The Common Cold: A running nose, scratchy throat, nonstop sneezing, lack of oxygen, cannot taste or smell, sinus pressure, chills, nasal congestion, muscle ache, loss of appetite and fatigue. Did I miss anything? The common cold can be a miserable experience.

It was about 8 years ago when Rhea and I were Bus captains and she was near the back of the bus while I was in the front. It was in the midst of the cold season and on this day it was freezing. It was below freezing and windy. We were singing and joking around with the kids on the bus when one of the kids obviously had a severe cold. He was continually sucking back all that mucous in his nose, making that wretched, despicable noise every few seconds. It was very noticeable that he was stopped up. It was getting to a point I wanted to change places with Rhea. It was grossing me out and then it happened. He laughed really hard with joy at what we were doing and everything came out. It was like if Hoover’s Dam gave way. It gushed out. Oh, I thought I was going to lose everything right there. I looked at Rhea as we just started another song; she had no idea of the trauma that was before me. I really wanted to change places with her now but I knew I needed to do something and after I composed myself I looked back down. To my surprise it was all gone. My first thought was oh no, he wiped everything on the back of the seat. I was still trying to keep myself composed. I was gagging. Then I notice he was missing his glove. Where is his glove? He had taken his glove off and wiped all the junk off and threw the glove on the ground.

When we have this type of cold it is hard to taste or smell anything. We become numb. We lose our appetite for things we once enjoyed. Believers should be very concerned when you cannot hear God’s voice or the Holy Spirit guiding and prompting you. God is always guiding, directing, and prompting us. I like what Ricky Tippet said recently in ABS materials, “The Lord does not have a bad case of laryngitis.” When we are in the condition that we can no longer hear God’s voice and we have lost our appetite, then we have what I like to call a spiritual cold. Like the common cold the longer we do nothing about it, the more miserable we become. Perhaps, you are suffering from a Spiritual Cold. You have lost the joy of hearing God’s Word preached. You have lost your appetite for the Local New Testament Church. You have lost the taste of being with other believers. Here are 3 Healthy Ways to Get Over the Spiritual Cold.

1- Identify the natural things that are prevalent in your life

What are the things that are hindering your relationship with God? It is crucial that we identify those natural things that are prevalent in your life. I Corinthians 2:14 says, But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” The natural man cannot receive anything from God. Identifying is the first step. However, if you only identify those things but, do nothing to remove those things from your life, nothing will change. We must identify the natural things and replace them with something that is good. If you do not replace that natural thing, you will eventually return to those natural things that are preventing you from having that intimate personally relationship with God.

2- Intensify your pursuit of God

Start by establishing a personal time daily with God.

At some point, you have to take ownership and be responsible for your relationship with God. Are you meeting with God daily? Make it a priority to set some time aside every day. If you are not doing it now, start by taking 5 minutes per day.

Begin Journaling

There are a lot of benefits for taking the time to journal but, I will quickly list three of them. First- it is a source of encouragement of God answering the smallest of prayer request to our biggest ones. This will help you when you are down in the valley of life. Second, to have a tangible account of God’s blessings in your life. Third, your journal will tell a story someday to your children. It will reveal your struggles and your faithfulness to God’s Word even when you were in those valleys. It will be a great source of encouragement to your children.

Read a good book.

I recommend strongly, What’s on your Mind? By John Goetsch. Next time you are at church, go into the Bookstore and purchase the book. It is an excellent read! You will not regret it. In this book, John Goetsch does a wonderful job explaining how “Our thoughts are the Blueprints of Our Actions” and giving some practical helps to have that blessed life.

Immerse yourself in spiritual things.

Make sure to be at church when the doors are open. No matter what is going on. Hebrews 10:25 says, “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as ye see the Day approaching.” God says that we are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together. Together we are strengthened and encourage from each other. This text goes beyond restricting its application to church attendance only but, anytime believers are assembled together, we should participate.

 

3- Introspection– its synonyms include contemplation, meditation, reflection, and scrutiny.

Do not get caught up in the routines of life. Going through life as if it is a checklist will eventually make you cold to the Gospel and God’s Word. ABS, check, Sunday morning service, check, personal devotions, check, Wednesday night service, Weekly Bible study, check and of course, monthly Book study, check. Friends, if that is all you are doing, you will not get very far with your relationship with God, nor will you mature like God desire for you to grow spiritually and in wisdom. It is when you meditate on what you have heard in ABS, Sunday morning and night service, Wednesday night service, personal devotions, weekly Bible study and yes that, monthly book study that God will prepare your heart and cultivate a harvest that will help you personally and will allow you to mature into a healthy person.

If you have a mild or severe spiritual cold. I would recommend you begin immediately applying this remedy to counteract the effects of the spiritual cold.