Posts Tagged ‘sickness’

The bible does not deny that we will not have problems, tribulations, or attacks (John 16:13) but what it does promise is that WE (true believers) will overcome (2 Corinthians 2:14) by faith in Christ and His word.

In Matthew chapter 3:16-17; 4:1-11 it tells us how Jesus was baptized and then tempted in the wilderness. In the chapter 3:16-17 God  it tells us how Jesus was baptized then the Holy Spirit descended upon Him and He was told by God that He was His son and God was well pleased in him. I believe that this signifies what happens to us when we become born again. We become sons through faith in the death and resurrection (baptism) of Christ and we receive the Holy Spirit and God is well please with us.

The first temptation the devil tempts Jesus with is His identity. The devil asked Jesus to prove whether he was the son of God by turning stone into bread. So the devil used Jesus situation (hunger) to question his identity, that is, what God told him, namely he is God beloved son whom God is well please.This is how the devil operates. He tempts us according to our situation (financial, emotional, spiritual etc) and uses our situation to get us to doubt the word of God. It is our responsibility to prove what we believe by standing on the word of God. Remember Jesus simply responded every time, ‘IT IS WRITTEN’.

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Every once in a while a believer will pray for the sick and nothing seems to be happening. After several commands of “GO…IN JESUS NAME” the person responds with a mere “sorry…there is no change”. I believe that there is a root issue that God wants to deal with AT THAT TIME before He manifest the healing. Not to say that God doesn’t want to heal them or He is using this sickness to teach them, but He’d rather they address the issue before He manifest the healing (Note: most Christians will pray for physical healing and ignore soul issues which is probably why God prefers to deal with soul issues first before the physical healing). After all, III John 1:2 says “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth”. So God wants our soul to prosper and our health to proper. No point in being healed of heart disease if you’re always afraid to go to bed at night because of the spirit of fear. Of course there are those who will disagree with me. They might say, well Jesus didn’t do that. The closes thing Jesus did to that was say “… go and sin no more less a worse thing happen to you” AFTER He healed someone. They also might put forth that the goodness of God leads man to repentance.

Those who propose these arguments are overlooking a few key points. Jesus demonstrated God’s love despite mans sin. So everything Jesus did had no condition on it whatsoever because God wanted to show man His grace and love in the face of man’s sin (Romans 5:20). Now times are different, God requires every man everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30-31). So essentially, God demonstrated His goodness at the cross, now the only to do now is to REPENT. Furthermore, God’s goodness isn’t the only thing that leads man to repentance. 2 Corinthians 7:10 says “For GODLY SORROW WORKETH REPENTANCE to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death”. Hence, telling a person, “hey, you should forgive that person who molested you” is for that victims salvation (Matthew 6:15, Mark 11:26) and well-being even though it might make them upset or sorrowful to do so. Now some might say, well you don’t have to forgive in order to go to heaven, all you have to do is “believe” (see my note John 3:16 explained) and you’ll go to heaven regardless. To those I say, Judas Iscariot believed in Jesus, you think he went to heaven?