Once again today the LORD reminded me why He called me into the ministry in the first place, and that was for me to teach His people how to be healed and healthy. The other day I was reading comments on our website about an article I wrote years back called ‘When God Breaks His Promises’. I saw many comments pretty much cursing God for not doing such and such for them after they believed for a long time, for not healing them, or whatever, and it hurt my heart. We are all entitled to our opinion, right or wrong. After all, God gives us freedom of choice. Sometimes we choose rightly, sometimes not.

I remember reading in the book of Job when he was afflicted nigh unto death, and his wife gave him some advice in Job 2 :7-10,
7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.
9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.
10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

I’m not the smartest person in the world, but I know not to curse God. No matter what the circumstances, it’s best not to complain to God, or even to others, as it leads us into sin. Maybe things aren’t going well, but will it please God if we accuse Him for our problems? Referring back to the fact that God has given us free will, we can probably attribute most of our problems back to our own decisions. Not all, mind you, but most. None of us decides to get cancer, for example. But what is cancer, anyway? It is a group of rebellious cells in our body that have their own agenda to take over. They serve not the body, but rather the body serves them and provides them with nourishment.

Once I understood what cancer is and how it operates, I had to ask, what gives cancer the right to be in someone’s body? The answer is “rebellion” has opened a spiritual door for a physical manifestation to take place. Back in 1993 when I had cancer, I was going to church every week thinking I was doing God some great favor. Was I in rebellion in any way? That’s like asking, does a bear live in the woods? Maybe I wasn’t seeing it, but the devil sure did, and he saw a doorway wide open into my life, and he moved in bag and baggage. Did God give me cancer? No, the devil did, and we can see that God ALLOWED Satan to test Job, but it wasn’t God that caused Job’s problems, but Satan. So by reading the first couple chapters of Job, people read into the scriptures that God caused Job’s problems by allowing Satan to sift him.

What they perhaps didn’t notice, is that Job lived in FEAR, and Satan demanded the legal right to afflict Job because of it. But when God allows the purification of someone, it is to bring them into a BETTER place than they were before. If you skip to the last of the book of Job, you will see God gave Job “double for his trouble”, and he ended up twice as well of as he went into the trial. When we live in fear, sin, or rebellion, WE are opening a door for the devil to afflict us. It is written in Psalm 34:19, Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. It DOESN’T say the righteous have no afflictions, it says the LORD delivers him OUT of them ALL. Some people blame God when they face fiery trials, yet the Bible tells us plainly in 1 Peter 4:12-16,

12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

You may be suffering with some terrible disease right now, and you’re wondering what you did to deserve it. There are two possible answers: 1, you opened a door to the devil to afflict you because of rebellion, or 2, the devil just chose to afflict you on his own, because Jesus said in John 10:10, The thief cometh not, but for to kill, and to steal, and to destroy. But that isn’t all Jesus had to say about it. He ended that verse by saying, But I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

You see, Friend, it isn’t God’s will for you to be sick, and so He sent the CURE to heal you, in the person of Christ Jesus of Nazareth. In HIM, there is forgiveness of sin, forgiveness for a rebellious heart, forgiveness for unbelief, forgiveness for loving pleasure more than loving God. Once those doors are closed, what is there to stop you from receiving your healing? There’s only yourself. People make excuses or blame God when they pray for healing and don’t receive it. But how can it be God’s fault when it was He that provided the cure?

Rather, we should examine our own heart. If it were not God’s will to heal the sick, then Jesus would have been in rebellion to His Father by going around and healing the sick. Were there any sick in Israel that weren’t healed? Well, the Bible says He healed all who came to Him. So, if they didn’t come to Him, they weren’t healed. The solution? It’s written in Matthew 11 :28-30, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.