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DISTRESS & DISEASE
Exodus 15:26
If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

After 60 plus years as a Christian, of which 40 plus years were as a Minister, the question I am asked most is:
Why are some people sick all the time and others never even get a cold?

In addition to that question they usually tag on the statement that
“I am sick and tired of the patent answer that I don’t believe enough!”

I myself have asked that question too, along with this one:
Why do some people get healed and others don’t?

Over the years I have noticed that there is a theme running through all the sicknesses along with the attitudes of the people in question.

One person who attended our church and after accepting Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour asked
“Why if I am now a NEW person in Christ and all things are made new, and all my sin is forgiven, have my stretch marks not disappeared?”

A good question, which is tied into the act of sin as well as nature.
In her case she was a single girl who had gotten pregnant out of wedlock. Her stretch marks on her breasts and midriff were due to the pregnancy and is a natural adjunct to pregnancy.

Let me just say right up front that 90% of all illnesses, broken bones and misfortunes in life are due to mankind themselves. Much as we would like to blame it all on God or the Devil, the reality is that 90% of our problems are created by our own stupidity and carelessness.

I was loading some 2x4’s on the back of my truck, and after finishing went to lock the door of the house and then turned to get back into the truck. I walked around behind the truck not looking where I was going and bang, I ran right into the 2x4’s and hit my head on the end of them. Involuntarily and without thinking the first words out of my mouth was “God why did you do that?” Now God didn’t do it, and neither did the Devil, it was my own stupidity. But it is easier to blame someone else than admit and acknowledge that we are to blame.

Having said that, diseases can also have their roots in our genetic makeup.

Exodus 34:7
Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

Science corroborates the fact that life is in the blood, along with a host of rather harmful bugs. When children are procreated whatever diseases are resident in the blood of the parents are passed on to them. The first child is 50/50 and their children in turn is 25/25 and so on. Science has established that it takes 4 generations for the blood to completely change.

In the old days before anyone got married they had to have a blood test to determine that they were suited for each other and would not have any problems.

The Bible states when a man and a woman come together sexually, they become ONE!
Genesis 2:24
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave
(have sexual intercourse) unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Matthew 19:5
And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave
(have sexual intercourse) to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

Whatever genetic and blood problems one has, the other will end up having. That is the reason for the warning about Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).

Now having said all that, we find that mental disorders (distresses) come from the mind not being able to cope with the issues of life. The reasons for that are elaborated in the scriptures:

Romans 1:18-32
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

The word REPROBATE above in verse 29 means REJECTED of God!

The reason watching Pornography is harmful to your health, whether male or female, is that the images which enter your body via your Eye gate will impact on your mind and God will LET you do those things which are not convenient to you, or psychologically healthy for you. Thereby impacting on your whole psyche the lusts of the flesh and you will have a hard time eliminating all the things that follow along with a damaged mind!

I have, over the years, gone to Mental hospitals and Mental Wards to minister and pray with Patients and have noticed that 90% of patients in these wards count themselves as Christians!

The reason is that Christians who have let their minds become transfixed and/or possessed with the unrighteousness of the world, God has given them over to what they wanted and their minds couldn’t cope with the consequences of their sins.

It is very DIFFICULT to return to a normal semblance of mental health once you have trodden in the paths of abnormal lusts! BUT having said that, ALL things are possible with God!

Matthew 12:43-45
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man
(his/her mind), he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
Then he saith, I will return into my house
(his/her mind) from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there
(his/her mind): and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

Another question or comment that is asked so many times, especially from nonbelieving people is
“If God is such a loving God why do all these evil things happen to people, like sicknesses, wars, earthquakes, rapes, murders and violence?”
Well the problem is that the state of mankind has nothing to do with God! It is because of the lawlessness of individuals, combining with the iniquity (sinful nature of man) of the masses that the horrors of wars and all the awful things that happen to people come about. It is NOT God! Man is just reaping what he is sowing! God or the Devil has nothing to do with it. Take my word for it, Mankind is quite capable of unleashing all the horrors and violence by themselves.

A lady came in to see me one day and said “That is it! I have had it with God, I am not going to go to church or have anything to do with God anymore.”

Upon closer examination and going over what her problem was, we discovered that it wasn’t God she was having a problem with but the so called Christians in the church. Someone had gossiped about her and said some nasty things about her and she was blaming it all on God. When she came to this realization, she now knew that it wasn’t God that was her problem but people, though Christian, who weren’t leading a life worthy of being called Christian. She quickly returned to God, forgave the gossipers and her mind returned to peace and tranquility.

So now that we know that 90% of our problems comes from ourselves and not God or the Devil, let’s see where the other 10% comes from:

So before we start blaming God for all our problems, let’s realize that God does not have to do anything to effect punishment for our lawlessness (iniquity) these things have a way of taking care of themselves.

When God created Mankind He put us in an idyllic environment, the Garden of Eden. There was no problems, worries, woes or diseases. BUT once man disobeyed God, all hell broke lose, literally. From that point we were banished unto Earth, out of the Garden of Eden and we were on our own. It was up to us to work out our salvation in fear and trembling.

When you have a chance, read the book of Job...

God set the parameters of our existence quite liberally, as long as we led righteous lives, we would be well off and nothing would harm us.

Here is where the other 10% comes in. It is called the Devil and his minions (or demons)!

1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

BUT the Devil CANNOT HARM you as long as you lead a RIGHTEOUS life.

The Devil can only ATTACK you at your point of weakness, the SIN that does so easily beset you!

Over the years of counselling, and praying for sicknesses, and performing funeral services, I have found that the illnesses that happen to people are usually tied to the act of sinning.

The Devil can ONLY attack you at your WEAK POINT, which is SIN in your life. Taking this revelation, I started comparing people’s illnesses to their sins, and was amazed at the correlation the one to the other.

The diseases and distresses affecting them were directly proportional to the unconfessed sin in their life!

For example a woman who had two abortions died of cervical cancer. Another woman who ran the home and bossed her husband around died from a tumour wrapped around her heart. The bible is replete with examples of what sin did in the lives of individuals.

One person asked me what about hemorrhoids, how do you explain that? I told him that was easy, that is from being a smart ass.

I started to realize that the only way of battling these diseases and demonic attacks was with the ARMOUR OF GOD! You have to make sure there are NO CHINKS (SIN that leaves a hole in your spiritual defenses) in the armour, so Satan’s barbs can’t penetrate and destroy you or your loved ones.

The reason I include your LOVED ONES is that your children are under the umbrella (protection) of the father, or if a single mother, the mother, and your wife or husband is tied to you seeing you are ONE!

So if you are sinning, it will by osmosis, also impact on your loved ones.

Armour of God
Ephesians 6:10-17
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: