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Checking Our Blood Pressure
CHECKING OUR BLOOD PRESSURE
Many of us may have problems with our blood pressure. In fact, many of us take medication for our blood pressure. What causes your blood pressure to be too high or too low? Many of us have our blood pressure checked regularly by our physician, or maybe you have purchased a blood pressure kit to check it at home. Why do we check our blood pressure? My reason is that I know that blood pressure can be a “silent killer.” Many of us are extremely concerned about this, and we just want to make sure our body is not in danger. Figuratively, we might need to check our blood pressure in a spiritual sense, to see if we are on the verge of the “silent killer of our soul.”
II. SOME BRETHREN MIGHT HAVE LOW BLOOD PRESSURE.
a. I Corinthians 11:30 – “For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.”
b. Ephesians 5:14 – “Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
c. Revelation 3:1 – “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.”
d. Revelations 3:14, 15 – “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, “These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.”
e. Matthew 22:14 – “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
III. ANOTHER BROTHER’S PRESSURE IS TOO HIGH BECAUSE OF ANXIETY, PRESSURE, STRESS, ETC.
a. Matthew 6: 25 – 34 – “ Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
b. Philippians 4:4-7 – “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
c. I Peter 5:7 – “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
IV. ONE BROTHER’S PRESSURE IS TOO HIGH BECAUSE THE PREACHER/TEACHER SPOKE OUT AGAINST SIN.
a. Preached against drunkenness, profanity, immodest apparel, gossip, forsaking the assembly, racial prejudice, hatred, etc.
b. Galatians 4:16 – “Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?”
c. We do not blame the doctor because he diagnoses a disease/problem in our body.
d. Some brethren do not want any preaching about sin. Every sermon, they feel, should be upbeat, happy, and that everyone is going to heaven regardless of the life a person lives.
a. Life is in the blood.
b. And, the life is in the blood of the Lamb.
c. Ephesians 1:7 – “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
Adapted: Bro Raymond Elliott
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