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When Sickness Strikes .. What Then? (12 of 14)
Series: Christianity in Shoeleather
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
October 14, 2007
For several months now ... from the book of James ... we've been thinking under the heading: CHRISTIANITY IN SHOELEATHER for good reason! You talk about being practical! You talk about being personal! You talk about being pertinent! The book of James is all three! Practical .. Personal and Pertinent.
For example ... last week James helped us to know what's involved in Doing Right When Wronged! Every one of us could relate to that because all of us have been wronged. Practical .. Personal and Pertinent.
Now today from James 5 .. we're going to learn what to do when sickness strikes. What are we to do when sickness strikes? There are some people who will travel half way around the world to get in touch with those who claim to have the gift of healing.
Still others say that when you're sick that you can simply pray it away. That if you spend enough time praying about your sickness .. then eventually .. your illness will go away.
Then there are those who say that when you're sick .. that you're really not sick at all. That's in all in your head. That if you can convince yourself that you're not sick .. then you won't be.
And then there are those who say that when you're sick .. go immediately to your nearest faith healer for him to lay his hands on you and be healed.
But let me say that when I get sick .. I don't want to know what others have to say .. I want to know what God has to say. Yes .. there is a mystery in divine healing. And there are many things about it that I don't fully understand. But there is one thing that I am certain of: there is no healing except divine healing! God says in Exodus 15.26, "For I am the LORD who heals you."
And THAT is what we find James talking about here in chapter 5 beginning in verse 13. Look with me there as we find an answer to this question: ...
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