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You Have the Cure
By Joel Osteen - Apr 24, 2020
One of the challenges we face with the coronavirus is that our bodies have no antibodies to fight it. We’ve never seen this strain of the virus, so a vaccine must be developed, but most reports say it could take a year or more. Without a cure, without a remedy, we’re at the mercy of the virus. Because researchers have developed vaccines for past infectious diseases, what used to harm us doesn’t harm us anymore. Once you have the cure, you don’t have to be afraid of the disease.

But what about virus-like poisons that you can’t see with a microscope—guilt, fear, depression, addictions. These can infect our thinking and poison our self-esteem, but you can’t treat them with a vaccine. If we only had an antidote to deal with the guilt from past mistakes—the times we failed and didn’t make good decisions. Now we go around sick with regrets, down on ourselves. If we only had a cure for the hurts, the disappointments, the unfair childhood. Now we’re tempted to live bitter, insecure, without passion.

The good news is that two thousand years ago the antidote was developed for these poisons—not by a team of researchers but by the Son of the living God. When Jesus went to the cross, He took our guilt, our shame, and our failures upon Himself. He not only made Himself an offering for sin and bore our sins, but He took our sicknesses. The Scripture says that by the stripes He received before He was crucified, “we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). We are not at the mercy of fear, depression, or addictions. We have the cure. The Most High God is breathing in our direction. His being for you is more than the world being against you. Don’t let the fear, the guilt, or the depression hold you down. Take the antidote. “Father, thank You that I am forgiven, I am redeemed, I am free, and I am healthy and whole.”

If you dwell on thoughts that tell you, “You’re just average. There’s nothing special about you,” that poison will infect your thinking. You have to take your medicine. “I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I’m wearing a crown of favor. I have royal blood flowing through my veins.” The writer of Proverbs says God’s Word is like medicine. When you meditate on it, it brings healing and wholeness. When thoughts whisper, “This slowdown is going to ruin you financially,” don’t let that virus take root. “Father, thank You that the economy is not my source. You are my source. You said You would prosper me even in a desert.”

You have the cure. Now make sure you’re taking your medicine.
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