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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, October 31, 2022, and this is Episode #32 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “God Does Not Make You Sick!”
There is a common misconception among people that bad things come from God. I often say that God is the most maligned person in the universe! Imagine how you would feel if someone accused you of making him sick or of bringing some tragedy upon his life. Well, God is a person and He has feelings, too. So the next time you’re tempted to blame God for bad things, think twice.
When we think of bad things, sickness is at the top of the list. Just as God does not cause evil, so does He not cause sickness. Sickness comes from Satan, period! When Adam and Eve yielded to Satan’s temptation, sin and sickness entered the world. And they’ve been here ever since!
But the good news is that Jesus Christ freed us from sin and sickness when He died for us and rose from the dead. The Bible tells us that the Blood of Jesus shed on the Cross paid the penalty for our sin. The stripes He took on His back in the scourging at the pillar paid the price for our sickness. Jesus took 39 stripes–or lashes–on His back. Interestingly, there are 39 categories of disease as outlined by the medical profession. So Jesus took a lash for eve ry category of disease, which means that He covered every disease.
When we take Holy Communion, we take both bread and wine. The bread represents the lashes that Jesus took on His back in payment for our sickness. The wine represents the blood He shed in payment for our sin. Bread and Wine. Blood and Lashes. Healing and Forgiveness. Both are in the Atonement.
Have you ever wondered why it is easy for people to accept God’s forgiveness but difficult to accept His healing? The reason is that forgiveness has been taught more than healing. And the Bible says that faith comes by hearing. What we hear often enough we will eventually believe.
Healing has not been taught in our churches as a rule. In fact, there has been much preaching against healing. Some pastors have taught that healing is not for today, that it ended with the Apostles. But the Bible says that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The Bible also says that Jesus loves all people equally. So why would He heal people back then and not heal us now? Why would He not heal today if He never changes?
If we just used our heads, we’d see the fallacy in the teaching that healing is not for today.
Perhaps as you read or listen to this message, you are in need of healing. If so, I would like to pray for you now.
Father God, in the Name of Jesus, I come to You on behalf of the person reading or listening who needs healing. With the authority You have given me in Your Name, I command every spirit of infirmity to leave their bodies now. In the Name of Jesus, I release the healing power of the Holy Spirit into every cell of their body. I call them whole and healed in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
Expect God to heal you. Expect Him to be faithful to His promise in His Word. Then write to me to tell me of the wonderful healing He has wrought in your life.
While healing of the body is a great gift, healing of the spirit is far greater. If you have not yet been born again, I urge you to pray this prayer with. me now:
Lord Jesus, I repent of my sin. I want to make You the Lord of my life. I acknowledge that You alone can save me and that there’s nothing I can do on my end to get into Heaven. I repent of trying to earn my way to You. I ask You to forgive me and to cleanse me of all unrighteousness. I receive You now as my Savior and my Lord. Thank You for saving me. In Your Name I pray. Amen.
If you sincerely prayed this prayer, welcome to God’s family! Please write down today’s date. It is your spiritual birthday. And please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to send you a free PDF booklet titled After You’re Born Again. This booklet will help you to get started in your walk with Jesus.
I also encourage you to get a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He teaches you how to live.
Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn Truth and experience fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers. It is critically important in these last days to fellowship with other believers who are mature in Christ and who can guide you as you grow in Him.
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