Check Your Temperature Please
Updated: May 14
Can I “Check your Temperature?”
I bet you have heard this a lot lately.
Something that until the COVID situation no one did on a constant or consistent basis. In the past, pre-Covid life was simple. Only when we would be seen by a doctor would we think about our temperature. It was an indication that something was wrong on the inside that only the doctor could figure out. But I remember my mother checking my temp. She had the best thermometer that brought comfort in every situation. She would put the back of her hand on my forehead and look into my eyes to see how her baby was doing. If my forehead gave her any doubt, however, she would get out the old glass thermometer and it would be used to confirm her high tech Mommy senses.
The old glass thermometer came out and it either went in the mouth or under the arm or if you are really old school, in the place where the sun doesn’t shine. For the babies. I know the younger generation has no idea what I am talking about but that's ok. I know my older crowd remembers the stone ages of not so long ago. Nevertheless, if the reading on the thermometer is higher than normal then there is a sign of an infection that is maybe under the surface but not yet manifested itself. A low-grade fever is considered to be 99.5 to 100.3 but this is still a fever. However, most of us will not go to the doctor or even take it seriously beyond taking Ibuprofen, or better yet Tylenol to “take the fever down” is all we would do in our hurry about life and a low grade fever shouldn’t alarm us, right?
Let me start by saying that the fever isn’t the problem it is an issue of concern, but the infection that is causing the fever is the problem. Therefore I would like to propose the following informal definition, your temperature is just a measure of hotness (Elert, 2020), but not in a good way.
I love the way we are designed. Don't you?
The time that God took to prepare our bodies is amazing to me, our earthen vessels, made from dirt, destiny, and God's DNA. Did you know that in all of creation we are the only thing that He, being God, put His hands-on? *Look it up in Genesis.
Anyway, back to the topic. Infections in your body will cause your physical body to spike in temperature causing what we call a fever, mainly because your body; your physical body/flesh is trying to kill what is trying to kill you. I know it seems dramatic but it isn’t. See bacteria and viruses live happily ever after in your body when the body is at a normal temperature. It has a chance to grow and multiply and gain ground to do more damage when it is undetected and unchecked.
Let me explain.
One has to be careful when defining temperature not to confuse it with heat. Heat is a form of energy. Temperature is something different. The hotter something is, the higher its temperature, true but your temp is a gauge. A gauge to alert you of what is not right so you can figure out what the problem is in the body. When you work out you generate heat but not a fever. When you hangout on the beach the sun will make you hot and you may burn but it’s not a fever. When you eat hot food or spicy food it will make you sweat but it won’t produce a fever. When something on the inside of you that doesn’t belong there, like bacteria or a virus than there will be a fever.
When there is bacteria or a virus it has an agenda and that agenda is to change the normal function of the body to the DNA of the virus or bacteria. Because that isn’t the design of the body the bacteria can cause harm and ultimately death in one form or another by making changes contrary to the original design. Some will argue that there are good bacteria and we need to make sure that we keep the good bacteria and promote good health. Well done! I say and yes, there is good but that good belongs to the body and it is not foreign to the body and it will not change the function of the body because good bacteria will promote a balance that is needed daily in its original design within the body.
So how does one know the good from the bad? A fever comes into play to let you know something is wrong. A sign that says within the body is an intruder who has come to steal kill and destroy. Steal you health, kill the full potential of operating system and destroy good cells and possibly organs. Normally one may say, “But I feel fine” or “ I don’t have time to pay attention to things that are this small” and my favorite “ God has me, He’ll fix it”
NO! No, you must learn to trust that the fever is not the enemy the infection is and then you must have an examination to see what causes the infection. So you don’t get rid of the wrong bacteria in the process of getting rid of the fever. Which is a whole other story to talk about in the future. **how many people destroy their immune system because they destroy everything in the process of quick relief???
So you’re probably saying to yourself where is Wolf going now? Well, if you will open your Bibles to 2nd Corinthians 13 verse 5 it says; “Test and evaluate yourselves to see whether you are in the faith and living your lives as [committed] believers. Examine yourselves [not me]! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves [by an ongoing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test and are rejected as counterfeit?”.
I mean it doesn’t say let God check you out and tell you what is wrong with you. Since He knows everything if there is something wrong He should just fix it. Right? Wrong, Test and evaluate yourselves, means just that, test where your actions are coming from and evaluate the condition of works or actions that you are producing. Faith without works is indeed dead but actions that are faithless and based in fear or anxiety driven are harmful to the Body of Christ.
Can I get an Amen?
In society today I have seen people get upset when they have to have their temperature taken before they go into the doctor’s office lately or restaurant or other places during this COVID situation. I hear things like, “I feel fine just let me in”, they bring up things like, “It’s just a little fever why are you singling me out, don’t you see all the other people in here?” I also know that the physical things around us can help us see spiritual things clearly. We are the Body of Christ. I mean we are His Bride and we may need to check our temperature. There is a fever and things are getting heated in the Body. So, let’s find the infection and do something about it. There are tests that will come our way. I mean Jesus gave us a fair warning of this.
Matthew 10:22 says we will be hated because of His Name. Matthew 5:11 says we are blessed when people insult us because of Jesus and we understand this is a hard road but we must also remember that this is good bacteria. It doesn't change the DNA of the Body it enhances it and makes it stronger.
Nevertheless, there is an infection in the Body that if not corrected will do serious damage to the DNA of the church. ***Proverbs 6:16-19 (AMP) is what the Great Physician is saying shouldn't be in the Body, ever, ever, ever...? Name it. Call it out so it is exposed. Don’t allow it to grow in the silence of our self-proclaimed indignation of the times. Trust me God knows what He is doing. Nothing catches Him off Guard but He did provide us instruction for when it gets hot in here.
a Check your Temperature…Let's get rid of the infection church.
***These six things the LORD hates; Indeed, seven are repulsive to Him:
A proud look [the attitude that makes one overestimate oneself and discount others], a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that creates wicked plans, Feet that run swiftly to evil,
A false witness who breathes out lies [even half-truths], And one who spreads discord (rumors) among brothers.
Elert, Glenn. (2020). The Physics Hypertextbook. Opus in profectus. Physics. From https://physics.info/temperature/