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SicknessDid God put this sickness on me? Many people think that God uses sickness, pain and tragedies to teach you something.
Jesus states the source of attacks in our life in John chapter 10.
John 10:10 KJV 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 NIV The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John 10:10 NLT The thiefís purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
John 10:10 AMP 10The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
Jesus states that the thief (the devil) is the one killing, stealing and destroying. Therefore killing, stealing and destroying are works of the devil. Jesus compares these works of the devil with his own will for mankind which is: have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
We see here in 1 John that Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (stealing, killing and destroying).
1 John 3:8 NLT But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.
Did Jesus come to destroy the works of God? Jesus came against sickness, disease, demons, sin, etc. That means that sickness, disease, demons, sin, etc. are works of the devil Ė not works of God. Jesus did not come to destroy the works of God, this would be impossible because Jesus and Godís will are the same.
Jesus healed all that were oppressed of the devil.
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.
How did Jesus heal them? Because God was with him! Jesus stopped sickness and disease because God was with him. If the sickness and disease were coming from God then Jesus would be fighting against the works of God and thatís impossible because Jesus and Godís will are the same. Jesus came to fight against the works of the devil Ė not the works of God.
Because many people believe that everything that happens to them is Godís will they end up blaming God for works of the devil. This is one of the biggest deceptions in the church today. If Satan can deceive people into thinking that his works of stealing, killing and destroying are coming from God, then people will believe that it is Godís will for them to be sick or diseased and they wonít be able to pray in faith because they are not absolutely assured that it is Godís will to heal them. They will think it is God inflicting them instead of the devil and they will never consider to resist the devil:
James 4:7 NIV 7Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
1 Peter 5:8 NIV Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, standing firm in the faithÖ
Have you resisted the devil lately? Instead of assuming that sickness and disease are from God, we need to recognize the works of the enemy and change our circumstance with one of the very great and precious promises. Those promises are what define Godís will.
Think about it, if we truly believe that the sickness and disease are coming from God, why do we go to the doctor to try and get rid of them? Do we really think that a doctor is more powerful than God?
There seems to be a basic teaching thatís been lost over the years, and it is: God is good, devil is bad.
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