Are we a real patient?

God heals soulby Richard Mansel, managing editor

I recently had to make a visit to the emergency room for some stomach problems. When I arrived there were a lot of security guards in the emergency room waiting area and nurses frantically running around.

When I sat down at the desk, the nurse explained that they were having a disaster drill. She sent word that she had a real patient and needed to reserve a room. Meanwhile fake patients were being taken into the hospital to receive fake treatment.

As I was taken to the treatment room, everyone kept calling me the real patient.

In fact, I am always a real patient because I am desperately in need of treatment from the Great Physician. I have sin and weakness in my life and I am always in need of the blood of Christ (1 John 1:7).

Without God’s grace and mercy, I cannot survive (Ephesians 2:8-9). Thankfully, he takes very good care of me and I am eternally grateful (Hebrews 13:5).

Sadly, the world is full of fake patients. They do not think they are spiritually ill and feign illness only when needed.

Fake patients can be found in hospitals, funeral homes and after national disasters. However, after the emotion passes, they are once again convinced they are sinless (Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:10)

Satan is such a powerful liar (John 8:44). He has convinced them that they are right with the Lord, when their lives are saturated with sin and they stand separated from God eternally (Isaiah 59:1-2; Romans 5:10).

These fake patients will be shocked when they are lost eternally (Revelation 20:11-15).

What about us? Are we a real patient eagerly seeking the cleansing blood of Christ or are we a fake patient who is convinced that we cannot be sick?

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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