Today millions attribute sickness and disease to “the work of God”. I often
hear things like “God put this sickness on me to teach me something” or
“sickness brought me closer to God”. People make these statements not
having any real basis in the Word of God for them. In fact this way of
thinking is in total contradiction to the Word of God and to the nature of
God. Many people hold to these types of statements and many other such
false statements about God mainly because of an “accepted” line of thought
about God that stems, not from the Word, but rather from tradition. If we
accept and believe statements about God that are not based in the word but
are simply from classic traditions or “because my pastor told me so”, then
we have used our will in a way that may be blocking out the truth; in other
words willful ignorance.
For example, why would we believe God makes people sick to bring them
closer to God when the Bible shows thousands coming to God because Jesus
came and healed them? We never see Jesus or the disciples laying hands on
someone and giving them sickness to bring them closer to God. However,
we do have various examples in the world today of individuals and groups of
people who inflict their will by causing pain and suffering. We also have
scripture references of one particular individual who inflicts his will upon
people by the means of pain and suffering and it is not God.
John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill,
and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that
they may have it more abundantly.
1 John 3:8 (NKJV) He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has
sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was
manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
These 2 scripture references capture the _____ very well. Satan’s a thief.
Satan is a destroyer. God is the giver of life. God builds up men’s lives.
Jesus manifested the very heart and will of God by destroying the works of
Acts 10:38 (KJV) How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy
Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all
that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
God was with Him. Not destroying men’s lives. Not putting sickness on people, but healing all who were oppressed of the devil.
The fathers will:
John 6:38 (KJV) For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own
will, but the will of him that sent me.
John 4:34 (KJV) Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of
him that sent me, and to finish his work.
Luke 22:42 (KJV) Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup
from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
John 5:19 (NKJV) Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most
assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what
He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like
Jesus only did the will of God; He wasn’t confused about it or ignorant
concerning it. Jesus did not pray over anyone who needed healing and say
“Father heal them if it be thy will”. The truth is if we do not know Gods will,
we cannot have faith concerning that matter. You can only hope, or wonder
or walk around confused. When we know its Gods will we have confidence. It
does not matter what it looks like or what people say, we know it’s the will
of God so we are bold about it.
Ephesians 5:17 (KJV) Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding
what the will of the Lord is.
Romans 12:2 (NKJV) And do not be conformed to this world, but be
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove
what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
John 16:13 (NKJV) However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come,
He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His
own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell
you things to come.
1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (NKJV) 9 But as it is written:“Eye has not seen,
nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which
God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10 But God has
revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all
things, yes, the deep things of God.
Our job is to know the will of God. We are not to be ignorant of Gods will for us or to think things like “I don’t know why God put this sickness on me; I guess he is trying to teach me a lesson”. Sickness is not the Teacher of the children of God. God does not teach us through pain.
We are taught by the Spirit of God through the word of God.
Ephesians 1:17-18New King James Version (NKJV) 17 that the God of
our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of
wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your
understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope
of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the
John 8:31-32 (KJ21) 31 Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed in
Him, “If ye continue in My Word, then are ye My disciples indeed. 32
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
So where does sickness come from?
Job 2:7 (KJ21) So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and
smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
o Job 2:7 (YLT) And the Adversary goeth forth from the presence of
Jehovah, and smiteth Job with a sore ulcer from the sole of his
foot unto his crown.
Psalm 41:8New King James Version (NKJV) 8“An evil disease,” they
say, “clings to him. And now that he lies down, he will rise up no more.”
o Psalm 41:8 (YLT) A thing of Belial is poured out on him, And
because he lay down he riseth not again.
Belial: a term used referring to the Devil.
Luke 13:13(NKJV) 13,16 And He laid His hands on her, and
immediately she was made straight, and glorified God…16 So ought
not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has
bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on
Acts 10:38 (NKJV) How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy
Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all
who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
1 John 3:8 (NKJV) …For this purpose the Son of God was manifested,
that He might destroy the works of the devil.
o Isaiah 53:5New King James Version (NKJV) But He was wounded
for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The
chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes
we are healed.
Mark 16:17-18New King James Version (NKJV) 17 And these signs will
follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they
will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they
drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay
hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
The origin of sickness:
James 1:14-16 (NKJV) 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn
away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has
conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings
forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.
Sickness and disease work to destroy the body. Sickness is working to bring
about death. If our immune systems grow weak millions of germs and
bacteria will overpower the body and cause it to become weaker and weaker
and eventually shut down and die. This is not the will of God for anyone.
Jesus healed everyone that came to Him. Jesus never refused to heal
anyone. Why? Because it’s never the will of God to destroy. Its never the will
of God to destroy a men’s bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says that our bodys
are the temple of the Holy Ghost. Why would God work to destroy His own
Sickness is a destroyer of men.
John 10:10 (NKJV) The thief does not come except to
steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they
may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Sickness kills, steals and destroys. Is God a thief? God is
not the thief.
Romans 5:12 (KJV) Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the
world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for
that all have sinned:
o Romans 5:12 Young's Literal Translation (YLT) because of
this, even as through one man the sin did enter into the
world, and through the sin the death; and thus to all men
the death did pass through, for that all did sin;
Sin came into the world and through sin came death. Spiritual death looks a
lot different than physical death. When a man’s body dies it becomes dust.
Why? Because the body is made of dust, it just dissolves. When a spirit dies
it does not dissolve because the spirits of men are made in the likeness of
God almighty. God is everlasting, God cannot just dissolve or become
nonexistent or decompose, nor can men who are crated just like Him.
What does spiritual death look like? As a physical body begins to shut down
and die, its organs stop working, it loses strength, breathing slows and
eventually stops, this once thriving, beautiful, productive body slowly
becomes unresponsive and eventually starts to decompose.
Revelation 21:4New King James Version (NKJV)
4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more
death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former
things have passed away.”