The fish bites.

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Well, sometimes after travelling and time off work I have a hard time getting back into the regular swing of things, particularly so when I have been essentially off the grid while visiting somewhere with minimal to no internet. Belief it or not there still are a few places like that out there. I was up in Nome, Alaska and while I know it would not be everyone’s cup of tea, I love the place. I must confess, my visits have been in the summer time and I seriously doubt I would ever want to visit in the winter. But, as they say, there is no place like Nome. But, as I said, trying to get used to the time change, get caught up on things at home and work and deal with whatever other issues came up while I was away makes it difficult to get back into the normal flow of life. I am finally caught up, mostly…..I think. But, on to the post of the day.

During my visit in Nome I had the chance to do some salmon fishing and the silver salmon were biting GREAT! One problem I found is that salmon have bigger and sharper teeth than most of the fish I have caught in the past. And, I found out the hard way. Someone, tried to remove a hook from one fish’s mouth before LOOKING and was bitten. A salmon’s teeth are not shark huge, but they are fairly big and very sharp. I had several little puncture wounds from the bite and was foolish enough to have had fingers on both hands in the fish’s mouth. After I finished finding needle nose pliers and removing the hook I washed off my fingers and tried to avoid those teeth on the rest of the fish. As time went I find that I did not wash as well as I should have and some ended up getting infected. I tried washing them better, scrubbing out the wounds, and that sort of helped, but some still got more infected and I ended up needing to start antibiotics and some of the spots needed to be lanced and drained. NO FUN! Now they are getting better and I thank God for that.

I deal with similar issues with patients frequently where the develop cellulitis, basically infection in the skin. Other times where they develop abscesses where pockets of bacteria and white blood cells collect (pus.) Well, some abscesses are small, like the ones I had but others get pretty large. All of these skin infections require some type of damage to the skin, cuts, scrapes, puncture wounds from bug bites, spider bites, thorns, etc. One thing I have noticed, and to me it is interesting, is that the big wounds usually do not become infected. Some is due to a larger amount of bleeding that washes dirt and bacteria out of the wound but a lot is that people tend to take larger wounds more seriously and wash them carefully, try hard to keep them clean, and thereby avoid infections. But, the smaller wounds, well people tend to not worry as much about those but they are the ones that normally get more infected, the infection spreads, and can get very severe. Once treated the infection resolves and the person heals fine but even small areas of infection, if not treated, will get worse and cause loss of tissue and if let go too long, result in death.

SO…..nice you are thinking, he got some fish bites on his hands, gave us a little lesson on skin conditions and such. BUT WHAT IS THE POINT?

I got to thinking how my spiritual life is similar. The big trials, the big temptations, the BIG EVILS when they show up are much easier to deal with for the most part. They are easier to deal with in a way. One can recognize the dangers to one’s spiritual well being when they are the big issues, the temptations and hardships are much more quickly recognized and dealt with by most. Avoid those things, or if a significant hardship is encountered most of us take time to look to the scripture and pray about things for God’s help in dealing with the difficulty at hand and He helps us. But, the little things, the tiny small trials we sometimes ignore and smaller sins are the say way. We sort of ignore the little things sometimes, let them go without addressing them. Now, I realize, sin is sin.

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. James 2:10

If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee [shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.    Genesis 4:7

 

There really are no big or small sins, but most of us consider some things as lesser sins. Maybe it is a little white lie, make a promise we don’t intend to keep; we make little mean comments about others, nothing TERRIBLE, but still negative comments that do not please God, treat others poorly but not really badly. Many ways we make these small sins and we ignore them. But, the small sins still impact our spiritual well being. These acts put barriers between us and God and human nature is such that once one thing is there we justify slightly more significant sins. The effects of these small sins, the progressively worse sins and the person’s ignoring them is they begin to fester. Maybe one fails to forgive someone, not forgiving someone causes the feelings of hurt and anger to remain, eating away at the person holding on to the hurt, creating more intense anger and bitterness. That anger and bitterness builds, it spreads into other areas of one’s spiritual life. It creates a spiritual infection and eventually needs dealt with in a more aggressive manner to rid one of that disease. One must drain the infection and treat it. Spiritually that requires looking to God and His guidance. Read the scripture to see what He wants us to do. As with any sin He wants us to recognize the sin, confess to Him that we have sinned and ask for forgiveness. God is good and faithful to forgive us of those sins and cleanse us. He and His word are our spiritual scalpel that drains the infection from us and the antibiotic that rids us of the sins.

But, as I said, interesting to me is that the more obvious, bigger so to speak, sins are in many ways easier to deal with overall because we more quickly recognize them but the smaller things slowly creep in, spread and cause more problems in the long run. Avoiding completely and seeking His protection can prevent problems, just like vaccinations that protect us from diseases.

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Ephesians 6:10-11

 

Using protective devices, gloves when dealing with sharp items or getting vaccinations to protect ourselves are a couple examples on how to avoid infections, but spiritually we need to constantly seek the Lord and try to think with the mind of Christ, put on our spiritual armor and let God protect us.

Yeah, sin is sin, big or small, and sin is a spiritual infection, avoiding is best, but when it is present, it must be dealt with and when we deal with it, He will take care of us, forgive us, He redeems us.

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

John 3:16-17

 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

Lord, I praise You and thank You for helping me understand Your desires for me to avoid sin and if I fail to avoid it, recognize it and deal with it as You wish me to deal with sin. I know I have sinned in many ways and I ask Your forgiveness of those sins. I thank You for Your sacrifice of Your Son Jesus Christ who died for my sins. I thank You for your grace and mercy. I pray in Jesus name that You continue to help me grow spiritually, that You continue to help me in my walk and help me better have the mind and heart of Christ. Please show me how to improve myself for You and how to better serve You. Help my loved ones see their own sins, show them they need to confess the sins to You and ask Your forgiveness. Help them walk away from the sins in their lives so they may better serve You and know You and Your will in their lives. I worship You for your grace, mercy and for all that You are.

Amen

 

Thanks for the visit today. I apologize for the absence and I pray all have been well. Try to be a blessing to others today. He will bless you for your efforts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antibiotics aren’t the cure

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I mentioned before that my job is helping people, well, I am a physician. And, at times at work I often have patients come in and say, “I need antibiotics.” When I ask them why, they have sometimes searched the internet and tell me that on google it says they need the antibiotics. Other times, they say, every time I get something like this if I don’t get antibiotics I am sick for 2 weeks. But, when you talk further with them, they admit that every time they get sick they run to get antibiotics. Far more often than not, they either have a cold or allergies, neither of which respond to antibiotics. Colds, are cased by viruses, viruses and allergies are from dust, pollen and other irritants. Bacterial infections are the only ones that improve with antibiotics. I try to explain to them the normal process for a cold, what we call disease progress, that it takes about a week and a half to two weeks to run it’s course and taking antibiotics won’t change it, they are going to be sick for 10-14 days. Now, since they have Dr Google they are sure they are right. Or, they argue, you don’t know my body, I know how I am. Well, no one has a body that is different than others. Viral infections take a certain time period to go through all the phases. No matter what one does, it takes a certain amount of time. While we can treat the symptoms, the disease doesn’t behave differently. Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them exposes a person to risks of reaction or developing resistance to the antibiotic so it doesn’t work when you need it.

But, there are those that “know” they need it, mostly because they say they NEED to get better quickly. So, they pester the doctor, or if the first one won’t give them the medicine they want, they doctor shop until they get the antibiotics. Preferring the easy way, rather than take care of things as they should. Since the antibiotics don’t work to actually treat viruses, the only benefit is if they have a placebo effect, but it still isn’t a cure and the cold won’t get better faster. All they did was waste money on the medication and expose themselves to risks of drug reactions and other complications. Finding themselves, after the cold is done, exactly where they would have been had they taken the right steps to begin with anyway. But, some KNOW it was the antibiotics, regardless of the actual cause of the illness. The antibiotics they demanded were of no more benefit than placebo (sugar pills.) Funny thing about placebo is that up to 40% or more patients if having pain, say from a broken bone, when given a placebo, have reduced pain levels shortly after taking the fake medication.

I see that in the way some people approach their lives. They decide they need something to make it better, maybe they want to eat, go shopping (when they don’t need anything,) get a new car, move to new house or apartment, or many other thins, but when they get that, they may be feeling like their life is better temporarily, but soon they often realize that they aren’t really better off. The initial benefit is a placebo effect, what they did had no effect on the situation, they just deceived themselves into thinking it helped. Why would that be so? It is because the problem cannot be fixed with something, often people are unhappy with themselves and using other things, food, shopping, cars, and such are only bandaids, placebo items and the problem is within and failure to fix oneself will result in feeling the same in the end.

What is the best method to improve ones self? Seeking God, praying, studying the Bible, learning how to live the way Christ wants us to live. Those not saved, need to confess that Christ is the Son of God that died for our sins and confess their sins to Him.

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

John 14:1-7

 

We only need believe in Jesus and we can find the true cure for our problems, illnesses, financial, loneliness, marriage problems, whatever is causing one to not be happy with their lives. He will give us what we need and what we ask for in His name.

 

12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

John 14:12-14

 

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 10:32

 

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Romans 10:9-11

 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

 

What a mighty, merciful and gracious God we serve. He allowed His son to be crucified to give us redemption and life eternal.

 

Lord, I praise Your glory and majesty. I thank You for the gift of salvation through Your son Jesus. I pray in His Name that You continue Your work in my life, make me into the servant You have planned and guide my steps as I follow You. I ask that You work in the hearts and minds of others, guide them into Your will and Your way for their lives. Draw the unsaved to You that they may have redemption as well. Show them that Christ is the cure for the problems of human existence and not possessions. The most precious possession of all is redemption and salvation from sin, with life eternal with You and Christ.

Amen

 

Thanks for the time today. I know that everyone has a lot going on and the moments of your time are appreciated.