1 Peter 2:24
“Sickness: Is It God’s Will?
Sickness and disease are not the will of God for His people. He does not want a curse to be upon His children because of their disobedience; He wants to bless them with health.
“Oh, yes,” some people have said to me, “I believe God was Israel’s Healer under the Old Covenant, and He wanted the children of Israel to have health, but we’re not living under that covenant.”
That’s true. But if the Old Covenant provided for healing and the New Covenant (or Testament) does not, I wonder if the New Covenant is as good as the old? Thank God, the Bible says that the New Covenant is better:
6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a BETTER covenant, which was established upon BETTER promises.
Let me remind you that our text is from the New Testament: “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us” (Gal. 3:13).
It is not the will of God that we be sick. In Bible days, it was not God’s will for the children “of Israel to be sick, and they were God’s servants. Today, we are God’s children. If it was not His will for even His servants to be sick, it could not be His will for His children to be sick! Sickness and disease are not of love. God is love.
In Luke 13, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. A woman came in who was bent over. She could have had arthritis or something of that nature, because her body was bent in a stationary position. Jesus called her to Him and said, “Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity” (v. 12).”
“When the ruler of the synagogue became angry because Christ healed the sick woman, Jesus said, “Ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?” (v. 16). Jesus said it was Satan who had bound this woman.
In preaching to Cornelius’ household, Peter said:
38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
This scripture makes it clear that the people Jesus healed were oppressed of the devil. Some people today would have you believe that God sends sickness upon people to bless them. They’ll tell you, “Stay away from those meetings where they pray for the sick to be healed. That’s of the devil.”
If they are right, then God and the devil must have swapped jobs lately! Two thousand years ago, Satan was oppressing people and Jesus was healing them.”
“The Bible tells us, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Heb. 13:8). Jesus never changes! From the beginning to the end of His public ministry, Christ was combatting Satan. His battle was not with men, but with demons who indwelt men.
Don’t ever tell anyone sickness is the will of God for us. It isn’t! Healing and health are the will of God for mankind. If sickness were the will of God, heaven would be filled with sickness and disease.
Remember, Jesus in His earth walk was the will of God in action. He came to unveil the Father to us. He is the Word of God. He is God speaking to us. (See John 1:14; Heb. 1:1–2.) If you want to “know what God thinks about sickness, look at Jesus! He went about healing the sick!
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs [sicknesses], and carried our sorrows [diseases]: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Matthew quotes a portion of these scriptures:
17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
The Holy Spirit, looking back at Calvary, wrote in the past tense through Peter:
1 PETER 2:24
24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
I read from the pen of Dr. John Alexander Dowie about how he received light on the subject of healing
Dr. Dowie was pastor of a Congregational church in Newtown, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, when the bubonic plague struck there around 1875. People were “dying like flies. Dr. Dowie buried forty members of his congregation in less than a month. Four more died and were yet to be buried, and many more were stricken with the plague. There was no cure.
After visiting the many sick members of his flock one day, Dr. Dowie returned home and sat in his study, his arms folded upon his desk, his head upon his arms, weeping before God.”
“God, is everybody going to die?” he cried. “Are You going to take everybody? Where did this plague come from? Are You the author of this?” He was heartsick at the thought of the families that would be torn apart by the plague—at the children who would be left orphans.
Dr. Dowie wrote many years later: “Then the words of the Holy Ghost inspired in Acts 10:38 stood before me all radiant with light, revealing Satan as the Defiler, and Christ as the Healer.
“My tears were wiped away,” Dr. Dowie said. “My heart was strong. I saw the way of healing, and the door thereto was opened wide, so I said, ‘God, help me now to preach the Word to all the dying around, and tell them how ’tis Satan that still defiles, and Jesus still delivers, for “He is just the same today.”’”
He did not have long to wait. Within minutes, two young men burst into his study, pleading breathlessly, “Oh, come at once. Mary is dying!” Dr. Dowie ran down the street after them, not even pausing to take his hat. He was furious that Satan should have attacked this innocent young member of his flock.
Dr. Dowie entered Mary’s room and found her in convulsions. Her medical doctor, having given up on her, was preparing to leave. He turned to Dr. Dowie and remarked, “Sir, are not God’s ways mysterious?”
The revelation Dr. Dowie had just received from the Word of God was burning in his heart. “God’s way!” he thundered. “How dare you call that God’s way! No, sir, that is the devil’s work!”
He challenged the physician, who was a member of his congregation, “Can you pray the prayer of faith that saves the sick?”
The doctor replied, “You are much too excited, sir. ’Tis best to say God’s will be done,” and he left.
“Excited!” Dr. Dowie wrote. “The word was quite inadequate, for I was almost frenzied with Divinely imparted anger and hatred of that “foul destroyer, Disease, which was doing Satan’s will.
“‘It is not so,’ I exclaimed. ‘No will of God sends such cruelty, and I shall never say “God’s will be done” to Satan’s works, which God’s own Son came to destroy, and this is one of them.’ Oh, how the Word of God was burning in my heart. . . .”
Furious at Satan’s attack, Dr. Dowie prayed the prayer of faith for Mary. Years later, he said he prayed something like this:
“Our Father, help! Holy Spirit, teach me how to pray. Plead thou for us, O Jesus, Saviour, Healer, Friend, our Advocate with God the Father. Hear and heal, Eternal One! From all disease and death deliver this sweet child of Thine. I rest upon the Word. We claim the promise now. The Word is true, ‘I am the Lord that healeth thee.’ Then heal her now. The Word is true, ‘I am the Lord, I change not.’ Unchanging God, then prove Thyself the Healer now. The Word is true, ‘These signs shall follow them that believe. In My Name, they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.’ And I believe, and I lay hands in Jesus’ Name on her, and claim this promise now. Thy Word is true, ‘The prayer of faith shall save the sick.’ Trusting in Thee alone, I cry, O, save her now, for Jesus’ sake, Amen!”
The girl’s convulsions ceased immediately, and she fell into such a deep sleep that her mother feared she had died. “She isn’t dead,” the triumphant Dr. Dowie assured them. “I saw that Christ had heard and that once more, as long ago in Peter’s house, ‘He touched her and the fever left her.’”
After several minutes, Dr. Dowie awakened Mary. She turned to her mother and exclaimed, “Mother, I feel so well!”
Remembering how Jesus had ministered to the little girl He had raised from the dead in Bible days, Dr. Dowie asked, “And you’re hungry?”
“Oh yes,” she agreed. “I’m so hungry.”
“Dr. Dowie instructed Mary’s nurse to fix her a cup of cocoa and some bread and butter. Quietly thanking God, he went into the next room, where her brother and sister lay sick with the same plague. After prayer, they, too, instantly recovered.
Dr. Dowie recalled, “As I went away from the home where Christ as the Healer had been victorious, I could not but have somewhat in my heart of the triumphant song that
rang through Heaven, and yet I was not a little amazed at my own strange doings, and still more at my discovery that HE IS JUST THE SAME TODAY.”
From that day on, Dr. Dowie ministered to his flock on divine healing and prayed for their healing. He never lost another member to the plague.
But isn’t it strange that the doctor, who was a member of Dowie’s church, would treat people and give them medicine, but when they got beyond the aid of medical science, he called it the will of God?”
Redeemed Poverty Sickness and Disease
Kenneth E. Hagin https://books.apple.com/us/book/redeemed/id377447292 This material may be protected by copyright.
*ALL MINISTERS ARE ACCOUNTABLE FOR TIME INCREMENTS TO BE MET. ALL PREACHING MUST BE COMPLETED BY TWENTY MINUTES BEFORE THE TOP OF THE HOUR TO ALLOW FOR THE WORKING OF THE WORD.
**IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT BEFORE YOU PREACH YOU SPEND 30 MINUTES – SITTING IN A CHAIR – SAYING THE FOLLOWING – OUT LOUD:
*I THANK YOU LORD – ACCORDING TO 1 JOHN 2:27 – I HAVE AN UNCTION TO SPEAK. ACCORDING TO MARK 16:17-18, “WHEN I LAY HANDS ON THE SICK THEY RECOVER.” *I HAVE HEALINGS, MIRACLES, SIGNS, WONDERS, WORKING OF MIRACLES, WORD OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE GIFT OF FAITH MANIFEST THROUGH ME.
*ACCORDING TO JOHN 14:16 THE HOLY SPIRIT IS HELPING ME TO MINISTER. I DO NOT DO IT IN MY OWN STRENGTH.