Be healed rather than amputated
Hebrew 12:12-13 - Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
Jesus in Mathew 5:30 instructs us that if there is any part of us that is holding us back from entering God's Kingdom or spiritually growing, it is best we disconnect that part from us and hold the opportunity to enter Heaven than to hold on that part and be condemned to Hell. On this Paul goes further and says that if this part in question by its self is not bad but leads us to sin or to slow down, then we should let the Lord work in that area so that we can use it to help us in God's Kingdom. We are not speaking of any body parts here but all things that are a part of us like our habits, our personality, our weaknesses, our abilities, our relationships etc...
For example many of us have fellowship with other brothers and sisters in the Lord but most of the time it is more of socializing rather than building each other spiritually. This socializing leads their downfall, but when they realize this problem they go to the other extend of disconnecting from all and in turn become sitting ducks for Satan to work on them. For it is written in Ecclesiastes 4:10 when we keep company of brother or sister they can help us or warn us before we fall. Even Jesus for this same reason when He was training his team He sent them out into the world in twos (Luke 10:1).
Another example I can give is a personal one; before I came into the Lord I have an addiction to the internet for all the wrong reasons, if I had made a decision not to get on the internet at all, I would not had been doing what I do today, sharing the Word with thousands across the world. This change did not happen in a day, it took time with many bad experiences or downfalls in between. But what kept the change on, was letting the Holy Spirit work in me in that area.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, there is so much of me that needs change. Guide me to what needs to be disconnected and what of me needs to be lifted up to You; so that those which are lifted up to You, You can work in that area and build me in You. I ask this in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
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