Preexisting conditions

With all of the debate and fighting in Washington over the new healthcare bill; one phrase is being used over and over to help justify the need for healthcare.  This phrase is “Pre-Existing Condition”

Medically speaking, many of us have “pre-existing conditions,” medical issues that have occurred to us in our past that may be able to affect us now.   Heart attacks, cancer, high blood pressure, strokes, and hundreds of other issues are “pre-existing conditions.”

Unfortunately, these are not the most devastating “pre-existing conditions” in our lives.

Anger, Greed, Lust, Pride, Lying, Stealing, Arrogance, Selfishness, Deception, Fear, Idolatry and Gossip are all “pre-existing conditions.”

These are infections that have infested us all.  No one is exempt from these and they get us all in trouble with God.

Romans 3:23-25 “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.” NLT

Insurance companies often reject people because of their “pre-existing” conditions.  They will not provide them health insurance because they already have health problems.

Thankfully, God does not reject us because of our “pre-existing” conditions.

God knows our faults and our failures, every single one; but God still loves us!  Think about that level of love and commitment!  To continue to love someone even though you know every mistake and impure thought they ever had!  To love someone even after they ignore you, ridicule you and even assault you.  That is a God sized love!

John 3:16-19 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” ESV

God knows that you could never change yourself.  Your pre-existing condition” runs way to deep.  The infection has been in you way to long for any antibiotic to work, much less and good works or religion to do any good.

We, you, are rotting away from the inside out and there is nothing on Earth that can save you. You are doomed. You have been diagnosed by God, the Great Physician, and the prognosis is not good!

God knew this as well, and His perfect love and commitment to you moved Him to do something for you.

You see, when there was nothing on earth that could heal you, that could save you; God sent His one and only Son Jesus Christ from Heavens Golden Streets to Earths dirty streets.

Now, with Jesus Christ here with us, there is Someone on Earth that can and will save you, if you will believe.

When a Doctor gives you medicine, you have to actually take the medicine for it to do you some good.  The same with Salvation.  God says it is a gift from Him to you.  All you have to do is believe in His Son enough to accept the gift He is offering.

Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” ESV

You do have many pre-existing conditions!  The Bible calls them sins; but you do not have to live with these infections in your life!  They can be removed, completely cleansed from your life, like you are re-born with the ultimate second chance; new birth by the grace of God through Faith in Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas!