Cause #1 For the Glory of God
Previously we saw that the first cause of sickness and disease in Christians has nothing to do with them, but was done in order to bring glory to God.
John 9:2-3 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
John 11:3-4 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
Here is one more verse for you to consider:
Exodus 33:19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
If you are sick and God has given you health or disease for His purposes, is there anything you need to do or can do to change it? Please list Scriptures to support your answer.
In the last post, I introduced the principle of sowing and reaping. From the Scriptures above, could those with disease have sown differently to prevent their disease?
Their disease served God’s purposes and fulfilled His will. However, we only learn of the purpose and cause of the disease after Jesus healed them. If you are suffering from disease, I think it wise to examine the other causes first before believing that your suffering is for God’s glory alone.
Cause #2 Sin
I labeled Cause #2 Sin. In the verses given in the last chapter we saw sin from Adam and therefore to us from birth, sin from disobedience to God’s Word and other personal sins and then also the sin of our ancestors all causing disease and suffering.
Isaiah 59:1-2 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.
What can unconfessed sin do?
Repentance: Sorrow for any thing done or said; the pain or grief which a person experiences in consequence of the injury or inconvenience produced by his own conduct.
I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Psalms 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
So what do you need to do?
It seems simple enough! The more you study God’s Word, the more you will understand what sin is and what God requires of you. It requires being in the Word on a regular basis, examining your heart and daily confession.
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace.
Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
I have a small book that is helpful in walking you through the process of cleaning up your spiritual life, “Returning to Holiness” by Dr. Gregory Frizzell. In the book, Frizzell walks you through sins of thought, attitude, speech, relationships, commission and omission and self-reliance.
I would like to end with these verses for you to think on…
I Corinthians 10:10 Let us not murmur and complain as some of them also murmured and were destroyed of the destroyer.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Cause #3 Demonic Spirits
This is one area I have not studied in depth!
Job 2:7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
Luke 13:11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
Acts 10:38 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.
That’s it for today!
Please tell me what you’ve learned below.
Next Post we’ll talk a little about the Old Testament before we go on