SOURCES OF SICKNESS AND DISEASE ( contd.)
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)
The above scripture is really instructive, it says the thief (aka satan) only comes to do either or all of three things 'STEAL, KILL AND DESTROY ' .That is pretty descriptive of what sickness and disease does. Whereas Christ says He came to do one thing and one thing only, that is give life, not just life but ABUNDANTLY. I really don't see the confusion that others struggle with, so when you see sickness and disease know that it's satan at work. Hebrews 1:3 says Christ perfectly mirrors God, and throughout the gospel you will never see Christ put sickness or disease on anyone.
In the last capsule we dealt with the first two sources of sickness and disease, The Sin nature or Original sin (Psalm 82:5, Colossians 1:13) and secondly the effect of personal sin (Romans 6:16). I will suggest you go through that to refresh your memory.
The third source of sickness or disease is demonic influence, or to be demonised. Whether you know it or not we are in a spiritual warfare (1Peter 5:8-9, Ephesians 6:12). Throughout the gospels you will see where Christ cured all sorts of sickness and disease by casting out demons or devils (Matthew 8:16, Mark 1:32-34, Luke 11:14, Matthew 12:22). Demonic influence can cause both psychological and physical problems. Typical examples are the Madman of Gardara in Matthew 8 and Mark 5 and the epileptic boy in Matthew 17 and Mark 9. In Mark 5:15, the bible says that the demoniac came to his right mind after the demons were cast out, this suggests that his madness was purely as a result of the demonic influence. I personally believe that most psychiatric illnesses (depression inclusive) and sexual perversion of any sort are as a result of demonic influence. Until these demons are cast out, the problem remains unresolved. There is a balance to be struck here, you must not go into the extreme like some do believing every sickness or disease is as result of demonic influence, discernment is needed.
Lastly and probably the most ignored or underrated (especially among 'spirit filled christians') is sickness and disease as a result of poor life choices or lack of wisdom. For example, if you are promiscuous don't be surprised if you end up with sexually transmitted disease, if you smoke you could end up with lung cancer, people who engage in dangerous sports are more likely to end up having accidents, gluttons will suffer ill health (Proverbs 23:2) the list is endless. The bible has a lot to say about making wise decisions. There is a reward for wisdom and there are consequences for foolishness. It always seem strange to me when I come across people who don't give thought to their decision, but want prayer for everything. It is a godly attribute to be wise in your lifestyle choices.
For bodily exercise profiteth little:...........?(1 Timothy 4:8 KJV). I remember a brother once came to me whilst discussing this very topic, he quoted the scripture above to belittle physical fitness. I pointed out to him that the scripture did not say 'bodily exercise does not profit at all'.
SIN NATURE, SINS, DEMONS AND FOOLISHNESS