The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the word of faith that
we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and
believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10: 8, 9

God’s word is His essential truth, essence, and being; the simple and direct reality of
who and what He is, and the complete statement of how He interacts with and
relates to me, surrounds me and infuses my heart. God has made Himself totally
accessible, and He has no off hours, holidays, or situations that are not
covered. When I consider nearness as it relates to the Lord, He is as close as
the molecules that make up my blood. Yet, when the nurse draws a blood sample,
it looks like any other, there is no strange glow to it; and when the lab
results return, there are no foreign bodies present, no mysterious structures
or organisms, for God’s presence in me is not foreign. This is how I was
created to be. This intimate and close relationship with God is what was lost
when our original ancestors decided to defy God and went off on their own
without Him. The influence of evil is what contributes the soul-sickening
foreign bodies to us.

The process of becoming healthy is relatively simple; it requires us to
accept the fact that we need a healing relationship with Christ. That
relationship is achieved through accepting the fact that Jesus has the right,
authority, and the loving desire to direct our lives; and it is made real
through believing in the totality of His sacrifice for everyone. Then the
process of healing begins; Christ starts to filter out the hurtful urges,
the selfish desires, and the other contaminants that have poisoned our

Being saved from separation from God happens in a moment but being restored from
the damage that was done when we were separated continues for the
balance of our earthly life. As we grow closer to Him and as we get to know God
better, we are made stronger and the health of our spirits is continually
improved. When I use the faith that is needed to openly
and continually express to others the wonder, joy, and absolute
love that is the essence of my relationship with Christ, I grow
continually closer to Him, and the good effects of the healing that He is
doing in my heart grow ever greater.