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Medicine of faith?

Posted by Ben on Jun 3 2013 10:51PM

I have a type of arthritis that makes my back stiff. It has also eaten away at the cartilage in my hip, which is my main problem with it. It can be pretty painful. I'm taking aleve every day, and have taken it for over 4 years. Recently, I found out that I should not run, jump, play sports, or do other high impact activity. At times, this can be very discouraging, because I used to love doing these things, and because my everyday mobility is sometimes made difficult or painful. So, here are my questions. Am I supposed to embrace this as a thorn in my flesh so God can make me strong through my weakness? I really don't see how being half lame and not being able to play sports fits in with a better plan that God has for me. At times, I feel as if God is wanting to hurt me, or is letting me be hurt. I don't see the purpose for it at all, and don't see how it can really have a purpose, or be the best thing for me. Also, I have heard that we should trust God a lot, and pretty


- Re: Medicine of faith?from Jason, Sep 7 2013 11:08AM
I have never been afflicted by any physical injuries, but I have been afflicted with depression during my teenage years. At times I contemplated suicide. However, during my time of depression I began to reconnect my life with God and pray multiple times a day for spiritual guidance. Listen God allows things to happen in our life for a reason. It's a tragedy that you have arthritis, but I can assure you that God has a purpose for you. I don't know what it is, but God does. I think you should pray and ask God to reveal the meaning to you. In addition, this might simply be a test of your faith in your life. God also allows temporary challenges to afflict us. Remember though, that no matter what happens in your life you can turn to Jesus for all your answers. I will pray for that God will heal your arthritis.

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- Re: Medicine of faith?from Amber, Aug 13 2013 4:56PM
Today, you may want to read the book Ministry of Healing by Ellen G White. The chapter titled The Touch of Faith that should be particularly encouraging. Also, throughout the book are several helps that are proven to improve your mental, physical, and spiritual health. Perhaps you may try hydrotherapy too as this will help remove some of your pain. And remember according to Deuteronomy 33:25 as thy day so shall thy strength be. And remember to always pray for the good Lord hears , loves, cares, can, judges, strengthens, understands, ... .

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- Re: Medicine of faith?from LA'ISE GALANG, Jul 8 2013 2:15PM
i, too, have been afflicted. my battle has been with mental illness: major depression. i believe that God has us go through these experiences for a number of reasons. we must go through the refiner's fire to become more pure in heart, to bring us closer to God in our weakness, and to be an example to others around us of our commitment and love for our God, no matter what condition we find ourselves in. i also believe in seeking treatment for our condition because God has given the human being the ability to use drugs, etc., to help ease our suffering. He may cause a miracle to happen in your life today, but, for sure, you will be healed when He returns one day to call you home. my prayers and love are sent to you. may God continue to bless you and your loved ones! (there are always blessings. things can always be worse than what you are dealing with now)

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- Re: Medicine of faith?from Vanessa, Jul 4 2013 11:34PM
I know for sure,being half lame was never a mandate for your life from our loving heavenly Father. P.S.Miracles also take place through natural occurrences.As the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.Here is a reference Natural Health Practioner affiliated with the SDA church &specializing in natural cartilage rejuvenation and arthritis.4104662558.God loves you!

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- Re: Medicine of faith?from Vanessa, Jun 30 2013 2:59AM
Ben,the Lord never finds joy in seeing His precious children suffer.Sin has caused much pain and disappointment in our world today,however through every trial,we can have another testimony of how we are only finding strength to embrace everyday,because we KNOW this IS NOT our permanent home.You are a miracle when you refuse to give up,you are a miracle when you choose to believe God loves you, and finally,you are just a miracle because no one else in the world is exactly like you.That's why we need your testimony.

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- Re: Medicine of faith?from RebaPrecious, Jun 22 2013 6:59AM
There is a purpose for everything. God won't give us anything we cannot bear. Everyone of us is hurting. Your s is physical while others might be emotional or mental. We all have our cross to bear.

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- Re: Medicine of faith?from Heather Young, Jun 5 2013 9:30PM
Well I dont know much but I want to encourage you(: "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." -Jeremiah 29:11. Im Sorry You are feeling discouraged. Just try to keep your head up and Trust in the Lord

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- Re: Medicine of faith?from wendy, Jun 5 2013 4:47AM
Don't burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of teh Master, cheerfully expectant. Don't quit in hard times, pray all the harder. Romans 12:11,12

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- Re: Medicine of faith?from wendy, Jun 5 2013 4:46AM
I recently watched an old video by Nick V., a man without arms or legs called Verve(look this word up). He spoke of his faith for healing and hope of a miracle for arms and legs. Then one day he met a girl in a hospital suffering from anorexia. She asked "why am I here?" essentially wanting to know why this had to be her battle. He asked her about her struggle with Christ and what she is doing to make peace with Him, then asked her "if, 5-10 years from now you met someone else in your exact same position, would you help them and comfort them, cold you prove to them that everything will turn out for good in Christ?" she said yes. As his talk progressed he emphasized that suffering comes to all in some shape or another, some us would give up our arms and legs for something else to change in our life but if we pray to God for a miracle and don't get it, it means he is making us the miracle for someone else.

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