June 7, 2000
“Whosoever would save his life shall lose it, but whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it.” (Luke 9: 24)
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Precious Disciple of Jesus Christ, the Daystar,
It has been estimated that over half of all physical illnesses have their roots in a sick soul–in damaged emotions, wrong thinking, or a rebellious will. These three parts of the soul (emotions, mind, and will) were designed by God to work in harmony. Likewise, God designed the three parts of man–spirit, soul, and body–to work in harmony. A disorder in one part always affects the other parts.
Sickness in the soul often results from self-centeredness, or making the self the center of our lives. When we are self-centered, we focus on ourselves. In other words, we have ourselves on our minds more than or other than God. Self-centeredness causes the personality to disintegrate. We know that we are being self-centered when we become defensive, proud, jealous, selfish, touchy, offended, unjustly angry, or hostile.
Countless Christians today are sick in their souls. Many suffer from depression, anxiety, fear, worry, jealousy, and a host of other mental and emotional ills. Perhaps you are one of them. If so, let me assure you that this is not God’s will for you.
Well, you may be asking, what am I to do? Let me suggest a powerful remedy.
The best cure for sickness of the soul is praising God. When we praise God, our focus must, of necessity, shift from ourselves to our Heavenly Father. We cannot praise and worship God in spirit and in truth unless we focus on Him. This shift in focus takes our eyes off ourselves and puts them on God. Keeping our eyes on God brings health to the soul.
Make it your daily habit to praise God continually whether you feel like it or not. As you do, a remarkable thing will happen. In losing your self for Him through praise, you will find your self becoming whole.
Your sister in Christ,
Dr. Mary Ann Diorio
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