Prognosis: 1. The expected course of a disease.
2. The patient’s chance of recovery.
The prognosis predicts the outcome of a disease and therefore the future for the patient. His prognosis is grim, for example, while hers is good.

The word prognosis comes from the Greek prognostikos (of knowledge beforehand). It combines pro (before) and gnosis (a knowing). Hippocrates used the word prognosis, much as we do today, to mean a foretelling of the course of a disease.

Disease: Illness or sickness often characterized by typical patient problems (symptoms) and physical findings (signs). Disruption sequence: The events that occur when a fetus that is developing normally is subjected to a destructive agent such as the rubella (German measles) virus.

Matthew 9:11-13

11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’[a] For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

I am amazed at how things change from year to year, month to month and even day to day. But our struggles sometimes seem to remain constant? Its like we are treated for the same illness time and time again. Better yet it seems as if we have high blood pressure with no hope of us being able to stop taking the medicine. The sin of self reliance is so dangerous. It is so bad until it kills us either instantly or slowly. Regardless of the time period for death, this sin is suicide no matter how we try to flip it or spin the reality of its destruction. The Gospel message stands against it and Jesus Christ hung on the cross and rose from the grave for it. With all of that done we pick it up and lay down our cross.

I have had that cancer cut out of me long ago but sometimes the remnant of it tries to grow back and sometimes it succeeds. God has broken me down once before. He has crushed my self pride and removed myself for the equation. So I find myself in a place that is different than before. I stand before a choice that is consuming me and it will leave me changed forever. It is a humbling experience and it can leave you feeling powerless and powerful at the same time. We don’t realize that repentance is not only a admittance of guilt/sin but also admitting that we are helpless to do anything about it. The bible is so powerful and the words within its pages are truly written by the hand of God. But we can’t see it until we remove the blinders of the disease called self reliance. From Genesis on to Revelations, the Gospel is present with the hope of the coming Christ to His arrival and ending in His return. But in the middle of all of that is this process of life. The process is called repentance. It is the medicine that keeps the cancer at bay. It won’t cure it as only our completed glorification can do that. It is repentance that sets the heart on being what the great physician has died for us to be. This setting the heart on the affections of the Master is a work of the Holy Spirit, it is a true sign or conversion from darkness to light. It is a process of sanctification and perseverance. It is to see the cross and the atonement by the blood of Christ as beautiful. Regardless of the fact that to submit to Christ means that we are powerless without Him as well as that we are evil on our own.

Mark 1:14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Matthew 21:31-33

31 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?”

“The first,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.

The Gospel starts with repentance and a turning to Christ for all things, since all things were created for Him and by Him so all must and will return to Him (John 1:2-4, Romans 11:35-36, 1 Corinthians 8:6, Ephesians 1:21-23, Colossians 1:15-20, Hebrews 1:2-7). To repent is to cast off or deny your righteousness no matter how good you think you are. If you cannot deny your greatest then you cannot follow Christ. He cannot work in and through you/your life if you don’t remove yourself. Regardless of how noble and righteous your will is, it will not last and is as filthy rags before God. Your life and plans must be subjected to the Lordship of Christ or it will be a wasted life. So many scriptures have flooded my heart on this but I will list only one which was spoken directly from Christ.

Luke 9:23-26

23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? 26 Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.


God bless you & may the Holy Spirit lead you
Rev. W. R. Martin Jr.
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4 Responses to “Prognosis”
  1. Joseph says:

    The bible is so powerful and the words within its pages are truly written by the hand of God. But we can’t see it until we remove the blinders of the disease called self reliance.

    Amen. Here is a great snip from The Truth Shall Set you Free by Olson. I think it was written by Franklin Park in the preface of the book –


    Everyone has formed his own philosophy or viewpoint of the values of life, which form the basis of conduct. This concept has been gradually developed as a result of the influences of heredity and environment and the moral choices which have been made. It is a state of mind as to our relative importance in the various relationships of life and is seldom reduced to verbal definition.

    It is either according to objective truth and obvious reality, or according to one’s subjective desires and choices. One’s philosophy and life must agree or life would be too disturbing to the conscience. One or the other must be modified. If one insists upon increasing selfish concentrations, the mind must seek to pervert or distort still further the sense of one’s own importance or philosophy of relationships..

    Moral beings must always formulate reasons for what they do. An outward act of disobedience is always preceded by a voluntary darkening of the intelligence as to what is acceptable conduct… If we are determined to live unworthily in our moral relations, we must first distort our viewpoint of reality. It is a contest between God’s will and our wills.

    This means an elevation as to the importance of our will and a blinding of the mind as to the importance of God’s will – a reversal of supremacy, “me first”. The Apostle Paul was inspired to summarize this tragic revolution in man’s relationship to God. Mankind first began to “suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Rom 1:18). “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever (Rom 1:25)

    Old testament passages had previously indicated this revolt against reality, when Satan asserted “I will” five times and worked up his self-deception to the point where he declared himself to be Deity: “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;I will make myself like the Most High” (Is14). He had invented a new way of living by introducing falsehood into the moral universe, declaring that his happiness was more important than that of his Creator – the “me first” life.


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