Balm of Gilead: Chapters 5-8

Book: His Healing Power by Lillian B. Yeomans

Before becoming a pastor, I worked as a nurse and managed a wound care center within one of our local hospitals. I would frequently work along side surgeons who were operating on extremely deep and messy wounds. During one particular surgery, the patient seemed to be losing a large amount of blood and out of concern I made a comment to the doctor. He replied, “Lisa, bleeding is a sign of life!” I thought, “that is true but not if all of the blood continues to flow out!”

What does the blood do for the body?

  1. Removes waste and carbon dioxide

  2. Carries nutrients

  3. Regulates temperature

  4. Transfers Oxygen to each cell of the body

  5. Hormones for emergency

  6. Defends the body

  7. Stops hemorrhaging, seals the wounds, and begins the repair process

They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
— Romans 1:19-20

The things that human blood does for our bodies is just a representation for what the blood of Jesus has already done for us! His blood has removed our waste, provided for us, carried us, protected us, healed us, and more! Studying how God created us we can clearly see His intent for His design. Even in His design, he built a system for healing. How much more does God desire His children to walk in His healing in every area?

It’s our job to share this with others. In chapter 7, Lillian Yeomans, talks about why God desires us to be the salt of the Earth,

“Healing, health preserving, antiseptic, causing unsound places to heal up? Yes, it is all of these, and sometimes it makes people who have these unsound places on them smart in the process of healing them. Arresting decay, destruction, and putrefactive processes? Yes, God’s salt does all of these things..” (p.229)

Let’s learn how to live as salt of the Earth and not lose our Savor! I want to encourage you, if you have not picked up this book, do it now. Start from this book and continue to study on God’s desire for healing and how we are to live out that healing and be the salt of the Earth.


Pastor Lisa