A cheerful heart is good medicine. Proverbs 17:22

The Word say, “A cheerful heart is good medicine.”
We usually think of medicine as a pill, or a shot – and of course these things are medicine.  But there are many other things that are good medicine as well.
Webster defines medicine as 1., “the science and art of treating and preventing disease, 2., any substance, as a drug, used in treating disease, relieving pain, etc.”  Please allow me to give my testimony of “good medicine”.
Due to an accident involving my back in my early thirties, ankylosing spondylitis, a degenerative disease of the spine, manifested itself.  There is no medical cure for this form of rheumatoid arthritis, and so one just deals with the pain and the destruction of it.  It destroys the cartilage and drops one to bone on bone in the spine.  A process so painful it cannot be conveyed in words.  It bows your head over, shrinks your body, and bends you over so that you cannot straighten up.  My prognosis was a wheel chair, and probable death by 65.
I took every medicine the Doctors could recommend over the next 30 years,  including steroids.  In addition to prescribed meds, I took 800 milligram ibuprofen tables three or four times a day. I was treated with, and by Acupuncture, Chiropractors, Rheumatoligists, and of course  wonderful G.P. Doctors.  Due to all of the medications I was taking, I developed Sugar Diabetes type 2, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high cholesterol.  I had a light stroke, and a heart issue requiring a stent. Due to all of the meds I had a stomach that was slowly bleeding, creating anemia.   Needless to say, I started my day with medicine, and ended it with medicine.  Nevertheless, the Lord sustained me, and gave me the strength to go to work every day, and lead a very productive life.
Five years ago, I had another accident that broke my back. The Lord sent a highly skilled surgeon to put me back together.  He straightened my neck, and my back.  I had a new body.
The Lord also delivered me from all pain.
He began to deal with me about all of the medications I was taking by impressing upon me that I could look to Him for my total healing.  I did.
I began to look to Him in faith, and meditation upon the Word that tells me “by His stripes I was healed”, and all of the other scriptures that tell me I am healed by the flesh and the blood of Christ Jesus that was given for me at the cross.  I began to reduce the meds, slowly, and began to wean my body from the habit of the drugs. I went to my Doctors, and told them what I was doing.  They cautioned me to proceed slowly, and use good judgement.  This I did. It will soon be two years since I have taken prescription drugs, but I do take good medicine.
I walk at least a mile four to five times a week either inside or preferably outside in the sun.  (Sometimes two miles.) I have a 15 to 20 minute work out for strengthening and stretching that follows the walk.  I eat (mostly) right, and get a good nights rest.
  I pray for the needs of my family and friends that the Lord shows me.  I pray for and help others as I can.  I give all of my cares and anxieties to the Lord because He wants to take of these for us. I have a cheerful heart because I choose to.  I know what the Lord has done for me and mine, and what He continues to do, and what He will do for each of us as we journey on.  That gives me much to cheer about.
Let the Holy Spirit of Truth lead you when it comes to medicine.  I can only testify that “A cheerful heart is good medicine.”
I love you, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus.
May you be in good health, and prosper in all things.
Poppa B.
Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, On Line


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