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GOD’S WORD FOR MARCH 28 ~ ~ Proverbs 3:7-8 ~ ~ “Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to your body, and marrow to your bones.”

You’re not feeling well, and you have a fever. Is your increased body temperature good for you or should you try to lower it? Sometimes our quest for comfort leads to our own demise.

Everything God does is good. He has provided still another mechanism to kill bacteria in our bodies when we are attacked. Medical researchers are learning what happens in the body when we develop a fever.

They say that the body’s fever response is usually a very important part of our body’s defense against disease. Wow! They figured this out?! Hundreds of generations ago, people knew this, and “sweated it out”. Within reason, of course, fever is the cure. Of course, like anything else, it could go on too much too long, and must be brought down, but it seems now that people reach for the Tylenol a little too soon possibly.

Normally, the body’s temperature varies throughout the day. If the body’s temperature drops below 80° or climbs higher than 108° for a prolonged period, death usually results. Your body sets your thermostat in relation to your health.

When disease germs are detected in your bloodstream, your white blood cells release a chemical called EP. EP quickly makes its way to your thermostat, where it raises the setting. This increase in temperature can make your body increase its production of T cells by 20 times or more to fight bacterial infection. It also increases the production of blood chemicals that fight viruses, while it also blocks bacteria’s ability to make use of the free iron in your blood at just the time bacteria are most in need of that iron.

Even iguanas and fish, and other cold blooded animals, are known to raise their body temperature when ill by moving into warmer environments. How do they know to do this? Again, instinct is God, their Creator, telling them what to do.

The problem is, sometimes, man, who is created in the image of God, is the only one who doesn’t listen to Him. Our bodily functions do, but when our will gets in the picture, many times we block Him out.

We think we know better, and we want to be always comfortable, not willing to take the discomfort that would lead to the cure.

This is true of salvation also. Mankind is obsessed with itself and it’s comfort and entertainment, not with the God of their creation and salvation. In the natural mind, man doesn’t have a clue that they need to be saved from themselves. Only humbly listening to God, as even the animals do, will show us that He has been the ultimate sacrifice for us, because we will never make it by ourselves.

It’s also true in our walk with the Lord after salvation. He allows or gives us problems, trials and tribulations, to get our attention, and to teach us a truth we need, but don’t know we need. But we want to run to the medicine cabinet, to the doctor, to the banker, or to whatever or whomever will make us comfortable quickly. It’s the drive-through and social media mentality. But God doesn’t work that way. He’s not after the quick cure. He’s after the long-term fix in our spiritual life with Him. That can only come when we stop and focus on Him instead of the problem. Preachers tell us that all the time, but how many really listen and do it?

Ps 139:14

“I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.”

Psalm 139:13

“For You formed my innermost parts; You knit me [together] in my mother’s womb.”

2Cor. 9:8 Amp ~ ~ “And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.”

2 Peter 1:3

“For His divine power has bestowed on us [absolutely] everything necessary for [a dynamic spiritual] life and godliness, through true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.”

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