TOPIC: DELIVERANCE FROM SICKNESS AND DISEASES
Today we are looking at some spiritual causes of sicknesses and how to avoid them. Nothing happens out of the blue if no one makes it happen. The bible says it has been given to us to understand the mysteries of the kingdom. God didn’t create sicknesses when he created the world and thus the enemy is the root of all infirmity. In Genesis 1:31, God saw everything he made and behold it was very good and He approved it completely. Everything God created was perfect. The imperfection of humans started with humans. God didn’t create humans to have health deficiencies. There is nothing like factory error in God’s creation. Everything was good and perfect until sin came in. The bible says we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) and God’s intention for humanity is to enjoy good health. (3John 2)
It is our responsibility to live a healthy lifestyle to maintain the perfect health that God has given to us. When we fail to live right, we might defeat the purpose of God concerning our health.The purpose of sickness is to create discomfort in our lives. DIS-EASE is simply a state that makes you not to be at ease in any part of your body; from your head to your toe.
SOME CAUSES OF SICKNESSES
- Sin and Disobedience – these can cause a great havoc in your health. There are two sets of sins that could create problems in your health.
- The sin and disobedience that you are directly responsible for
God said if we will diligently harken to His voice and do what is right in His sight, and will listen to and obey His commandments and keep all His statues, He will not afflict us with the diseases He brought upon the Egyptians (Exodus 15:26). This implies that as much as there is a reward for obedience, there is also a punishment for disobedience and this punishment may be in the form of diseases. In the book of Deuteronomy, after the God pronounced blessings that will come on Israel when they obey his commandments, He also declared punishments and curses for those who will disobey. Some of these curses include wasting diseases, fever and inflammation, scorching heat and drought, boils, tumor, festering sores, itch, madness, blindness, confusion of mind, oppression, robbery attacks, severe and lingering illnesses. (Deuteronomy 28:15-22; 27-29, 59-62).
In John 5:14, Jesus told the man who was lame for 38 years “see you are well! Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you”. If you don’t want to experience worse sicknesses in your life, stop sinning. Many of us today our sicknesses are as a result of various types of sins such as sexual immorality. All these sins have consequences. Beauty is not a sign of cleanness so be careful so you are not deceived into contractingsexually transmitted diseases and infections upon yourself.
The Apostle James advices that if any is sick in the church they should call on the elders of the church to pray for their healing. This prayer of faith doesn’t only bring healing but the forgiveness of sins as well. He goes on to say, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed” (James 5:14). As sin brings sicknesses, confession and repentance also brings about healing.
- The sins and disobedience that you are indirectly responsible for (inherited from parents)
There are others who are afflicted as a result of the sins of their parents. Some sins are spiritual and their consequences continue to the generations after them. God has in the past punished generations because of the sins of their forefathers. The bible says “…God is a jealous God, who punishes the children for the sins of the fathers to the third and fourth generation” (Exodus 20:5). God has honored this declarations and has not only afflicted children for the sins of their fathers but allowed them to die as well as is seen in the case of Jeroboam King of Israel (1 Kings 14: 11-14). Don’t join your parents to commit wicked atrocities because the consequences shall be visited on your lineage. This may be the cause of many inherited diseases we see today.
When you inherit a sickness, don’t settle for it. Once you are in Christ, you have the right to rebuke all these evil spirits responsible for these sicknesses and break their hold on you. By faith you are saved, and by faith also you are healed. By faith you can believe that you are not a carrier of any genetic disease. You can declare with faith that your case is different. Because you are a child of God and the blood of Jesus has redeemed you from all these curses. You are a child of God and the blood of Jesus runs through you therefore you have been merged with Christ.
You are no more carrying the blood of your father or your mother; instead you are carrying the blood of Jesus. The standard of God is to visit the iniquity of the fathers on their children to a 3rd and 4th generation of those who hate him. But when you become born again, old things are passed away and you are reborn. You are now of the generation of Jesus, this is the grace that has been bestowed upon you byaccepting Jesus into your life as your Lord and Savior. You become a partaker of a new lineage in Christ Jesus.
- Lack of Knowledge
In Isaiah 5:13, God says that his people go into captivity without knowing and because they have no knowledge of God. When you don’t know God, you become a victim of the spirit of Infirmity. When you lack the knowledge of how to protect your body, spirit and soul, you are vulnerable to the demons responsible for infirmities. Many people who don’t know God may be influenced by certain evil spirits into behaving or acting in a way that will bring you sickness or disease. When you fall victim to these spirits, they then cause certain diseases in you. According to John Eckhardt, some of these spirits are as follows.
EVIL SPIRITS AND THE INFIRMITIES THEY CAUSE
- Spirit of fear and anxiety causes heart attack.
In these end times, men will be filled with fear and apprehension in expectations of the things that are coming (Luke 21:26). When you submit to the spirit of fear, you have opened yourself for an attack on your heart. When you are experiencing fear, don’t give in to it, don’t open up to it. The bible says God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of a well-balanced and sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Know that you serve a God of seasons. Don’t be afraid of anything you are going through now. God has given you the ability to face anything that comes your way. Though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death you shall fear no evil because God is with you (Psalms 23:4). Don’t be afraid or discouraged because God is in control.
- Spirit of bitterness, resentment, un-forgiveness and slander causes cancer.
The spirits of bitterness and un-forgiveness opens the door for the sickness of cancer to invade you and destroy you. The bible cautions us to forgive 70×7 times. Don’t’ allow offences to break your relationships. We must all practice the principles of forgiveness. God wants us to love everyone including our enemies and even pray for them. We are bound by this law and any disobedience to this law makes us vulnerable to demonic afflictions. Forgivenessis simply the act of letting a prisoner go, knowing that you are the prisoner. When you don’t forgive, the other person doesn’t suffer rather it is you who will suffers for it. You must learn to let go of things, keep no malice and don’t give room to bitterness. This is not just spiritual but medically proven as well. Dr Michael Barry’s research revealed that over 61% of cancer patients have forgiveness issues. Take heed that you don’t become a victim also.
- The spirit of guilt, self-rejection, pride, rebellion, broken heart, low self-esteem, anger, hostility causes lupus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
- The spirit of rejection, low self-esteem and self-hatred causes diabetes and stroke
- The spirit of anger and hostility causes increased cholesterol
- The spirit of fear and anxiety also causes high blood pressure and sinus problems
- Broken heart or broken spirit causes weakened immune system
- Envy and jealousy causes bone diseases
I decree that by the stripes of Jesus you are healed today (Isaiah 53:5) in the name of Jesus Christ. I rebuke and cast out all spirits of infirmity that would attack your body in the name of Jesus Christ. I pray that your heart is removed from any evil or sinful attitude in the name of Jesus Christ. I break all curses of sickness and disease, and I command all hereditary spirits of sickness to come out in the name of Jesus Christ because “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us” (Gal 3:13). Thank you God for giving us perfect health in Jesus Christ’s name Amen
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