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Is America sick? Once we were a strong and vibrant country where God was honored and the Church was central to daily life. Christian holidays were celebrated and the word of ministers was esteemed. That was then.
Now, our culture has radically changed. If you have any spiritual perception at all, you can see the crumbling of our society. As the Bible prophesied, we have arrived at the place in history where right has become wrong, and wrong has become right (Isaiah 5:20). Is there any hope for a better day?
Consider this powerful verse in the Old Testament book of Jeremiah 8:22 (NKJV), “Is there no balm in Gilead, is there no physician? Why then is there no recovery for the health of the daughter of my people?”
For clarification, there was a special tree in Gilead, a mountainous region east of the Jordan River in present day Jordan. The “balm” was derived from the resinous juices of this scarce balsam poplar tree. It was quite fragrant and provided some healing virtues.
Jeremiah was writing to his spiritually sick contemporary society, and using the “balm of Gilead” as a symbol of the healing that was available. The people in Jeremiah’s time were out of touch with God, and freely violated His commands. Sounds like our nation today.
It is interesting to note that the “balm” that Jeremiah recommended came from a tree. Not just any tree, but a very special tree. 1 Peter 2:24 says that Jesus gave His life on “the Tree,” referring to the Cross, “by whose stripes ye were healed.” Salvation through Christ is the only remedy for the sickness of sin. It is the “balm” that provides healing for the body and the soul.”
The people that heard the message of Jeremiah understood the illustration of the “balm.” And we can make similar comparisons today for great encouragement.
As the “balm of Gilead” cleansed the wound and removed foreign matter, so the Blood of Jesus “cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)
As the “balm of Gilead” reduced the inflammation when applied, the soothing Blood of Jesus provides peace. (Colossians 1:20)
As the “balm of Gilead” encouraged the healing process, through the cruel stripes that were applied to the body of Jesus, we find healing for our body, soul, and spirit. (1 Peter 2:24)
As the “balm of Gilead” was nearby and easily accessible, Salvation, cleansing, and healing are available to all who believe. (John 3:16) Just ask the Lord to come into your life, and you will experience the healing that Christ offers.
The current sickness in America will lead to death. But Jesus offers life, hope, and healing through the “balm of the Blood of Jesus.” And Christ, alone, is our Great Physician.
Monday - April 19, 2021
Psalm 62:3-8 NKJV - So many enemies against one man— all of them trying to kill me. To them I’m just a broken-down wall or a tottering fence. They plan to topple me from my high position. They delight in telling lies about me. They praise me to my face but curse me in their hearts. Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.
Prayer: Dear Lord - The Scripture today reminds me that when the enemy threatens, I can trust you for help. Indeed, my victory and honor come from you. May I remain faithful to you in all situations. In the name of Jesus I pray.
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Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
Romans 8:26 ESV
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The Apostle Jude sums up his brief letter with this statement in Jude 1:24 KJV – “Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.” This inspiring benediction refers to the Coming of the Lord Jesus in all of His Glory as He receives His Bride, the Church.
The word “faultless” may be better translated as “blameless.” This is the work of Sanctification in the Believer. The precious Holy Spirit works in our lives to make us more like Christ and less like our old human nature. Even now, the Holy Spirit is preparing us to meet Jesus as He descends in His Glory. What a Day that will be when my Jesus I shall see!
The Lord is able to keep us, or guard us, from stumbling, as long as we walk in the Light of His Glory. But we must continue to walk after Christ and to pursue righteousness and truth. This is our sacred responsibility.
“The presence of His glory” refers to the great day (Jude 1:1,6), the judgment day when all nations gather before the White Throne of God. Awesome indeed, but nothing to fear for the Child of God.