Why Sickness Abounds Today
There is more sickness in the world today than in yesteryears. Despite the great advances in medical science, we see more sickness now than before. It is a common enemy. Why is this so ?
Here are some reasons for this wretched phenomenon.
- It is an accepted way of life :
Sickness has gained acceptance in the minds of the people. When it comes, we accept it
too readily. Sickness is like corruption. Though every body knows corruption is evil and should not be there, very few people are even
surprised when they come across it, much less resist it. How often we hear that
it is impossible to have a society free of corruption
and bribery. Similarly, people have settled it in their hearts that it is impossible to be free from sickness and so it must be accepted
when it shows up. Here are some reasons for this wretched phenomenon.
It is an expected way of life :
This might sound strange but it is true. We too often expect to be sick. For example,
when the weather changes, if you say, "Oh, it is raining, I am going to get a cold", - you will. You usually get what
you expect. 'For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.' (Proverbs 23:7). 'Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.'
(Luke 6:45) and 'death and life are in the power of the tongue' (Proverbs 18:21). The wisdom of this world teaches us to
even provide for medical bills and take medical insurance when God has granted
us good health !
Increasing Sin :
Sin, though not the only cause of
sickness, is definitely connected to sickness. Remember that there
was no sickness, disease or death before the disobedience and fall
of man. Death ruled because of one manís sin (Romans 5:17). Sin ruled
till total death was accomplished (Romans 5:21). Sin is falling
short of Godís standards, absence of a living relationship with the
Creator or being out of active and approved fellowship with our
Father God. There was a time when men lived for over 900 years. As
sin increased, the life span began to drop, until the maximum
was set at 120 years and later at 80 years. But bless God, that
through Jesus Christ, the Sin Destroyer, where sin abounds, His
grace will abound much more (Romans 5:20), yes, even unto the
complete manifestation of eternal life.
There is not enough spiritual resistance against sickness from Christians.
We leave the fighting to the doctors. Too often,
the will to fight the disease is missing in the patient and his
loved ones. Medical science does not recognize the existence of the
spirit world and so is often unable to get quickly to the root-cause
of the disease. Much of sickness originates from the realm of the
spirit and when it is not withstood spiritually, sickness runs
rampant. Doctors atleast have the sense and the heart to battle for
a personís life till the end. But many of Godís redeemed children
give up so easily, that too saying it is the will of God or by saying a
short prayer or by righteously declaring that they have left
everything in the hands of God, rather than staying in the place of
prayer, seeking the face and the Word of God. In other words,
Christians have not grown in this area and so do not have the
spiritual stamina to resist sickness and see it destroyed.
Germs (viruses) are an evil life or evil spirits.
The words spirit and life can be interchanged. There is no understanding of
viruses as evil spirits. If you put these germs under a microscope,
you will see them move. They have life, an evil life, that destroys
cells and causes harm to the body. Spirits as we know, need a
physical body or matter through which they can work. Spirits as we
also know respond either positively or negatively to the human
voice. Jesus cast the spirits out with His word (Matthew 8:16). We
as Christians must learn to resist these germs just as you would
resist the devil's band of fallen angels. We must learn to send them
out in Jesus' Name.
There is more confidence in medical knowledge than the God of knowledge
In many a home, God's Word has been set aside and medical
reports have become aye and amen. There are many Christians who
can reel off lab reports and clinical terms better than a
doctor but will grope for a promise or verse on healing. How
tragic! It would not be far from the truth to say that
the doctor has taken the place of God in many hearts. Is it not true
that many believe the doctorís word more than Godís word?
Is it not true that many Christians spend more time in doctors' offices than in
church services. Is it not true that many Christians can have a very
enlightening conversation with their doctor, but find it impossible
to even hear the voice of their Loving Shepherd and Great Physician?
This is the reason why even the best of medical science fails at times. Christians, more than anyone else should
constantly acknowledge and affirm publicly that God is the fountainhead of all knowledge and wisdom. (See
Psalms 31: 19) The Bible records the faithlessness of King Asa who trusted the doctors more than God in
spite of knowing Him. 2 Chronicles 16:12 says, ďAnd Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased
in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.Ē
But this is not the Divine pattern. The Bible commands us to call the elders of the Church when sick.
James 5: 14, 15 says, "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over
him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall
raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him". If we don't do this we are disobedient and
rebellious. In obedience, call the elders first, then you'll find that the doctors' work gets easier.
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