Physical relationship with the Spiritual
Intro: How does a doctor tell if you’re sick? Symptoms
Haiti arial shot
1. Spiritual maladies can manifest physically.
Do you have problems that repeat themselves?
Do you know someone who is in constant conflict with everyone?
Example: “Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it.
Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?”
1 Corinthians 3:1-3
symptom: jealousy and quarreling among you.
outcome: could not be treated as people who live by the spirit, couldn’t handle more than baby food.
Paul saw the jealousy and quarreling as a symptom of spiritual immaturity.
2. Dissension among believers reveals spiritual immaturity.
“The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already.
Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?”
1 Corinthians 6:7
You might win a small battle here on earth only to loose a big one in the spirit.
A spiritual doctor…
symptom: lawsuits among you
internal condition: defeated already
Suggestion: Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.…
(Ephesians 6:12 KJV)
3. Not all sickness can be seen.
Example: My Dad died of Pancreatic Cancer.
It was at stage 4 before we even knew.
It came out eventually, but it was too late.
For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
2 Corinthians 11:13-14
The devil can be right inside the church.
One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. Job 1:6
But what are you supposed to do about it??
App. - Make sure your own heart is in the right place.
Be ruthless with sin in your life. Cut it off, throw it away, etc…
If I had cherished sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened;
but God has surely listened
and has heard my prayer.
“in my heart…”
This doesn’t mean to be free of mistakes.
It’s talking about WILLFUL SIN.
Example: Someone who is living in sin telling you they’re praying for you.
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7
4. God sees the heart.
That’s BAD NEWS for people trying to hide (wolves in sheep’s clothing)
It’s also GOOD NEWS for those who wait for God:
Take the Beatitudes for example:
SIGNS of being a Christian, not how to become one.
List or progression?
Poverty of spirit - I can’t make up for my sin
mourning over sin- I am a sinner and realize it.
meekness or humility - please help me.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6
symptom: feeling discontent and unsatisfied
internal condition: looking but never finding
Suggestion: cultivate a hunger and thirst for righteousness
Hunger for righteousness is a symptom of spiritual health
5. A healthy heart desires God.
What’s inside comes out.
“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
What do you do when you see you have bad roots?
How to become a good tree:
46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
A root is another word for foundation.
6. A true desire for spiritual health is shown in action.
“…hears my words and puts them into practice,” (Obedience)
We are lazy. We say we want peace, but are unwilling to sacrifice for it.
We want money but unwilling to work.
Everyone wants spiritual depth but are unwilling to be obedient to Jesus.
Going to the Lord is like going to the doctor.
You may not like what you hear, but you have a choice.
What can you put into practice this week?
The foundation of a house (roots) is not usually seen, but it’s the most important.
The invisible manifests in the visible.
Remember: Beauty is only skin deep.
Are you spending as much time on your character as you are on your appearance?
Not just hair, make-up, clothes, but how you are perceived by others.