Yesterday, I came down with this stomach virus of some sort at about 1pm. I started feeling dizzy, the room was spinning, I couldn't sit up without feeling sick. Thinking that I had not drank any water in a couple of days, I thought that that was the issue. So I swallowed a bottle of water...nothing changed. My my stomach really turning upside down, I went a laid down, took a nap for a bit. Waking up at around 3pm, the room was still spinning and my stomach was ready to burst. Running into the bathroom, I vomited.
My days leading up to yesterday were fine, I was feeling good, but for some reason, I was sick.
As I was kneeling by the toilet, I just started to pray and command this virus to exit my body. And as I washed my face and brushed my teeth, I was thinking of calling one of my brothers in Christ and cancelling our Disciples Group Meeting for the night which is scheduled to start at 6:30pm. Going back and laying down, I thought maybe I needed some food, but walking into the kitchen made my stomach and head even worse. Laying back down, I dosed off again...Waking up at now 5pm, I was really ready to now email all the guys and cancel the meeting for sure because everything was worse.
Back in the bathroom and vomiting, I was reminded of Satan and his tactics to keep the word of God from spreading. Laying in my bed, I started praying for healing and reminding the devil the "he was a lie" and "already defeated". Reminded that Jesus NEVER was sick and remembering that I was the temple of the Holy Spirit and nothing that is not of God should dwell in me. So this fired me up. I usually leave the house at about 5:15 to get to the church at about 5:30 to hand out and chat hang with a few of the fellas before the meeting start, but with it being 5:30, I was just speaking. Speaking to God, speaking to Satan and speaking to this virus. Thanking God for healing me so that the words that He put in my mouth could be spoken that night to the men whom He entrusted to me. Reminding Satan that I was aware of his tactics and his desire to keep me silent that night. And commanding that stomach virus to cease. Earlier I had commanded the virus to exit me however it needed to come out, but now, due to time, i needed my stomach to be settled and my head to stop spinning.
I started getting dressed, gathering all my things. With it now being 6, it was time to go. I stopped at the store grabbed me a 7up and headed to church. Got there, still a little shaky, but God had moved. Set up the chairs, turned on some worship music, ministered the word without one issue. I had planned to let the guys know my situation just in case I had to leave the room for a moment. Actually, I had planned to bring my tooth paste and brush and mouth wash just in case, but i forgot those things at the house.
Now at the close of our session, one of the brothers in the group, stated that, "the affairs of civilian life are BENEATH the work of a good soldier of Christ Jesus" [2 Timothy 2:3&4]. When he said this, wow, you want to talk about being enlightened. Just like that, we started ministering to one another the facts that a lot of the things that those who are "of the world" deal with are "BENEATH" those who are children of God. Be it depression, anxiety, lying or stealing, sickness and disease, these things are BENEATH us as children of God. We are ABOVE this things and need to start thinking and acting like it. What a REVELATION.
For me, it was sickness that i rose above earlier that evening, because sickness is BENEATH me. God elevated me out of that sick place and placed me in a place of wellness because, that's where a child of God belongs. He reminded me that I pray over my meals but not my snacks and earlier that day I had eaten some Easter Skittles that I should not have eaten. He(the Holy Spirit) reminded me that the devil just needs an opening to come in and disrupt plans. Sickness disrupts the plans that God has for many of His children because we His children do not realize that we are ABOVE it. A couple of years ago the Holy Spirit simply said this to me, "A HEALTHY body is an EFFECTIVE body". So God want's us healthy that we might be effective. Whether it is a stomach virus or a terminal disease, if you take AUTHORITY over it, He will rise you up ABOVE it. Healthy physically, mentally and spiritually.
John said it like this, "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. [3 John 1:2]