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As you can probably guess, I can’t stand man-made traditions that rob people of the truth that Jesus took their sins and infirmities on the cross! They’re based on lies and they’re deadly to faith. The Bible says the traditions of men make the Word of God of no effect (Mark 7:13). Let’s identify and eradicate any man-made tradition that is stealing our ability to walk in divine health.

“Sometimes Sickness Is a Blessing in Disguise”
The only time people believe this tradition is when they’re in church, and they only treat sickness like a blessing when they’re around their religious friends. The rest of the time, they’re trying to get rid of it. They’re going to the doctor, taking medicine and doing anything else they think will cure them.


Because, as every sound-minded person knows, sickness is never a blessing. It’s always a curse. It’s the work of the devil, and it came into the world as a result of sin. The Bible confirms it. In Deuteronomy 28, God described in detail the curse that came on people who broke His Old Testament laws and said it included “every sickness, and every plague” (verse 61).

But here’s the good news: As New Testament believers we’ve been set free from that curse! Jesus redeemed us from it. When He went to the Cross, He was “made a curse for us” so that the blessing of Abraham might come on us through Him (Gal. 3:13-14).

Isaiah 53:4-5 says it this way: “Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses).... He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.

Read Deuteronomy 28 and Galatians 3:13-14 and meditate on Isaiah 53:4-5. Get your thinking straightened out about the fact that illness is not a blessing from the Lord. Jesus died to set you free; don’t let anyone—not a family member, not a brother or sister in the Lord, not your pastor, not any preacher—convince you that His payment brings anything but complete and total freedom!

It’s shocking to think that anything can undercut the effectiveness of God’s Word, but this is the truth: Tradition can do it. It can put you in such spiritual apathy that you start acting like the people Jesus talked about in Matthew 13:15. Do you remember how He described them? He said, “For the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes—so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them.’”

Let’s make sure our hearts aren’t hardened like those people.

"Healing Has Passed Away"
This tradition was particularly popular among religious folks when I was a kid. They believed that healing had just passed away. They weren’t exactly sure when it happened but, nevertheless, they seemed certain of its demise.

When I started reading the Bible, however, I realized they were mistaken. I found out that God said, “I am the Lord that healeth thee” (Ex. 15:26). He didn’t say, "I was the Lord who healed you," or, "I will be the Lord who heals you in heaven someday." He said, "I am your Healer—right now, today!" “I am the Lord, I change not” (Mal. 3:6).

If those verses hadn’t been enough to convince me that healing couldn’t possibly have passed away, Second Corinthians 6:2 would have. It says, “Today is the day of salvation." Salvation means more than just being born again. It means deliverance, preservation, material and temporal deliverance from danger and apprehension, pardon, preservation, protection, liberty, health, and restoration.

In other words, salvation refers just as much to healing as it does to any other part of redemption. So, if you need healing you can always be confident that today is your day!

Now, let me ask you: Is this what you were taught growing up? Is this what your church teaches right now? If this is not what you are being taught, then I challenge you to find a Word church in your area that will teach you the Word of God and stand with you for your healing. Don’t believe the lie that healing has passed away; don’t settle for anything less than God’s best for your life!

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aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries
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Author Biography

Gloria Copeland
Web site: Kenneth Copeland Ministries
For the last 50 years Kenneth and Gloria Copeland have been passionately teaching Christians all over the world how to apply the principles of faith found in God's WORD to their lives.

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