There is a mixed up notion even among devout Christians that God teaches His children
through sickness. Many believe that God sends sickness and suffering in order to educate
His children. Such notions are totally inconsistent with the Father’s love and compassion as
revealed in the life, ministry and atoning work of Jesus. Learning from sickness is our way of
learning. It is true that all who live for Jesus will be called to suffer for the sake of Christ, but
sickness is not part of this suffering. Also remember that satan, the messenger of sickness,
is NOT THE TEACHER OF THE CHURCH.
Christ is our example in suffering and we are called to suffer like Christ, obediently, patiently and humbly.
For righteousness sake (1 Peter 3:14)
For the Faith (1 Peter 4: 12-16)
In the face of injustice, being accused falsely (Matt 5:11)
For doing good. (1 Peter 3:17)
For rejection. (Luke 6:22)
But Christ was also our substitute for suffering at Calvary for
Sin (Isa 53:4, 2 Cor 5:21)
Sickness (Isa 53:5, Matthew 8:17)
Curses (Gal 3:13)
Poverty (2 Cor 8:9)
Sorrow (Isa 53:4, Isa 61:3)
Death (John 3:16, Isa 51:6, 2 Timothy 1:10)
In these, He took our place so that we may not suffer. Let us not redo or improve on Jesus’
finished work. May God give us grace that we may see the Redeemer – as our Substitute
and as our Example, clearly.
God does not use sickness and suffering to teach His people. It is we who learn through
these methods whenever we are out of line with His will. He teaches us through
The Holy Spirit
The Life of His Son
God has gone to great lengths to give us His written Word through which we primarily learn. Many
saints have laid down their lives that we may have the Bible in our hands today. Let us take care
to revere His Word and obey its instructions. These verses speak for themselves and need no explanation.
Psalm 119: 9 - "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word."
Oh, if you are young and sick, go for a spiritual cleansing. Pay more attention and be an
attender of and an attender to God’s Word.
Psalm 119:11 - "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."
Oh sick one! How much of God’s Word have you memorized?
Psalm 119:105 - "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
2 Tim. 3:16 - "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction,
for instruction in righteousness."
Oh sick one! Maybe what you need is more doctrine, more reproof, more correction and more
instruction in righteousness.
John 15:3 - "Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you."
If sickness and disease has helped in cleansing you, you have used an inferior but terribly expensive
and uncomfortable cleansing agent!
John 17:17 - "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Sickness and disease are not the methods that God has chosen to sanctify
us. That is our method !
Acts 20:32 - "And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up,
and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified."
His gracious Words build us up.
Eph. 5:26 - "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word."
Again, we are cleansed and sanctified with the washing or renewing of our minds by the Word of God.
1 Peter 2:2 - "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby."
God wants us to grow by partaking of His Word.
Jer. 23:29 - "Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?"
God’s Word is not always sweet or pleasant. Sometimes it can burn us like a fire. At other times, it can be like a hammer on our heads! Amen! God chastises whom He loves and those who are sensitive to His Word will find it convicting, pricking and virtually hammering them and making them very uncomfortable! But bless God, it is better to be hammered by the Word of God than by the devil and his cohorts!
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is our abiding Comforter, Counselor and Teacher
In John 14: 26, Jesus says, “The Holy Ghost will teach you all things”. Can we not believe this and lean
on the abiding presence of the Holy Ghost within to lead us into all truth? The anointing within is sufficient
to teach you all things, but one must learn how to rely on and draw on this anointing.
Many are unable to learn from the presence of the Holy Spirit within, simply because other factors and not
the Holy Spirit has control of their lives. Many reject the precious manifestations and the gifts of the Holy
Spirit and thereby quench and grieve the Holy Spirit the very author of the Scriptures.
Many are unable to learn from the Word of God because their words are not under the control of the Holy
Spirit. The tongue, which is the steering wheel of life, has never been handed over to the Holy Spirit and
so they always have to depend on someone else to interpret their own Father’s words. How tragic it is to
be a child of God and always receive instructions from other members of the family or even some who
may be just hirelings!
Remember again, that sickness, diseases and death are not the teacher of the Church. Stop discerning
the will of God through these messengers of satan. Renew your thinking today and make up your mind
to be fully yielded to the Holy Spirit, and you as the sheep of God’s pasture will hear the voice of the
good Shepherd and Bishop of your soul.
Ministers of God
God uses His servants to instruct and edify His people. This is the way He primarily gave instructions
to His people even in the Old Testament. Messengers, prophets and righteous men bore the oracles of God.
In the New Testament church, the Lord Jesus Christ has set ministers in the church. (Please read Eph 4: 11-16
phrase by phrase). They have a specific task to accomplish. They can do it only if the members understand and
co-operate. The basic purpose of the 5 prime ministers in the Church are
For the perfecting of the saints,
For equipping the saints for the work of the ministry,
For the edification of the Body of Christ
God sends His word of correction and instruction through His servants, even to the wayward.
Life of His Son, Jesus
Jeremiah 35:15 - "I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending
them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after
other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers:
but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me."
The best example for our learning is the Life of our Lord Jesus Christ. God intends that we learn by
looking at Him.
Hebrews 1:1, 2 says, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the
fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…..”
What would God do in a certain situation? Look for an answer in the life of Jesus which is filled with the
actions and reactions of the Heavenly Father. Jesus said that those who had seen Him had seen the
Father. He taught or said nothing that was out of line with the Father. He was the express image of the
Father. He was God manifest in flesh (1 Timothy 3:16).
What would Jesus do when He looks on the sick? The answer is not difficult to find. He is filled with
compassion (Matthew 14:14), vengeance (Isaiah 35: 4-6) and a compulsion to heal the sick (Luke 4: 18).
If doubts still remain, ask this ultimate question, “WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?”
We encourage the reading of the gospels as many times as posssible to feel the heartbeat of Jesus.
No born again Christian should be reading books and listening to tapes without reading the Gospels.
May our eyes be opened to see that sickness, diseases, curses and evils are not God’s ways of teaching
His own, neither is satan the teacher of the Church. If we learn anything through these methods, it is
our way. Even then, our gracious God makes all things work together for good to those who love Him.
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