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Great Physician Prescriptions

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If I was a doctor, or maybe a physician’s assistant, guess what I would do every chance I got…I’d write a prescription that would relieve the world of all its sickness, disease, fear and torment.

Yep, that’s what I’d do. At least, that’s what I would attempt to do. One person at a time.

But, as you may have guessed, I’m not a doctor, PA or even an RN. Shucks, folks, I’m just a guy who has big ideas, hopes and dreams.

And, who knows a BIG God…Who just happens to be the Great Physician.

Now I won’t presume to speak for him, but I would like to share with each of you some of the prescriptions he’s written for others. You see, there’s something very powerful about his prescriptions. Just reading them tend to make a person feel better. The more the prescription is read, the more it is believed. And the more it’s believed…well, all things are possible to those who believe! Do you know who said that?

The Great Physician.

Each and every prescription is nothing more than a piece of paper with writing and scribbling on it. The kind of medicine, the dosage, the length or duration in which to take the medication, number of refills, and, of course, the doctor’s signature. The doctor may be the finest in the land, but unless the script is followed, the medicine, and the doctor, will not benefit anyone.

Same is true with the Great Physician, and his prescriptions.

But faith comes by hearing and reading, so allow me to share with you some wonderful prescriptions which have helped countless others. And his word will help you, as well.

Oh, by the way; it’s okay to use his prescriptions. He wrote them with you in mind.

Script One
“If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.” (Exodus 15:26 ESV)

Diligently listen to his voice and do what he says. He is your healer.

Script Two
“You shall serve the Lord your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you.” (Exodus 23:25 ESV)

Serve the Lord, and your bread and water will be blessed. And sickness will be removed.

Script Three
“My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.” (Proverbs 4:20-22 ESV)

Pay attention to his word, above all else. It is life and health.

Script Four
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Psalm 103:1-5 ESV)

Bless the Lord, getting your mouth and whole body involved. Remember what he has done!

Script Five
“He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.” (Psalm 107:20 ESV)

His word came and brought healing and deliverance.

Script Six
“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.” (Jeremiah 17:14 ESV)

The Lord does exactly what he promises to do.

Script Seven
“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.” (Habakkuk 3:17-19 ESV)

Everything may scream, God has failed, but he will fulfill his word. And I will praise him.

Script Eight
“And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ’Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”” (Matthew 21:21-22 ESV)

If you have faith. You can have faith. You can have your prayers answered. Yes, you can.

Script Nine
“how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38 ESV)

He still goes about doing good. And healing is good. Good for you. Good for the world.

Script Ten
“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. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (James 5:14-16 ESV)

Are you sick? Call for people to pray in faith. Sins present? Take care of those, too!

There are MANY more “scripts” I could have shown you, but I think you’ve gotten the idea. I hope so.

One thing for sure; you will NEVER find the Great Physician turning anyone away without healing them, when they came to him in faith. Not once!

I’ll leave you with two final Scripts – very easy to understand and believe.

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 ESV)

“And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ’Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”” (Mark 11:22-24 ESV)

No, I’m not a doctor. But I know who is…

Jesus!

Snake On A Stick

20130818-220644.jpgWell, the 2013 edition of the Iowa State Fair is just about wrapped up. I didn’t go this year, in fact I seldom do. Not enough interest to justify spending the money or coping with the crowds.

However, whenever I talk with someone who’s been to the fair, I have to ask them one question: “What did you eat?”

For the next 10 minutes I hear about all of the food one can get “on a stick”. In case you didn’t go either, here is a list of all the “stick” food you and I missed:

2013 Iowa State Fair Food On-a-Stick
(over 60 food options available on-a-stick)

1. Shrimp Corndog
2. Smoothie On-a-stick
3. Bacon Wrapped Riblet On-a-stick
4. Deep Fried Brownie On-a-stick
5. Coconut Mountain On-a-stick
6. Soft Salted Chocolate Dipped Almond Pretzel On-a-stick
7. Deep Fried Sweet Corn Corndog
8. Rib Shack Cowboy
9. Jalapeño Corndog
10. Chocolate-Covered Chocolate Chip Cannoli
11. Chocolate-Covered Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pop
12. Fruit (with yogurt dipping sauce)
13. Double Bacon Corn Dog
14. Chocolate-Covered Frozen S’more
15. Peanut Butter & Jelly
16. Chocolate-Covered Deep Fried Cheesecake
17. Griddle Stick (turkey sausage wrapped in a pancake)
18. Cake Pops
19. Fair Square (Original,Peanut Butter & Graham Champion flavors)
20. Chocolate-Covered Tiramisu
21. Chocolate-Covered Turtle Mousse Bar
22. Twinkie Log (frozen Twinkie dipped in white chocolate & rolled in cashews)
23. Octodog (hotdog in the shape of an octopus)
24. Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Bar
25. Chocolate-Covered Key Lime Dream Bar
26. Carmellows
27. Pickle
28. Pork Chop
29. Corn Dog
30. Cheese
31. Cajun Chicken
32. Sesame Chicken
33. Carmel Apple
34. German Sausage
35. Teriyaki Beef
36. Corn on the Cob
37. Cotton Candy
38. Veggie Corndog
39. Turkey Drumstick
40. Nutty Bar
41. Hot Bologna
42. Chicken
43. Monkey Tail (chocolate-covered banana)
44. Honey
45. Ice Cream Wonder Bar
46. Deep-Fried Snickers
47. Deep-Fried Milky Way
48. Deep-Fried Twinkie
49. Breakfast Lamb Sausage (brat)
50. Deep-Fried Ho-Ho
51. Deep-Fried Cupcake
52. Dutch Letter
53. Chocolate-Covered Cheesecake
54. Pineapple (Fresh pineapple dipped in funnel cake batter & deep fried)
55. Hot Lips (breaded chicken breast smothered with hot sauce, served with blue cheese dressing)
56. Cornbrat (bratwurst dipped in corndog batter)
57. Chocolate-Covered Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich
58. Rock Candy
59. Salad
60. Hard-Boiled Egg
61. Unicorn Lolipops
62. Rainbow Popsicle
63. Push-ups
64. Turkey Tenderloin

Doesn’t the list make you hungry?!? I really like those giant turkey legs! Now, it’s not easy lugging that thing around all day, going in and out of exhibits while brandishing a 10 pound hunk of meat; but one does what one must do. Right?

What if we could get other things, other than food, on a stick? Things like, oh, money, or mail, or, I know, MEDICINE! How about getting our medicine on a stick?

You walk into your local pharmacy, up to the counter, and ask to pick up the prescription you called in earlier. The pharmacist hands you a skinny, hollow stick, about two feet long, filled with your medicine. Not very easy to carry in your pocket or purse, but it’s what the doctor prescribed, it’s what you need, so you hand over the cash and walk out with your “stick”.

The medicine or the stick need not be fancy, tasty, or even widely accepted by everyone in your neighborhood. No, it only has to work. So you deal with it.

Years ago, even before the first Iowa State Fair, in the middle of a desert, there was such a thing as “Snake on a Stick”. The children of Israel were traveling from Egypt to the Promised Land under the leadership of Moses and his brother Aaron. Now the Israelites weren’t known for their congeniality, nor for the way they supported their leaders. In fact, they were downright nasty!

“Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” (Numbers 21:4-5 NKJV)

“Worthless bread”, if you didn’t already know, was the “Manna” God had been supernaturally providing for the nation. And they called it “worthless”. How’s that for gratitude?

But guess what? We are no different and can be just as ungrateful!

Look what happened next: “So the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.” (Numbers 21:6-9 NKJV)

Imagine what that must have looked like! A big “stick” with a bronze snake attached to it! Nothing fancy, actually rather hideous, but it was the “MEDICINE” God prescribed. Medicine on a stick.

When God told them to “look and live”, He wasn’t referring to a ‘casual glance, then go about your day’ kind of look. His instruction, His prescription, was: “if you are dying, forget about everything else and gaze, fix your focus, your attention, on the snake on the stick.”

What would you do if snakes were crawling all around your feet, some slithering up your pant leg, touching your skin with their cold, forked, red tongue? Would you be able to stand still, gazing only at the stick, until you were healed? It would be hard, but that’s what they were told to do.

Because that’s how it is with faith! They got into their mess because they wouldn’t believe God or His leaders. And faith in God’s word would be how they were healed and restored.

The first couple, Adam and Eve, got us all into our predicament, where we were all “bitten by the snake”, due to their lack of faith in God’s word (Genesis 1-3). And faith is how we are healed of spiritual death, return to fellowship with God, and live eternally with Him. Jesus said it like this:

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:14-17 NKJV)

As the bronze snake represented the Israelites sin, so Jesus on the cross represents ours. He became our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21) so we could become righteous. And like the Israelites, in order for our situation to be remedied, we must look at the “snake on the stick”; steadfastly, in spite of distractions, look at Jesus on the cross. We must believe!

It’s nothing fancy, but it is freeing!

It’s not easy, but it affects our eternity!

Who would have guessed it; God was the first One to put something of real value “on a stick”.

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