Is the flu vaccine really the single best protection against flu?
Every time winter comes around, people start talking about the flu: Will they get the flu? Should they get a flu shot? Will it work? In the UK, anyone who is eligible for a free vaccination is encouraged to get one; whilst everyone else is bombarded with information about why they too should be vaccinated for a small charge. A UK National Health Service tweet on 7th November 2016 proclaimed:
— NHS flu fighter (@NHSflufighter) 7 November 2016
But is it? Is the flu vaccine really the single best protection against flu? Well I cannot comment on the effectiveness of the current vaccination – that remains to be seen, but a February 2015 report in The Guardian newspaper carried this headline:
Flu vaccine gives only ‘low protection’ in UK this winter, experts warn
The report went on to say, “The vaccine was estimated to work in just 3% of cases in lab tests, compared with a more typical past effectiveness of 50%, Public Health England (PHE) said“. 3% effectiveness is pretty terrible! Even if you assume that the current vaccine will have the typical effectiveness of 50%, you still stand a good chance that it won’t do anything for you at all. Well nothing, apart from the common side effects which, according to the American CDC, include:
- Soreness, redness, and/or swelling from the shot
- Muscle aches
If you Google ‘flu symptoms’ you will find a very similar looking list!
Surely there must be a better way!
So the flu vaccine stands a good chance of providing you no protection at all and a good chance of giving you a fever, making you feel nauseous etc. Surely there must be a better way! The good news is that there is, and the first thing you need to do is to stop talking about the flu. Because, whilst health services around the world encourage people to talk about the flu, Jesus said something different about talking. Jesus said in Mark 11:23, “He will have whatever he says” (Modern English Version). So if you talk enough about the flu, you will have what you say: the flu! You’ll be like this person I found on Twitter, when searching the hashtag ‘#flu’:
Have had flu jab…just like last year…yet feel like I’m coming down with #flu …just like last year 🤔😑😪🤒 gahhh
— Clíona Evans ♀ (@Cliona_Evans) 30 October 2016
Or how about this person? (Excuse the language)
— PewPewPew (@pewcubed) 30 October 2016
Notice the phrase, “I knew I wouldn’t make it to the election“. In all probability that means that they talked a lot about how they weren’t going to make it to the election (which I presume was the US presidential election) and lo and behold, it came to pass. What a coincidence (or not)! (Just to be clear, in case you were concerned, Twitter is a public forum so I am not sharing any private information)
Stop talking to everyone you speak to about the flu.
Don’t confuse what I am saying with positive thinking. This is not positive thinking, this not mind over matter. This is believing what the Word of God says and applying it. Solomon wasn’t speaking metaphorically when he said, “The tongue has power over life and death” (Proverbs 18:21, Complete Jewish Bible), Solomon meant it! But there is little power in just mentioning something just once, the real power is when you repeat it so many times that it gets down into your heart and you really believe it. Proverbs 4:23 in the New Living Translation says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life“. So stop talking to everyone you speak to about the flu, talking about how you wonder if the vaccine will work for you, talking about all the people you’ve heard of who got the flu, talking about all the dangers of getting the flu. Let me put this bluntly: “SHUT YOUR MOUTH!!!!”. Refuse to speak negative words, refuse to speak the curse over yourself.
There can be no doubt that flu is part of the curse of the law.
Refusing to speak about the flu is the first step, the next step is to find out what God has already said on the matter. One of the symptoms of flu is fever and Deuteronomy 28:22, talking of all the things that come under the curse of the law, says, “The Lord shall smite thee with……a fever“. Then in verse 61: “Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law” – every sickness and every plague would certainly include the flu, would it not? There can be no doubt that flu is part of the curse of the law, the very curse of the law that Galatians 3:13 says we are redeemed from: “The law says we are under a curse for not always obeying it. But Christ took away that curse. He changed places with us and put himself under that curse” (Easy to Read Version). I know what some of you are thinking: “Yes, but it’s not as simple as that…..“. Whenever the truth that we have been redeemed from the curse comes up, someone wants to argue reasons why the effects of the curse have not really been defeated. In a recent discussion about poverty, I mentioned Galatians 3:13 and the response was, “Speaking plainly – that is cruel teaching – to say that most Christians are poor for that reason. Poverty has many complex causes……“. Sure, poverty has complex causes; but God’s answer to it is very simple. Stop talking about the complex reasons, stop giving the curse permission to operate and start declaring that you are redeemed from the curse. Whenever any symptoms of the curse show up, speak to them. Refuse to accept them, tell them forcefully to leave in the Name of Jesus. It’s not as simple as that? Yes it is! Start acting like the Word of God is actually true and you will start getting the results, your life will begin to actually stand out from those around you, as opposed to you being just as poor and sick as everyone else. Stop talking about the flu and start speaking God’s words instead!
Am I telling you not to get a flu shot? No, I am not – that is your decision. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord and do things His way.
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