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May 24, 2021 6:00 am
Allen Wright, pastor, Bible teacher and author of his latest book, the power to bless and we didn't even understand about germs and wash their hands before they were doing lighting throughout antiquity body and the angel world strange Allen welcome to another message of good news that will help you see your life like excited for you to hear the teaching today. In the series proof is presented in an old church in North Carolina. If you're not able to stay with us throughout the entire program. I will make sure you know how to get our special resource.
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I want to pick up reading at verse 21 verse 21 of Proverbs 17 he who sires a fool gets himself sorrow and the father of a fool has no joy joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones that we could accept a bribe in secret to pervert the ways of justice. The discerning sets his face toward wisdom guys the food are on the ends of their a foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him today. We all know that one of the most simple but effective preventatives against the spread of disease is washing our hands often wash her hands before meals wash your hands when you been in touch with lots of people. We understand germs, but do you realize that this basic information was not understood until close to the 20th century. In fact, it was in 1847 that a Hungarian doctor and obstetrician discovered a correlation between new mothers mortality rate shortly after giving birth and whether a physician washed his hands before delivering the baby. He noticed it and so he ordered the doctors to wash their hands before they would deliver babies. The mortality rate for those new moms dropped from 18% to 2% 18% of women were dying after they gave childbirth because I got infectious disease by wash her hands. In fact, as grotesque as it seems it was quite commonplace in that particular institution that a doctor will perform an autopsy and one room and walk in the other room and deliver a baby without so much as rinsing is Ansell unthinkable to us now and what's a man unimaginable is that after he discovered this correlation for pretty long time. The medical world pretty much ignore the doctors findings and it wasn't really until closer to 1900 that really all the germ theory and after past year's work and so forth. People began to accept this so you can imagine, we didn't even understand about germs and doctors didn't even wash their hands before they were doing procedures up until near the end of the 19th century.
What this is like throughout antiquity that no body in the ancient world wash their hands except for one ethnicity one strange peculiar group of people as group of people known as the Hebrew people because their God had instructed them to wash their hands before meals and after touching that which was infectious and so forth and I were laws about quarantining the infected person. Laws against touching corpse which was so bacterial laden and it was one of those revelations that some scholars say helped preserve Israel through all the wars that she faced, because as you know, an ancient warfare sickness took more lives than the battles themselves. Just a basic piece of information that washing your hands is one of the best things you can do for your health.
Very basic but we didn't know until recently in science and yet God had shown it. 3500 years ago, but I want to show you today something else that's just as basic and simple, and may be so important as science is now discovering that it that maybe who knows it may become something as important as the Surgeon General's warning about tobacco use, or about our modern move towards a better diet and more exercise. It may be just as important as science is finding that this particular part of leading to health is so important that it will touch on the most complex issues from the bodies complex immune system to the health of our arteries.
The longevity of human life itself and like the mystery of handwashing and was something that though we are just now discovering it in modern times to science something that was plainly written down model 3500 years ago.
I'm talking about a simple scripture, joyful heart is good medicine by the crushed spirit dries up the bone joyful heart is a good literally cured. The text says it is something that is not merely a figure of speech, and I want to show you today in a very different sort of message that I really believe the Lord is prompting me towards this approach to this message is I want to show you some of the research about the links of health and happiness and what modern science and psychology is suggesting to people about the pathway to happiness, much of which is is is got a lot of truth in it. All truth is God's truth. But what I want to show you is how all of this is being discovered, had already been revealed to us in God's word and show you how important it is and show you from God's word, the pathway to living with a more joyful heart because in many ways our health depends upon it. So consider with me the wonder of this ancient verse that has been proven out by modern science challenge right will have more teaching from today's important series like something is holding you back if you can important see that could change everything. Is there someone you've seen stack to help them out what's missing blessing on the vision spoken over you can learn how to embrace the practice of blessing to Pastor Ehrenreich's new book, it's a blast, which quickly became an enzyme number one bestseller after 370s until now the hardcover book has only been available through retail sales this month right ministries once century the I thank you for your demo send this not only receive the best-selling but also receive a free session video place in which Pastor Alan teaches how to blast and covers content not video course includes a detailed study guide perfect for personal growth or small group discussion. Make your gift today discovered the power to blast the gospel is shared when you get to Alan Wright Ministries.
This broadcast is only possible because of listener financial support. When you get today. We will send you a special offer. We are happy to send this to you as I thanks from Alan Wright Ministries, seven 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website past our.work. Today's teaching now continues here once again is to start with this. That joy is one of the most pervasive themes throughout Scripture. It's it's story of God's own joy because God is joyful, God created the world out of joy, not despair. God didn't create you because he was sad and incomplete and needed your fellowship. God created you and all that exists because God is complete in and of himself, imperfectly sublime joy and the expression and beauty of this world is an expression of his own delighted interbeing God is joyful and he created the world in such a way that he celebrated each step of the process you created the light he saw that it was good. He created each day and stopped and he said that's good. What was he doing he was celebrating in the midst of creation. Even though the process was not yet complete. He didn't wait until he perfected his creation until he celebrated because God rejoices God is a God of joy always loved what GK Chesterton said about God being may be the only childlike person left in the universe that God is delighted and doesn't get bored with his own delightful creativity and Chesterton said that it's possible that God says every morning.
Do it again to the sun and every evening. Do it again to the moon and it may be that God makes every Daisy separately, but it never got tired of making them Tony Campolo, later elaborated on this idea is that this is the way little children do, do it again do it again.
Pamela Leslie nephew Wesley this week and found a ball, and there's a big hill and he found out he threw the ball down the hill it would roll about 50 yards downhill and uncle Allen would go get it and and and what he wanted to do it again do it again do it again something so childlike about something that is delightful once being delightful again and so Campolo said in keeping with chest and wonder if it was that what God did when he made the first Daisy went do it again do it again. There is an ongoing stream of joy in the heart of God. And you know what makes God hard bladder than anything. What Jesus said in Luke 15 that Taylor be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous persons who need no repentance. God, the God of joy. They built the world to run own joy he built it for celebration. It woven into the very fabric of the week that there would be a day of celebration rest and joy called the Sabbath. It was designed for his people to be able to enjoy a relationship rather than performance to be able to rest in his love, rather than work for as long and to celebrate every good thing and think on every good thing in ancient Israel. Even if you're poor, you'd scrounge around and find a bony chicken to serve up on Sabbath day because it was Sabbath the day before Sabbath with the day of preparation because everything built and revolve around Sabbath Sabbath with the most important day of the highest day of the holiest day of the most beautiful day it was what Abraham Cascio has called a palace in time and he not only gave him a Sabbath each week, but instituted seven fees throughout the year. Three.
In the spring. One of the summer. Three in the fall.
There was never a time if you were in Israel in which they either wasn't a feast or preparation for a fee's are just laughing and remembering how good the fees just was the way of God Psalms or disposal of the joy of the Lord and that's where we learn this is the day the Lord has made and will rejoice and be glad in it than the Psalms and would let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Nehemiah told his weary workers and when they heard the book of the law and began to weep. He said no is not a time to weep. He said go and enjoy choice food and celebrate because the joy of the Lord will be your strength. Paul apostle understood it so well that he said while he was imprisoned. Here is what you do, rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice. Have joy over and over and over again. He said, and he taught us in Romans 14 that the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but it is a kingdom that consists of righteousness, joy and peace in the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit himself when he abides in your life produces fruit, love and joy, peace, and patience and goodness joy is one of the great themes of the Scripture and our text today. Interestingly, most scholars agree is set within these five verses that I read that begins with this sad report but true that one who has a son who's bound up in folly of foolish son that it causes great grief to the parent and it ends with the same thing, the father of the fool has no joy. And so it said in that context our passage about a joyful heart is good like a medicine is put into the context of how a parent feels, according to whether their child is acting foolish or otherwise, and it's very intriguing that this is where this verse falls and I just want to highlight this for you at this moment would come back to it later in the message.
But for now just take note of this that it is a paradox.
Parenting itself is because most people even though people are delaying marriage now in America delaying parenthood. Still, most people want to get married.
Most people want to have kids and that some people may be of some of this room and you you wanted to have a biological builder not been able to conceive. You know it's a very unique unique pain is a great great longing to become parents. It is odd thing because we we we want to do the things that make us happy there longing for that. And yet so much what you sign up for when you become a parent is the stuff that if you make a list of things there.
You think there's a laser take away from your happiness. I like what one author, and Time magazines. Recent special edition, the science of happiness said about how we congratulate someone who's had a baby. Why then all the champagne and cigars and backslapping and hi-fi flyer for high-fiving is because parents are undertaking a different is because bears undertaking a difficult new venture fraught with peril and the potential scant reward that they deserve congratulations and the way you say that people who quit their jobs to build orphanages on the L are on the Antarctic shelf might what a really honest new baby card say something like, hey, good for you. Your propagating the species found there to be more afraid, frustrated, tired, unwashed and fed up and you ever been before. Also, they leave.
Also, you can go back to where you were before.
Blow your awesome paradox is in that it is paradise made people remember the date of the birth of their child is the happiest moment of their life. You really remember that day there was a labor loss of dignity. Maybe will screaming thrown in there but words cannot paradise one thing when our children are in trouble. There is a unique heart rate to a parent when her children are wise is a unique joy this saying this is the context of our passage and so gonna come back to this theme later… Talk about the health benefits of a joyful heart. I want to be clear about this that I might give you some of the science because I've been very fascinated researching that this week, if you're very interested in this one the best synopses of all of this research is in time magazine at recent special edition on the science of health and happiness and I want to clear about this, that, don't think for a moment that this gospel preacher is all of a sudden turning to science for our good news and I'm not. And don't think that this is likely headed toward some Eastern mysticism.
Some by no means what I just want to show you today and might seem backward to first is in a moment to start with the science and show you how we've always known that.
But understand that I'm doing this so that you could come to a great place of delight in the word of God and understand that anything that our modern science is learning what I'm suggesting to you is that you have it far better already in Christ. That is just mention a few of the things. First, the effect of a joyful heart of happiness is a benefit to your immune system. It's an astounding thing.
I think the most interesting of all the studies done in this regard is when participants are first tested whether they were based. Be positive thinking people are more negative where they're happy on a scale and they expose them, then to the common cold virus they distance right a mist of common cold up there knows how to get people to do that. I don't the people the participants that had reported earlier being happier were significantly less likely to develop a cold so you gotta be happy in order to ward off colds.
Second thing a benefit it lessens chronic pain and psychologist found that when women suffering from osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia had more positive emotions in happier there were the lower their pain levels and vice versa. It affects your longevity one 2011 study found that unhappy older adults were twice as likely as her happier peers to die within five years, and his massive Norwegian study that researched a lot of people over a 15 year period showed this is dramatic, should women who scored higher on having a sense of humor, so women with a good sense of humor had a 48% less risk of death from all causes and the 73% less risk of death from heart disease and 83% lower risk of death from infection men had similar but different results did have a good sense of humor. Less chance you get a disease and I from the house brain function. Laughter stimulates both sides. The brain and studies of shown that people think better, the intellect works better in creativity is better. In fact, it is a very interesting studies or people just want something serious and some they want something silly and funny and then take test and challenge their brain. The people who want something funny.
Did better. I was always that foolish person out pram right up to the exam and this run and they're all tense, but what the study shows that you can better distill your study and then spent about 1/2 hour before you take your heart exam just laughing this watch I Love Lucy or something in a go take your exam right to college kids is today's teaching it's foolproof health and that it's gonna go a long way. Here is we bring the conclusion on our next broadcast in the series. Foolproof Allen is back with us in the studio here in just a moment sharing a parting good news thought for the day.
Stay with us feel like something is holding you back as if you lack an important seat I could change everything. Is there someone you love hissing stack them out what's missing. Blessing on faith filled vision spoken over you can learn how to embrace who practice a blessing to Pastor Alan writes new blood charitable acts which quickly became an Amazon number one bestseller after 370s until now the hardcover book has only been available through retail sales this month. Allen Wright ministries once send you the I thank you for your demo send this not only receive the best-selling but also receive a free session video place in which Pastor Alan teaches how to blast and covers content not found in the video course includes a detailed study guide perfect for personal growth or small group discussion. Make your gift today discovered the power to bless the gospel is shared when you get to Allen Wright ministries this broadcast is only possible because of listener financial support. When you get today. We will send you a special offer. We are happy to send this to you as I thanks from Allen Wright ministries, seven 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website pastor at work back here the studio Allen are parting good news thought for the days relates to foolproof health is sometimes Daniel, we find that science confirms scriptures more literally than we might've imagined in the first place, and Proverbs 1722, is one of those instances, a joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones and what we are finding out. As we learned today and are more Tamara.
This is literally true joy is the foundation of so much of our good health, our joy actually produces physical reactions in our body, but there's so much more power to joy in their joy fills us with life and and so their spiritual, emotional and physical health. The joy of the Lord Jesus Christ is part of the inheritance for every Christian. Today's good news message is a listener supported production Allen Wright ministries