1 John 1:9)
At first it could not be identified. I’m marked by an ugly red stripe. Once you take a closer look you realize its bringing destruction to the flesh, along with pain and shooting electrical stings. As the blisters appeared and the red patch surfaced more clearly it was finally diagnosed as shingles. That’s me—this week! It’s possible that I was infected as early as last week. But it took time to emerge and by then it’s too late, you must let it run its course.
At first I just endured it. Now that I know what it is I am on the attack mode!
When Sin visits at first we may not be able to identify it. Sometimes we can be tricked into thinking it’s no big deal. We may entertain the thought that we can handle it and that no harm will come of it. If we leave it to infiltrate our lives soon this "soul eating - spirit diminishing - peace devouring " disease will consume us. There will be pain and regret if we let it travel and make itself at home. It’s viral; a virus spreading information for your demise.
The Scriptures says that we are the ones that make Sin feel at home. There is a desire that gives birth to sin and sin when full-grown gives birth to death (James 1:12-16).
As I look back, one of my first thoughts was that it might be shingles; even my first emergency doctors’ visit noted that. But there was a second guessing which purchased me two more days of grief. On Monday, I visited my personal doctor who knows me well; she said, “You have shingles”. She quickly put me on an anti-viral medicated to halt the process of this virus in my system.
When it comes to sin, second-guessing leads us further down the path of destruction. Not sure if it’s sin? The Bible says, that the Holy Spirit will tell us. But what if our sensors are dull; lost their ability to hear from God because of the state we’re in? Ask a friend or someone you trust to help you identify the sin.
We may not have a red mark or blisters spelling it out—“you’re in sin”! But often the identifying markers are a withdrawal from church involvement, reading the Bible, praying and worshiping. We find ourselves distant from the Doctor, Jesus himself!
Before the sin virus continues to spread and destroy our flesh and spirit—get the antidote. Confession will set us free. Run to the Doctor there is no waiting line. He’ll take us right in to his presence.
The antidote will free us even though the marks of sin may remain for a while. In time, the flesh, the heart, the mind and spirit will be fully restored. He makes all things new, we just have to ask and confess.
The Shingles have halted. The flesh is healing, may take another couple of weeks. I am reminded once again that God has given men wisdom and all healing comes from him. He is Jehovah-Rophe. He not only heals, healing is what He is! He is the Healer!
God bless you!~Liz