UNDERSTANDING STEPS TO FREEDOM
Dr. Caroline Leaf says that up to 75- 98% of mental and physical disease is from our thoughts! Medical science says we can have up to 30000 to 60,000 thoughts a day! This is where the battle begins.
Thoughts come in via Theta brain waves. They can be from God, ourselves, or the enemy. We must be like an umpire and cast out the thoughts that do not line up with scripture.
If we meditate on the bad thoughts, they become part of our anatomy a process called protein synthesis. The enemy can use this later and resurrect thoughts, emotions, even smells to get a person to participate with sin.
Your genes get turned on and off every day by your thoughts and their intertwined beliefs and feelings.
You cannot hide stuffed feelings, memories, or unforgiveness. Your hypothalamus is a scanner! It will scan everything hidden or not. Then chemicals (Molecules of emotion) are produced accordingly, making an imbalance in the body which can lead to disease.
Disease can be prevented if we deal with the fear, guilt, and shame from the enemy.
Instead of using remedies of science (disease management) to bypass the natural consequences of sin, (The cause) we must run to God in repentance/forgiveness, so we may be healed.
Sin separates us from God, ourselves, and others. This produces the fruit of fear, guilt, and shame.
A good way to sniff out hidden bitterness or un-forgiveness is to see if there are any regrets or pain in a memory. If they are there be assured bitterness and unforgiveness are hiding.
Remember When We
Forgive (Ourselves, others or God) (Many have blamed God for things that have come from the devil) it takes away Anger Hatred Resentment Bitterness
Repent and Renounce (For our participation with shame guilt regret sorrows and also in our generations) it takes away Shame Guilt Regret Sorrows
Bitterness steals your JOY
Un-forgiveness robs your PEACE
Fear will not let you give or receive LOVE
When God says in his word to take our thoughts captive, it is not just a suggestion.
He knows how negative thoughts from the enemy can do us harm. (2Cor 10:5) We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ
Prov 4:20-22 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.21Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart.22For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body. (So we see the Word, say the Word, hear the Word!!)
Verse 21 says DONOT let God’s Words depart from your sight!
Some tidbits listed below from Dr. Caroline leaf……..
When the left prefrontal cortex is developed you won’t get so upset by anger, shame, sorrow, depression and events you cannot control. (Speak wholeness to this area in Jesus’s mighty name)
Meditation on the Word of God develops circuits in the left prefrontal cortex which when activated increase a positive attitude.
Science has discovered that your mind reads your body and your body reads your mind.
Thought patterns have been shown to turn genes “on” or “off”.
Chemicals catalyzed by our mental activity can interact with our genes in a powerful way.
Our genes are open to being influenced throughout our lifetime by what we think, feel, believe, say and do.
Genes are not the final answer.
Romans 12:2 you can renew your mind because your brain is neuroplastic – it can change!
Think on good things – it’s healthy! Philippians 4:8
When we detox our thoughts, we improve our emotional wholeness.
Every memory you make has a corresponding emotion attached to it, which is stored in your brain and as a “photocopy” in your body’s cells.
Chemicals of your body are like cellular signals that translate information of your thoughts into a physical reality in your body & mind.
Toxic thoughts and emotions prevent your immune system from doing what it was designed to do naturally.
Taking this to a deeper level, research shows that DNA actually changes shape according to our thoughts. As you think those negative thoughts about the week ahead that hasn’t happened yet, or that person who hasn’t actually said or done anything yet, or you have pain in a memory which indicates unforgiveness and bitterness, the toxic thinking (a product of fear) has changed your brain wiring in a negative direction (protein synthesis) and thrown your mind and body into stress, anxiety, and fear.
According to Dr. Herbert Benson, MD, and president of Harvard Medical School’s Mind-Body Institute (http://www.massgeneral.org/bhi/research/), toxic thoughts lead to stress (fear), which affects our body’s natural healing capacities.
The words you speak feed back into the trees of the mind (black sickly trees for wrong thoughts and lush green trees for good thoughts) E.g.: when you make a negative statement, you release negative chemicals, these lead to negative memories that grow stronger and they grow into negative strongholds that control your attitude and life and affect others!
Toxic thinking literally ‘wears down’ the brain and the rest of the body! It causes inflammation. Inflammation is listed in (Deut 28:22 under curses for disobedience)
- Science is showing Gen 4:7 If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.”
- The enemy of our soul looks for a open door or legal ground.
I want to make you aware of how your thoughts not only affect you, but also your family and children and even as far down as your great great grandchildren! Science is showing us that the life experiences, thoughts and decisions of grandparents and even great-grandparents change their eggs and sperm so indelibly (even up to 8 months before conception Thomas Verny M.D.)
This can be passed onto their children up to 4 generations…this sounds a lot like the scripture “The iniquities of the father reach to the third and fourth generations”! Science is finally catching up with the bible. Dr. Caroline Leaf
Taking our thoughts captive is the key for overcoming. (The negative black trees can be reversed in 7-21 days with positive thinking and renewing the mind with God’s Word) Not forgiving keeps bitterness in place, both bitterness and not forgiving will not allow the mind to be totally renewed with God’s Word.
A COMMON STUMBLING BLOCK OF THE ENEMY IS FEAR/UNBELIEF AS A SOCIETY IT HAS BECOME ACCEPTABLE AND RENAMED AS ANXIETY AND STRESS
WHAT ARE SOME categories of Fear? *Anger *Hate *Guilt *Resentment *Rejection *Abandonment *Needing Approval *Overwhelmed/Burdened *Disappointment *Dread
Most feelings that cause discomfort and uneasiness can be traced back to one or more of these fears listed above.
Fear will affect tissues of the skin, nervous system, electrical system of the heart, and the cardio vascular area directly.
Guilt Anger & Bitterness affects the musculoskeletal system. (Bone marrow) Prov 17:22
Shame affects the intestines and the endocrine system
REMEMBER GOD HASEN’T GIVEN US A SPIRIT OF FEAR BUT OF POWER LOVE AND A SOUND MIND
(Phil 4:6-7) (2TIM1:7) the opposite of fear/unbelief is faith. The one that is practiced will be the one that is in our future!
Power is the Holy Spirit… A sound mind is Jesus… Love is God the Father
See fear in bible verse below. IT IS A SIN listed with murderers, idolaters, and liars.
Rev21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable , and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
22 “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever *says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever * says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.
Psalm 66:18 Regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear me.
John 9:31 we know that God does not listen to sinners
SOME EXAMPLES OF DISEASES THAT HAVE FEAR STRESS ANXIETY AS “ONE” OF THE ROOTS (MEDICAL TEXTS LIST MORE THAN 40 DISEASES!)
ACNE ANGINA ARTHRITIS ASTHMA BACK PROBLEMS CHRONIC FATIGUE DEPRESSION DIABETES FIBROMYAGLIA ARRHYTHMIAS REFLUX SINUSITIS SHINGLES IBS HYPERTENSION
Another attack of the enemy is Discouragement Disappointment Dread all are forms of unbelief
Principalities that want to try to train people in their way are, *bitterness (includes accusing spirits), *self-bitterness, *jealousy, *envy, *rejection, *unloving, *fear/unbelief and the *occult.
Once un-forgiveness is in place then in comes the armor that holds bitterness in place. Each one of these is progressive and much more dangerous! Each one is set in place as armor to hold bitterness in its place. Each one is progressive and stronger.
Un-forgiveness (I remember what you did/instant replay/record of wrongs)
Resentment (I do not only remember I resent you for it)
Retaliation (I’m going get even you will pay)
Rage/Anger (You are going to know how I feel)
Hatred (You and I cannot be in the same place I Hate you)
Violence (You are going to feel my bitterness)
Murder (You must be eliminated includes murder with the tongue)
A flattering tongue (Psalm 5:9)
A proud tongue (Psalm 12:3; 73:9)
A lying tongue (Psalm 109:2; Prov. 6:17)
A deceitful tongue (Psalm 120:2)
A perverted tongue (Prov. 10:31; 17:20)
A soothing tongue (Prov. 15:4)
A healing tongue (Prov. 12:18)
A destructive tongue (Prov. 17:4)
A mischievous and wicked tongue (Psalm 10:7)
A soft tongue (Prov. 25:15)
A backbiting tongue (Prov. 25:23)
Tim 5:12-14 and so incur condemnation for having abandoned their former faith. Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not. So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander.
Prov 25:18 a man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow
Psalm 101:5 whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart, I will not endure.
For look! The wicked bend their bow; they make ready their arrow on the string that they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart (Psalm 11:2)
An evildoer listens to wicked lips; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue (Proverbs 17:4).
SCRIPTURE DISEASE SIN
Jer 4:18 Bitterness reaches your heart from your ways and doings
Psalm 31:9 eye inner self body weakened with grief
Rom 8:6 Miseries from sin
Job 5:2 Vexation rage kill foolish jealousy indignation slay the simple
Psalm 31:10 Sorrow sighing strength failed bones wasted due to iniquity
Psalm 6:7 eye dim because of grief
Job 21:23-25 dies in bitterness of soul never tastes pleasure or good fortune
Isaiah 38:15 sleep fled because of bitterness of soul
Luke 13:18 bent over demon of infirmity sickness
Romans 8:6 miseries from sin
Psalm 31:10 bones waste away
Deut 28:65 trembling heart failing eyes disappointment of hope
Psalm 102:23 Weak strength sorrows (shortened days) age prematurely
Psalm 38:18 Full of anxiety because of sin
Jer 30:15 Pain from guilt and sin
Matt 8:16 drove out demons with a word restored to health ALL who were sick
John 12:40 Repenting to be healed
Deut 28:16-61 every disease known listed here under curses (reduced blessings)
Psalm 32:3 Bones waste unconfessed sin
Luke 8:2 evil spirits and diseases
Jer 30:15 pain incurable because of sin
Isaiah 30:15 Pain and sin
Prov 3:8 Health nerves sinews marrow bones (immune system is in marrow)
Jer 4:18 bitterness reaches your heart
Psalm 107:17 Fools made ill transgressions/iniquity
John 12:40 repenting to be healed
Micah 6:13 smitten with deadly wound, sick because of sin
Psalm 69:20 heaviness (depression) sick from broken heart
Psalm 25:18 Behold my affliction (poverty misery) pain from wrong thinking and doing Amp Bible
Mark 9:17 dumb spirit and convulsions
CURSES ARE SUSPECT IN MANY CASES
Seven Indications of a Curse (Derek Prince Free Online Article)
- Number one. Mental and emotional breakdowns.
- Number two. Repeated or chronic sicknesses—especially if they’re hereditary. The very word hereditary should alert you maybe there’s a curse coming from generation to generation.
- Number three. Repeated miscarriages or related female problems. I think Ruth would agree with me that since we came to understand this we have seen scores and scores of women with problems like that released from them simply when they’re dealt with as a curse. If you care to read Deuteronomy 28 you’ll find that Moses viewed them the same way.
- Number four. The breakdown of marriage and family alienation. Now one divorce in a family isn’t necessarily indicative but if a family’s whole history is divorces and the breakdown of family relationships and alienations, I personally would say you can be sure there’s a curse over that family.
- Number five. Continuing financial insufficiency—especially where the income appears sufficient. Now if you happen to be short of money or poor for a time that’s not necessarily a curse.
- But if you’re always in that situation you need to be checking. Especially if according to the books your income should be sufficient. Let me tell you this little story, it always amuses me. A certain lady in the States got hold of my teaching and wrote me and said, “I believe there’s a curse over my husband’s family.” I wrote back and said to her, “Tell me why you believe there’s a curse over your husband’s family.” She wrote back and said, “My husband’s estate runs into hundreds of millions of dollars. Our annual income is a million dollars and we never have enough money.” I said, “I’m convinced!” Actually, there were other indications when we got down to it besides that.
- The next one is accident prone—which is statistically diagnosable. You’ll find that insurance companies will charge you a higher premium if they diagnose you as being accident prone. Again, it alone alerts me the moment I find out.
- Finally, a history of suicides or unnatural deaths in a family.
Curse = Uttering a wish of evil against anyone; to call for mischief or injury to fall upon; to bring evil upon or to vex, harass or torment
Biblical definition: God’s recompense upon the iniquity of the fathers unto the bosom of the children causing sorrow of heart and opening the door for evil spirits, giving them a legal right to persecute and destroy lives
Genesis 3:14-19 – curse through sin
Genesis 4:1-7, 11-12 – Cain; vagabond see Psalm 109:5-14, 17-19
Genesis 12: 1-3 – curse of anti-Semitism
Exodus 20:5; 34:7; Numbers 14:18 – sins of the fathers
Deuteronomy 18:9-13; Isaiah 47:12-14 – witchcraft and occult
Jeremiah 17:5-8 – arm of flesh
Malachi 3:9-12 – giving (Luke 6:38; II Corinthians 9:6)
Mark 11: 13-14, 20-21 – fruitless (Matthew 21:17; Luke 13:6)
I Corinthians 16:22 – not loving the Lord
Galatians 1:6-9 – another gospel
Revelation 22:3 – no more curse
TYPES OF CURSES
Curses through sin (Genesis 3:14-20)
Curse of the Law (Galatians 3:10; Deuteronomy 28; Galatians 5:1; 22-23; Hebrews 10:26-31)
Sins of the Fathers’ (Numbers 14:18; Exodus 20:5)
Curse of illegitimate birth (Deuteronomy 23:2)
Curses of contact with witchcraft and occult things (Deuteronomy 18:9-13; Revelation 21:8; Revelation 22:15)
Curses from words
Broken vows (Jonah 2:9; Numbers 30:2; Galatians 3:15)
Words (yours or others) (James 3:1-12; Proverbs 12:13-14; Romans 12:14) spoken through emotional reviling. People get mad at us and begin to make negative pronouncements upon us or we do it upon them.
Words spoken to you as a child by your parents or others. Parents’ confessions about their children are very detrimental. (You are dumb, stupid, fat, lazy, ugly, and skinny, you will never amount to anything, you are good for nothing, etc.) A child hears, begins to believe what he hears, agrees with it, speaks it and then a stronghold is developed. “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7)
Refuse to speak negative words about yourself or others. When someone speaks something negative about you, refuse to receive it and renounce it in the Name of Jesus.
Curses through disobedience and disorder
Family disorder (Matriarchal control, absent father, passive father (Malachi 4:6; Proverbs 3:33)
Church disorder and disobedience (Malachi 2:2; Jeremiah 17:5; Acts 13:40; Galatians 3:1)
Giving (robbing God of offerings) (Malachi 3:9)
Doing the Lord’s work negligently (Jeremiah 48:10)
From the following list of Biblical curses, please note those that have been characteristic of YOUR LIFE or of YOUR FAMILY TREE and be mindful that curses can continue on from generation to generation (passed down through the family tree) until the victory Jesus won for us at Calvary is appropriated in our lives. PLEASE ASK THE LORD TO
FORGIVE YOU FOR EACH OF THE THINGS LISTED THAT APPLY TO YOU AND YOUR LIFE; NAMING EACH ONE SPECIFICALLY. (Deuteronomy 21:22-23 states “any sin worthy of death is cursed of God.” Also, Proverbs 26:2 “As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.”)
Disobedience to the Voice of God and to His Commandments and Statutes.
(Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Revelation 22:7; Hebrews 10:26-31; Galatians 3:10 (Obedience to laws of rituals); Galatians
3:18, 22; I Corinthians 16:22; John 14:15; Psalm 81:15; Deuteronomy 11:28; Daniel 9:11; Jeremiah 11:3)
Those who curse or mistreat the true Israelites (also Christians, who are spiritual Jews). (Genesis 27:29; 12:13, 17; Psalm 109; Romans 2:28-29; Romans 9:6-8; Galatians 6:13-
Idolatry (includes false religions, worship of false gods, Freemasonry, Indian or Gypsy ancestry, Eastern religions, Yoga, Buddhism, occult, belief in what you believe even when it does not line up with what God says in His Word etc.). (Jeremiah 44:8; Deuteronomy 29:17-29; Psalm 81:15; Exodus 20:5, 7; Deuteronomy:8-9; Revelation 9:20-21; Exodus
22:20; Matthew 5:34-37; Leviticus 5:4, 5; James 5:12; Roans 12:17-20)
Those who keep or own cursed objects (for example, your idols or someone else’s idols, runes, amulets, talismans, occult literature, objects used in occult activities, unicorns, Buddha’s, goat or ram heads, dragons, owls, fetishes, etc.). (Deuteronomy 7:25; Joshua 6:18; Acts 19:19)
Those who refuse to come to the Lord’s help. Those who will not fight. (Curse of Meroz) (Judges 5:23)
The house of the wicked. (Proverbs 3:33)
He who does not give to the poor. (Proverbs 28:27)
Thieves and those who swear falsely. (Zechariah 5:3, 4; Proverbs 15:27)
He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous.” (Proverbs 24:24)
Priests (also Christians, see Revelation 1:6) who fail to give glory to God. (Malachi 2:1-7)
Those who rob God of tithes and offerings. (Malachi 3:8-11; Luke 6:38; I Corinthians 9:6)
Those who harken to their wives rather than God. (Genesis 3:17; Ephesians 5:23-24)
Those who lightly esteem their parents or treat them with contempt. (Deuteronomy 27:16; Leviticus 20:9)
Those who make graven images. (Deuteronomy 27:15; Exodus 20:4; Deuteronomy 5:8;
Those who willfully cheat people out of their property or move a landmark (Deuteronomy 27:17; Zechariah 5:3-4). This would also include what we have done to the Native American Indian and the African American.
Adding to or taking away from the Word of God. (Revelation 22:18-19; Galatians 1:6-10)
Those who take advantage of the blind (also spiritually blind). (Deuteronomy 27:18; Luke 17:1, 2)
Those who oppress strangers, widows, or the fatherless. (Deuteronomy 27:19; Exodus 22:22-24)
He who lies with his father’s wife, mother-in-law, sister, brother, father, daughter, aunt, uncle, cousin, sister-in-law, etc. (incest). (Deuteronomy 27:20-23; Leviticus 20:11-12, 14; Leviticus 20:17-21; I Corinthians 5:1-5)
He who lies with any animal. (Deuteronomy 27:21; Leviticus 20:15-16; Exodus 22:19)
Those who smite their neighbors (Hebrew definition: can be neighbor but usually means someone very close, husband, wife, mother, father, sister or brother) (also slander). (Deuteronomy 27:24; Matthew 7:1-5; Luke 6:36-37; Romans 12:14; James 3:8-10)
Those who take money to slay the innocent. (Deuteronomy 27:25)
Adulterers (physical and spiritual). (Leviticus 20:10; Job 24: 15-18; Deuteronomy 22:22-27; Numbers 5:27; Matthew 5:32; Luke 16:18; II Corinthians 11:1-4; James 4:4; Hosea chapters 3 and 4)
Those who trust in man (the power of the flesh) and not the Lord (Remember ASA? He went to man 1st not God about his feet). (Jeremiah 17:5;
Galatians 3:1, 2)
Those who do the Lord’s work deceitfully and negligently. (Jeremiah 48:10; Malachi 1:6-
Him who keeps back his sword from blood (for example: spiritual warfare). (Jeremiah
48:10; I Kings 20:35-42; Jeremiah 42; Proverbs 12:24)
Those who reward evil for good. (Just one example of this would be is someone asks for your forgiveness and you would refuse to forgive. (Proverbs 17:13; Psalm 7:3-5)
Children born from incestuous unions. (Genesis 19:36-38; Deuteronomy 23:3)
T H E I N C E S T
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B A S T A R D C U R S E S
If anyone of your ten-generations of (Current year you live in) ancestors created a bastard or
participated in incest, you are cursed. One family affected 1200 people in six
generations. Incest can especially lead to women hating all men. As we engage
in these sexual acts, we are worshiping Satan.
Deut. 23:2 A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord; even to
his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the Lord.
Deuteronomy 23:3 An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation
of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the
congregation of the LORD forever (incest).
I Cor. 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body;
but he that committed fornication sinneth against his own body.
Here is something to consider: God has issued a three to four generation curse
against the family line of those who worship other god’s, but He has issued a
curse for ten generations on those who conceive bastards or practice incest.
God is more concerned about what we do to hurt our offspring than about worship
of other gods.
People with the bastard curse on them have trouble with religious deception.
They cause trouble and strife in churches and groups.
Murder (also with words, hate, etc.). (Exodus 21:12; I John 3:15; Matthew 5:21, 22;
To murder with premeditation. (Includes abortion) (Exodus 21:14; Deuteronomy 27:25)
Those who curse (or speak against) their parents; children who strike their parents.
(Exodus 21:15, 17; Proverbs 30:17)
Kidnappers. (Exodus 21:16; Deuteronomy 24:7; Zechariah 5:3, 4)
Those who cause the unborn to die (also abortion). (Exodus 21:22-23)
Those who do not prevent death. (Exodus 21:29)
Those who sacrifice to false gods. (Exodus 22:20; Psalm 31:6; Ezekiel 23:49;
Those who are involved in witchcraft (also rebellion). (Exodus 22:18; I Samuel 15:23;
Deuteronomy 18:10-12; Leviticus 19:26; Revelation 21:8; Revelation 9:20, 21)
Those who attempt to turn anyone away from the Lord (for example: stumbling blocks). (Deuteronomy 13:6-10; Luke 17:2; Revelation 18)
Those who follow horoscopes. (Deuteronomy 17:2-7; Jeremiah 10:2-5)
False prophets. (Deuteronomy 18:20-22; Jeremiah 23; Ezekiel 33:30 – Ezekiel 34:31; Deuteronomy 13:1-5)
Women who do not keep their virginity until they are married. (Deuteronomy 22:13-21)
Parents who do not discipline their children but honor them above God. (I Samuel 2:17; 27-36; 3:12-14; I Samuel 4:17-18)
Those who curse their rulers. (Exodus 22:28; Ecclesiastes 10:20; Acts 23:25; Romans 13:105)
Those who teach rebellion against the Lord. (Jeremiah 28:16-17)
Those who refuse to warn others of sin. (Ezekiel 3:18-21; Ezekiel 14:7-11; Jeremiah
Those who are willing deceivers. (Joshua 9:22, 23; Jeremiah 48:10;
Malachi 1:14; Genesis 27:12)
The proud. (Psalm 119:21; Proverbs 15:25; Proverbs 16:5; Matthew 23:12)
Those who practice sorcery (magic). (Exodus 22:18; I Samuel 15:23; Deuteronomy 18:10-12; Leviticus 19:26; Revelation 21:8; Revelation 22:15)
Those who sacrifice human beings or put their children through the fire (also includes parents teaching their children to live after the world). (Leviticus 20:2-4; Deuteronomy 18:9-12; Psalm 106:33-37)
Participants in séances and fortune telling. (Leviticus 20:6; Deuteronomy 18:9-12; Isaiah 47:12-15; II Kings 21:5-6)
Homosexual and lesbian relationships. (Leviticus 20:13; Revelation 21:7-8; I Corinthians 6:9; Romans 1:18-32; 2:1-6; Deuteronomy 21:18-21 which speaks of rebellious children)
Necromancers (those who communicate with the dead and fortune tellers). (Leviticus 20:27; II Kings 21:5, 6; I Chronicles 10:13-14; Acts 16:16-18)
Those who blaspheme the Lord’s Name or curse God. (Leviticus 24:15-16; Mark 3:29)
Those who are carnally minded. (Romans 8:6-7)
Rebellious child/children. (Deuteronomy 21:18-21; II Timothy 3:2-9)
WHAT ARE THE SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES BY WHICH CURSES OPERATE?
No curse without a cause. Proverbs 26:2b
Sin opens the door for curses to enter. Jeremiah 11:3, 4
A curse is a spiritual problem and cannot be remedied by natural means. Malachi 3:8-12 the sin root must be removed through repentance/renouncing and obedience before the curse can be lifted. Matthew 18:21-35
The power of a curse is Satanic and demonic. Genesis 3:14, 15; 4:1-7; I Samuel 16:14; II Corinthians 10:3-5
The law provided no remedy for curses. Galatians 3:10; Exodus 20:5; Deuteronomy
32:2; Joshua 7:24, 25; Hebrews 12:17
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law. He became our Substitute by taking the penalty upon Himself. Galatians 3:13; I Peter 2:24
Christ’s provision must be appropriated. The full provision of the cross is not encompassed by the new birth at salvation. Healing and deliverance are also provisions of His atonement (Matthew 8:16, 17). Beware of deception in thinking that a Christian cannot be under a curse or have a demon. Grace does not mean that one can sin with impunity. Grace means that God has provided a remedy.
HOW CAN ONE BE SET FREE FROM THE CURSES OF DISOBEDIENCE?
Through the word of your testimony (Revelation 12:11; 17). The testimony of Christ is your confession that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who became Flesh; He committed no sin; He laid down His life on the cross; arose from the dead; ascended into Heaven and is coming again in all of His glory.
Repent of all your sins of disobedience (known and unknown), asking God to forgive you through Jesus Christ.
Accept God’s forgiveness of your sins and forgive yourself.
Renounce the sins of your forefathers.
Forgive all others who have ever wronged or hurt you.
Renounce all contact with anything occult or satanic. Destroy all associated paraphernalia.
Call upon the Lord Jesus Christ to deliver you.
Cast out every demon or curse in the Name of Jesus. Be as specific as possible. Note:
As a believer, you have authority to cast out demons.
Receive the blessing. Walk in obedience to God, and ask those in authority over you (for example: fathers, husbands, pastors) to bless you. The Levitical blessing prescribed by God is recommended:
The Lord bless thee and keep thee: The Lord make His face shine upon thee, And be gracious unto thee:
The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee,
And give thee peace. (Numbers 6:22-26)
By Frank Hammond (Additions Dr. Gail Blair Dowd)
The Bible identifies sixty-six specific sins which result in curses. Although the list is very informative, it is not intended to provide a complete inventory on sin curses. In fact, any disobedience to God’s commandments merits a curse: “CURSED IS THE MAN WHO DOES NOT UPHOLD THE WORDS OF THIS LAW BY CARRYING THEM OUT.”
Many of God’s people are struggling against adversities and evils in their lives, not recognizing that their problems are due to sin curses. The big door through which curses enter is labeled “SIN”. Sin is disobedience to God’s commandments, and partial obedience is disobedience. Remember King Saul. When he was partially obedient, God declared that his rebellion was as the sin of witchcraft.
How can one know if he is under a curse? First of all, has one despised God, refusing to hearken to His voice? God’s blessings come to those who are doers of His Word. But curses come upon all who “will not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments and His statutes.” (Deuteronomy 18:15).
As a starter, disobedience to God includes idolatry (including books and objects in one’s possession that are directly associated with the works of Satan); occult practices; disrespect and disobedience toward parents:
Injustice, hardness and oppression of the weak (widows, orphans and the handicapped); perverted sexual activity of all types (bestiality, incest, homosexuality oral/anal sex and adultery); anti-Semitism; legalism; carnality; lying and stealing; oath and pledges that invoke cures or bind one in unholy soul ties (such as are encountered in lodges, fraternities and sororities).
Secondly, a person can compare his life with the blessings God has promised to those who love Him. If one is not blessed, he is cursed. How does your life measure up to the blessings enumerated in Deuteronomy 28:1-14? Are you “set on high” by God? A lender and not a borrower? The head and not the tail? Is your life characterized by fruitfulness? Do you prosper – coming and going? Are you free from the harassment of enemies – both natural and spiritual? Is your life a success? Is your relationship with God gratifying – knowing and fulfilling His purposes? These are earmarks of a blessed life. If one is not enjoying the blessings, then he is suffering the curse. There is not in-between.
A third way to determine if curses are in operation is to look for the effects of curses. Common effects are poverty, barrenness, pestilence, chronic sickness, failure, defeat, humiliation, insanity, torment, perpetual traumas, spiritual hindrances and domination by others.
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“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made a curse for us.” (Galatians 3:13)
The Apostle Paul said in I Corinthians 16:22, “If anyone does not love the Lord, let him be accursed.” In the 14th chapter of John, Jesus said that obedience proves our love for Him. Psalms 81:15 says that those who hate the Lord pretend obedience to Him.
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Luke 6:46 (ESV) 46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?
Luke 8:21 (ESV) 21 But he answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”
Luke 11:28 (ESV) 28 But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
John 8:51 (ESV) 51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”
John 14:15 (ESV) 15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
John 15:10 (ESV) 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.
John 15:14 (ESV) 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.
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A curse has been defined as: uttering a wish of evil against anyone; to imprecate evil; to call for mischief or injury to fall upon; to execrate, to bring evil upon or to blast, vex, harass or torment with great calamities.
The Bible refers to us as trees (Psalm 1; Matthew 7:17-20). Jesus said that good trees produce good fruit and bad trees produce bad fruit. Because the fig tree in Mark 11:1314, 20-21 was fruitless, Jesus spoke a curse upon it. Let there be no doubt that curses are real today, causing many problems in the lives of Christians. Revelation 22:3 tells us when the curses will end (at the end of the age).
The Scriptures teach us that death and life are in the power of the tongue and there is no neutral word. God watches over His Word to perform it and, when we speak words that do not line up with the Word of God, then we are speaking death. Words are more than just sounds on the lips. Words are agents sent forth for good or evil. (Read James 3:112; Proverbs 12:13-14; Proverbs 11:9; Proverbs 18:20-21; Proverbs 15:4; Proverbs 10:11, 21; Proverbs 21:23; Proverbs 12:6, 18; Matthew 12:34-37; Mark 7:15).
Read Deuteronomy 27 through 30 about the blessings and curses. These blessings and curses were set in motion by being spoken aloud (Deuteronomy 27:13-26).
Jesus Christ died on the cross to give us salvation and to become a curse for us; yet, we are not automatically saved. To be saved we have to enter into covenant with the Lord Jesus Christ by repenting of our sins and by making Him Lord and Master of our lives.
Although we received the Holy Spirit at the time of our conversion, we are also not automatically filled or baptized with the Holy Spirit. We have to ask for it. As believers, we must appropriate His victory in our lives so we are to enjoy the benefits.
Let me illustrate. Someone can bequeath you a fortune but very often you must go through quite a few steps before it is experientially yours. Someone may contest your claim.
It is one thing to have the legal right and another thing to have the experiential enjoyment. Satan is a crooked lawyer on the other side who will do everything he can to cheat you out of what is rightfully yours in Christ.
Jesus left you so much more than a fortune but how much are you actually enjoying? Let me put it another way. Suppose someone deposited a million dollars into your checking account at the bank. Would it do you any good if you failed to write a check on the account even though the money was legally yours? Of course, it wouldn’t. We have to know our legal rights and assert our claims.
Many Christians are missing out on the abundant life that Jesus died to give them because of a lack of knowledge of God’s Word. God says, “My people perish (are destroyed) for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6; Proverbs 11:9).
There are some who would say that, since Jesus became a curse for us, Christians cannot have curses. Deuteronomy 28 clearly teaches that sickness and confusion are curses; yet, we know Christians can get sick today and live their lives in confusion. Inflammation is linked now today medically to many diseases and you will find it under the list of curses in Deut 28
I Corinthians 11:27-32 says that, if we take the Lord’s Supper with sin in our lives, we can get sick, weak, be under control of the enemy of our souls, or even die. That is not a blessing but it is God’s judgment against sin which is all that curses are.
Galatians 5:16-21 (ESV) 16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
1 John 1:6 (ESV) 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
Timothy 2 v 24 – 26: “24And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, if God per adventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the Truth; 26and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”
To summarize, just as mentioned previously; Jesus did die at Calvary for salvation and became a curse for us, and our sin, yet, many people are not saved. Why? They have not appropriated, taken, received, believed, what Jesus has accomplished for all. We must believe in order to be saved, we must know and come to understand what our inheritance in Christ is and we must receive it by faith. We do not just have these blessings “happen” to us; we have a part in our relationship with Christ. And in so doing, we are able to discern curses and be set free from their bondage. Let us study the Scriptures, pray and be filled with His Holy Spirit, the Spirit who “teaches us all things” according to God’s Word. (John 14:26).
Jesus said: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Prayer of release from a curse Derek Prince
“Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that you are the Son of God and the only way to God that you died on the cross for my sins and rose again from the dead. That on the cross you were made a curse with every curse that is due to me, that I might be redeemed from the curse and enter into the blessing. Lord, I confess any sins committed by me or by my ancestors. I ask your forgiveness. I also forgive every other person whoever harmed me or wronged me. I forgive them as I would have God forgive me. I also forgive myself. I renounce all contact with the occult in any form and I commit myself to get rid of any ‘contact objects.’ And now Lord, having received by faith your
forgiveness, with the authority I have as a child of God, I now release myself and those under my authority from any curse over our lives. Right now, in the name of Jesus, I declare release. I claim it and I receive it by faith. In the name of Jesus.”
Now begin to thank Him, that’s the surest expression of faith. Thank you Lord, thank you Lord, thank you Lord Jesus. Thank you, thank you
Now let’s make our good confession. Now I believe you’re fully entitled to say this. You know what we’re going to say? Are you ready?
“Through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross we have passed out from under the curse and entered into the blessing of Abraham whom God blessed in all things.”
Now just take a little while to thank the Lord, that’s the simplest expression of faith. Thank you Lord Jesus. Thank you Lord. Remember, you’ve made the U-turn, now continue right in the new direction.
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According to Hosea 4 v 6 God’s people are perishing for lack of knowledge so I’ve come to sow seeds of knowledge in your heart and take the mystery out of disease. In order to get disease removed from your life, you need to understand what is causing it. So it is necessary for me to take you on a journey through the Bible to explain to you why disease is a consequence of sin. I’ll first start with the Old Testament and then we’ll study scriptures from the New Testament. Some of you may say, “I’m under the New Testament covenant so the Old Testament doesn’t apply to me.”
Yes, we are under the New Testament covenant, but the Bible says that Jesus did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it. When Jesus came, He did away with some of the ‘do’s and don’ts’ such as what you can eat and not eat (EG: 613 Laws of Moses). But when it came down to instructions in righteousness, nothing has changed.
For example, one of the ten commandments in the Old Testament is that you are not to commit adultery. It is still unlawful to commit adultery in the New Testament. In Mark chapter 7 v 21 (pre-cross) Jesus spoke against adultery and Paul also spoke against it
In order to get disease removed from your life, you need to understand what is causing it.
HEALING BEGINS WITH SANCTIFICATION OF THE HEART
In Galatians chapter 5 v 19 – 20 (post-cross). So did not committing adultery change because of covenant change? No. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 10 v 11 that the stories in the Old Testament were given as an example and warning to us and to instruct us for right living.
2 Timothy 3 v 16 – 17 says that all scripture is God inspired and profitable for teaching. Let’s start at: Exodus 15 v 26: “If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God and will do what is right in His sight, and will listen to and obey His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon you which I brought upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord Who heals you.” This scripture is saying that healing comes as a result of obedience. When you walk in obedience, God will take sickness from your midst. Exodus 23 v 25: “You shall serve the Lord your God; He shall bless your bread and water, and I will take sickness from your midst.”
Deuteronomy 7 v 11-12 and 15: “11You shall therefore keep and do the instruction, laws and precepts which I command you this day. 12And if you hearken to these precepts and keep and do them, the Lord your God will keep with you the covenant and the steadfast love which He swore to your fathers…15And the Lord will take away from you all sickness, and none of the evil diseases of Egypt which you knew will He put upon you…” When you are walking in obedience, how much sickness will the Lord take away? All! When you are walking in obedience, how many sicknesses will come upon you? None!
There are some pastors who try to preach that sometimes it is God’s will to heal and sometimes it is not. They don’t have one scripture to stand on. In Isaiah 53 v 5 when it says that by the stripes of Jesus we are healed and made whole, there are no exceptions listed. The Bible indicates that God wants to heal all of our diseases. Psalm 103 v 3: “Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases.” It is always God’s will to heal you!
God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10 v 34). But your healing is conditional to your obedience which has to do with keeping God’s commandments. Now you may say, “But those scriptures about obedience are all Old Testament.” OK, here’s a New Testament scripture: James 1 v 22: “But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth].”
Deuteronomy chapter 28 is divided into two parts: the first 14 verses speak of the blessings that come from obedience and the second part is about the curses that will come from disobedience or sin.
Deuteronomy 28 v 15 and 59 – 61: “15But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command you this day, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you:… 59Then the Lord will bring upon you and your descendents extraordinary strokes and blows, great plagues of long continuance, and grievous sicknesses of long duration. 60 Moreover, He will bring upon you all the diseases of Egypt of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you. 61 Also every sickness and every affliction which is not written in this book of the Law the Lord will bring upon you until you are destroyed.” This scripture is saying that all manner of disease is a consequence of sin and disobedience which is not keeping God’s commandments or not being a doer of the Word.
Now there are people who say that disease is not a curse – they say disease is just a disease. So let’s do a Hebrew word study together of some of the curses that are listed in Deuteronomy 28 v 15 – 61. I’m going to show you that many of these curses that came upon God’s people in the Old Testament church because they were not doers of the Word are examples of diseases that are still known to mankind today It is always God’s will to heal you! But your healing is conditional to your obedience.
Essential background knowledge of disease from a Biblical Perspective and many Christians in the New Testament church have these problems. These definitions come from the Strong’s Concordance: In Deuteronomy 28 v 15 God said: “15But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command you this day, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you…” Let’s have a look at some of those curses: •
Verse 18: “Cursed shall be the fruit of your body” – that means infertility and miscarriages. •
Verse 21: “The Lord shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee” – that refers to a destroying plague producing disease or death such as influenza (e.g. bird or swine flu), the bubonic plague, TB and HIV/ AIDS. •
Verse 22: Consumption – that means anaemic, anorexic, to emaciate, to be thin, wasting away – that includes anorexia, bulimia, obsessive compulsive disorder. Fever – high temperature from bacterial inflammation up to 103ºF. Extreme burning – that’s a high fever (over 103ºF). Anything over 103ºF is very dangerous. •
Verse 27: Botch of Egypt – burn with ulcers and boils. By the way boils is a physiological manifestation of rebellion. Emrods – hemorrhoids…do you think hemorrhoids are a blessing or a curse? Well I suppose it depends where you are sitting. Scab – scratching, gum disease, bleeding, scurvy Itch – scraping to produce redness, sinusitis, rashes of the skin involving the excessive release of histamine in the body in relation to anxiety and fear that produces itching (i.e. allergies such as eczema). “So that you cannot be healed”… here’s incurable disease. There is no such thing as incurable disease – that’s man’s definition in his ignorance. During the course of this chapter you are going to begin to understand why a disease is incurable and what it is going to take to make that incurable disease curable… •
Verse 28: Here we see that sin does not just lead to physical diseases – it leads to psychological or psychiatric problems as well. So we are not just talking about physical healing. Madness – craziness, raving lunatic, insanity, psychosis. Blindness – this is not referring to loss of eyesight, it means they’ve lost their reasoning and their ability to understand and comprehend (that could include Alzheimer’s Disease). Astonishment of heart – that includes all of your fear disorders, anxiety disorders, panic attacks and phobias. •
Verse 29: Oppression – depression • Verse 35: Diseases of the knees and legs •
Verse 59: Great plagues of long continuance and sore sicknesses of long continuance – that’s chronic diseases. Plagues of your seed – that is genetically inherited diseases. •
Verse 61: “Also every sickness and every affliction which is not written in this book of the Law the Lord will bring upon you until you are destroyed.” – That means there are more diseases than the examples mentioned here. For every disease that we finally understand in the medical field and figure out a drug to treat it with, it seems that ten new diseases surface. The medical text books are getting thicker every year as there are more and more diseases showing up.
My medical text books are two and three times thicker than my Bible –this is the fulfillment of Deuteronomy 28 v 61, so we better start paying attention. • Verse 65: Failing of eyes – cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration Sorrow of mind – there is depression again.
So as you can see in Deuteronomy 28 v 15 to 65, all manner of disease is listed as part of the curse that comes as a result of one reason – disobedience and not being a doer of the Word which is sin. A disease is not just a disease – according to Deuteronomy 28 it is a curse. Disease is not a blessing.
On the blessings side of Deuteronomy 28 there is not one disease that is mentioned. Do you consider disease to be a blessing or a curse? I consider it to be a curse because God lists disease as part of the curse in the second part of Deuteronomy 28. The Bible says that the blessing involves all absence of disease and the curse involves all manner of disease. People think that when they get a disease they were standing under the wrong bird at the wrong time and they just got nailed.
They think that maybe if they had been in a different place, it might have missed them. No disease happens just because… Disease does not just come out of nowhere. When there is a disease, there is a curse.
When there is a curse, there is a reason for it. The insight into this does involve birds and it is found in Proverbs 26 v 2: “As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.” KJV So the curse is like a bird looking for a place to land but it cannot unless it is given permission.
You’re going to find that we have given satan permission to put disease on us and kill us prematurely and it’s about time that you woke up to this if you are going to stay alive…and I can prove it. I can prove it in the Word and I can prove it in medical science. “The curse without a cause does not come” means that if you find a curse, for example a disease, there is a reason. When you see a disease, it’s like the bird has landed because it had a right to.
In other words the enemy does not have the right to afflict your life just because he wants to. For the devil to be allowed to bring disease, there must be open doors through disobedience and sin, either in your personal life or historically in your family tree (Genetically inherited diseases are explained on page 153), in which we have stepped out of the boundaries of God’s Word, His provision and His covenant. It is important to understand that the curse has a right to come upon us in our sin and disobedience because many people want to know why they are sick. Some disease has a right to be in our lives because somewhere along the line, we opened the door. The devil does not have the right to arbitrarily afflict us. If this was the case the whole Church world wide would have been wiped out within a year. This has not happened because there is a hedge of protection around us when we walk in obedience. Psalm 91 v 11: “For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service].”
Some people say that because they are born again they are freed from the curse. If you are freed from the curse, why do you still have disease in your body? The curse without a cause does not come. Therefore in order to get the disease removed, you need to get the curse removed. In other words you need to get rid of the sin causing the disease. When there is evidence of a disease, I go to the Word and use my knowledge from my medical training to find out the cause. For example, the medical text books list many diseases of the heart, such as high blood pressure, angina and abnormal heart rhythm as examples of “Stress-Related Diseases and Conditions.”
The medical field considers fear, anxiety and stress to be the basis of many heart problems. Who else says this? God does: Luke 21 v26: “In the last days men’s hearts shall fail them because of fear.” (KJV) No disease happens just because… When there is a disease, there is a curse. When there is a curse, there is a reason for it.
Essential background knowledge of disease from a Biblical Perspective
Therefore when fear, anxiety and stress in that person’s life is dealt with, the heart disease such as high blood pressure disappears. The secret to allergies is found in Proverbs 17 v 22 which says that a broken spirit dries the bones. The immune system is formed in the bones. When a person has fear and anxiety, there are high levels of stress hormones in the blood. One of these stress hormones is called cortisol. In excess quantities cortisol kills the cells of the immune system – it literally dries up the bones. When the immune system is damaged by cortisol, it goes out of control and you end up with allergies. Therefore when a person’s broken heart (broken spirit) and the fear, anxiety and stress that comes from that broken heart is dealt with, I have personally seen allergies fall away without any medication being given. Similarly when self-hatred is dealt with, autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, Chrons and lupus (SLE) fall away. When a low self-esteem and guilt is dealt with, depression falls away.
When un-forgiveness and bitterness is dealt with, diseases like arthritis and certain cancers have literally disappeared. I have personally seen a lady’s osteoporosis disappear and her back straighten when she dealt with the envy and jealousy in her thought life. I would like to help you understand why you are sick and what caused your disease. I hope to enable you to recognize the open door that gave the devil a legal right to your life and show you how to deal with the spiritual roots so that your healing can begin. What do I mean by “spiritual roots”? Well, the devil is able to harvest bad fruit (disease) in our life because some time back he planted a bad seed (a thought) in us that took root in our minds so that we developed an ungodly mindset. We allowed him to train us in our thinking to be anxious, fearful, unforgiving, bitter, jealous, envious, to have a low self-esteem, guilt, condemnation, anger, rage etc. Thus the curse of disease has a specific “spiritual root” or specific sin behind it.
In the medical field we are finding that there are specific toxic thinking habits behind specific diseases. The root which is sin caused the bad fruit which is disease. Why pray against the fruit when you can cut it at the root once and for all? Learning to recognize the root cause behind your disease is the first step towards your healing. When Satan’s weapons, strategies and master plan in the battlefield of your mind are exposed, you are going to understand what is needed to gain victory. It is our responsibility to identify the spiritual root of our disease and remove it from our life. I want to show you a root to disease in a conversation between the Lord and Solomon in 2 Chronicles 6 v 28 – 29: “28…whatsoever sore or whatsoever sickness there be: 29Then what prayer or what supplication soever shall be made of a man, or of all Thy people Israel, when every one shall know his own sore and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this house.” KJV The Israelites in the Old Testament church in 2 Chronicles 6 v 28 – 29 had sores and sicknesses and they were praying because they wanted to be healed and delivered. It is exactly the same with the New Testament church today – we are praying because we have sores and sicknesses.
The word ‘sore’ in verse 28 and 29 is referring to biological sickness. The word ‘grief’ opens up the realm of the soul (the psyche) and is referring to psychological sickness. Verse 29 says that when the Israelites are praying because they are full of sickness, it is important that they know what is behind their sores and their grief. They need to understand what caused their biological and psychological sicknesses. Verse 30 – 31: “30Then hear from Heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart You know; (for You only know the hearts of the children of men) 31That they may fear You, to walk in Your ways, so long as they live…” In Verse 30 Solomon said to God, “Then hear from heaven and forgive…” You don’t have to be forgiven if you haven’t done anything wrong. Right here there are two themes – walking in God’s ways and walking in our ways. Do our ways match God’s ways? In the area that our ways do not match God’s ways, that is an open door for satan to come in with disease because of our disobedience. In the medical field we are finding that there are specific toxic thinking habits behind specific diseases.
We also see the connection between sin and disease in Isaiah 1 v 4 – 6: “4Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, sons who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised and shown contempt and provoked the Holy One of Israel to anger, they have become utterly estranged (alienated). 5Why should you be stricken and punished anymore [since it brings no correction]? You will revolt more and more.
The whole head is sick (this is a reference to psychiatric disease), and the whole heart is faint (feeble, sick and nauseated) (This is anxiety disorders, phobias and panic attacks). 6From the soul of the foot even to the head there is not soundness or health in [the nation’s body] – but wounds and bruises and fresh and bleeding stripes (This is biological disease); they have not been pressed out and closed up or bound up or softened with oil…” Isaiah 1 v 4 – 6 is not only a picture of the Old Testament church but also an accurate picture of the church today– a sick, sinning church, filled with all manner of psychological and biological diseases and no ointments, in other words drugs have not been able to cure God’s people …all the medical drugs that we have today cannot cure over 80% of diseases. In verse 7 to 15 of Isaiah chapter 1, God goes on to say how distasteful He found their sacrifices and burnt offerings because they were as full of iniquity as Sodom and Gomorrah.
In the New Testament church today we are doing our religious rituals and singing our songs but we are still living in sin – we are still filled with strife, bitterness, unforgiveness, hatred, anger, rage, resentment, jealousy, envy, self-hatred, fear etc.
Then in verses 16 to 20 of Isaiah 1, God says, “16Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes! Cease to do evil, 17Learn to do right!…18Come now, and let us reason together says the Lord.
Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool. 19If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; 20But if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.” So here is Isaiah chapter 1 there is the foundation of the problem and a solution. The whole chapter is a revelation of disease in conjunction with not being a doer of the Word. It is a clear illustration of the connection between sin and disease. There are some people who struggle to understand why Christians get sick.
The reason that the church has the same biological and psychological diseases as the world is because we are serving the same sins with the same consequences. There are two types of people that sin: sinning sinners and sinning saints. This is a very unpopular subject to consider that saints can also be sinners. The Bible is basically to and about covenant people. The Israelites of the Old Testament were the Old Testament Church.
We are the New Testament church. They were sinning saints. We are sinning saints. There are many Christians in the church who wonder why unsaved sinners who don’t even love God are in better health than they are. It is because the unsaved sinners are more righteous than many people in the church are. We don’t want to hear that, do we? What do you mean they are more righteous than I am? In that area of their life, they live by Godly principles even though they are not saved.
I’ve seen many saved people who do not live by Godly principles. For example, I’ve seen unsaved men deeply love their wives but I know saved men in my church who beat their wives. There are consequences to disobedience, whether you are a New Testament believer or not.
Ezekiel 18:19 “Yet you say, ‘Why should the son not bear the punishment for the father’siniquity?’ When the son has practiced justice and righteousness and has observedall My statutes and done them, he shall surely live.
30 “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, each according to hisconduct,” declares the Lord GOD. “2Repent and turn away from all yourtransgressions, so that iniquity may not become a stumbling block to you.
Essential background knowledge of disease from a Biblical Perspective lawful and right, he shall save his life.31Cast away from you all your transgressions by which you have transgressed against Me, and make you a new mind and heart and a new spirit. For why shall you die, O house of Israel? 32For I have no pleasure in the death of him who dies, says the Lord God. Therefore turn, (be converted) and live!” According to this scripture, if you don’t want to die prematurely of disease, you have got to get rid of the sin and iniquity causing it. You cannot hate your mother in law or hate yourself and expect to continue in good health. You cannot continue to worry about what is going to happen in the future and prevent high blood pressure, for example. There are consequences to unrighteousness called disease and death.
There are consequences to righteousness called health and life. Jesus came that you may have life and have it more abundantly but the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10 v 10). And if you don’t want the thief to steal, kill and destroy, then get the unrighteousness out of your life and the fruit of righteousness will be yours. This is about change – about removing the things in your life that are giving the devil power and right to kill you early. This scripture is saying to God’s people (the church!) – be converted and live! You must be born again but just because you are born again, it does not mean you are converted. You may be born again and still have fear. You may be born again and still have envy and jealousy. You may be born again and still have rage and anger. You may be born again and still have lust. You may be born again and still hate your mother in law. You may be born again but you are splitting churches every two years everywhere you go. You may be born again and still have strife and drunkenness. You may be born again and still commit adultery. You may be born again but it does not mean you have been converted. The church has been incredibly intellectually converted, but it has not been truly converted from the heart. If they were truly converted from the heart, they would not continue in ways that are not God’s ways. The bottom line is: are we really doers of the Word? Most disease is simply a consequence of disobedience which is not being a doer of the Word. It first happened in the Garden of Eden. The Lord said to Adam, “In the day that you eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall die” (Genesis 2 v 17).
What opened the door to death, spiritual first and then biological was disobedience to God’s Word and it has never changed. Hosea 4 v 6: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you [the priestly nation] have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you that you shall be no priest to Me; seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.” Hosea 4 v 6 says that God’s people perish for lack of knowledge and also because they have rejected knowledge. In other words they don’t practice it even though they know it. For example, every believer knows that you are to forgive everybody who has sinned against you but it doesn’t necessarily mean that we do. And so what God said to Hosea is that because His people have rejected knowledge, He will also reject them – not in salvation but in the application of blessing and that includes healing. God’s blessings, which include healing, are funneled through a key word: IF.
We need to pay attention to the “IF’s” and “THEN’s” in the Bible because they speak of God’s conditions to His promises. If you do this then God will do that. 2 Chronicles 7 v 14: “If My people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land.” In this scripture God says that the condition to healing of our land is to turn from our wicked ways. Healing is conditional, not automatic. Not only is healing conditional, but disease is conditional. We need to pay attention to the “IF’s” and “THEN’s” in the Bible because they speak of God’s conditions to His promises
Deuteronomy 28 v 15: “15But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command you this day, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you…” Deuteronomy 28 v 1 – 2: “If you will listen diligently to the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments…all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you if you heed the voice of the Lord your God.” There is a required action on our part to receive God’s blessings. God does the work of healing in us but He requires our participation. 2 Corinthians 1 v 20 says that “For all the promises of God in him are yes, and in him Amen” but we have to appropriate those promises through meeting His conditions. If you walk in obedience and live according to God’s ways, you will not have to chase His blessing – the promises of Deuteronomy 28 v 1 – 14 will automatically overtake you!
You won’t have to think about it, you will just be living in divine health. So Deuteronomy chapter 28 verses 1 to 14 tells us the blessings that come from obedience and the second half of the chapter warns us about the curses that will come from disobedience. It is your choice. Deuteronomy 30 v 19-20: “I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life that you and your descendants may live and may love the Lord your God, obey His voice, and cling to Him. For He is your life and the length of your days…” In this scripture God said to His people, “In your obedience to Me and My commandments, which is best for you, the blessings are immediate and close by.” But God also said, “If you are disobedient, the curses of Deuteronomy 28 v 15 – 68 will surely come.” The quality of your health is based on the choices that you make – you cannot blame God for being sick and you cannot blame the devil. The responsibility is yours. Deuteronomy 11 v 26 – 28: “26Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse – 27The blessing if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you this day; 28And the curse if you will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God…”
Verse 27 says you will receive a blessing if you obey the Lord’s commandments, which means you are a doer of the Word. The curse will come into your life if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord which means you are not being a doer of the Word. According to a word study done by Henry Wright, there are two meanings of the Hebrew word “if” in Deuteronomy 11 v 27 – 28. The word “if” in verse 27 is the Hebrew word asher which according to Strong’s Concordance #834 means that the blessing comes quickly. The word “if” in verse 28 is the Hebrew word im which according to Strong’s Concordance #518 means the curse will not come quickly, but it will surely come.
Therefore to paraphrase Deuteronomy 11 v 26 – 28 according to the original Hebrew: “26I have given you the choice of the blessing and the curse. 27If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, the blessings shall come and they shall come quickly (that is asher). 28If you will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, the curse does not come quickly, but it will surely come (that is im).” It is important that you understand that the curse which includes disease does not come from God – it comes from Satan. There are large groups of Christian church denominations that are trying to teach that disease is from God. They say, “You just need to know that His grace is sufficient for you…God gave you this disease so that you can identify with Jesus’ sufferings on the cross. This is for His glory.“ etc. I’m going to get into many of the incorrect teachings about healing later in this chapter, but at this point I will say this to you: In the medical field they have identified fear, anxiety and stress as the cause for over 100 incurable diseases (this is explained in detail in the chapter on page 180). In 2 Timothy 1 v 7 God said that He has not given you the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. So fear does not come from God and therefore diseases caused by fear do not come from God.
Nor do any other diseases
Essential background knowledge of disease from a Biblical Perspective come from God. Deuteronomy 7 v 15 says that if you walk in obedience, “the Lord will take away from you all sickness, and none of the evil diseases of Egypt which you knew will He put upon you…” James 1 v 13 – 17 says that God cannot be tempted with evil nor does He tempt anyone with it, but every good gift comes from the Father. So God is not the author of evil and therefore He is not the author of disease because diseases are evil according to Deuteronomy 7 v 15. So anybody who is saying that disease is from God is making God the author of evil and they need to get out of the ministry because their Biblically incorrect teaching is instilling a mindset into God’s people that is costing them their lives… and as a medical doctor and servant of the Lord who is in the business of saving lives, I am not afraid to stand up and say that. I want to tell you something with great authority – God is not trying to kill you!
God said in 3 John v 2, “Beloved, I pray that you will prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.” Jesus said in John 10 v 10 that it is the thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy, but He came so that you can have life and have it more abundantly. I think God has a better day for you. God said in both Deuteronomy 7 v 15 and Exodus 15 v 26 that if you’re walking in obedience, He will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt upon you. My blood really boils when I go to a funeral service of a Christian man who for example died of a massive heart attack at the age of 49 and left behind a wife and 4 children and one of the members of the Sanhedrin who is running the funeral has the audacity to say that God took him. God did not take him. It is wonderful that he should go to heaven, but the reason he died of a heart attack at the age of 49 is the very same reason that the unsaved man died at age 49 of a massive heart attack – they were both serving the same sins, which in this case is self-hatred and fear. We cannot blame God for disease because it does not come from Him. God does not put a curse or disease on us, He simply lets us face the consequences of our disobedience. God does not put evil on us, He just gives us over to the ways of our own heart until we have had enough. In the Old Testament, when the Israelites disobeyed and rebelled against God, He allowed them to go into the bondage and captivity of their enemies.
The curse came as a consequence of their disobedience. When they turned away from their disobedience and rebellion and came back to God and cried out to Him, He would end their captivity and bless them. The curse which includes disease comes from the enemy and the only reason he has the right to bring it is because we decide not to be doers of the Word. If you can understand that disease is a consequence of sin, then it is only common sense that you need to get rid of sin in order to get rid of the disease. Purely from a medical standpoint, you need to remove the toxic (sinful) thinking patterns that are causing the disease so that your body can heal. Biblically, how do you get rid of sin? The answer is repentance. That brings us to the New Testament: If you can understand that disease is a consequence of sin, then it is only common sense that you need to get rid of sin in order to get rid of the disease.
The Condition for Healing is Repentance James 5 v 14 – 16: “15Is anyone among you sick? He should call in the church elders (the spiritual guides). And they should pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Lord’s name. And the prayer that is of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” Right here in the Scripture above, we see the relationship of sin and the lack of sanctification in the believer’s life to disease. You may go forward for prayer, have the elders of the church anoint you with oil in the Name of the Lord, and then go home wondering why you were not healed. Yes, without a doubt, God wants to heal us of every single disease from which we suffer. Healing is a promise in His Word. However, every promise from God has a condition. You can’t go claiming God’s promises without being prepared to meet His conditions. Neither can you go quoting half a scripture – Psalm 103 v 3 does say “God heals us of all our diseases” but before that it says “He forgives all of our iniquities”.
If you want to be healed of all your diseases, you have to be forgiven of all your iniquities first. It is forgiveness…then healing. The church wants to be healed of its diseases without dealing with the iniquities that cause the disease. There are accounts in the Old Testament where God refused to heal somebody because they refused to repent. For example: •
Solomon died prematurely at the age of 60 because of disobedience to God and following the gods of his pagan wives. God appeared to him twice about this issue but he would not listen (1 Kings 11 v 4 – 11). •
King Saul died prematurely because of his disobedience towards God and because he dabbled in witchcraft (1 Chronicles 10 v 13 – 14). The Holy Spirit departed from him and the spirit of insanity came and he eventually committed suicide on the battlefield. King David committed even worse sins than King Saul, but the difference between the two men was that David repented (Psalm 51 v 17) but Saul would not repent (1 Samuel 15 v 23). •
2 Chronicles 16 v 7 – 8 and 12 – 13 tells of King Asa who died of a disease in his feet because he would not obey God or repent, despite God’s warning through a man called Hanani. •
In 1 Kings 14 v 1 – 13 King Jeroboam’s whole household including his son were wiped out by disease because he would not obey God. • 2
Chronicles 21 v 4, 6 and 12 – 20 tells the story of King Jehoram who disobeyed God and did evil in His sight. The Bible says that as a consequence of this he got a sickness in his bowels where his “bowels fell out” (sounds like a hernia) and he eventually died of this disease.
What About Job?
People who oppose this teaching often bring up the story of Job so let’s have a look at what the Bible says about him: Job was a spiritually and morally upright man who had a reverential fear for God (Job 1 v 1). However Job was not perfect. Job was not sinless. There has only been one man that has been sinless since the fall of Adam and Eve and that is Jesus Christ. First of all Job had a fear. In Job 3 v 25 Job said, “The thing which I greatly feared has come upon me.” Job had a fear about his children and that fear empowered satan to kill his children. God did not kill Job’s children, Satan did and he was able to because Job had a sin issue and didn’t recognize it. We know today that fear is a sin because we have the Word of God that tells
Essential background knowledge of disease from a Biblical Perspectiveus 365 times “Do not fear”. When we are in fear, we have no excuse for not knowing that we are disobeying scripture. However there was no Bible in Job’s time. Job predates the law of Moses by over 400 years. Job did not have Scripture to refer to – he served God out of his conscience. So although Job had a heart for God, he had some spiritual problems that he did not recognize that allowed the enemy to access him. Apart from fear, we also know from the discussion on leviathan that Job had pride. Leviathan means the father of the children of pride. We also know from the discussion on behemoth that Job had a spirit of religion that Job did not understand. Behemoth means chief in the ways of God. Job became God’s instructor where he told God what is right and wrong and that was the manifestation of Behemoth in Job. When Job had finished telling God off, the Lord appeared to him and said, “Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? He that reproves God let him answer it” (Job 40 v 2) and God put Job back in his place. Then Job repented for his presumptuous words against God (Job 42 v 6). Job also had bitterness and he was not healed until he prayed for his friends (Job 42 v 10). And so we know that Job had sin in his life and at the same time God restored to him double what he had lost when he repented. So Job learnt some lessons. In 2 Chronicles chapters 29 and 30, Hezekiah and the Levites got together because their fathers had sinned, and done evil in the eyes of God, and had forsaken Him. They came together before God to repent of their sins and to sanctify themselves.
The Lord heard the prayers of Hezekiah and He healed the people. 2 Chronicles 29 v 1 – 6, 10, 15 and 30 v 18 – 20: “1Hezekiah began to reign when he was twenty five years old, and He reigned 29 years in Jerusalem…2And he did right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father [forefather] had done. 3In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the Lord [which his father had closed] and repaired them. 4He brought together the priests and the Levites in the square on the east 5and said to them, Levites, hear me!
Now sanctify (purify and make free from sin) yourselves and the house of the Lord, the God of your fathers, and carry out the filth from the Holy Place. 6For our fathers have trespassed and have done what is evil in the sight of the Lord our God, and they have forsaken Him and turned away their faces from the dwelling place of the Lord and have turned their backs… 10Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the Lord God of Israel, that His fierce anger may turn away from us…15So they gathered their brethren and sanctified themselves and went in, as the king had commanded by the words of the Lord to cleanse the house of the Lord…18For the multitude of the people…Hezekiah had prayed for them saying, 19May the good Lord pardon everyone who sets his heart to seek and yearn for God – the Lord, the God of his fathers…20And the Lord hearkened to Hezekiah and healed the people.” In the above scripture the Israelites had to repent first then God healed them. In Isaiah chapter 58 the Israelites were praying, fasting and seeking God for healing because they were sick and full of disease.
They were getting disgruntled with God because He was not answering their prayers. There are many people like that today who are questioning God just like the Israelites were, “Hello God! I’m fasting and I’m praying but I’m not healed yet!” When the Israelites asked God why He wasn’t listening to them, He explained that it was because they were merely fasting and praying as a mechanical, external ritual. Meanwhile they were living in strife, debate, division, accusation, envy and jealousy. God explained to the Israelites that when they repent for their sins and start living right, He would hear them and heal them (Isaiah 58 v 8). Psalm 90 v 11: “Who knows the power of Your anger? [Who worthily connects this brevity of life with Your recognition of sin?] And Your wrath, who connects it with the reverent and worshipful fear that is due to You?”
You see there is a connection between healing and repentance – confessing your faults and putting things right. This goes right along with what Jesus said after he had just healed a man, “Go and sin no more or a worse thing may come upon you.” (John 5 v 14). Why did he say that? Because Jesus Himself directly linked sin and the lack of sanctification to disease. Once, when He was going to heal a sick man with the palsy, Jesus said, “Son, your sins have been forgiven.” (Matthew 9 v 2). Before this man could have healing, he had to have his sins forgiven. Now people will quote the story in John 9 v 1 – 3 to argue that disease is not a consequence of sin and yes, there are exceptions.
Disease is not always a consequence of sin and I’m going to get to that later in this chapter under the heading “I’m Not Painting All People With One Brush.” Acts 3 v 19: “So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord.” Repentance is the condition for healing. Repentance, from a Biblical perspective, doesn’t involve just saying sorry with words – the original Greek word for repentance means changing your thinking. That is very interesting when you remember what I told you earlier concerning the medical field discovering that 87% of diseases are a result of what goes on in our thought life. Science is saying that you need to change your thinking in order to recover or be healed from 87% of diseases. The Bible’s definition of “changing your thinking” is “repentance”. Therefore even science is saying that you need to repent in order to recover from disease. For example, if you have heart problems such as high blood pressure and angina, God will not heal you until you repent by changing your thinking and getting the fear, anxiety and stress out of your thought life that is causing it. There is no point in God healing you if you don’t get rid of the toxic thinking (fear, anxiety and stress) because the heart problems will just come back. In fact, the disease would begin developing again as soon as you start stressing and having anxiety in your thoughts – probably five minutes later. What good would it do for God to heal you, for example, of high blood pressure, if you hold on to the spirit of fear and anxiety that is causing the spasm of the blood vessels which leads to high blood pressure? God knows that sin and wrong thinking such as fear, anxiety and stress in your thought life causes disease and sickness in your body.
That is why He requires you to repent first before He heals you. It is just logical. If He allowed you to keep your sin and just healed you anyway, you wouldn’t be able to keep your healing even if you tried. This is because the root issue wouldn’t be dealt with and it would grow right back and guess Who would get blamed for you losing your healing? God. We wish to be healed but we don’t want to be changed in order to be healed. I think we need to come to the place where we have a change of heart so that we desire to have “Who God is” in our life and not just to have the problem removed. God wants you changed before He ever wants you healed because He knows that if you repent and walk in obedience, healing is yours automatically (Deuteronomy 28 v 1 – 2). God is not going to compromise our heart change in the name of blessing. He would be an unfaithful Father if He let us continue in our sin and blessed us anyway. We would not really honor Him and would only serve Him in a lukewarm, mediocre fashion because He condoned sin in our lives. It isn’t that God cannot or does not want to heal – because He does. However, He will not deny His own holiness and give us a compromised and diluted gospel that would say we could keep our sin and receive His promises and blessings. God is a Holy God. 2 Corinthians 7 v 1: “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” KJV. What is spiritual filthiness? Well anything that you serve that is not of God is filthy. We always think of filthiness as sexual. However anything that does not match the nature of God is filthy. For example, hatred, bitterness, unforgiveness, strife, jealousy, envy, criticizing and faultfinding, condemnation, anger, Repentance is the condition for healing. The original Greek word for repentance means changing your thinking.
Essential background knowledge of disease from a Biblical Perspective rage, resentment and self-hatred all do not match God’s nature and therefore it is spiritually filthy. The church is full of spiritual filthiness. And so in 2 Corinthians 7 v 1 Paul said to the church – note that he was not addressing the unsaved – he said to the church, “Cleanse yourself from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit.” We have had a lot of teaching in the churches today about God’s promises but not much about the consequence of sin. Now there is a big debate in Christianity concerning whether a curse can affect a Christian. People have often said, “I thought that Jesus paid the penalty for our sin at the cross and therefore the curse of sin was cancelled. Jesus said it is finished.” The position of many pastors and teachings is that since you are born again, then you are free of the curse. If that is the case, then why do we have disease in the church because according to Deuteronomy chapter 28 disease is a curse. If it was finished at the cross and the curse was cancelled and you call yourself a born again Christian – and you have a disease, well then according to your own theology you must not be born again. If the curse was cancelled at the cross, then you should never get a disease after you are born again because disease is a curse and according to your theory a curse can’t affect a Christian. Well, I don’t know of a single born again Christian who does not have some type of disease at some point in their lifetime. If it was finished at the cross then how could we as born again Christians have disease? The answer has to do with a key word called “appropriation”. Jesus died for all people and paid the price for our sins once and for all. Does that mean that all people in the world are saved? No. If it was finished why isn’t everyone saved?
The reason is that we have to appropriate what Jesus did on the cross to our lives by faith. The same principle applies to healing. According to Isaiah 53 v 5, by His stripes we are healed and made whole. So is everybody healed of disease? No. Why not? Because we have to appropriate it through our obedience. Some people in the church are trying to appropriate what Jesus did on the cross but are continuing in disobedience to the Word and therefore it is not working. Just because it was finished and Jesus bore the penalty of the curse, it does not mean that you can keep your sin and still have your healing. There are so many teachings in the church today that say that as a believer you no longer have the curse because Jesus paid the penalty for the curse at the cross and therefore it can’t possibly touch you. This theology is completely unscriptural. When Jesus died on the cross and it was finished, He finished it in His obedience. The church is trying to appropriate that finished work in disobedience and that is why only 2 to 5% of people who are prayed for are actually being healed. The church wants to be healed without getting rid of the sin that caused the disease in the first place and then they wonder why the skies are closed to their prayers. I will tell you emphatically that you are not going to have what Jesus paid for you on the cross in disobedience. There are conditions to healing. We hear healing taught as though God is obligated to heal us because somebody said, “In the Name of Jesus.” We’ve turned the Name of Jesus into a scientific formula. I know that Jesus said anything we ask in His Name that He shall do (John 14 v 13) but have you ever used the Name of Jesus and it didn’t work? Did you ever wonder why?
I want to tell you very clearly that there is something greater than the Name of Jesus and that is the Word. Psalm 138 v 2 “…He exalts His Word even above His Name!” The Christian church is so busy using the Name of Jesus but they are disobedient to the Word. If you want the Name of Jesus to work, be obedient to the Word and then His Name will work again. God does not have to honour the Name of Jesus if you are disobedient to the Word. I can say in the Name of Jesus be healed of cancer but I may as well just say that to a brick wall because nothing is going to happen until you decide to be a doer of the Word by practicing forgiveness and releasing that bitterness and unforgiveness which caused the cancer. When you have forgiven, then I will say, “In the Name of Jesus be healed of cancer” and I am confident that you will be healed.
We are trying to make God honour the cross in our disobedience. In fact Paul said this in his writing to believers that if we wilfully sin after the knowledge of the Truth, we crucify Christ all over again because in our disobedience and rebellion as believers we negate what Christ provided for us in our obedience. Until we bow our knee and repent to God for serving sin as believers, then we open the door for everything that He paid for to come back on us.
Unfortunately the church has come to the place where they have overplayed grace and mercy to the point where they flippantly say, “Because you are in covenant you can sin like the devil and there are no consequences.” This is a terrible misunderstanding of mercy and grace.
When you look up the word “grace” in the original Greek in the Strong’s Concordance, one small part of the definition is unmerited favour. People have then taken this term ‘unmerited favour’ and have made it a license to sin. That is not scriptural.
Paul said in Romans 6 v 15, “Shall we sin because we do not live under the law but under God’s favour and mercy? Certainly not!” So grace is not a license to sin. Part of grace means unmerited favour but when you look up the rest of the definition of the word grace, it literally means “God teaching us His principles”.
Grace is God teaching us what we need to know. Do we deserve to be taught? No, that’s God’s unmerited favour. In fact, in this book where I am showing you God’s principles in the Word – grace is teaching you. Mercy is a measure of time that is given for you to figure out what He said and apply it to your life. So of grace and mercy is not a licence to sin, it is an application of truth. Through grace which is God teaching you His principles, you are shown where you have been serving sin and this gives you the opportunity to repent to the Father and then you will be forgiven. So Grace does not cover sin so that it doesn’t matter – grace makes it possible for us to repent for sin as Paul taught in Romans chapter 6. This is why we celebrate communion – the blood was shed for both for sinning sinners and for sinning saints. There is a teaching in some churches that say that after you are born again you never have to repent again because then it negates grace and mercy. Well I can take you to the writings of Christ to five of the seven New Testament churches in Revelations chapter 2 and 3 where Jesus said just the opposite – He called them to repentance. We are in the same church age. Let me take you to Romans 8 v 1 to break down some bad theology coming from the NIV Bible translators.
There are some people who have asked for help because they have biological and psychological problems. Then when you proceed to explain to them that they have health issues because they gave satan the legal right to bring the curse through disobedience, they say, “Now you are bringing me back under the law. I’m not under the law – I’m a free man. You are trying to bring me back under condemnation as a Christian. Have you not read Romans 8 v 1 which says that there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus?” Well why don’t you read the rest of Romans 8 v 1? If you have an NIV Bible, don’t bother – the second part of Romans 8 v 1 is missing. Later on in this chapter I am going to explain how the NIV translators have changed and compromised the Word of God. This has been taken out of the NIV so that the believer doesn’t have the responsibility to repent.
Let’s read the whole of Romans 8 v 1 in context: Romans 8 v 1: “Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.” So if you walk according to the Spirit, then yes, there is now no condemnation for you in Christ. However, there is a distinct indication in Romans 8 v 1 that if you walk according to the flesh as a believer, you bring yourself back under the law and you bring yourself back under condemnation until you do what Jesus said in Revelations chapter 2 and 3 which is to repent.
Paul said that if you sow unto the flesh which Just because it was finished and Jesus bore the penalty of the curse, it does not mean that you can keep your sin and still have your healing.
Essential background knowledge of disease from a Biblical Perspective is the carnal, sinful nature, you shall reap the things of the flesh and if you sow unto the spirit you will reap the things of the spirit. Galatians 6 v 8: “For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” I will tell you emphatically that there is a consequence to sin whether you are a born again christian or not.
For those who say that because you are covenant people you can participate with sin and there is no consequence and that as born again believers are free of the curse, I can take you back to the curses in Deuteronomy 28 v 15 to 61 where there is everything from depression, allergies, psoriasis, eczema, ulcers, boils, bacterial inflammation, phobias, psychosis, panic attacks right down to infertility, miscarriages, hemorrhoids, chronic diseases, divorce and debt and Christians have every bit of it. It is obvious that Satan has every legal right to your life because you gave it to him through your disobedience.
You’ve been given a social gospel and you have been taught false security.
Lamentations 2 v 14: “Your prophets have predicted for you falsehood and delusion and foolish things; and they have not exposed your iniquity and guilt to avert your captivity [by causing you to repent]. But they have divined and declared to you false and deceptive prophecies, worthless and misleading.” Lamentations 2 v 14 is a statement about God’s leaders in the church that they should have been pointing out your sin to you so that through repentance you can avoid captivity. This teaching that I am sharing with you from the Word of God is designed to show you the reason for your captivity and to release you from the bondage of disease.
Coming back to 2 Timothy 2 v 24 – 26: “24And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, if God per adventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the Truth; 26and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” So what is Truth supposed to do for you? Bring you to repentance so that you may recover yourself from the snare of the devil.
2 Timothy 2 v 24 – 26 is an important scripture to have under your belt for anybody who wants to help people because in Christianity there are complete church denominations that say that when you are born again you are immune to the devil – he cannot hold you captive.
Paul did not teach that, in 2 Timothy 2 v 24 – 26 he showed us that a believer can be held captive by the devil at the devil’s will. And there is something called sin in our lives that we need to be taught about so that we can recognize it and repent, that we may recover ourselves from the snare of the devil. Now some people will say that I am pre-occupied with sin and am trying to give you sin consciousness – no I am giving you sin discernment so that according to Hebrews 5 v 14, you can discern between good and evil. You cannot discern good and evil unless you are taught what it looks like and where it came from.
That is why I have written this book – to teach sinning saints why they have a disease and disciple them so that I can bring them to understand, recognize and take responsibility for the sin behind the disease so they can repent to God… why? …so that they may recover themselves from the snare of the devil. Everybody is waiting for God to do it all…He did…at the cross. Now are you going to appropriate by faith and obedience that which He paid for you? Disease is not just a disease – it is a curse that is there for a reason. I showed you Proverbs 26 v 2 earlier that says that the curse without a cause does not come. Who allows the devil to bring the curse? We do through our disobedience. If you decide to follow the law of sin, you shall reap the consequences of it. It is as simple as that. The Christian church is so confused because they know that they are full of psychological There is a consequence to sin whether you are a born again Christian or not. and biological problems but because of the “name it, claim it, confess it and believe it” teachings of today nobody will agree with them.
Well, I agree with you. The church is so plagued with sin and disease and nobody is even recognizing it. Church, do you know why you have the same diseases as the world? Because you’re serving the same sin with the same consequences. Now let’s begin there and apply the principles of the Kingdom so that what Jesus did for you at the cross begins to work for you again. It must begin by you bowing your knee in repentance to God for serving sin – then the Blood and His broken body will work for you all over again and you can have God’s blessing which includes healing. But you are not going to have God’s blessing in disobedience – it is not happening and it will never happen so you may as well quit believing it. Coming back to Acts 3 v 19: “So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord.”
What is keeping the times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord and healing from coming? We haven’t repented of our sins. This is why it is not working when your elders anoint you with oil. They just pray for you without even considering that there may be a sin that is causing the disease. Not dealing with the sin behind our diseases is the reason that the church has a 95 to 98% failure rate when it comes to being healed after being prayed for.
The church wants to be healed without obedience. In this book I will be giving you knowledge and insight about different diseases and what causes them because to pray for somebody and minister to them without dealing with the root spiritual cause is a waste of time. Only when we recognize the sin in our lives through the washing of the water of the Word and the conviction of the Holy Spirit – and repent, will we be set free from the bondage of our diseases.
Repentance and obedience to God’s commandments which means being a doer of the Word is the missing link to health and healing. That is why we are not getting the results in healing that we would like to see because we don’t understand the connection between sin and disease. Something that God has revealed to me personally is that there is a revival of healing that is coming to this nation and across the world, but the revival is not coming in the way that you may think. It is not going to be people falling over or seeing angels and lightning bolts from heaven… This revival is going to be in the form of sanctification and purification of the hearts of God’s people. Sanctification means getting rid of sin. That is why the title of this book is called “Healing Begins With Sanctification of the Heart.” The only way that this revival is going to be ushered in is by the preaching of the Word concerning the consequence of sin in the area of disease. Pastors and doctors who are in it for the love and glory of God – this is your mandate. Dr Stryndom medical Dr.