If you’ve watched TV lately, you will see about half of the commercials are trying to sell you some kind of drug to treat whatever you perceive ails you.  A pill to help you sleep, a pill to wake you up, a pill for your allergies, a pill to help you breathe, a pill to get you up when you’re down, a pill to calm you down if you’re overactive.  There’s a pill to help you gain weight, a pill to help you lose weight, a pill for birth control, a pill to help you conceive a baby, a pill to abort a baby.  There’s a pill for heartburn, toothache, bellyache, heartache you name it.  Not to mention that most of the drugs list side-effects that can be as bad as the ailment, or worse, maybe fatal.     If you don’t like the weather, take a pill.  No, the pill won’t change the weather, at least not yet, but it will keep you from knowing it’s raining on you, perhaps.  It’s getting to the point where there is a drug for about anything you can think of, for you, your children, and your pets.  We have become a drug society.  The drug companies are working hard to get your kids on drugs even from an early age, so when you get sick, who are you going to call?  The drug companies hope you’ll go to the doctor and get a prescription.  The doctor makes money, the druggist makes money, and the drug company makes money.  And, I guess you could say, it creates jobs, so everyone is happy, right?
    Not everyone is happy.  God is not happy, for we have become a society who looks to medicine for a cure, instead of Him.  Whatever happened to believing what is written in the Bible?  One verse comes to mind in particular, Exodus 15:26, And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put (allow to be placed upon) none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
 Many would say I’m anti-doctor, anti-medicine, anti-drug, but I realize the doctors have helped many.  However, and I say again, HOWEVER, if you’re a child of God, there is a benefit you have that others do not have, and it is written in Psalm 103:2-3 which says, Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities, who healeth all thy diseases.  Who exactly is the “WHO” the Psalmist wrote of?  The doctor?  The pharmacist?  Nope.  He was talking about God.  Am I saying “throw away your medicine”?  No, but I am saying this; you can get to a place where you don’t need a doctor or medicine anymore, and that’s a better place.  I know many people are going to the doctor, taking medicine, and praying to God for a cure, in that order.  They’ve therefore put God in “last place” as a “last resort”.  I’d say, Let’s believe God for healing, they would say, You mean it’s come to THAT??.  Or perhaps they’ve believed God for healing “for a while”, and not seeing any result, went to the doctor.  I’ve been told “You’re a fool to neglect going to the doctor and waiting for God to heal you.”, and “God gave us doctors and hospitals and medicine to heal us”. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, even if it kills them.  My Bible says, in Psalms 107:20, He sent His Word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. 
   Period.  Not a word about going to the doctor there. Not a word about surgery, chemo, or medicine.  It just isn’t there, folks.  Now, if God wants us to go to doctors, then why doesn’t He just come out and tell us to?
 In 1993 I was diagnosed with cancer and told I’d be dead in a month or less. He did give me some good advice, though, he told me to go home and get my affairs in order. I didn’t go back to the doctor, instead I asked the Lord Jesus to save me, and that’s when I learned about the “benefits”.  To me, the biggest benefit of making the Lord Jesus my Lord and Savior was not spending eternity in the lake of fire, but little did I know there is more, MUCH MORE.  I not only got well, but I’ve never been sick again since with ANYTHING!  Is that a benefit? You bet!  I realize in writing this that I might rub a few people the wrong way, but you can’t please everyone.  There is no “middle ground” with God.  You either believe Him, or you don’t.  I simply chose to believe Him, no matter what the diagnosis was, how I felt, or how I looked.  As a result, I’m enjoying the benefits thereof.  If there’s one thing I know, it is that compromise can get you dead, when it comes to God.  He doesn’t play games, and if you’re smart, you won’t either when you’re dealing with Him. 
 There’s a story about a couple new converts to Christianity in Acts Chapters 4 and 5, named Ananias and Sapphira, let’s read about it:
Act 4:36  And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,
Act 4:37  Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
Act 5:1  But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
Act 5:2  And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
Act 5:3  But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
Act 5:4  Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
Act 5:5  And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
Act 5:6  And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.
Act 5:7  And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
Act 5:8  And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.
Act 5:9  Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
Act 5:10  Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.
Act 5:11  And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.
    Now, what in the world does this have to do with healing?  Everything!  We see here that even though God is the God of grace, He is NOT the God of compromise.  How can we say we fully trust and believe God as our Healer, when every time we get a sniffle, we run for the medicine cabinet?
    There is a story I’ve told before about King Asa, which you can read about in 2Ch 14:11  And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.

   King Asa was facing an overwhelming battle with way too few soldiers and equipment, yet God delivered him.  Later, when faced with another battle, King Asa hired an army, instead of seeking God as before, and he paid them with, guess what? Gold out of God’s temple…bad move.  I’d call that “compromise”, wouldn’t you?  Let’s read about it:
2Ch 16:1  In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah, and built Ramah, to the intent that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.
2Ch 16:2  Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the LORD and of the king’s house, and sent to Benhadad king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying,
2Ch 16:3  There is a league between me and thee, as there was between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent thee silver and gold; go, break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me.
2Ch 16:4  And Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel; and they smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abelmaim, and all the store cities of Naphtali.
2Ch 16:5  And it came to pass, when Baasha heard it, that he left off building of Ramah, and let his work cease.
2Ch 16:6  Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha was building; and he built therewith Geba and Mizpah.
2Ch 16:7  And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand.
2Ch 16:8  Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand.
2Ch 16:9  For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
2Ch 16:10  Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house; for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa oppressed some of the people the same time.
2Ch 16:11  And, behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
2Ch 16:12  And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.
2Ch 16:13  And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.
    Here we see the fruit of compromise.  Due to trusting only in God, King Asa won his first battle, however, the next time he trusted in the strength of man. Then, when he was diseased in his feet, who did he call?  The doctors.  The wages for compromise?  King Asa died, when he could have lived.  Am I telling you don’t go to the doctor?  No!  I can’t do that.  That’s between you and God, and whatsoever you decide is none of my business.  But I’ve seen too many people compromise with God and not prosper for it, that’s all I’ll say.  It’s your life, and your decision.  Who am I going to call?  I’m calling the only one who actually has the cure for whatever I need, and that is the LORD GOD.  And if He has the cure, why should I waste my time and money elsewhere?
 Mark chapter 5 tells about the woman with the issue of blood for twelve years, who spent all her living on the doctors and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse. BUT WHEN SHE HEARD ABOUT JESUS…..well, let’s read about that one too:
Mar 5:25  And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
Mar 5:26  And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
Mar 5:27  When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
Mar 5:28  For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
Mar 5:29  And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
Mar 5:30  And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
Mar 5:31  And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
Mar 5:32  And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
Mar 5:33  But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
Mar 5:34  And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

 Do you reckon that woman ever went to a doctor again?  She knew who to call.  The question is: Who will YOU call?