Don't Forget To Take Your Medicine by Steve Wagers

Don't Forget To Take Your Medicine
Steve Wagers
Hebrews 12:15

INTRODUCTION

1. More and more today we are hearing more about what is known as 'Naturopathic Medicine.'

2. Naturopathic medicine is a form of medicine that has developed from many different cultures; but particularly that of the Chinese.

3. There are 5 basic goals involved in naturopathic medicine, the main one of those being what is known as 'Preventive Cure.'

4. The main objective of preventive cure is not to treat someone after they have become sick, but rather to treat them before they have gotten sick.

5. In much the same way the writer of the book of Hebrews, assuming the role of a physician, seeks not to treat us after we have become spiritually sick, but rather to treat us before we have become spiritually sick. He does that, in this one verse, by reminding us, 'Don't Forget To Take Your Medicine!" Briefly, let's notice the medicine the writer reminds us to take. He informs us that if we are to keep from becoming spiritually sick, then:

1. WE MUST KEEP OURSELVES HUNGRY FOR THE LORD

1. In the first part of verse 15, the writer exhorts us to "Look(-ing) diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God."

2. Thus, he is informing us that if we are to keep from becoming spiritually sick, then we must keep ourselves hungry for the Lord. In fact, notice that if we are to stay hungry for the Lord, then:

A. THERE IS TO BE AN OVERSIGHT OF OUR LIFE

1. Notice the opening phrase of verse 15, "Looking diligently." Those words imply that there is to be an oversight of our life.

2. The phrase 'looking diligently' comes from the word we get our word 'oversight' from.

3. This is the same word used in Acts 20:28 where the emphasis is directed to the pastor, and the admonition being, "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and unto all the flock of God, over which the Holy Ghost hath made you an overseer."

4. This is the same word used in I Peter 5:4, again where the emphas ...


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