Summary: The first sermon in a new series on Spiritual First Aid. This sermon looks at the spiritual side of physical ailments. It then looks at the Lord as our Great Physician, God's word as His prescription, and the vitality that forgiveness brings.
Spiritual First Aid
“God’s Prescription For The Soul”
Physicians and psychologists along with the prescription drug industry would like us to think that all these diseases and problems, these maladies in which we are experiencing is the result of a some chemical imbalance, or symptoms of something physically happening within us that they can provide a pill or medication for.
And this may very well be the case. We are born in a world that’s filled with and experiencing the consequences of sin. As such we are born with or acquire in this life various diseases and mental disorders.
Yet, after referring many people to doctors, what I’ve come to realize in my over 20 years of pastoring, counseling, and coaching, is that the majority of these maladies, with the exception of some physiological, psychological and physical diseases, are caused by and are a consequence of our own sinful behaviors.
It’s with this in mind I am writing this spiritual first aid manual to deal with the spiritual side of many of these maladies and behavioral issues that we face in life. We’ll look at many of these and then what the Bible says about them, that is, the prescription that God gives.
Those in the medical field like to prescribe medications to counter these ailments and symptoms, but when we’re unable to receive these medications we try medicating ourselves through alcohol, illegal drugs, and destructive behaviors like sexual immorality and gambling.
But prescribed medication and self-medication have destructive side effects. Consider the side effects of prescription drugs. Often time they’re worse than what they’re supposed to cure.
Take for instance the drug Paxil, or it’s generic counterpart, Parozetine. It’s called a serotonin reuptake inhibitor, and is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorders. It works through increasing serotonin to the brain.
And while this drug has brought normality to many, the side effects can kill you, like suicidal thoughts in children, teenagers and young adults. Side effects also include “weakness, sweating, nausea, decreased appetite, drowsiness, dizziness, trouble sleeping, shaking, nervousness, sexual problems, dry mouth, constipation, yawning, infection, (and) diarrhea.”
A less common side effect is what is known as “Serotonin syndrome (a potentially life-threatening drug reaction that causes the body to have too much serotonin, a chemical produced by the nerve cells) with symptoms such as mental status changes (such as agitation or hallucinations), an increase in your heart rate and temperature, lack of coordination, overactive reflexes, muscle rigidity, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.”
It also has been known to increase abnormal bleeding or bruising, manic behavior, bone fractures, and seizures. There also exist side effects to unborn babies.
As a disclaimer, I am not saying forgo modern medicine, because I believe God can and does heal through doctors and hospitals, but I also believe that we’ve come to rely upon medications too much. As a result there are now new strains to old diseases that have no medical cure.