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All Sickness is not of the Devil
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Sean W. Begle

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Introduction to All Sickness is not of the Devil
A while back for my Ministry which is
By Grace through faith Ministry of ...
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1. When it comes to sickness, all sickness it is not of the devil, and all sickness it is not from
the devil.

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2. Th...
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Supporting Information
Uncommon Answers by Bob Vaughn
God’s Healing?

I believe divine healing is ordained by God for the ...
be times when it is not God’s will to heal at that time, but later on, after His purposes have been
fulfilled, and sometim...
1) WRONG MOTIVES: James 4:3, “Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may
consume it upon your lust.” When w...
Answer: The issue of sickness is always a difficult one to deal with. The key is remembering that
God's ways are higher th...
should not cause us to lose faith in God. God is good, even when we are suffering. Even the
ultimate of suffering—death—is...
as many other sick people, yet not his beloved disciple Timothy who suffered from frequent
stomach illnesses?

Why Doesn't...
know, I didn't like this answer either, but it's right there in Scripture:
Confess your sins to each other and pray for ea...
http://christianity.about.com/od/whatdoesthebiblesay/a/Healing.htm

Is Your Healing Really Contingent on Your Faith?
Does ...
side. He wants the best for you. He is good."

So, if God wills all to be healed, then can your faith move His hand to hea...
In what do we "stand fast"? The "rock" on which we stand isn't faith or healing but Christ alone-the Healer. In Hebrews 10...
Positive confession does not effect healing. If that were true, anyone who believes in mind-overmatter mental exercises co...
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1. When it comes to sickness, all sickness it is not of the devil, and all sickness it is not from the
devil.

The r...
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Supporting Information
Uncommon Answers by Bob Vaughn
God’s Heali g?

I elie e di i e heali g is o dai ed God fo the hu h ...
al a s k o i g God’s pla fo the i di idual’s life, e should p a fo his heali g if it e God’s ill. This
if does ot egate ou...
upo ou lust. When we pray and ask God to heal us we should desire that God be glorified. It should
be our intention if God...
usually focus solely on our own suffering. In the midst of a trial of sickness, it is very difficult to focus on
what good...
that God will bring good out of the suffering. Yes, that is the truth. However, in the midst of suffering, it
is not alway...
the question: Why does God heal some people but not others?
The quick and obvious answer to the question rests in God's so...
When Jesus healed the sick, on many occasions he made this statement: "Your faith has made you well."
In Matthew 9:20-22, ...
Faith teacher Frederick K.C. Price has asserted: "The seventh method of receiving healing--[which] I
believe is the highes...
multitude thronged that place daily to be healed. Why was one man healed at that moment while others
were not?

John 5:19 ...
Paul did just that: "'O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?' The sting of death is
sin, and the st...
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  1. 1. All Sickness is not of the Devil Authored By: Sean W. Begle PDF compression, OCR, web optimization using a watermarked evaluation copy of CVISION PDFCompressor
  2. 2. Introduction to All Sickness is not of the Devil A while back for my Ministry which is By Grace through faith Ministry of Christian Living and of Spiritual Growth I taught a sermon-teaching titled as All sickness is not of the Devil. Therefore from the notes I created I have used them, to turn them into the book All Sickness is not of the devil. All Sickness is not of the Devil includes the notes from the Open Document Text, and the Rich Text format, which are the same notes in those two different formats. This will prove in dealing with All Sickness is not of the devil the truth of how sickness works. You will see it as you read these notes from my sermon-teaching. PDF compression, OCR, web optimization using a watermarked evaluation copy of CVISION PDFCompressor
  3. 3. • 1. When it comes to sickness, all sickness it is not of the devil, and all sickness it is not from the devil. • 2. The reason why all sickness is not of the devil, and all sickness is not from the devil is because God he can allow sickness to come upon us and It is not always the devil afflicting you in sickness and afflicting you through sickness 3. Sometimes sickness will come upon us whether we are doing right or whether we are doing wrong. Disease it can come upon us whether we are doing right or whether we are doing wrong. For an example Job was a man who was righteous, he lived a righteous life but he went through sickness, he went through disease he went through that not because of wrong doing but it was to make him stronger even in his weakness. 4. God does not always punish us with sickness so when sickness comes we should not think well what did I do for God to punish me with this sickness. 5. Even though God is a healer and is able to heal God does not always heal our every sickness neither will he heal our every sickness. If it is the will of God to heal us from our sickness God will heal us from our sickness 6. God does not completely heal all of our sickness he may heal some of it but leave us with the rest of it 7. Just because you believe that God will heal you from your sickness and have faith that he will that does not always happen 8. In conclusion all sickness is not of the devil and all sickness Is not from the devil Sometimes God will allow us to be afflicted he will allow sickness to come upon regardless is if it is for wrong we have done and right we have done or are doing Sometime we bring sickness upon ourselves and it is not always God or the devil but it is us. God is not and God does not always punish with sickness because of wrongdoing PDF compression, OCR, web optimization using a watermarked evaluation copy of CVISION PDFCompressor
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  5. 5. Supporting Information Uncommon Answers by Bob Vaughn God’s Healing? I believe divine healing is ordained by God for the church today. In the Bible I don’t find the slightest hint that it should be otherwise. This precious gift that God has given to the church has been misunderstood or misused by so many, that much of the church today shuns its practice. Might we now seek truth, build faith, and dispel fear concerning God’s healing. Sickness and disease do not always relate to our spiritual condition. Some causes are natural (contagious diseases), some accidental (infections entering in skin breaks, etc.), and some emotional (psychosomatic – depression, worry, fear, rage, jealousy, and resentments all cause alterations in our organic function). Natural, accidental and sometimes emotional causes of sickness or disease strike Christians. When such happens what should the Christian do? It is always right, if the particular situation warrants such, to take immediate action such as stopping bleeding, lowering a high temperature, etc. But the primary move towards healing should be prayer. Prayer by the individual is often all that is needed for healing; but if the sickness or disease persists the elders of the church (Titus 1:5-9) should be called (James 5:14). They– anointing the sick with oil in the name of the Lord and praying the prayer of faith–should initiate healing in the Christian. Often as a result of natural sickness or accident, bodies are left crippled (blind, deaf, lame, etc.). These are not sicknesses and therefore are not to be prayed for by the elders as such. These are afflictions (hardships) and are to be prayed for by the individual (James 5:13). Even so, with Gods leading, a person may minister with the gift of miracles or gift of faith and pray for an afflicted person. THEY WILL BE HEALED. When a man is following the leading of GOD’S Spirit there is no failure. Gifts operate in the individual ministering and do not depend on the person being prayed for, as with Peter and the lame man in Acts 3. Another cause of sickness, disease and afflictions is supernatural. Satan, as God allows, imposes such (Luke 13:16) and God at times does also (Acts 13:11, II Kings 5:27, I Corinthians 11:30). Some say that sickness is never “for the glory of God”, but Jesus taught differently, saying, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God” (John 11:4). In scriptures there do seem to PDF compression, OCR, web optimization using a watermarked evaluation copy of CVISION PDFCompressor
  6. 6. be times when it is not God’s will to heal at that time, but later on, after His purposes have been fulfilled, and sometimes never. Examine these passages: John 11:4, John 9:3, II Kings 13:14, II Timothy 4:20, I Timothy 5:23. Not always knowing God’s plan for the individual’s life, we should pray for his healing if it be God’s will. This “if” does not negate our faith in God to heal but is the expression of our desire for God’s perfect will in the individual’s life (Matthew 8:1-5). Contrary to the scriptures just cited and contrary to my experience, it is often taught that healing is available at all times to every Christian. Verses often used to try to prove this are, “by whose stripes you were healed” (I Peter 2:24), and “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:17). Let’s look at each of these passages: I PETER 2:24-25: “Who Himself bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.” There are two types of healing that we should consider here-spiritual and physical. From the context the healing appears to be spiritual – being healed from the guilt and power of sin. But if it is physical healing it indicates that men are healed because of Jesus’ stripes, giving no hint of the absolute availability of healing to all Christians at all times. If the healing is physical then when Christians are supernaturally healed it is because of the stripes Jesus bore for their healing. Healing is not taught to be available to all Christians at all times without regard for God’s will. MATTHEW 8:16-17: “And he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all who were sick: that it might be FULFILLED which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” Matthew attributed Jesus’ healing the sick at Capernaum, to the FULFILLMENT of the prophecy in Isaiah 53:4. If this prophesy is fulfilled it doesn’t hold a promise for us. If a person doesn’t receive his healing he should consider why. Some hindrances may be: PDF compression, OCR, web optimization using a watermarked evaluation copy of CVISION PDFCompressor
  7. 7. 1) WRONG MOTIVES: James 4:3, “Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lust.” When we pray and ask God to heal us we should desire that God be glorified. It should be our intention if God heals us to use the renewed health and strength for His service. 2) LACK OF PERSEVERANCE: The apostle Paul prayed three times concerning the thorn in his flesh before he got an answer (II Corinthians 12:8). Jesus said, “Men ought always to pray, and faint not.” (Luke 18:1). Persistence demonstrates our confidence in God to answer. 3) LACK OF FAITH: Some Christians are not sure that God will heal. Some feel their problem is too big or too small to carry to God. Have honest faith–even if it is not perfect. Mark 9:24: “Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief.” 4) SIN: “He who confesses and forsakes his sin shall have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13). “If I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear me” (Psalm 66:18). In some cases, physical sickness is a chastisement by God for sin (I Corinthians 11:29-32). In that case, healing will not come until we judge that sin ourselves, confess it to God, and put it away. “Confess your faults to one another and pray for one another, that ye may be healed” (James 5:16). 5) UNQUALIFIED ELDERS: The elders of the church in James 5:14 – ordained elders, bishops – must be qualified (Titus 1:5-9). If they are not and we know it, should we expect anything from God? Any church with qualified Elders can have a healing ministry. If after looking for hindrances and finding none, a person is still not healed, that person should not be brought under condemnation.There is no condemnation to those in Jesus who are living after the Spirit (Romans 8:1). He should simply continue to live for God, trusting Him to bring about His perfect will for his life. I speak this not only in agreement with the scriptures but also from experience. I have been miraculously healed of sickness several times. Other times I’ve not been healed. I don’t know why, but I still follow Him trusting His will to be done. http://uncommonanswers.com/home/common-questions/god%E2%80%99s-healing/ Why does God allow sickness? Question: "Why does God allow sickness?"
  8. 8. Answer: The issue of sickness is always a difficult one to deal with. The key is remembering that God's ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:9). When we are suffering with a sickness, disease, or injury, we usually focus solely on our own suffering. In the midst of a trial of sickness, it is very difficult to focus on what good God might bring about as a result. Romans 8:28 reminds us that God can bring about good from any situation. Many people look back on times of sickness as times when they grew closer to God, learned to trust Him more, and/or learned how to truly value life. This is the perspective God has because He is sovereign and knows the end result. This does not mean sickness is always from God or that God always inflicts us with sickness to teach us a spiritual lesson. In a world tainted by sin, sickness, disease, and death will always be with us. We are fallen beings, with physical bodies prone to disease and illness. Some sickness is simply a result of the natural course of things in this world. Sickness can also be the result of a demonic attack. The Bible describes several instances when physical suffering was caused by Satan and his demons (Matthew 17:14-18; Luke 13:10-16). So, some sickness is not from God, but from Satan. Even in these instances, God is still in control. God sometimes allows sin and/or Satan to cause physical suffering. Even when sickness is not directly from God, He will still use it according to His perfect will. It is undeniable, though, that God sometimes intentionally allows, or even causes sickness to accomplish His sovereign purposes. While sickness is not directly addressed in the passage, Hebrews 12:5-11 describes God disciplining us to "produce a harvest of righteousness" (verse 11). Sickness can be a means of God's loving discipline. It is difficult for us to comprehend why God would work in this manner. But, believing in the sovereignty of God, there is no other option than suffering being something God allows and/or causes. The clearest example of this in Scripture is found is Psalm 119. Notice the progression through verses 67, 71, and 75 - "Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word...It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees...I know, O LORD, that your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness you have afflicted me." The author of Psalm 119 was looking at suffering from God's perspective. It was good for him to be afflicted. It was faithfulness that caused God to afflict him. The result of the affliction was so that he could learn God's decrees and obey His Word. Again, sickness and suffering is never an easy thing to deal with. One thing is for sure, sickness PDF compression, OCR, web optimization using a watermarked evaluation copy of CVISION PDFCompressor
  9. 9. should not cause us to lose faith in God. God is good, even when we are suffering. Even the ultimate of suffering—death—is an act of God's goodness. It is hard to imagine that anyone who is in Heaven as a result of sickness or suffering regrets what they went through in this life. One final note—when people are suffering, it is our responsibility to minister to them, care for them, pray for them, and comfort them. When a person is suffering, it is not always appropriate to emphasize that God will bring good out of the suffering. Yes, that is the truth. However, in the midst of suffering, it is not always the best time to share that truth. Suffering people need our love and encouragement, not necessarily a reminder of sound biblical theology. http://www.gotquestions.org/God-allow-sickness.html Why Doesn't God Heal Everyone? What Does the Bible Say About Healing? By Mary Fairchild One of the names of God is Jehovah-Rapha, "the Lord who heals." In Exodus 15:26, God declares that he is the healer of his people. The passage refers specifically to healing from physical disease: He said, "If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you." (NLT) The Bible records a considerable number of physical healing accounts in the Old Testament. Likewise, in the ministry of Jesus and his disciples, healing miracles are prominently highlighted. And throughout the ages of church history, believers have continued to testify of God's power to divinely heal the sick. So, if God by his own nature declares himself Healer, why doesn't God heal everyone? Why did God use Paul to heal the father of Publius who was ill with fever and dysentery, as well
  10. 10. as many other sick people, yet not his beloved disciple Timothy who suffered from frequent stomach illnesses? Why Doesn't God Heal Everyone? Perhaps you are suffering with a sickness right now. You've prayed every healing Bible verse you know, and still you're left wondering, Why won't God heal me? Maybe you've recently lost a loved one to cancer or some other terrible disease. It's only natural to ask the question: Why does God heal some people but not others? The quick and obvious answer to the question rests in God's sovereignty. God is in control and ultimately he knows what's best for his creations. While this is certainly true, there are several clear-cut reasons given in Scripture to further explain why God may not heal. Biblical Reasons God May Not Heal Now, before we dive in, I want to admit something: I don't fully understand all of the reasons God does not heal. I have struggled with my own personal "thorn in the flesh" for years. I'm referring to 2 Corinthians 12:8-9, where the Apostle Paul stated: Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. (NLT) Like Paul, I pleaded (in my case for years) for relief, for healing. Eventually, like the apostle, I resolved in my weakness to live in the sufficiency of God's grace. During my earnest quest for answers about healing, I was fortunate to learn a few things. And so I will pass those on to you: Unconfessed Sin We'll cut to the chase with this first one: sometimes sickness is the result of unconfessed sin. I PDF compression, OCR, web optimization using a watermarked evaluation copy of CVISION PDFCompressor
  11. 11. know, I didn't like this answer either, but it's right there in Scripture: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. (James 5:16, NLT) I want to stress that sickness is not always the direct result of sin in someone's life, but pain and disease are part of this fallen, cursed world in which we currently live. We must be careful not to blame every sickness on sin, but we must also realize it is one possible reason. Thus, a good place to begin if you've come to the Lord for healing is to search your heart and confess your sins. Lack of Faith When Jesus healed the sick, on many occasions he made this statement: "Your faith has made you well." In Matthew 9:20-22, Jesus healed the woman who had suffered for many years with constant bleeding: Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, for she thought, "If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed." Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, "Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well." And the woman was healed at that moment. (NLT) Here are a few more biblical examples of healing in response to faith: Matthew 9:28–29; Mark 2:5, Luke 17:19; Acts 3:16; James 5:14–16. Apparently, there is an important link between faith and healing. Given the multitude of Scriptures connecting faith to healing, we must conclude that sometimes healing does not occur because of a lack of faith, or better, the pleasing kind of faith that God honors. Again, we must be careful not to assume every time someone isn't healed the reason is lack of faith. PDF compression, OCR, web optimization using a watermarked evaluation copy of CVISION PDFCompressor
  12. 12. http://christianity.about.com/od/whatdoesthebiblesay/a/Healing.htm Is Your Healing Really Contingent on Your Faith? Does Jesus heal people with out faith? We've debunked the myths of faith healing. Some believers focus exclusively on faith as the key to healing. Yet Jesus healed many who apparently had no faith. Some were healed because their friends had faith. Others were bound up by demonic spirits and healed by exorcism, even against their wills. The truth is that God heals. The myth is that God always heals now at the initiative of our faith. Faith teacher Frederick K.C. Price has asserted: "The seventh method of receiving healing-[which] I believe is the highest kind of faith--is the highest way to receive healing...If you believe you receive it, you will confess that: 'Bless God, I believe I am healed. I believe I have received my healing...I believe that it is so. I believe that I can walk in divine health all the days of my life.' You are reading after one man who will never be sick, and I'm not being presumptuous." Myth is mixed here with truth. The highest kind of faith is, "I believe in Jesus," not just, "I believe." It is true that faith must be our initiative. But even our initiative comes through the prompting of the Holy Spirit: "No one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit" (1 Cor. 12:3). Our faith helps us receive healing, just as the lack of faith hinders healing. But healing does not depend on faith. Healing depends on the Healer. Healing is the will of God. Canadian evangelist Peter Youngren wrote: "Jesus clearly shows us God's will in healing ... the Word of God declares that 'great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all' (Matt. 12:15). When Jesus healed all, He was obviously doing the will of His Father, because He only did that which the Father wanted Him to do." Youngren adds: "This is why you can come with boldness asking God for healing. God is on your
  13. 13. side. He wants the best for you. He is good." So, if God wills all to be healed, then can your faith move His hand to heal you? In the words of the Hertz rental car commercial: "Not exactly!" Your faith moves Him to save you (see Rom. 10:9-13; Eph. 2:8). And in your salvation is your healing: "That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: 'He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses'" (Matt. 8:17; Is. 53:4-6). But your faith does not effect your healing now. When you are healed rests entirely on what the sovereign purposes of the Healer are. Consider this biblical example. In John 5 Jesus healed one paralytic at the pool of Bethesda though a multitude thronged that place daily to be healed. Why was one man healed at that moment while others were not? John 5:19 gives the answer when Jesus confessed, "'Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.'" Bible scholar Jack Deere correctly observes that the initiative for the miraculous in Jesus' ministry did not begin with Him but with the Father. "He healed only the people He saw His Father healing," Deere writes. "The only firm reason for the healing of the paralytic that we can derive from the context of John 5 is that the Father willed it, and Jesus executed His Father's will ... We are ultimately faced with the conclusion that sometimes the Lord works miracles for His own sovereign purposes without giving any explanation for His actions to His followers." The second myth about healing is that if you stand fast in faith, you will be physically healed in time and space. Ken and Gloria Copeland have declared that healing will come if we have faith in our hearts and God's Word in our mouths. But, they add: "It may take time for it to manifest in your body. So stand fast in faith, giving thanks to God until it does. Focus on God's Word, not on physical symptoms." PDF compression, OCR, web optimization using a watermarked evaluation copy of CVISION PDFCompressor
  14. 14. In what do we "stand fast"? The "rock" on which we stand isn't faith or healing but Christ alone-the Healer. In Hebrews 10:23 we are admonished to hold fast to the profession of our faith. But in what is our profession of faith? Certainly, it is not in faith or in healing. Be careful that your faith is not in faith itself--or, worse yet, in a faith teacher! Just believing hard enough, long enough or strong enough will not strengthen you or prompt your healing. Doing mental gymnastics to "hold on to your miracle" will not cause your healing to manifest now. So what is faith? It is more than believing in your heart that God heals. The truth is that God is the God who heals. Faith is trusting the God who heals. Faith is a radical, absolute surrender to the God who heals. Faith is not holding on for your healing but holding on to the God who can do the impossible. The truth is that your healing may manifest in eternity, not in time. If your trust is in God who heals, then when He heals you is secondary to belonging to the Healer. Certainly you will thank Him if He heals you today. But if your healing comes beyond death in eternity, will you praise Him now for that? Paul did just that: "'O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?' The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord" (1 Cor. 15:55-58). The third myth about healing is that if you just confess your healing, you will be healed right now. But you should confess the Healer, not your healing. In his best-selling book, The Bible Cure, Dr. Reginald B. Cherry encourages us to "speak to the mountain" of our illness when we pray. That is important in prayer. But praying it and saying it won't make physical healing manifest now. PDF compression, OCR, web optimization using a watermarked evaluation copy of CVISION PDFCompressor
  15. 15. Positive confession does not effect healing. If that were true, anyone who believes in mind-overmatter mental exercises could heal people. Only Jesus heals. Our confession should be in Him, not in being healed now. Jesus sternly warned: "'Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven'" (Matt. 10:32-33). It's time we throw out the lies that cloud the truth about faith and healing. It's time we embrace the scriptural truths that shatter shallow myths and bring us freedom to confidently trust God. http://www.charismamag.com/spirit/supernatural/4537-the-myths-of-faith-healing
  16. 16. ฀ 2. 1. When it comes to sickness, all sickness it is not of the devil, and all sickness it is not from the devil. The reason why all sickness is not of the devil, and all sickness is not from the devil is because God he can allow sickness to come upon us and It is not always the devil 3. afflicting you in sickness and afflicting you through sickness Sometimes sickness will come upon us whether we are doing right or whether we are doing wrong. Disease it can come upon us whether we are doing right or whether we are doing wrong. For an example Job was a man who was righteous, he lived a righteous life but he went through sickness, he went through disease he went through that not because of wrong doing but it was to make him stronger even in his weakness. 4. God does not always punish us with sickness so when sickness comes we should not think well what did I do for God to punish me with this sickness. 5. Even though God is a healer and is able to heal God does not always heal our every sickness neither will he heal our every sickness. If it is the will of God to heal us from our sickness God will heal us from our sickness 6. God does not completely heal all of our sickness he may heal some of it but leave us with the rest of it 7. Just because you believe that God will heal you from your sickness and have faith that he will that does not always happen 8. In conclusion all sickness is not of the devil and all sickness Is not from the devil Sometimes God will allow us to be afflicted he will allow sickness to come upon regardless is if it is for wrong we have done and right we have done or are doing Sometime we bring sickness upon ourselves and it is not always God or the devil but it is us. God is not and God does not always punish with sickness because of wrongdoing PDF compression, OCR, web optimization using a watermarked evaluation copy of CVISION PDFCompressor
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  18. 18. Supporting Information Uncommon Answers by Bob Vaughn God’s Heali g? I elie e di i e heali g is o dai ed God fo the hu h toda . I the Bi le I do ’t find the slightest hint that it should be otherwise. This precious gift that God has given to the church has been misunderstood or misused by so many, that much of the church today shuns its practice. Might we now seek truth, build faith, and dispel fear o e i g God’s heali g. Sickness and disease do not always relate to our spiritual condition. Some causes are natural (contagious diseases), some accidental (infections entering in skin breaks, etc.), and some emotional (psychosomatic – depression, worry, fear, rage, jealousy, and resentments all cause alterations in our organic function). Natural, accidental and sometimes emotional causes of sickness or disease strike Christians. When such happens what should the Christian do? It is always right, if the particular situation warrants such, to take immediate action such as stopping bleeding, lowering a high temperature, etc. But the primary move towards healing should be prayer. Prayer by the individual is often all that is needed for healing; but if the sickness or disease persists the elders of the church (Titus 1:5-9) should be called (James 5:14). They–anointing the sick with oil in the name of the Lord and praying the prayer of faith–should initiate healing in the Christian. Often as a result of natural sickness or accident, bodies are left crippled (blind, deaf, lame, etc.). These are not sicknesses and therefore are not to be prayed for by the elders as such. These are afflictions (hardships) and are to be prayed for by the individual (James 5:13). Even so, with Gods leading, a person may minister with the gift of miracles or gift of faith and pray for an afflicted person. THEY WILL BE HEALED. Whe a a is follo i g the leadi g of GOD’“ “pi it the e is o failu e. Gifts ope ate i the individual ministering and do not depend on the person being prayed for, as with Peter and the lame man in Acts 3. Another cause of sickness, disease and afflictions is supernatural. Satan, as God allows, imposes such (Luke 13:16) and God at times does also (Acts 13:11, II Kings 5:27, I Corinthians 11:30). “o e sa that si k ess is e e fo the glo of God , ut Jesus taught diffe e tl , sa i g, This si k ess is ot u to death, ut fo the glo of God Joh : . I s iptu es the e do see to e ti es he it is ot God’s ill to heal at that ti e, ut late o , afte His pu poses ha e ee fulfilled, a d so eti es never. Examine these passages: John 11:4, John 9:3, II Kings 13:14, II Timothy 4:20, I Timothy 5:23. Not PDF compression, OCR, web optimization using a watermarked evaluation copy of CVISION PDFCompressor
  19. 19. al a s k o i g God’s pla fo the i di idual’s life, e should p a fo his heali g if it e God’s ill. This if does ot egate ou faith i God to heal ut is the e p essio of ou desi e fo God’s pe fe t ill i the i di idual’s life Matthe : -5). Contrary to the scriptures just cited and contrary to my experience, it is often taught that healing is a aila le at all ti es to e e Ch istia . Ve ses ofte used to t to p o e this a e, hose st ipes ou e e healed I Pete : , a d He Hi self took ou i fi ities a d o e ou si k esses Matthe 8:17). Let’s look at ea h of these passages: I PETER 2:24- : Who Hi self o e ou si s i his o od o the t ee, that e, ha i g died to si s, might live for righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but ha e o etu ed to the “hephe d a d Bishop of ou souls. There are two types of healing that we should consider here-spiritual and physical. From the context the healing appears to be spiritual – being healed from the guilt and power of sin. But if it is physical healing it i di ates that e a e healed e ause of Jesus’ st ipes, gi i g o hi t of the a solute a aila ilit of healing to all Christians at all times. If the healing is physical then when Christians are supernaturally healed it is because of the stripes Jesus bore for their healing. Healing is not taught to be available to all Ch istia s at all ti es ithout ega d fo God’s ill. MATTHEW 8:16- : A d he ast out the spi its ith his o d, a d healed all ho e e si k: that it might be FULFILLED which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, He Himself took our infirmities and bore ou si k esses. Matthe att i uted Jesus’ heali g the si k at Cape au , to the FULFILLMENT of the p ophe 53:4. If this prophesy is fulfilled it does ’t hold a p o ise fo us. If a pe so does ’t e ei e his heali g he should o side h . “o e hi d a es a WRONG MOTIVE“: Ja es : , Ye ask a d e ei e ot, e ause e ask a iss, that e i Isaiah e: a o su e it PDF compression, OCR, web optimization using a watermarked evaluation copy of CVISION PDFCompressor
  20. 20. upo ou lust. When we pray and ask God to heal us we should desire that God be glorified. It should be our intention if God heals us to use the renewed health and strength for His service. 2) LACK OF PERSEVERANCE: The apostle Paul prayed three times concerning the thorn in his flesh before he got a a s e II Co i thia s : . Jesus said, Me ought al a s to p a , a d fai t ot. Luke : . Persistence demonstrates our confidence in God to answer. 3) LACK OF FAITH: Some Christians are not sure that God will heal. Some feel their problem is too big or too small to carry to God. Have honest faith–e e if it is ot pe fe t. Ma k : : Lo d, I elie e, help thou i e u elief. “IN: He ho o fesses a d fo sakes his si shall ha e e P o e s : . If I ega d i i uit i hea t the Lo d ill ot hea e Psal : . I so e ases, ph si al si k ess is a hastise e t God for sin (I Corinthians 11:29-32). In that case, healing will not come until we judge that sin ourselves, o fess it to God, a d put it a a . Co fess ou faults to o e a othe a d p a fo o e a othe , that e a e healed Ja es : . 5) UNQUALIFIED ELDERS: The elders of the church in James 5:14 – ordained elders, bishops – must be qualified (Titus 1:5-9). If they are not and we know it, should we expect anything from God? Any church with qualified Elders can have a healing ministry. If after looking for hindrances and finding none, a person is still not healed, that person should not be brought under condemnation.There is no condemnation to those in Jesus who are living after the Spirit (Romans 8:1). He should simply continue to live for God, trusting Him to bring about His perfect will for his life. I speak this not only in agreement with the scriptures but also from experience. I have been i a ulousl healed of si k ess se e al ti es. Othe ti es I’ e ot ee healed. I do ’t k o h , ut I still follow Him trusting His will to be done. http://uncommonanswers.com/home/common-questions/god%E2%80%99s-healing/ Why does God allow sickness? Question: "Why does God allow sickness?" Answer: The issue of sickness is always a difficult one to deal with. The key is remembering that God's ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:9). When we are suffering with a sickness, disease, or injury, we
  21. 21. usually focus solely on our own suffering. In the midst of a trial of sickness, it is very difficult to focus on what good God might bring about as a result. Romans 8:28 reminds us that God can bring about good from any situation. Many people look back on times of sickness as times when they grew closer to God, learned to trust Him more, and/or learned how to truly value life. This is the perspective God has because He is sovereign and knows the end result. This does not mean sickness is always from God or that God always inflicts us with sickness to teach us a spiritual lesson. In a world tainted by sin, sickness, disease, and death will always be with us. We are fallen beings, with physical bodies prone to disease and illness. Some sickness is simply a result of the natural course of things in this world. Sickness can also be the result of a demonic attack. The Bible describes several instances when physical suffering was caused by Satan and his demons (Matthew 17:14-18; Luke 13:10-16). So, some sickness is not from God, but from Satan. Even in these instances, God is still in control. God sometimes allows sin and/or Satan to cause physical suffering. Even when sickness is not directly from God, He will still use it according to His perfect will. It is undeniable, though, that God sometimes intentionally allows, or even causes sickness to accomplish His sovereign purposes. While sickness is not directly addressed in the passage, Hebrews 12:5-11 describes God disciplining us to "produce a harvest of righteousness" (verse 11). Sickness can be a means of God's loving discipline. It is difficult for us to comprehend why God would work in this manner. But, believing in the sovereignty of God, there is no other option than suffering being something God allows and/or causes. The clearest example of this in Scripture is found is Psalm 119. Notice the progression through verses 67, 71, and 75 - "Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word...It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees...I know, O LORD, that your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness you have afflicted me." The author of Psalm 119 was looking at suffering from God's perspective. It was good for him to be afflicted. It was faithfulness that caused God to afflict him. The result of the affliction was so that he could learn God's decrees and obey His Word. Again, sickness and suffering is never an easy thing to deal with. One thing is for sure, sickness should not cause us to lose faith in God. God is good, even when we are suffering. Even the ultimate of suffering—death—is an act of God's goodness. It is hard to imagine that anyone who is in Heaven as a result of sickness or suffering regrets what they went through in this life. One final note—when people are suffering, it is our responsibility to minister to them, care for them, pray for them, and comfort them. When a person is suffering, it is not always appropriate to emphasize PDF compression, OCR, web optimization using a watermarked evaluation copy of CVISION PDFCompressor
  22. 22. that God will bring good out of the suffering. Yes, that is the truth. However, in the midst of suffering, it is not always the best time to share that truth. Suffering people need our love and encouragement, not necessarily a reminder of sound biblical theology. http://www.gotquestions.org/God-allow-sickness.html Why Doesn't God Heal Everyone? What Does the Bible Say About Healing? By Mary Fairchild One of the names of God is Jehovah-Rapha, "the Lord who heals." In Exodus 15:26, God declares that he is the healer of his people. The passage refers specifically to healing from physical disease: He said, "If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you." (NLT) The Bible records a considerable number of physical healing accounts in the Old Testament. Likewise, in the ministry of Jesus and his disciples, healing miracles are prominently highlighted. And throughout the ages of church history, believers have continued to testify of God's power to divinely heal the sick. So, if God by his own nature declares himself Healer, why doesn't God heal everyone? Why did God use Paul to heal the father of Publius who was ill with fever and dysentery, as well as many other sick people, yet not his beloved disciple Timothy who suffered from frequent stomach illnesses? Why Doesn't God Heal Everyone? Perhaps you are suffering with a sickness right now. You've prayed every healing Bible verse you know, and still you're left wondering, Why won't God heal me? Maybe you've recently lost a loved one to cancer or some other terrible disease. It's only natural to ask
  23. 23. the question: Why does God heal some people but not others? The quick and obvious answer to the question rests in God's sovereignty. God is in control and ultimately he knows what's best for his creations. While this is certainly true, there are several clear-cut reasons given in Scripture to further explain why God may not heal. Biblical Reasons God May Not Heal Now, before we dive in, I want to admit something: I don't fully understand all of the reasons God does not heal. I have struggled with my own personal "thorn in the flesh" for years. I'm referring to 2 Corinthians 12:8-9, where the Apostle Paul stated: Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. (NLT) Like Paul, I pleaded (in my case for years) for relief, for healing. Eventually, like the apostle, I resolved in my weakness to live in the sufficiency of God's grace. During my earnest quest for answers about healing, I was fortunate to learn a few things. And so I will pass those on to you: Unconfessed Sin We'll cut to the chase with this first one: sometimes sickness is the result of unconfessed sin. I know, I didn't like this answer either, but it's right there in Scripture: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. (James 5:16, NLT) I want to stress that sickness is not always the direct result of sin in someone's life, but pain and disease are part of this fallen, cursed world in which we currently live. We must be careful not to blame every sickness on sin, but we must also realize it is one possible reason. Thus, a good place to begin if you've come to the Lord for healing is to search your heart and confess your sins. Lack of Faith PDF compression, OCR, web optimization using a watermarked evaluation copy of CVISION PDFCompressor
  24. 24. When Jesus healed the sick, on many occasions he made this statement: "Your faith has made you well." In Matthew 9:20-22, Jesus healed the woman who had suffered for many years with constant bleeding: Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, for she thought, "If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed." Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, "Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well." And the woman was healed at that moment. (NLT) Here are a few more biblical examples of healing in response to faith: Matthew 9:28–29; Mark 2:5, Luke 17:19; Acts 3:16; James 5:14–16. Apparently, there is an important link between faith and healing. Given the multitude of Scriptures connecting faith to healing, we must conclude that sometimes healing does not occur because of a lack of faith, or better, the pleasing kind of faith that God honors. Again, we must be careful not to assume every time someone isn't healed the reason is lack of faith. http://christianity.about.com/od/whatdoesthebiblesay/a/Healing.htm Is Your Healing Really Contingent on Your Faith? Does Jesus heal people with out faith? We've debunked the myths of faith healing. Some believers focus exclusively on faith as the key to healing. Yet Jesus healed many who apparently had no faith. Some were healed because their friends had faith. Others were bound up by demonic spirits and healed by exorcism, even against their wills. The truth is that God heals. The myth is that God always heals now at the initiative of our faith.
  25. 25. Faith teacher Frederick K.C. Price has asserted: "The seventh method of receiving healing--[which] I believe is the highest kind of faith--is the highest way to receive healing...If you believe you receive it, you will confess that: 'Bless God, I believe I am healed. I believe I have received my healing...I believe that it is so. I believe that I can walk in divine health all the days of my life.' You are reading after one man who will never be sick, and I'm not being presumptuous." Myth is mixed here with truth. The highest kind of faith is, "I believe in Jesus," not just, "I believe." It is true that faith must be our initiative. But even our initiative comes through the prompting of the Holy Spirit: "No one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit" (1 Cor. 12:3). Our faith helps us receive healing, just as the lack of faith hinders healing. But healing does not depend on faith. Healing depends on the Healer. Healing is the will of God. Canadian evangelist Peter Youngren wrote: "Jesus clearly shows us God's will in healing ... the Word of God declares that 'great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all' (Matt. 12:15). When Jesus healed all, He was obviously doing the will of His Father, because He only did that which the Father wanted Him to do." Youngren adds: "This is why you can come with boldness asking God for healing. God is on your side. He wants the best for you. He is good." So, if God wills all to be healed, then can your faith move His hand to heal you? In the words of the Hertz rental car commercial: "Not exactly!" Your faith moves Him to save you (see Rom. 10:9-13; Eph. 2:8). And in your salvation is your healing: "That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: 'He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses'" (Matt. 8:17; Is. 53:4-6). But your faith does not effect your healing now. When you are healed rests entirely on what the sovereign purposes of the Healer are. Consider this biblical example. In John 5 Jesus healed one paralytic at the pool of Bethesda though a PDF compression, OCR, web optimization using a watermarked evaluation copy of CVISION PDFCompressor
  26. 26. multitude thronged that place daily to be healed. Why was one man healed at that moment while others were not? John 5:19 gives the answer when Jesus confessed, "'Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.'" Bible scholar Jack Deere correctly observes that the initiative for the miraculous in Jesus' ministry did not begin with Him but with the Father. "He healed only the people He saw His Father healing," Deere writes. "The only firm reason for the healing of the paralytic that we can derive from the context of John 5 is that the Father willed it, and Jesus executed His Father's will ... We are ultimately faced with the conclusion that sometimes the Lord works miracles for His own sovereign purposes without giving any explanation for His actions to His followers." The second myth about healing is that if you stand fast in faith, you will be physically healed in time and space. Ken and Gloria Copeland have declared that healing will come if we have faith in our hearts and God's Word in our mouths. But, they add: "It may take time for it to manifest in your body. So stand fast in faith, giving thanks to God until it does. Focus on God's Word, not on physical symptoms." In what do we "stand fast"? The "rock" on which we stand isn't faith or healing but Christ alone--the Healer. In Hebrews 10:23 we are admonished to hold fast to the profession of our faith. But in what is our profession of faith? Certainly, it is not in faith or in healing. Be careful that your faith is not in faith itself--or, worse yet, in a faith teacher! Just believing hard enough, long enough or strong enough will not strengthen you or prompt your healing. Doing mental gymnastics to "hold on to your miracle" will not cause your healing to manifest now. So what is faith? It is more than believing in your heart that God heals. The truth is that God is the God who heals. Faith is trusting the God who heals. Faith is a radical, absolute surrender to the God who heals. Faith is not holding on for your healing but holding on to the God who can do the impossible. The truth is that your healing may manifest in eternity, not in time. If your trust is in God who heals, then when He heals you is secondary to belonging to the Healer. Certainly you will thank Him if He heals you today. But if your healing comes beyond death in eternity, will you praise Him now for that? PDF compression, OCR, web optimization using a watermarked evaluation copy of CVISION PDFCompressor
  27. 27. Paul did just that: "'O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?' The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord" (1 Cor. 15:55-58). The third myth about healing is that if you just confess your healing, you will be healed right now. But you should confess the Healer, not your healing. In his best-selling book, The Bible Cure, Dr. Reginald B. Cherry encourages us to "speak to the mountain" of our illness when we pray. That is important in prayer. But praying it and saying it won't make physical healing manifest now. Positive confession does not effect healing. If that were true, anyone who believes in mind-over-matter mental exercises could heal people. Only Jesus heals. Our confession should be in Him, not in being healed now. Jesus sternly warned: "'Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven'" (Matt. 10:32-33). It's time we throw out the lies that cloud the truth about faith and healing. It's time we embrace the scriptural truths that shatter shallow myths and bring us freedom to confidently trust God. http://www.charismamag.com/spirit/supernatural/4537-the-myths-of-faith-healing

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