“A cheerful heart is good medicine” Proverbs 17:22 – Part 2

In part one of “A cheerful heart is good medicine”, I gave a personal testimony of my almost 40 years of extreme pain, and that I am now totally free of pain, and prescribed medication.  I wrote you that my medicine is faith in the Living Word, and daily meditation in the promises of it.  The Word tells me I am healed by the complete work of Christ Jesus at the cross as He fulfilled Isiah 53:5, and 1 Peter 2:24 – “By His stripes we are healed”.  I take in and receive that promise fresh daily.  I also wrote that in addition to faith in the Word, I respect this body – which is the Temple of the Holy Spirit – by (mostly) eating right, exercising on a regular basis, and receiving the truth into my spirit and soul that “A cheerful heart is good medicine.”

I do not like to talk about ‘me’ unless I can perhaps help someone with encouragement from personal knowledge.  When someone can say, “I know this because I have seen it, or have walked it”, perhaps it will strengthen or comfort a Brother, or Sister.
 I have no explanation as to why everyone does not have this same healing experience.  I can only say that I did, and do.  My prayer is that every does. Please work with your Dr., and believe that The Lord wants you totally healed.  See what He has for you.
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but let us read the second part of the quoted verse along with the first.  Proverbs 17:22  says:  “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”  The second part points out the results of a ‘crushed spirit’.  As we look at Proverbs 18:14, it too says, “A man’s spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?”  In both verses, we see the good that can come from a cheerful heart, a great attitude,and faith in a loving God; or the bad that can come from a crushed spirit.
A crushed spirit can only come if we allow it.  If we allow ourselves to believe things like – “O, I never get a break.” Or if we allow ourselves to say things like – “That is just my luck”, if something does not go right or go our way. Or if we allow a disappointment to eat at our happiness and joy and take our eyes off of The Lord’s goodness and love.  Or if we allow the negatives that might be a part of a day to be our focus, and forget to see all of the positives that have happened that day.  Or if we allow ourselves to see only the bad things that might be happening to someone we love instead of looking at all of the good and what is right about having them in our lives, and the privilege to pray for them.  Or if we have lost hope and just do not see a way, and forget that God has a plan for our welfare, and our goodness, we allow our spirit to be crushed by the enemy.  When our spirit is crushed, sickness, and depression, and sadness can come upon us because our spirit is weak and the enemy will jump on that.  We must stand against allowing our spirit to be crushed.  We must keep a cheerful heart.
The Word tells us to keep a cheerful heart in all circumstances.  Whether it is Good, not good, up, down, sideways, everything right, not right, sunshine, cloudy, cannot understand, cannot see, seeing clearly – all.  1 Thessalonians, 16-18 says:  “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” We get to decide. Be joyful always.  Know that The Lord is working for our good.  That is good medicine for our body, soul, and spirit.  We are complete in Him.
“May God Himself; the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  (Let us be kept perfect in Him) The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it.”
1 Thessalonians 5: 23-24.
I love you, God’s Beloveds. Walk in the fullness of all we have been given.
Poppa B.
Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, On Line


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