Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. James 5:14
The flu and colds are making the rounds. My wife and granddaughter are both sick, and at work several more are sick. Last week a couple of school districts closed down because of the number of absentees due to sickness.
However, the flu and colds seem seasonal and most will feel better in a few days or weeks.
James’ encouragement is anointing and prayer in the name of Jesus.
The same scripture needs applying to the church, where several diseases exist.
#1 Psoriasis of the giver.
The majority of people have not learned the lesson of tithing and releasing back to God His blessing on them. While commanded in the Word to give, most do not discern this and continue to stay [financially] sick. This disease keeps the whole church body sick, weak, and unable to fulfill God’s calling.
There is coldness in the congregation, a lack of activity towards worshipping and praising God. If a person would close their eyes and just try to raise the hands, a new excitement for God would take over the body and free them from this disease of apathy.
#3 Truth Decay.
There is a lack of filling our minds with the truth, the absolute truth, which is God’s word. We have filled our minds and spirits with every imagination of man, all fiction and falsehoods, and lies – believing them as truth.
This disease takes place when a person places self-interest and needs above all other needs including God and the body of Christ.
This is another type of apathy disease that happens when you become too disabled to help your fellow man.
We tell God we can’t do it. “I can’t teach!” “I can’t help” “I can’t give” I can’t… I can’t…I can’t… this is a fatal disease. It kills any possibility of you getting involved in God’s Kingdom. After all, “I can’t!”
One way to begin to rid the church of this sickness is following the prescription God has given, let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. James 5:14
Go ahead! Call the church elders, receive prayer and anointing, and get well soon.