I don’t remember the context but this phrase ‘this is war’ came to my mind after listening to a sermon on TV yesterday.
After watching advertisements for a long time, we gave rest to the remote and that’s how we found ourselves listening to a sermon delivered by a priest in South India.
He was narrating the story of a Catholic saint. It was quite interesting till he uttered a statement that I consider as my tipping point.
‘Jesus appeared to her, and on that very day she got Tuberculosis…and then an artist was appointed to paint the face of Jesus that she had seen…after four years, it was installed in the Church. And on the day of installation, she coughed severely and vomited blood…and the sickness was God’s gift.’
And then he continued to build his theory systematically.
‘Sickness is God’s gift?!’
But don’t you know that the gift defines the giver?
So what exactly do you mean when you say ‘sickness is a gift from God’?
God has to have a sick mind to choose sickness as a gift for his children. And if God is sick you can’t get healed by going to God.
‘Modern medicine’ that is purely motivated by money masquerades as the healer but ends up creating side effects in the body.
Yet people flock to the cisterns that they have created instead of trusting the Healer of all creation. And guess what, God blesses man’s drugs and potions because He wants everyone to be healthy.
Heal the sick.
The God who instructed us to heal the sick can’t give sickness as a gift.
Cos if it’s a gift, you are supposed to nurture, cherish and take care of it.
God gave Jesus, the perfect gift.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
God manifested Himself as the gift. He is Holy, unique and irreplaceable. He is the healer and the medicine.
That’s the kind of gift He gives.
He CAN’T and WON’T GIVE sickness and disease to teach you a lesson.
The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy but I have come to give life and abundant life.
So resist the enemy and he will flee. Even if it takes a long time, just continue to resist the enemy.
At Ziglag, David went after the enemy and brought back the plunder. Abraham chased the kings and rescued Lot and the other captives.
The point is, sickness is not a gift. It’s not from God. He’s not mad at you and He does not send hitmen to teach you a lesson.
In fact He sends His angels to gaurd you in all your ways.
So, let’s stop demonizing God by trying to find a logical explanation for everything.
In fact I don’t understand how a story like that can produce faith in the listener’s mind.
The next time someone sees a vision or a dream, they are going to wait for some sickness to get attracted to them. In fact no one would pursue spiritual things if it’s going to be accompanied by sickness and poverty.
So, if you are unwell now, know the truth and let the truth set you free. If you are not healed instantly, doesn’t matter, continue to pursue Him – the gates of Hell shall not prevail.
No weapon formed against you shall prosper. Because He became your medicine. He became your healing.
By His stripes you have been healed. That’s the truth. Period.
Let every knee bow down to this truth. Let every lie be cast out of your soul and body.
He has given you His Holy Spirit. Allow Him to reign in your body.
Allow Him to pray for you when you are weak. Allow Him to strengthen you when you are tired. Allow Him to be your shield when the battle rages. But continue to walk with your loving savior.
If He’s with you, who can be against you.