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To discover the truth about the origin, source and purpose of sickness, let's find the answers to some typical and often-asked questions.

Is it God's will to heal the sick?
The greatest barrier to healing is uncertainty of the will of God to heal everyone. Satan comes against us and puts words of doubt in our minds, and if we're not careful, we'll put that doubt to work.

We hear this doubt expressed in the words of traditional prayers like, "Lord, if it be your will, we ask for Your healing touch...."

Such a prayer expresses uncertainty and doubt about whether it's God will for all to be healed. Without a certainty in our spirits that it's God's will to heal, it's impossible to pray a prayer of faith for ourselves or for others.

We see an illustration of such doubt in the leprous man when he said, "If You are willing."
And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons. Then a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, "If You are willing, You can make me clean." And Jesus, moved with compassion, put out His hand and touched him, and said to him, "I am willing; be cleansed."
(Mark 1:39-41)
Jesus canceled the "if" by simply saying, "I am willing." Everything Jesus did was a revelation of the will of the Father for His people.

Is it God's will for me to be sick?
It's God's will above all things that we live in good health every day.
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
(3 John 2)
If Jesus healed the sick, then it's the will of the Father to heal the sick. Since it's the will of the Father to heal the sick, then it's the will of the Father to heal you!

Is sickness one of the ways that God works things together for our good?
Many have been taught that sickness is one of the "all things" Paul said is to work together for our good.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
(Rom. 8:28)
The New International Version gives us a clearer understanding of this Scripture. It says, "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."

The emphasis is "in" all things God works for our good. It isn't that all things work together for our good. Instead, "in all things" or "in our sickness," the work of God's healing power will be the good produced.

Is sickness one of the ways that we are to suffer for Him?
For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.
(Phil. 1:29)
To avoid misinterpreting Scripture, it's necessary to consider the context, or setting, of the subject. In this situation, Paul is in prison writing about his suffering in chains for the sake of the gospel.
But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
(Phil. 12-14 )
It's obvious from the context of this passage that the suffering Paul was talking about wasn't a reference to sickness or disease. It was instead a suffering of persecution and imprisonment for the Gospel's sake.

Does God put sickness on people to correct, discipline, punish, or to teach them patience?
Satan, not God, is the one who puts sickness and disease on people.
Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.
(Job 2:7)
We wouldn't picture a loving, caring human father putting cancer on his children to discipline them. How can we picture our heavenly Father putting sickness or disease on His children?
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
(John 10:10)
Jesus said it's the devil who comes to kill us, to steal our health, and to destroy us with sickness and disease.

But Jesus came to give us abundant life, a life without sickness, disease and pain. He came to restore to us all that He created humankind to be when He created Adam and Eve in His image.

When God is ready to take us home, do we need to get sick to die?
If it's God's will that we live in health everyday of our lives, why would He make it necessary that we get sick to die?

Moses is a wonderful example! He was 120 years old when God called him home. His health was so good he was still able to climb the mountain to meet God. He had lost none of his eyesight or natural strength.
Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor abated.
(Deut. 34:7)
When an older person is sick, it's God's will for them to be healed. When it's God's time, their spirit will leave their body and their heart will stop beating.

Does God let it happen?
Does God "let" sickness or premature death come on His people?

Many blame God when sickness or death comes, saying "Why did God let this happen?" Adam and Eve were given authority and dominion over all that happens on this earth when they were created in God's image.
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion."
(Gen. 1:26a)
The authority or dominion, which was lost when Adam and Eve sinned, was restored by Jesus.
And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
(Matt. 16:19)
Sickness comes through Satan's power, but Jesus said that believers today have power (or authority) over the power of the enemy.
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
(Luke 10:19)
By not using our God-given dominion on this earth, we, not God, let the devil bring sickness, disease and death on ourselves and our loved ones.

Source: God's Provision For Healing by Dr. A.L. and Joyce Gill.
Excerpt permission granted by Powerhouse Publishing

Author Biography

A.L. Gill
Web site: Gill Ministries
 
Ambassador Dr. A.L. Gill is an apostle to the nations and a number-one best-selling author and publisher with over twenty million of his books in print around the world. Dr. Gill�s first book, God�s Promises for Your Every Need alone has reportedly sold over 20 million copies in its various editions.
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