FLESH-EATING DISEASE

I knew next to nothing about flesh-eating disease (necrotizing fasciitis) before I moved to Moose Jaw but I learned a lot about it in short order. One of the men in the church I attend shared a moving account about his affliction with and healing from the horrible disease.

While I listened to his story, the Lord spoke to me. “The flesh-eating disease in this church has been healed.” Wow! What did that mean? Was the Lord talking about the man who was speaking? Or was He talking about something entirely different – Spiritual flesh-eating disease? I had never heard of that but one thing I did know, when the Lord speaks to me, I need to pass it on to a Godly person. So I told the pastor what the Lord told me.

That experience sent me to the Word of God to see if there was anything that supported the idea of spiritual flesh-eating disease. First clue: The entire twelfth chapter of I Corinthians talks about the church being the body of Christ, with many members and various abilities and gifts. Verse 27 tells us “All of you together are Christ’s body and each of you is a part of it.” The Word is full of wonderful verses telling us how to live right, like I John 3:18: Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” II Corinthians 5:15 tells us: “He (Christ) died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.”

Second clue: I found verses that warn us about what can happen if we don’t follow the Word. James 3:10 states: “And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely my brothers and sisters, this is not right.” James goes on to question in James 4:1 “What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have so you scheme and kill to get it.”  Finally I came across the last clue: Galatians 5:15:But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another.” Isn’t that a description of spiritual flesh-eating disease?

I have seen churches lose their influence because of internal fighting and arguments. I have seen churches give up and close their doors because of disunity.

What are the symptoms of this disease and how can we cure it? The first symptom is selfishness and selfishness is sin. If I put myself and what I want on the throne of my heart, then Christ is no longer Lord of my life. One evidence of selfishness is criticism. Criticism is saying, ‘I want things done the way I like it.’ Isn’t every word of criticism against the church and God’s people, actually a criticism against God? How do we heal it? We must cultivate an attitude of gratitude in the whole body. Not so easy to do but with love and prayer it is possible.

How about that miracle I promised in every prayer blog? It was in the second paragraph of this blog. The flesh-eating disease in this church has been healed. The evidence? Love permeates our congregation. Unity is front and center in our church staff and church board. Our annual business meetings are pretty close to a love fest.

The definition of a love fest as stated in the Urban dictionary is: When two or more people indulge in expressing their love for each other in such way that it never ends. It is the ultimate expression of deep, true love and respect for each other, usually manifested by an outburst of love expressions that make all involved feel warm, acknowledged and cared for. That’s us!

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