The Right Remedy

21 Oct

“I took my dog for a walk and played Frisbee with him, but he was useless. I really need to Dog with Frisbeeget a flatter dog.”

~ mogolnick, Twitter

That Frisbee player envisioned a wrong remedy to solve the problem!

Have you ever applied a wrong remedy?

It’s been said that politicians do that all the time. Ernest Benn said, “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.”

It’s a little scarier if a doctor applies a wrong remedy! For example, I read that 57 National Health Service (NHS) patients had surgery on wrong parts of their body due to doctor error in the North London sector of the United Kingdom in 2009. And we all know that receiving and taking a wrong medicine can lead to serious complications or death.

In the same way, people have to deal with another kind of death if they apply the wrong spiritual remedy.

Acts 4:12 says there is no other way [no other remedy] under heaven by which we can find salvation except through Jesus. No other way. Any other way just won’t work; it won’t just be disappointing ~ it will be destructive!

In the Old Testament, when people turned to the Father ~ looking forward to the promised Messiah, God said through Isaiah (45:21b-22), “There is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me.” And then, when Jesus the Messiah came, He told us that no one comes to the Father, except through Him! (John 14:6; 1 Tim. 2:1; 2:3-6)

Christians live in a pluralistic, postmodern, “tolerant” world that would like for believers to soften their tone about Jesus; but we can’t be afraid to declare that Jesus is the way. Too much is at stake. We need the Savior; because we can never be good enough for God in and of ourselves. Another wrong remedy for sin is trying to get to the Father through individual actions or merit (Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Cor. 1:26-31).

How about you? Have you trusted Jesus alone to make you ready to meet the Father? (If not, here is a simple list of scriptures that will explain how you can receive God’s remedy.)

And then, if you are a Christian, think about the choices in your life. Make sure you are applying biblical remedies for life’s tough circumstances!

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