Protect Yourself

Protect Yourself

Every fall, we start hearing ways in which we can protect ourselves during flu season.  Just as there are ways to protect ourselves in the natural, there is also a spiritual way to protect ourselves.

Of course, the number one thing you hear is the need to wash your hands frequently.  In a spiritual sense, we also need to wash our hands with pure water. (Hebrews 10:22)

When I worked at the hospital in a secretarial position, there were times when I had to interact with patients.  Occasionally, I would need to cover my clothing with a gown and gloves before entering the patient’s room.  As Christians, we need to cover ourselves with love, compassion, mercy, gentleness, patience, and forgiveness. (Colossians 3:12-14; First Peter 4:8)

We have been taught to cover our mouths when we need to sneeze or cough.  In a spiritual sense, by allowing the Holy Spirit to set a guard over our mouth, it prevents us from speaking spiritual poison into the lives of others.  (Psalm 141:3)

When someone is ill, they are told to get lots of rest.  To avoid spiritual illness, we must learn to rest in the Lord. (Matthew 11:28; Psalm 27:14)

If you have a cold, doctors will tell you to drink plenty of fluids.  As God’s children, we must drink the water of the Word. (Ephesians 5:26) Doing so will keep us spiritually hydrated so that we have something to offer others.

Another piece of advice we often hear is to follow the doctor’s orders.  Spiritually speaking, this would be the Word.  We must be diligent to read the Word, not just to say we have done our good deed for the day.  We must read it, meditate on it, and memorize it so that it becomes a part of us.  Getting God’s Word deep into our hearts will protect us, just as getting a flu shot will protect you from the influenza.

If you have been lax in protecting yourself, what can you do today to change that?
© 2007, Stacy R. Miller

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