Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
HEALING AND DELIVERANCE
“When human beings began to increase in number on the earth…The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.” - Genesis 6:1,5-6
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, and it kills millions of people each year around the world. Cancer causes its harmful effects in primarily two ways. Firstly, a cancer cell grows uncontrollably and does not live in harmony with non-cancerous cells. Cancer cells multiply in number, and if not stopped will spread to other parts of the body. These cancer cells, to sustain its growth, will divert blood vessels and nutrients meant for healthy cells to itself. Eventually, if not stopped, these cancer cells create a burden on the body and kills the healthy cells in the body. The second reason cancer is harmful is that a cancerous cell no longer performs its intended function or purpose. Every cell in our body has a function, for example a cell in our pancreas produces normal levels of hormones like insulin. A cancer cell in the pancreas may produce too much hormones, or none at all. Certain bone cancers hurt one’s immunity because the body can no longer produces an adequate number of functioning immune cells. By not performing its intended function, cancer harms the body. In certain cases, such as a bone marrow transplant, a person’s cancerous bone marrow cells are destroyed by chemotherapy and replaced by bone marrow cells of a healthy donor, which eventually multiply and gives the person a chance to live.
In Genesis 6, we see a “cancer” affecting the world. “Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. (v.11-12)” The people on the earth did not live in harmony with each other yet nor did they perform their intended function as the children of God. The world was full of evil, and so God, just like in a bone marrow transplant, destroy every human being except Noah, who was righteous in God’s sight, and his family, whom God decided would help resettle the world.
In many ways, our world today is suffering from the same cancer that we see in Genesis 6. We see a world, where there is such an emphasis on money, beauty, and power. We see how people will resort to evil and corrupt ways to attain such things. Are we living in harmony with others? Do we care and truly all those around us, or do we only care and love ourselves? I remember a song that was popular in the 90’s that said the key to life is “money, power, and respect.” This is the message that is unfortunately being spread throughout the world, and we often hear of stories each and everyday of how certain people will go to great lengths and evil to achieve it. We need to know let others know that the true key to life is not these things, but the Lord Jesus Christ..
Jesus gave us two commandments in Matthew 22, which was to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and mind and secondly to love your neighbor as yourself. By following these two commandments, we, as God’s people, can help stop the evil and wickedness that is slowly killing our world. We have to show the world that the key to life is love and Christ. We must not be part of the cancer affecting the world, but be part of the cure for it!
Prayer: “Almighty Lord, we ask that you strength us to overcome the evil and wickedness we face in today’s world, and that you use us to transform the world to reflect your glory and love. Amen.”
Thought of the Day: “Being a Cure for the World”
Abe Tharakan, St Andrews MTC, NY