Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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This is a collection of articles on the topic of health and wellness from a Christian, biblical viewpoint.

“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.” (Is 53:4)

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Pe 2:24)

"He heals all of my diseases." Ps 103:1-5

“He sent His Word and healed them.” (Ps 107:20)

"'But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the Lord, (Jer 30:17a)

It is my prayer that these articles will lead you to pray earnestly and seek the Lord's face, regarding your own health and wellness, and that of those you love.  If you are not well, I pray that the Lord would heal you, and if you are well, then I hope something you find here will help you stay that way. 

The Bible is Our Guide Checking Your Heart All Foods are Clean
Eat What is Set Before You Fasting Eating Real Food
The Cause of Disease The Role of Demons The Power of God to Heal
When We Are Not Healed Physical Exercise White Poison
Some Foods Damage, Others Heal Taking Care of Your Body  What Does the Bible Say About Vaccines?
Going from Cursed to Cured Healing is in the Atonement The Benefits of Eating Well 
Is it a Sin to Take Medicine?

 

Attribution notice: Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Is it a Sin to Take Medicine?

Someone asked me, "Is it a Sin to Take Medicine?" This is another opportunity for you to seek the Lord in prayer and the Word for an answer. I do not see a Scripture that says the words, "medicine is a sin." However, I will share my opinion, based on what I know, based on the Bible, God's Word.

Biblical Examples of Medicine
The Bible does speak about oil and balm for soothing purposes.  And it says that Hezekiah used a poultice. "Then Isaiah said, 'Prepare a poultice of figs.' They did so and applied it to the boil, and he recovered." (2 Kings 20:7, NIV). But look at what came before that.

First Hezekiah became ill unto death. Then the prophet Isaiah told him to set his house in order since he would not recover, but would die. Then he prayed with tears asking God to heal him. Then the Lord sent the prophet to tell him that the Lord heard his prayers and would heal him. He only used the poultice at the Lord's direction and it was a natural remedy divinely inspired.

That sequence is a good one to follow. You should take the time to pray first, set your house in order, get your heart right with God, amend your ways, ask for healing, and trust the Lord to do so, because it's His will to heal us (James 5:14-16).  Jesus took up your infirmities on the cross and provided for your healing through his atonement (Mt 8:17; 1 Pe 2:24). (See Healing is in the Atonement).

In addition to praying, I encourage you to do your research and see what Biblical ways you could help your body heal. These could include practical steps like resting, drinking plenty of pure water, changing your diet, avoiding white poisons, stretching, exercising, hot or cold compresses, or using natural remedies. It could also certainly include repentance, fasting, and receiving deliverance from demonic sources causing the malady.

Sorcery Connection with Pharmacy
Another thing to keep in mind is that the Greek word for "sorcery" or "magic" is "pharmakeia." That is the root word for our modern English word "pharmacy" or "pharmaceutical". Sorcery itself is one of the sins that will keep you from heaven (Gal 5:20- 21; Rev. 21:8; 22:15).

Pharmaceutical companies belong to the most influential and richest companies in the world. They are producing various powders, pills, and potions for doctors to prescribe for you, so they can sell them to you.  Most of them don't heal our bodies but simply address symptoms. If you do your research online or by calling the pharmacist, you will find a list of possible side effects and risks, such as diseases caused by taking the so-called medicine. Some medicines can cause cancer, serious complications, and even result in death. What good is taking medicine that makes you sick with something else now or later?

It makes me think of the woman with the issue of blood, who, "Although she had endured a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all of her money, she had not been helped at all, but rather grew worse." (Mk 5:26, NIV).

Who is Your Physician?
Learn the lesson from that woman! Once she heard about Jesus, she sought healing from Him, the Great Physician, because she realized that no other doctor could help her.  "When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, 'If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.' Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering." (Mk 5:27-28. NIV).

Reach out and touch the hem of His garment, so that you may be healed. Call upon His Name, which is more powerful than any disease you can name. Don't put your trust in doctors to save you! Although the Lord may use a doctor, and He certainly does sometimes, yet He is the ultimate Healer.

"Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts perish. How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in the LORD his God, Who made heaven and earth, The sea and all that is in them; Who keeps faith forever; Who executes justice for the oppressed; Who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free. The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; The LORD raises up those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous;" (Psa 146:3-8, NASB).

Mortal men cannot save you.  Only the Lord can.  So turn to Him first.  When you are sick, let me encourage you to read and pray through Psalm 41.

Examples of When It Is a Sin to Take Medicine
There are some situations where it would definitely be a sin to take prescription or non-prescription drugs.  For example, it is a sin if you abuse it or use it excessively or overdose.  It is a sin if you use prescription or non-prescription drugs for purposes other than those for which it was intended (e.g., using cough medicine to get high). It is a sin if you take it when you really don't need it, or if you become dependent upon it or addicted to it.  It is a sin if you make it an idol. It is a sin to take it if the Lord has told you not to take it. It is a sin to use any drug for recreational purposes. And it should be obvious that it is a sin to take anything prescribed by a witch doctor, user of white magic, or New Age practitioner.  That includes things like stones, crystals, and various other occult therapies such as acupuncture and acupressure.

I do not advise people to take mind-altering drugs, known as psychotropic medications.  These are ones used to treat mental illnesses, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks, phobias, and psychosis. These medications can open up doors for demons to enter your life. Once you start taking them, it is very difficult to get off them.  And they don't really solve the root cause of your problem, but rather mask it. These types of problems often have spiritual causes that cannot be solved by medication.

Yet often times our motive for taking medicine is that we want quick and easy solutions to our problems.

International Statistics
One in four teens has misused or abused a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime. --PATS 2013

More people die from abusing prescription pain relievers than cocaine and heroin combined.  --CDC
Prescription drug abuse, while most prevalent in the US, is a problem in many areas around the world including Europe, Southern Africa and South Asia. In the US alone, more than 15 million people abuse prescription drugs, more than the combined number who reported abusing cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants and heroin.  --drugfreeworld.org
In 2005, 4.4 million teenagers (aged 12 to 17) in the US admitted to taking prescription painkillers, and 2.3 million took a prescription stimulant such as Ritalin. 2.2 million abused over-the-counter drugs such as cough syrup. The average age for first-time users is now 13 to 14. -- drugfreeworld.org
10 million young people (12 to 29 year olds) in America are in current need of treatment for substance abuse and addiction. -- NSDUH 2012
Depressants, opioids and antidepressants are responsible for more overdose deaths (45%) than cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and amphetamines (39%) combined. In the United States, the most deaths used to take place in inner cities in African-American neighborhoods, but they have now been overtaken by white rural communities. The same trend can be seen in the rates of hospitalization for substance abuse and emergency hospitalization for overdoses. Of the 1.4 million drug-related emergency room admissions in 2005, 598,542 were associated with abuse of pharmaceuticals alone or with other drugs. -- drugfreeworld.org
By survey, almost 50% of teens believe that prescription drugs are much safer than illegal street drugs—60% to 70% say that home medicine cabinets are their source of drugs. --drugfreeworld.org

According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, teens who abuse prescription drugs are twice as likely to use alcohol, five times more likely to use marijuana, and twelve to twenty times more likely to use illegal street drugs such as heroin, Ecstasy and cocaine than teens who do not abuse prescription drugs. -- drugfreeworld.org
Personal Examples
I cannot say that we have never used medicine as disciples of Christ.  My wife gave birth to most of our children naturally, although two of them had to be induced (through injection of pitocin). In one case, she needed a spinal anesthesia whereby a local anesthetic drug is injected into the spinal fluid. That is risky and can result in paralysis. But the Lord was faithful and she regained all her sensation after it wore off. One of my children had to use an inhaler for asthma, although the Lord definitely healed her at one point.  Another time I went to the emergency room for kidney stones and they administered pain killing medicine intravenously, which brought relief to my extremely intense pain. When we have dental work done, we accept the use of dental anesthesia to numb our mouth.  Members of our family have used allergy medicine to find relief. And when I had an abscessed tooth recently, I was in so much pain that I eventually went ahead and took a pain reliever, as well as an antibiotic prescribed by the dentist, although I hate to take those.

Your God-Given Defense System
Keep in mind that the word "antibiotics" comes from two words: "anti" means "against" and "bio" means "life."  So they not only kill the bad living organisms in your body, but they also kill the goods ones that your body needs, weakening your own immune system.  The medicine doesn't know how to distinguish between the good organisms inside you and the bad ones.  So it is best not to use these, if you can avoid them. Your own immune system is quite capable of fighting off infections and disease on its own, if it is kept healthy. It is your God-given defense system.

In addition to antibiotics, the weakening of the immune system could be brought about by a number of reasons such as exposure to chemical pollution, ionising radiation, electric fields, poor nutrition, accidents, shock, depression, and many more. That's why it is important to keep it healthy. And if it has already been weakened, then it's important that it be restored it to health, so it may be strong enough once again to defend you.

Conclusion
So I am not advising you to use medicine.  In fact, generally speaking, I think a Christian should try to avoid using medications. But I am not saying it is always a sin to use it in every instance. Many times the reason for not taking them may simply be for health reasons. And I do not say that we should never take an aspirin or other medicine. If you do, be sure to pray over the medicine before taking it, so that it may be purified in the blood of Jesus. That is my advice, but please seek the Lord about it for yourself.  And it is best if you seek Him first for healing, before making a decision whether to take medicine.

Don't be like King Asa. Pray about it! "In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was afflicted with a disease in his feet. Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the LORD, but only from the physicians." (2 Chronicles 16:12, NIV).  He died within two years of being afflicted with that disease, and I think the way he handled it surely displeased the Lord.

Let me encourage you to visit the Home page of this blog, as I have many articles on that topic that I believe will be helpful to you.  If you have not given your life to Jesus, then please do so today.  And if you are a backslidden Christian, please return to the Lord today.

Disclaimer: This article is not to be construed as medical advice.  You must seek the Lord on your own, do your own research, and consult with a physician as you deem necessary, as the Lord leads.

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB. Most other Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV®, unless otherwise noted.

Author's note: This post is part of a series.  If you enjoyed it, you may also like the other posts in this blog available through the Home page, such as What Does the Bible Say About Vaccines?, Healing is in the Atonement, and White Poison. I also recommend The Name of Jesus and my daughter's poem, Faith Should Not Depend on Feeling, which she wrote the same day she received a divine healing in her body.  You may also access my blog directory at "Writing for the Master."

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Benefits of Eating Well

The Lord has truly blessed our family of seven since we changed our diet!  Since we eliminated the four white poisons on October 2011 ( white sugar, white flour, milk and it's byproducts, and table salt), our average monthly medical expenses have decreased by $135 (a 56% savings), and our average monthly medicine expenses have decreased by $78 (an 83% savings).  A dramatic drop occurred in our spending on those areas as soon as we made the change in our diet.  Since we live on a shoe string budget, that is very helpful to us!

Meanwhile, our monthly food expenses have increased by $200, partly because we are buying fresh produce and meats and other whole foods that have not been processed, which are more expensive than manufactured foods that come in a box, a can, a preservative, or a foil.  The other reason that our average monthly food expenses during the past three years have been higher than they were during the two years before our dietary changes is simply inflation.  Food prices have gone up significantly, so that accounts for part of our higher food bill. But the extra $200 per month that we are spending on food is offset by the $213 we are saving each month on medical and medicinal expenses.  We still come out with a net savings of $13 per month.

And best of all we feel better, we are healthier, and we spend less time being sick or at the doctors.  The Lord has been good to us, and we give Him all the glory!  We cannot take any of the credit. It is He who gave the wisdom how to change our diet, and it is He who has healed us many countless times over the years when we were sick or injured.  Praise the Lord!

We thank the Lord every day and at every meal for our food, because we realize that He is our Provider, and we are blessed to have food on the table, because there are many other people who don't have enough to eat.  I hope this article has served to give you some kind of empirical evidence for the benefits of eating well.

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

Author's note: This post is part of a series.  If you enjoyed it, you may also like the other posts in this blog available through the links in the side bar. You may also access my blog directory at "Writing for the Master."

I recommend reading the following articles of mine:
Some Foods Damage, Others Heal
White Poisons
Physical Exercise
Power of God to Heal

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Healing is in the Atonement

Most Christians believe that Jesus died for sin, but very few believe he died for their own sin.  Still fewer yet believe that Jesus died so they could be healed!  I want to show from Scripture that salvation and healing, as well as deliverance are included in the atonement.  It's a package deal!

First of all, Isaiah said, “Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.” (Isa 53:4-5, NASB).  I encourage you to read the whole chapter, if you can!

Then the apostle Peter quoted the prophet Isaiah saying, “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.” (1Pe 2:24, NASB)

I realize that some people misunderstand these passages.  Some may think the two passages contradict one another.  Others may say that Peter was only referring to forgiveness of sin, not literal healing from sickness.  Therefore, I’d like to do a side-by-side comparison of what the prophet Isaiah said about Jesus and what the apostle Peter said, in order to see the similarities and differences:

Isaiah Peter Comments
“Surely our griefs He Himself bore” (Is 53:4)

"He bore the sin of many" (Is 53:12)
“He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross” 1. “bore” is “nasah” in Hebrew, meaning “to carry, take, receive, bear or accept” (Isaiah);  “bore is anaphero in Greek, meaning “to take up (literally or figuratively): - bear, bring (carry, lead) up, offer (up).” (Peter)
2. “griefs” in Hebrew is "chŏlı̂y" meaning “sickness, affliction, disease, griefs, or illness,” (Isaiah); “sins” in Greek is hamartia, meaning “offense, sin” (Peter)
3. “Sin” in Hebrew is "chêṭ'," meaning, “a crime or its penalty: - fault, offence, (punishment of) sin.”
“Sins” in Greek is hamartia, meaning “offense, sin” (Peter)
“Our sorrows He carried” (Not in 1 Peter) 1. “sorrows” is “makob” in Hebrew meaning “pain”.
2. “carried” is the Hebrew word “sabal” meaning “to carry or bear a heavy load”
“We ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted” (Not in 1 Peter)
“He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities” (Not in 1 Peter) 1. "Pierced" comes from "chalal" in Hebrew, meaning “wounded,” “dissolved,” “profaned,” “broken,” “polluted,” “slain,” “stained.”
2. “crushed” is “daka” in Hebrew, meaning “to crumble; transitively to bruise (literally or figuratively): - beat to pieces, break (in pieces), bruise, contrite, crush, destroy, humble, oppress, smite.”
(Not in Isaiah) “so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness” Since Jesus bore our sins, we should die to sin.  In this way, we are enabled to live righteously and be saved.
“The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him” (Not in 1 Peter) 1. “chastening” is “musar” in Hebrew, meaning “chastisement; figuratively reproof, correction, discipline, rebuke.”
2. “Well-being” is “shalom” in Hebrew, meaning “safe, that is, (figuratively) well, happy, friendly; also (abstractly) welfare, that is, health, prosperity, peace.”
“By His scourging we are healed” “By His wounds you were healed” 1. “Scourging” is “chabburah” in Hebrew, meaning “properly bound (with stripes), that is, a weal (or black and blue mark itself): - blueness, bruise, hurt, stripe, wound.”  The word “wounds” is “molops” in Greek, meaning “a mole (black eye) or blow mark: - stripe.”
2. “healed” in Hebrew is “rapha” meaning “to mend (by stitching), that is, (figuratively) to cure: - cure, (cause to) heal, physician, repair, thoroughly, make whole;” “healed” is “iaomai” in Greek, meaning “1) to cure, heal, 2) to make whole,  and 2a) to free from errors and sins, to bring about (one’s) salvation”;

When the prophet Isaiah said, “Our griefs He Himself bore,” the Hebrew word for griefs is "chŏlı̂y" meaning “sickness, affliction, disease, griefs, or illness,” according to the NAS Exhaustive Concordance (NASEC).  When the prophet said that Jesus “bore” our griefs, the Hebrew word is "nasah," which means in this context “to carry, take, receive, bear or accept” (Strongs).   Jesus actually received our sicknesses, our diseases, and our illnesses in His body on the cross

When the prophet said that Jesus carried our sorrows, the Hebrew word for sorrows is "makob," meaning “pain” (NASEC).  When it says He carried our pain, the Hebrew word is "sabal," which literally means to carry or bear a heavy load (NASEC).

It is repeated in the New Testament.  In the gospel of Saint Matthew, it says, “When evening came, they brought to Him [Jesus] many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill. This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: ‘HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES.’” (Mat 8:16-17, NIV).  So Matthew states that when Jesus healed all who were ill, He was fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 53 that we have just cited.  Therefore, the Holy Spirit through Matthew confirmed that the prophecy of Isaiah is about Jesus Christ, and that this prophecy includes the Lord's healing and deliverance ministry.

Jesus Christ rose from the dead and lives forever.  Just as He healed all who were ill during His earthly ministry, He continues to do so today.  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Heb 13:8). 

Furthermore, the apostle Peter wrote, “and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.” (1Pe 2:24).  While Isaiah says Jesus bore our griefs, Peter says He bore our sins.  Although Peter did not use the exact same words as the prophet, Isaiah did say "He bore the sin of many" (Is 53:12). So both passages say the atoning sacrifice was for both sin and sickness.  And Peter affirms this by saying "you were healed."

The Greek word for “healed” is iaomai, which means “1) to cure, heal, 2) to make whole,  and 2a) to free from errors and sins, to bring about (one’s) salvation” (Thayer).   Therefore, Peter affirms that by the wounds that Jesus received in His passion and crucifixion, we His sheep are healed, made whole, cured, forgiven, freed from the power of sin, and saved. Jesus Christ not only paid for the forgiveness of our sins and our salvation from hell through His atoning sacrifice, He also paid for our healing and deliverance. This means that there is not only salvation but healing in the atonement

Here is my own composite blend of both verses from Isaiah and Peter combined together into one verse, using the various definitions of the original Hebrew and Greek words:

“Surely our griefs He Himself bore, including all our sins, offenses against God, sicknesses, afflictions, diseases, griefs, and illnesses.  He carried them on the cross, took them up, received them, bore them, and accepted them in His body all for us.  He carried our heavy load of sorrows and pains, too. We ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  He was pierced through for our transgressions and rebellion -- wounded, broken, profaned, polluted, and stained with blood, all for us.  He was crushed and bruised for our iniquities, faults, mischief, and sins.  In fact, He was beaten to pieces for the punishment that was due to us for our sin. He did all of this, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him. The chastisement and reproof that we deserved -- the correction, discipline, and rebuke that were rightfully ours – were directed upon Him.  He bore the penalty for sin that was due to us.  It all hit Him, so that we could enjoy safety, wellness, health, prosperity, and peace.  He did it all so you could be set free from errors and sins, in order to bring about your salvation and deliverance. He took every one of those black and blue marks, bruises, hurts, stripes, and red, swollen marks left on His flesh by the blows, so that you could be mended back together, cured, repaired, and completely made whole. For by His wounds received from scourging you were healed.” 

It is not God’s will for His children to have disease.  We have seen the Lord heal many various sicknesses and diseases through the laying on of hands with prayer in Jesus' name.  He has done this in our own lives, our children’s lives, as well as the lives of other people.  We have not only read about this happening through others like Smith Wigglesworth, Reese Howells, Kathryn Kuhlman, Charles and Frances Hunter, and Dr. T.L. Osborne, who saw tens of thousands healed in every corner of the earth during his sixty-five years of ministry, but we have seen it first hand. 

Going back to our text in Isaiah, the prophet began his message with the words, “Who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” (Is 53:1).  It’s such an amazingly wonderful message that it may seem too good to be true.  But if anyone does not believe God, he has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son (1 Jn 5:10).  Who has believed our message?  Have you?

Just as one must believe in Jesus as His own personal Lord and Savior in order to be saved, one must also believe in Jesus as His own personal Healer to be healed.  Jesus often said to those whom He healed, “Your faith has made you whole” (Mat 9:22; Mat 15:28; Mar 5:34; Mar 10:52; Luk 8:48; Luk 17:19).

It’s not enough to believe that Jesus died for the sins of the world.  In order to be saved, you must believe he died for your own sin, and that He actually bore your sin in His body. 

While few people who consider themselves Christians believe this, even fewer believe that He died for sickness and disease.  And of those who do believe He did so, there are even fewer who believe He died for their own pain, sickness, and disease.  You must believe he died for your own pain, sickness, and disease, and that He actually carried your sickness in His body.  It was condemned there, along with your sin, two thousand years ago.  You need to accept this and believe it is for you personally, in order to be healed.

If you are suffering from pain, sickness, or disease today, you don't have to.  It doesn't matter whether it is AIDS, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, fibromyalgia, or migraines.  You need only believe what God's Word says and appropriate it for yourself.  Believe it with all your heart without any doubting.  It was all paid for by the Lord Jesus Christ, God's Son, two thousand years ago.

James said, "Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord." (Js 5:14).  If you are a believer, who knows Jesus, let me encourage you to do that.  Call upon the elders of your church, asking them to anoint you with oil and pray for you to be healed.  When you do so, the Scripture says, "The prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven." (Js 5:15).

Scripture says the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well.  You can depend on God to keep His promise. And it also says, "If they have sinned, they will be forgiven."  That's why I think it is always good when you are ill to ask the Holy Spirit to show you if you have opened the door to the enemy in your life through some sin and disobedience.  Ask Him to expose you, so that you can get it right with Him.  Repent and confess your sin to the Lord, asking Him to forgive you, and He will. That's important, because if He heals you, and you continue in disobedience, it'll be even worse.  Jesus would say, "See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you." (Jn 5:14; 8:11)

However, not everyone reading this article belongs to a church where the elders believe in divine healing, and your elders may not believe it is God's will to heal every sick person.  In fact, some of you reading this blog may not yet belong to a church.  I encourage you to get connected with one.  But until you do, if you are a born again believer, and believe this message with all your heart, you can even be healed right where you are sitting now.  I want to encourage you to lay your hand on your body over the area that needs to be healed, and confess your faith out loud to God right now.  Call that sickness by name, and in the name of Jesus, boldly command it to leave your body.  Then praise and thank the Lord Jesus for healing you.  Receive it by faith from Him, just as you received His payment for your sins when you gave your life to Jesus.  If you did that, then I declare you are healed! 

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB. Most other Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV®, unless otherwise noted.

Author's note: Please don't forget to leave a testimony of your healing in the comments below.  This post is part of a series.  It is not medical advice, and I do not claim to be a physician.  If you enjoyed it, you may also like the other posts in this blog available through the links in the side bar, especially Power of God to Heal, Going from Cursed to Cured, What Does the Bible Say About Vaccines?, The Name of Jesus, and Scriptural Guidance About Blood Transfusions. I also recommend my daughter's poem, Faith Should Not Depend on Feeling, which she wrote the same day she received a divine healing in her body.  You may also access my blog directory at "Writing for the Master."

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Going from Cursed to Cured

A leper once came and bowed down to Jesus saying, “If you are willing you can make me clean.” Scripture says, “Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.” (Mt 8:3).

The Greek word for cured in Mt 8:3 is katharizo, meaning “to cleanse (literally or figuratively): - (make) clean (-se), purge, purify.”

In Deut 28:16, and throughout that chapter, Moses warned that anyone who did not obey God’s Law would be cursed.  In other words they would be one on whom a curse has been invoked, accursed, doomed to destruction.  And he listed all the sicknesses that were part of that curse. 

“However, Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us--for it is written, ‘CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE’”-- (Gal 3:13)

Christ redeemed us from the curse.  Hallelujah!  The Greek word for redeemed in Gal 3:13 is exagorazo, meaning “to buy up, that is, ransom; figuratively to rescue from loss (improve opportunity): - redeem.”

In English there is only a one-letter difference between the words “cursed” and “cured.”  I say the letter “S” in that word should remind you of the Savior! He became a curse for us!  It’s amazing but true that through faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we go from cursed to cured!

He became the sacrifice for our sin, so you could say the "s" is also for "sin."  Through His sacrifice, our Savior bore our sin.  If you repent and put your faith in Him, asking Him to forgive you, He will remove your sin and even give you power over sin.  You'll go from cursed to cured!

If you have a pain, sickness or disease today from which you cannot be healed, there is One who can heal you.  If you are a sinner in need of forgiveness today, there is One who can save you.  His name is Jesus Christ.  He alone has the power to save you from your sin and heal you from your disease. He alone can make you whole spiritually and physically. 

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB. Most other Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV®, unless otherwise noted.

Author's note: This post is part of a series.  If you enjoyed it, you may also like the other posts in this blog available through the links in the side bar, especially Power of God to Heal. I also recommend my daughter's poem, Faith Should Not Depend on Feeling, which she wrote the same day she received a divine healing in her body.  You may also access my blog directory at "Writing for the Master."

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.