1 Corinthians 11:28-32: “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself, if he does not judge the body rightly. For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. But if we judged ourselves rightly, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord in order that we may not be condemned along with the world.” (NASB)
Before I even begin, I want to make sure I’m not misunderstood so I’m making the following statement: I do believe all sickness and death began with the original sin of Adam and Eve. However, in the following paragraphs I’m not saying that all personal sickness is due to personal sin and/or personal lack of faith, and may God forbid anyone from saying I do.
Just a thought: Being personally heavily involved in prayer networks for more than twenty-five years, I’ve noticed a seemingly vast increase of sicknesses within the Church at-large over the past couple of years. And now, for the past couple of weeks, I have not been able to get the above verse of Scripture off my heart and mind. If I combine the above Scripture with the fact that the Church at-large is now statistically identical to the world, ranging from divorce to pornography, the above verse of Scripture has to give you pause, doesn’t it?
That said, perhaps if we find ourselves sick, we should at least take a spiritual examination before we do anything else. This is something that only you can do. And perhaps, we should not be so quick to encourage someone to even take communion without first encouraging that person to take the time to look within – to reflect – to take a spiritual self-examination.
Prayer: Father, it concerns me greatly to see so many sick among us. If we fall sick, please my Father, and my Lord, help us by way of Your Holy Spirit to spiritually examine ourselves, before we even take our next step – our next breath. Help us to at least eliminate the above possibility first – not only for the sake of our temporal lives, but more importantly, for the sake of our eternal lives. Amen and Amen!
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