THE REASONS FOR SICKNESS
Upon completion of this lesson you will be able to:
C Write the Healing Promise from memory.
C Identify five reasons for sickness.
C Explain how sickness results from a violation of spiritual laws.
C Explain how sickness results from Satanic activity.
C Explain how sickness results from a violation of the natural laws of God.
C Explain how improperly discerning the Body of Christ results in sickness.
C Discuss the Biblical directive calling for destruction of the flesh to save the spirit.
HEALING PROMISE TO CLAIM:
Before I was afflicted I went astray; but now have I kept thy Word. It is
good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. I will never forget thy precepts; for with them thou hast quickened me.
There is one source of sickness and that is Satan, but the reasons sickness comes upon you are varied. Here are some reasons for sickness:
VIOLATION OF SPIRITUAL LAWS
When man sinned, death began to work its corruption in the body:
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. (Romans 5:12)
For the wages of sin is death. . . (Romans 6:23)
Sickness is a result of sin , but a person’s sickness is not necessarily caused by their own individual sin. Jesus made this clear in the example of the man blind since birth (John 9:1-3 ). If God punished sin with sickness, every sinner and sinning Christian in the world would be sick. It is true that sin and sickness have a connection, but you must be careful
in the way you apply this individually. It can be used as a convenient way to neglect the sick and rationalize your own powerlessness.
One of the worst misapplications of Scripture is that sickness is a result of a person’s
individual sin or lack of faith. It is true that if you break God’s law , you will suffer. This is suffering for your own sinful acts. For the sinner, this is judgment. For the believer, it is chastisement. But even if you keep God’s law, you may still suffer because you live in a sinful world. The righteous, as well as the unrighteous, suffer because of the presence of sin in the world .
An example of suffering for personal sin is someone who gets the disease called AIDS through their own sinful immorality. An example of suffering because of the presence of sin in the world is someone who gets AIDS through a blood transfusion.
Several Bible references confirm that sickness can be related to individual sin. Romans 6: 19 confirms that infirmities come through uncleanness (sin). When you violate spiritual laws, you walk under the curse described in Deuteronomy 28. (See also Mark 2:1-12; John 5:1-1 1,14; James 5:14 -16; and Psalms 3 8:3,7). Sickness can also be related to
corporate sin (see Acts 5:1-11 and I Corinthians 11:2 7-32).
Healing can be lost by returning to sin:
Afterward, Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. (John 5:14)
VIOLATION OF NATURAL LAWS
Some sickness results when you violate the natural laws of God . Here are some examples:
-Improper diet (overweight, underweight). -Too much labor, feverish activity.
-Lack of self control which results in harmful emotions such as anger , bitterness , etc .
-Lack of positive relationships with others (bitterness, unforgiveness etc.). -Exercise (too much or too little).
-Abuse of drugs and alcohol: Toxic chemical substances taken into the body. -Violating natural laws such as law of gravity.
(For example: If you jump off a building , you may get hurt!).
-Deliberately placing yourself in jeopardy through dangerous activities
and refusing to use safety devices (such as seat belts in a car, goggles in a workshop, a helmet at a construction site, etc.).
Sometimes illness comes through a direct attack of Satan. Job is one of the best
examples of this (see Job 1 and 2). Job experienced physical, mental, and emotional illness because of a Satanic attack. He did not suffer because of his own personal sin. God’s own testimony concerning Job was that he was a righteous man.
Sin is Satan’s attack on the spiritual man. Sickness is his attack on the natural man. In the
New Testament, as well as modern times, the righteous suffer the majority of the Satanic
attacks because we have been thrust into a war with Satan, and in any war there are
Satan attacks your body just as he does your soul and spirit. Your mind , body , and the old man of the "flesh" (the lusts of the eye and the flesh, the pride of life, the world, and your senses) are the channels of attack. Although Satan attacks you physically just as he does spiritually , he has no more right to dwell in your physical body than in your soul and
spirit. The operation of Satan’s forces in the believer’s body can be compared to guerrilla warfare. They actually have no legal right at all in the territory but seek to operate there anyhow. In this world there will always be sickness just as there will always be sin, but in spiritual warfare you can fight sickness just as you fight sin.
NOT PROPERLY DISCERNING THE BODY OF CHRIST
Paul said many were weak and sick because they did not properly discern the Body of
Christ and took Communion unworthily. Communion is partaking of the bread and juice symbolizing the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul warned:
Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
But let a man examine himself and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s Body.
For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. (I Corinthians 11:27-30)
You can fail to discern the Body of Christ in three ways:
THE MEANING OF THE BLOOD AND FLESH:
You fail to discern the Body of Christ when you do not understand the meaning of the fruit of the vine and the bread. These natural elements are spiritual symbols of the blood and flesh of Jesus. Although many people understand Christ’s blood for remission of sin, often they do not understand the true meaning of the Body of Christ. The Body of Christ was broken for your healing (see John 6: 48- 58 and Luke 6:4 8-5 1).
DIVISION IN THE BODY:
Sometimes we fail to discern the Body of Christ by not recognizing the true bond we have with our brothers and sisters in the Lord. When divisions occur in the Church, we are not properly discerning the Body of Christ. We eat and drink unworthily if we do not
understand our spiritual union with brothers and sisters in the Lord. Paul explains in I
Corinthians 3:1-13 that carnal Christians involved in division cannot partake of the Word
because of carnality.
We eat unworthily when we take communion with an unexamined life. Weakness and
sickness result from doing this. This is why Paul says to examine yourself spiritually and repent before taking Communion.
DESTRUCTION OF THE FLESH THAT THE SPIRIT IS SAVED
God permits some to be turned to Satan for destruction of the flesh for disciplinary
reasons. God does not put sickness on the person, but He does permit it. You can read about this process in I Corinthians 5:1-7. In this passage the Bible reveals:
How it is to be done: It is to be done in. . .
2. The spirit and power of the Lord.
3. The name of the Lord.
Why it is to be done: It is to be done because of . . .
2. Behavior worse than that of the world (Gentiles).
4. Lack of repentance.
5. Evil in the midst of the people of God.
Its purposes: Individual: Destruction of the flesh in order that the spirit may be
saved. Corporate: Purge out the evil before others are affected.