2 Timothy 1:7, “God has not given us a spirit of fear.” So I’m gonna share a story with you. One of the things I’ll also say is if you allow fear to set in, it may kill you before you ever get to the grave. And that happens with a lot of people, fear sets in, it starts creeping in a little bit at a time, manifests itself and they freeze and they don’t do all the things that God has set forth for them. The will, that God really has for them. Right?
So, I’m reminded of a story of a German doctor. This is a physician that’s around sick people. He’s around healthy people as well, so he understands the environment. He was given a diagnosis of cancer. This is probably 20, 30 years ago in Eastern Europe. And when he got that diagnosis, fear took over. And because it also gave him a death sentence, they said, “You’re not gonna make it through the winter. If you do, you know, you may make it through winter, maybe, but not to summer.” So those are powerful words that have been spoken over you. Negative, powerful words, right? But he bought into that and he started getting his affairs in order. And he decided to go up in the mountains and spend time in the monastery where a bunch of nuns were taking care of people. And, it was there, he was coming up on winter. So it was about to get very bitter cold. This is Eastern Europe. So he goes and checks himself in and he tells the nuns why he’s there, because they’re asking them, “Okay, what’s going on? How can we help you? How can we pray for you?” And he said, “Well, I’m dying. I’m going to be dead by the time Christmas comes around, you may have to call my family and he gave them the bad news. “And they started laughing at him and he goes like, “Why are you laughing?” So I’m telling them when I’m dying and then nuns to ask him, “Who told you this? Who’s saying this stuff to you?” “Oh, the best doctors in the country.” And one of the nuns tells him, “Look, the only One that knows is the One up there. “And she asks him a powerful question. She says, “Do you want to live?” And he’s like, “Yeah, of course I want to live, but I’m dying. I’m going to be dead by Christmas.” She asked him again and said, “Do you want to live?” And he said, “Yes.” “Okay. If you do exactly what I tell you to do, you will live.” Well, they argued back and forth for a while, and they finally said, “Look, if you want to live, we will help you. And let’s see if your body can recoup.” So they put him through some rigorous things. They made them go to work. So he started chopping down wood every day, because they were getting ready for winter. He was prepping food. They would feed them all organic food, fruits and vegetables and soups. And he would whine because he wasn’t feeling well. And they would ask him, “Do you want to live? Okay, then go to the well. Go get some more water.” They would make him go to the well, get water every day in the snow.
And all of a sudden, subconsciously this guy stopped dying. He was doing all of this stuff and he forgot to die! So he goes through Christmas, makes it all the way through February, March, whatever, the snow’s melting in the mountains and the guy’s still alive. So, he. thanks the nuns, he goes down from the mountains to the village. He gets a general checkup from the docs. And they’re like, “What are you talking about? You’re you’re not dying. You’re healthy. ” So then he travels, takes a train into the city, and all the physicians that gave him that diagnosis, check him out and go, “We don’t know what’s happening, but you don’t have any cancer. You’re alive. You’re doing great. Keep doing what you’re doing.”
So you gotta be very careful. If life and death are in the power of the tongue, well, not just your tongue but other people’s tongues as well, so you have to be careful what you’re partnering with. So I pray that God protects your mind, I pray to bind your mind to the mind of Christ, and only listen to what God is saying to you. And I pray that you live.
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