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06 October, 2012

CHRIST, OUR BALM OF GILEAD & THE PHYSICIAN FOR OUR SINS

DEVOTION

Jeremiah 8:21-22
Since my people are crushed, I am crushed;I mourn,and horror grips me. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?


Jeremiah’s soul and spirit felt crushed, heavy and wounded for his people, he was mourning for them. Their concept of sin was deplorable. His heavy heart also came from the fact that he knew God personally and he knew God was the only remedy for his people. But, no one could get through them, so they were like a patient with a sickness who is given medicine to recover but because of pride, stubbornness, and self-righteousness, refused.

Like us in the twenty first century, these people also saw their sin as "a pimple" or a simple "flaw" because their consciences were shut down. When we know God intimately, sins become abhorrent to us. Small or big, need not matter because all we can see is filth and wickedness. We know and live daily with the same attitude of the prophet Isaiah when he said in chapter 6:5 “Woe to me! I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty”

When we are full of sin, meaning we have been accumulating them with no holy repentance in the heart and we are living with no conviction from the Holy Spirit, everything we do is polluted. Even the simplest decision in our life is polluted because our mind is not able to think clearly since our mental faculty is depraves. We chose earthly things without realizing we are not Spirit led.

Christ is the appointed remedy, the balm of Gilead and the physician for our sins. Are you allowing Him to move freely in your life? You ask how you can do that? Then humble yourself under His mighty hands in dependence faith and obedience. Make it a point to go with Him once and for all.

PRAY: Teach us Savior how to recover from anaemic Christianity and from making this life about us. Take away our blindness and open the eyes of our hearts in exchange so that we can see You the invisible God. There is such greatness in you, empowers us to find the strength to grab onto you while there is still time. We love you Savior and Redeemer!

In His Love & Service,
M.J. Andre