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Friday, February 3, 2017

Think About It

Don’t Own It
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

How many times have you heard someone own his or her disease, condition, or infirmity? How many times have you or I done it? I hear it all the time, my depression, my cancer, my cold, my asthma, my diabetes, and the list goes on and on. Why do we do this? Is it healthy or does it actually create an unhealthy atmosphere in which we live?

Years ago I suffered from asthma, and I do mean suffered. If you’ve ever had an asthma attack you’ll know that it can knock you down and recovery is slow. My wife would ask me how I was feeling and I would say something like, “My asthma is really pulling me down today”. She would fire back, “Why do you own it? It’s not yours.” And you know, she was right. It wasn’t mine and I had come to a place that I wore it like an old familiar jacket. Everyday I’d put it on and struggle through my day with the weight of asthma on my shoulders.

Before I go much further, let me state that I am not stating that whatever you’re dealing with is not real or serious. But what I am asking is why do we own things that are foreign to our bodies. When our bodies are attacked by cancer, asthma, or other debilitating illnesses why to we own them. When we get the flu or a cold why do we own it like some sort of badge of honor?

Here’s my point, what we speak becomes our reality. It’s a heart condition. Jesus said it this way, “…What you say flows from what is in your heart” (Luke 6:45b). What we give our power to will be what controls us. When I give power to anything, I become it’s slave and I lose my power to fight.

Today I rarely give away my power to fight by owning what’s attacking my body. I refuse to be identified by something that was never designed in creation to be a part of me. I wonder how much better our lives would be if we refused to own what is ailing us. Think about it.

4 comments :

Anonymous said...

Thank you and amen!

Brad said...

Well said...

Anonymous said...

Very well said. Never thought about it like that.

Anonymous said...

You're so right Bernie, there's "LIFE & DEATH" in our tongues....what be speak, we're speaking it into existence and allowing ourselves to walk in agreement what we have just spoken that came from our tongue