve You well.
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Previous posts have discussed reasons for sickness ("YHWH Your Healer") and prayer for healing ("Why No Healing?").
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