Wrong Diagnosis

18 Jul

Kelly Jean, a beautiful young brunette, went to visit her doctor.Laughing Doctor

“My body hurts wherever I touch it,” she told the doctor.

“Now, that’s impossible,” the doctor said. “Show me.”

Kelly Jean pushed her elbow and screamed in agony. She pushed her knee and screamed again. She pushed her ankle and screamed, and so on.

Finally, as she pushed her forehead, the doctor studied her carefully.

“You’re not really a brunette are you?” he said.

“No,” she replied. “I’m really a blonde.”

“I thought so,” said the doctor, laughing. “Your finger is broken.” (1)

Kelly Jean made a personal diagnosis that was wrong … it wasn’t her whole body that hurt … it was one little digit on her finger.

I read about a former TV comedian from Britain who spent his life savings after being wrongly told he had only three months to live. Diagnosed with deadly liver cirrhosis,  Dave Ismay set about completing his “bucket” list.”  For one, he bought a new Mercedes. He also completed completed a book about his life on the road.

Doctor_DiagnosingTen weeks after his earth-shattering diagnosis, the comedian discovered he had a treatable condition. Life required some ongoing changes, but he felt like he had a new lease on life, and he said he still plans to complete his bucket list. (2)

Ismay’s diagnosis was financially costly ~ a Mercedes isn’t cheap. But I wonder how many people have a wrong spiritual diagnosis. That could be just as costly … for eternity!

Some believe that people are just a little spiritually sick, when actually, that’s a misdiagnosis. Without Christ, people are desperately ill and on their way to death. Jeremiah 17:9a says it this way:  “The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly perverse and corrupt and severely, mortally sick!” (Amplified). The New International Version says the heart is “beyond cure.”

People try to cure their desperate sickness in many ways ~ trying harder, being “better,” striving to do more, etc. But spiritual health doesn’t come through a works-focus; we can’t possibly come up with the remedy for our own spiritual sickness.  Healing must deal with the heart-core of our lives. Healing comes as we rest in the free gift of God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).

And God’s grace is available to help us with the scars that remain from our sin “sickness” … and God’s grace is powerful to help us deal with any lingering consequences. He is the Great Physician, and He doesn’t need any assistants.

When I struggle with lingering sinfulness, I know that I simply need to apply the salve of the truth of the Word of God that tells me who I am in Christ. The joy of the Lord is my strength. And a cheerful heart ~ trusting in the presence, promises, and power of God ~ is good medicine. Learn to LOL with God!Always Laugh When You CanDon’t allow the enemy to give you a misdiagnosis of your position in Christ, if you have a personal relationship with the Lord. You are free in Jesus, and you do not have to serve sin any longer (Romans 6:6-14). You can choose who and what you will serve.

In the Lord, you are healed of your mortal spiritual sickness, and you are being transformed daily by His grace. Praise Him for that today!

(1) Adapted from http://www.jokesblonde.com/

(2) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1331754/Comedian-Dave-Ismay-spends-life-savings-told-3-months-live.html

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