TYPES OF SICKNESS
Upon completion of this lesson you will be able to:
C Write the Healing Promise from memory.
C List five basic types of sickness.
C Define spiritual sickness.
C Define physical sickness.
C Define mental sickness.
C Define emotional sickness.
C Define demonically caused conditions.
HEALING PROMISES TO CLAIM:
Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are vexed. My soul is also sore vexed, but thou, O Lord, how long? The
Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.
When we speak of "sickness or disease" we mean any spiritual, mental, emotional, or
physical condition which is not in proper order as it was created by God. There are five types of sickness. These are:
Spiritual sickness is sin . If it is not dealt with, sin is terminal spiritually speaking.
Medical science or natural healing can do nothing for this condition. Everyone is affected by spiritual sickness because all have sinned. Healing for spiritual sickness comes from repenting, receiving forgiveness of sin, and accepting Jesus Christ as personal Savior.
Physical sickness may result from organic disorders which are problems that can be
observed and detected by physicians. In organic disorders the actual structure or tissue of the body is damaged in some way. Physical sickness can also result from functional
disorders which result from a malfunction of an organ or part of the body. Functional
disorders include a variety of conditions in which a problem in one part disturbs the
whole organism . Most common are heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, peptic
ulcers , and allergies. Because of the integrated nature of man , illness in one part affects
the whole body. This means that functional illnesses which continue unchecked can
result in organic illnesses.
Emotional illness results from harmful emotions such as anger, hatred , bitterness, etc .
Healing comes through both vertical and horizontal forgiveness and healing. Vertical
forgiveness results when you ask God to forgive you for sinful emotions. When you
repent, God heals these inner conditions. Horizontal forgiveness and healing results when
you forgive those who offended you . Some call this "inner healing,” although the term
has sometimes been abused and expanded to include experiences the Bible does not
Mental sickness is poor mental health resulting from retardation, illness, accidents,
breakdowns, birth defects, and psychological conditions not caused directly by demonic presence.
Demonically caused conditions include possession, oppression, obsession, and
demonically caused mental and physical conditions. Demonic conditions require a special type of healing called deliverance. Deliverance and healing are related, but Scripture
indicates a difference between them :
Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and
authority over all devils and to cure diseases. And He sent them to preach the Kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. (Luke 9:1-2)
You will learn more about demonically caused conditions in Part Six of this course.