The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10 KJV)
Before we go into the substance of our discussion, I would like to thank everyone who have in one way or the other given a feedback after reading these blogs on divine healing. I honestly do not expect everybody to agree with everything I say or present in these blogs otherwise there really would be no need for it. The one thing I would say is 'Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know thou it for thy good'(Job 5:27 KJV). The greatest hindrance I have come to find out is that most people cannot differentiate the dynamics of operation in the OT and NT, and until this is fully understood the two will be mixed together and that does not work, you just cannot do that. It's like oil and water (Luke 5:37-39).
Broadly speaking there are FOUR sources of sickness and disease, but they all originate from the Satan, make no mistake about that...he is the father of them all.
The first and probably the most pervasive is the effect of the original sin or sin nature. You see we live in a fallen world and things left to their own device will go from good to bad, order to disorder, even age brings with it disease if you allow it. From the day you were born death wants to start working in your body, why? Because Satan is the god of this world (2Corinthians 4:4). So the default state encourages deterioration in health, there is nothing personal in this. This is not as a result of any personal sin. Even some babies are born with defects, you will see example of this in John 9, where the disciples of Christ asked whose sin made the man blind, his or that of the parents? The answer Christ gave was 'neither'. Faulty gene gets passed down generations, accidents happen, the list goes on. But the truth is that you don't have to accept any of these, you can choose not to partake. Even David and Moses, people of inferior covenant realised this (Psalm 103:3,5; Deut 34:7) . We have a far superior covenant and I intend to live by it.
The second source of sickness is individual or personal sin. Romans 6:16 'Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you are ready to pay, so don't mess around with it, it is deadly. It is your spirit that is born again , personal sin will work death in your soul and body. In other words it will cause psychological and physical damage. That is the reason why Christ warned the man in John 5:14 about the consequences of sinning again. In Mark 2, Christ predicated the healing of the paralytic man on forgiveness of his sins. One of the reasons why we confess our sin when we pray is to stop its effect in our lives.
And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:15-16 KJV)
To be continued....
SIN WORKS SICKNESS , SICKNESS WORKS DEATH
In the next capsule we will discuss the two remaining sources