A Primary Obstruction
to Accessing God’s Healing
Be reminded that this world changed kingdoms—from God’s government to Satan’s government. And God delivered to Adam the catastrophic news:
“Cursed is the earth because of you…” (Genesis 3:17‑19).
Corruption, dis-ease, and death now reigned on the earth (Luke 4:1-13; Romans 5:12; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2; 6:12; 1 John 5:19). Adam and Eve were now under a sin-cursed government authority system. Satan’s kingdom could not freely provide what the human race needed, including health & wellness. Stress (fear) came.
Our health & wellness are limited because of that impotent kingdom.
This twisted system is what we were raised in—it is ‘normal’ for us. Its mindset is deeply ingrained in each of us. It even operates beyond the conscious level. And because of this sin-cursed world system, fear (stress) is now ‘normal.’
Isaiah 9:6,7 promised this about Y’shua Messiah (Jesus the Christ): “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given. And the government [authority system] shall rest upon His shoulder… an ever expanding, peaceful, never ending, fair, and just … kingdom.”
GOOD NEWS! Divine Healing and Health
Divine healing and health is a definite act of God through faith in Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and the precious blood of Christ, whereby the human body is cured, healed, repaired, delivered from health issues and their power, and made whole, sound, and healthy.
And God’s kingdom healthcare plan is already paid for; Jesus the Christ paid the price in full!
Faith vs. Unbelief
Faith must be exercised without wavering (James 1:5-8) before God is obligated to any person in dis-ease who desires to be cured, healed, repaired, delivered from illness and its power, and made whole, sound, and healthy (Mark 11:24; 1 Peter 1:5; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 1:17; 10:10; Galatians 3:11).
Doubt or Unbelief Obstructs the Flow of Healing from God’s Kingdom
Abraham’s heart of (active) faith gave God legal and just access into this sin-cursed, fraudulent, world government authority system to make a covenant with Abraham and his descendants. And like Abraham’s active faith, our faith is also the legal conduit for the Kingdom of God’s healing to manifest in this sin-cursed government authority system (Mark 11:24; 1 Peter 1:5; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 1:17; 10:10; Galatians 3:11; James 1:6-7; 2:17-26). “…Your faith has made you healed [whole]…”
Conversely, doubt or unbelief obstructs our healing from God’s Kingdom. Doubt or unbelief continues the jurisdiction of Satan’s sin-cursed, twisted, government authority system (kingdom). Corruption and dis-ease now reign on the earth (Luke 4:1-13; Romans 5:12; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2; 6:12; 1 John 5:19). The following scriptural passages are recorded to edify:
“…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit
and with power, who
went about doing good and healing all
who were oppressed by the devil, for
God was with Him.” –Acts
“So Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,' it will be done.’” –Matthew 21:21
“Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in their heart, but believes that those things they say will be done, they will have whatever they say. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.’” –Mark 11:22-24
“Later He [Jesus] appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe...” –Mark 16:14
"Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him." Then Jesus answered and said, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?" So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, "Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” –Matthew 17:15-20
“And not being weak in faith, Abraham did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah's womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God…” –Romans -20
“…Because of unbelief
“Beware, brothers and sisters, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief…” –Hebrews 3:12
“So we see that they [Israel] could not enter in because of unbelief.” –Hebrews 3:19
“Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached [Israel] did not enter because of unbelief…” –Hebrews 4:6
“Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of unbelief.” –Hebrews 4:11
“…Ask God in faith, with no doubting, for the person who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For people like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord; they are double-minded, unstable in all their ways.” –James 1:6-7
“…As you have believed, so let it be done unto you…” –Matthew
“…According to your faith be it unto you…” –Matthew 9:29
“But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, ‘O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you have brought no bread’” –Mt. 16:8
“Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” –Mt. 6:30; Luke 12:28
“But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?"…” –Mt. 8:26
“And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’" –Mt. 14:31
Rationale for Unbelief Explained With Scripture
The following is not meant to condemn but to help you access everything that our loving God has for you, including healing. If you are a follower of Jesus the Christ, you have been justified (acquitted) by His life, death, and resurrection (Romans 3:24; 5:1) and therefore there is now no condemnation (Romans 8:1)! And, the truth makes us free (John 8:32). And if you are at all like the owner of this site, the truth may bring conviction and that conviction may sting at first and cause some anger. See 2 Corinthians 7:9-11. May the following explanation make you free!
1. A very common rationale for unbelief is that some of us are sick for God's glory. The favorite Scriptures that demons use to persuade us that we are sick for the glory of God are John 9:1-3 and 11:4. It is argued that the blind man and Lazarus in these Scriptures were healed for the glory of God and that it must have been the will of God for them to be in the state of blindness and death before God could get glory in healing them.
This argument is half true. Naturally God cannot get glory out of any healing if no one is ever sick, but this does not prove that it is God's will for people to be sick so that He can heal them. If it were the will of God for us to be sick, then He never would have healed anyone to oppose His own will. God never would have sent Jesus to heal all the sick against the will of God if it were His will for them to be sick. The reason God healed was to prove to us that it was not His will for us to be sick. The glory God got out of all the cases of healing in Scripture was not in the health issues, but in the healing. If the blind man had remained blind, or if Lazarus had remained dead, God would not have been glorified. Satan would have been glorified, for his work would have continued to be manifest in them. We can’t glorify God and magnify His work until it is manifest in us. This should stir every child of God to refuse such deception any longer, that of being sick for the glory of God.
It is Satan and his sick system of government (kingdom) that causes the health issues and then he tries to make the sick one believe that God is responsible and that it is God's will for them to be sick. As long as we think we are glorifying God and that we are in accord with the will of God in being sick, let us never seek to get well by prayer or by any other means. On the contrary, let us desire to become more sick in order to glorify God that much more and in order to get into deeper accord with the will of God. The fact is that no one can conscientiously believe such a theory, but some of us think it convenient to accuse God of the work of Satan so as to excuse unbelief and lack of fight against Satan.
Suppose a rich man in a community would promise to pay all hospital bills and buy new cars for all who got into a serious accident. Suppose there were a number of accidents; should he be accused of deliberately causing them just because he promised to help men out of their troubles? Should he be accused of causing them just to get some praise for helping his neighbors? It is true his goodness would be magnified by such acts of kindness, but this would not be the cause of the wrecks. He does not will such, and he would prevent them if at all possible. If he deliberately caused the wrecks so that he could get praise for helping those who were wrecked, all of society would rise up and reject such benevolence.
So it is with God, that we get into sin and health issues, or we are attacked by satanic powers and God helps us out of our troubles and thereby receives the glory due Him for His goodness does not prove that He wills the affliction or that He is the cause of the trouble. It is simply the fact that God gets glory in spite of them, not because He is responsible for them.
Here is some cultural background information regarding the man born blind.
2. Another common rationale for unbelief is that the sick one is under the chastening of God and that it would be presumptuous to ask God to heal under those circumstances. This is when some of us hide behind Heb. 12:5-10, but this passage compares the chastening of God to that of human parents, and we know that no good, righteous human parent will chasten any child by illness and disease. Is God less loving than earthly parents? Jesus taught that He was more loving than people; so if people will not chasten by such means, then we can immediately lay this theory aside and quit being deceived by Satan. All we have to do is to recognize that the source of our trouble is Satan and then co-operate with God to defeat him so that healing will come and then God will get the glory for healing.
If we will not obey God or exercise faith in Him and offer resistance to Satan, then God is not obligated in Satan’s domain, and is constrained on our behalf. A good father will help a boy get out of trouble but he will never be responsible for getting him into it. A father will use the occasion of the troubles his children get into to teach certain lessons and perhaps chastise them, but he will not deliberately will, or be a party to destroying his children by disease. A father also will help rescue a child when attacked and beaten by an enemy, but he will never jump on the boy and help his enemy destroy him.
Likewise, a child of God does not have to accept health issues as a chastening from God. We need to realize we are set upon by demons and not God, and that God is the source of our deliverance. Only one passage on chastening in the New Testament could be used of physical health issues and the cause of the failure to get healing here is not appropriating healing from the wounded body and the shed blood of Christ, not to the chastening of God (1Cor. 11:29-32). So the law of sowing and reaping had to be executed. They could have believed God instead of being defeated through unbelief.
The Greek word for chastening in Heb. 12:5-10 is paideuo and it means child training. It is translated: instructing (2 Tim. 2:25), taught (Acts 22:3), teaching (Titus 2:12), learn (1 Tim. 1:20), learned (Acts 7:22), chastened (1 Cor. 11:32; 2 Cor. 6:9; Heb. 12:5-10; Rev. 3:19), and chastise (Luke 23:16, 22). Suppose we read into these passages the idea that the only way one can learn anything is by illness and disease. We can then see how foolish is such an idea. We can also see that this is not the way God chastises people and people chastise each other as recorded in 2 Sam. 7:14; Prov. 19:18; Ps. 73:14; 2 Cor. 6:9; Heb. 12:5-10. It is true that God permitted people to be punished by health issues, but in each case the person had sinned and broken the law of God (principles of how He works) and this gave Satan a legal right to attack them. In such instances, God simply used the trouble as an occasion to teach certain lessons and to help the person out of trouble, just like any other loving parent would do.
When we say we are under the chastening of God, we admit that we have sinned and rebelled against God to the point where we got into the hands of Satan, and therefore, we think that God will do nothing except permit us to reap what we have sowed. But in the circumstances we can still repent and submit to God who will immediately heal us if we will have faith (Job 33:14-29; Ps. 38; 51). Where no known sin has been committed and yet we imagine we must be ill because of something that we have done, this is a clear case of demon deception and attack which should be met by a vigorous resistance in the name of Jesus and by faith in the blood of Christ.
3. The third rationale for unbelief is that God is the one who does the afflicting so why ask Him to remove it? Christians hide behind this reasoning because David said, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous" (Ps. 34:19). Therefore, they think afflictions are God's will and there is no use to resist them.
“afflictions” here Hebrew: ‘ra` (Original Hebrew language Strong’s Number H7451), bad; evil; adversity; affliction; calamity; grief; sorrow; wretchedness (Ps. 34:19; 107:39; Jer. 48:16; Obad. 1:13; Zech. 1:15). It is never translated sin, though it may be the fruit of sin through the law of sowing and reaping (Gal. 6:7-8).
Sin (shortcoming continued) and Satan are to blame for such afflictions as well as for chronic health issues.
4. Another rationale for unbelief is the claim that it is not always God's will to heal. This is one of the greatest deceptions and lies of Satan. See definite proof that it is God’s will to heal.
5. Another rationale made for unbelief is that healing is not in the atonement because all saints (followers) are not healed. One might as well argue that forgiveness is not in the atonement because all sinners are not forgiven. This is an illogical and unscriptural rationale. The reason all Christians are not healed is because we fail to believe that God heals, just like a sinner fails to believe God for the salvation of their soul. Only those who have faith will access what they want. Healing is in the atonement as proved in Isa. 54:4-5; Matt. 8:16-17; 1 Cor. 11:29-30, 1 Pet. 2:24, and therefore everyone who has faith in the atonement can access all that it provides for them. Additional Proofs That Bodily Healing is in the Atonement
6. One of the most unscriptural rationale for unbelief today is that divine healing, gifts of the Spirit, miracles, and all supernatural inspiration and manifestations ceased in 64 A.D. when the apostles died. In the first place all the apostles did not die by 64 A.D. Secondly, there is no one passage that teaches such a theory. The Bible promises healing throughout this age, as we have seen. History has recorded multiplied thousands of healings by God in this age since the apostles. The owner of this website has been set free of two lethal diseases by the loving power of God and I personally know of hundreds today that have been healed, and can produce them to testify in any court that they have been miraculously healed by God's power.
Some use the case of Trophimus in 2 Tim. 4:20 to prove that the day of miracles is over and that Paul and others had lost their power by that time. But this example does not prove this. The Greek word translated sick here is astheneo from asthenes, meaning feeble, strengthless, and weak. It does not always mean that sickness is from some disease. It is translated "without strength" (Rom. 5:6), "weak in faith" (Rom. 4:19; 14:1-2), "weak" law (Rom. 8:3), "weak" conscience (1 Cor. 8:7-12), "weak" people (1 Cor. 9:22), "Weak and beggarly elements of the world" (Gal. 4:9), and "weak" in boldness (2 Cor. 11:21, 29; 13:3). It is also used of humility and dependence upon God (2 Cor. 13:3, 4, 9). Not one time is physical illness referred to in these passages.
Trophimus was no doubt run down in body and had a physical breakdown because of his many labors for Christ and he needed to stay at Miletum to regain strength and rest a while. This is definitely stated of Epaphroditus who was brought back to health by proper rest and faith (Phil. 2:25-30). No doubt it is true that many people in Bible days did not exercise faith and get healed, as is stated of many Corinthians (11:29-32), but that does not do away with God's plan and provision for all who will believe. Multitudes were not saved in Bible days and yet shall we say that salvation ceased when the apostles died just because everyone was not saved in their day? This would not be a logical conclusion and therefore it would not be a good rationale for unbelief about healing.
Divine healing does not give us liberty to abuse our bodies and overwork day and night. We need proper rest and care for the body if a breakdown is to be avoided. Just because Trophimus had to stay at Miletum to regain bodily strength, this does not do away with the many promises that God will heal all who pray in faith. Even if his case was that of a disease it does not set aside one promise any more than the case of Judas being lost sets aside the plan for salvation from sin. Such arguments come solely from our unbelief in the whole Word of God and willful rebellion against truth, or, if not from these, it comes from our willful lack of knowledge of the Bible.
7. Another rationale for unbelief is that all persons in the Bible were not healed, so all persons today cannot be healed. If we tried to access healing today like Asa (2 Chron. 16:12-14), Ahaziah (2 Kings 1), we would likely fail to receive our healing. But if we will take all the hundreds of examples in Scriptures and follow the means of healing they used we would be healed.
8. Many of us excuse our unbelief by claiming human remedies were used in Bible days instead of spiritual and divine means to heal health issues. Hezekiah's poultice is used by some to prove God commanded human remedies, but a casual reading of Isa. 38 will show that his life already was prolonged fifteen years before the poultice was applied. And it was used for cleansing only for there is nothing curative about such a poultice. If this were not so, people would be using this particular kind of poultice today to heal. In this case it was Isaiah who advised the use of the poultice, not the Lord; God did the healing, not the poultice. If God had not added fifteen years to his life all the poultices under the sun would not have helped him.
Some of us stumble over Timothy's stomach and excuse our unbelief. We live with chronic health issues when we should be well if we would only believe God. The admonition to Timothy in 1 Tim. 5:23 was to drink a little grape juice. We know that a little grape juice could not cure a stomach condition. It is beneficial to drink a little grape juice instead of "water only," (as the margin of the Bible reads). One cannot believe the New Testament and think that Paul taught Timothy unbelief, or that God would not heal any more, for Paul was a great man in power with God (Acts 19:11-12; Rom. 15:18-19, 29).
All of Paul's power would not take away such advice to Timothy under the circumstances. The water of Asia Minor was bad at certain seasons of the year due to the lack of rain and much suffering was thus caused. This advice to Timothy must be understood in this light and it should never be used to justify unbelief as is plainly the case when we are seeking some kind of rationale for not asking God for healing.
9. Some people stumble over Paul's thorn in the flesh and claim that God will not heal some people.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 reads: “…Lest I should be exalted above measure [proud] by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure [proud]. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities [weakness; strengthless], that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities [weakness; strengthless], in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Paul’s thorn in the flesh was plainly "an angel of Satan," for the Greek word for messenger in verse 7 (“angelos”) means angel and not a disease. This (demon) angel accompanied Paul and caused all the sufferings he listed in his account leading up to that (2 Cor. 4:8-18; 6:1-10; -33; 12:7-11; 1 Cor. 4:9-17) which were permitted to keep him humble “lest he should be exalted above measure.” The NIV reads, “to keep me from becoming conceited” and the NLT reads, “to keep me from getting proud.” Pride would indeed be an issue (1 Tim. 3:6) but it would not be a physical bodily disease.
Satan and his demons have a legal right to try God’s people. Be reminded that Satan tried Adam & Eve, caused their fall, and gained dominion of the earth and all things therein (Gen. 3; Lk. 4; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2; 6:12; 1 Jn. 5:19; Rev. 11:15; 20:1-10). James 1:2-4 states: “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” Romans 5:3-5 also teaches, “…we also glory in tribulations [trials], knowing that tribulation [trials] produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
The expression "thorn in the flesh" should be understood in the same sense it is understood in Num. 33:55; Joshua 23:13; Judges 2:3; 8:7. In these passages no disease is mentioned for they refer to the wars and hardships Israel was going to go through at the hands of the enemy giants occupying the land.
The thorn in Paul's flesh therefore, refers to the sufferings the demon of Satan caused him to persevere as proved in 2 Cor. 4:8-18; 6:1-10; 11:16-33; 12:7-11; 1 Cor. 4:9-17.
Also in 2 Cor. 12:7, the original Greek word huperairomai translated "exalted" is used. Used only here and of Antichrist exalting himself above all that is called God (2 Thess. 2:4). God did not want Paul to exalt himself through the abundance of revelations given him, so He permitted him to have the thorn in the flesh to keep him humble.
Repeating, the NIV reads, “to keep me from becoming conceited” and the NLT reads, “to keep me from getting proud.” Pride would indeed be an issue (1 Tim. 3:6) but it would not be a physical bodily disease.
The word "buffet" used in 2 Cor. 12:7 of Paul is never used of illness, as proved where it is used (Matt. 26:67; 1 Cor. 4:11; 1 Pet. 2:20).
Further examination of Scriptures used to prove Paul had a physical disease do not say one thing about bodily issues. The original Greek word at 2 Cor. 12:10 for infirmity is astheneo from asthenes, meaning feeble, strengthless, and weak. And again, when we read through Paul’s account leading up to that (2 Cor. 4:8-18; 6:1-10; 11:16-33; 12:7-11; 1 Cor. 4:9-17), we can plainly understand why he was feeble, strengthless, and weak.
Now the word weak in 1 Cor. 2:3; should be understood of humility and dependence upon God as explained under Point 6 above. The passage in 2 Cor. 10:10 covers what was reported about him. But if we are going to take the word weak in this passage to prove he had a disease, let us make the same word mean the same thing in 2 Cor. 11:29 where he said "I am not weak" or, "I am not sick," then, the argument concerning the other passage will be of no effect.
The words "affliction" and "chasten" in 2 Cor. 6:4, 9 do not refer to disease any more than the same words do in the other Scriptures explained in Points 2 and 3 above.
The last passages that some have attempted to use to prove Paul had sore eyes are Gal. 4:15 and , but neither of these passages say that he had the Common Asian eye disease. The first passage could best be understood as a figure of affection for Paul. Just like one might say today, "I would give my right eye for that," or "you would give your right arm for me, you love me so." We would not have to believe that the speaker had a right eye or arm full of disease. These are mere human figures of speech, expressing affection.
Concerning Gal. 6:11, "Ye see how large a letter I have written with mine own hand." The Greek word for "letter" is gramma, meaning a writing, a letter, note, epistle, book, bill, or document. It could not possibly be that Paul was so blind that he had to write big letters in his words, for if he were as blind as this, he could not have written an epistle at all. It would not have been readable if he had written it. Galatians was a long epistle, longer than seven of Paul's epistles and as long as two others. In some ancient Manuscripts, Hebrews was attached to Galatians with this phrase, "Pros Hebrios," to the Hebrews, and if this be the case, these epistles together would make this writing of Paul longer than any of his other separate works. At any rate, we can forget the sore eye theory, as there is nothing to support it in Scripture.
With respect, we would now like to underscore the following reminders: Isaiah 53:5 predicts about Jesus the Christ that, “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” That prediction was fulfilled early on in Jesus’ ministry, recorded at Matt. 8:16-17. And 1 Peter 2:24 declares: “[Jesus] Himself took our sins away in His own body on the cross, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness — by whose wounds you were healed.” See also the New Covenant of Healing at James 5:14-16. The Apostle Paul’s body was subject to the same Good News and bodily healing power.
Therefore, now that you know the original language and context of this passage, rest assured that the true interpretation of Paul’s writing harmonizes with all Scripture. His thorn in 2 Cor. 12:7 was suffering caused by a demon of Satan with permission to try Paul over time. The suffering this demon caused was detailed in Paul’s accounts leading up to 2 Cor. 12:7. This was for God’s good purposes, permitted to keep Paul humble, not pride-full (1Tim. 3:6). And the sufferings are summed up in 2 Cor. 12:10: consistent “weakness, reproach, need, persecution, distress, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Let us emphasize that if we will thus seek half as hard for rationale to believe God as we do to disbelieve Him we would access more of the benefits of the gospel. One of the greatest regrets of Heaven will be that when we get there and see how fully God had provided for our needs on Earth and how anxious He was to bless us with the abundance of everything, we will wish we had believed Him more in this life. Let us now wake to the greatness of His promises and refuse to let any person or demon rob us of the full benefits we can have now.
10. “People won’t die if God always heals them.” People must die their appointed deaths on Earth until the time of the rapture when this law that all people must die will be broken (Heb. 9:27; 1 Cor. 15:51-58). God did not promise to keep people from dying their own appointed deaths, for that would be breaking His own Word, but He has promised to heal them and keep them in health until natural death (Ex. 15:26; Ps. 91:1-12; 103:1-4, Matt. 8:16-17; 21:21-22; Mark 9:23; 11:22-24; John 15:7, 16; James 5:14-16; 3 John 2). He has promised to take away health issues from us and that the number of our days He will fulfill if we will meet certain conditions (Ex. 23:25-26; Ps. 90:10; 91:1-12; 102:24; 1 Pet. 3:10-12).
11. What about chastening and health issues? No person needs chastening by intense pain unless he is a rebel against God as stated in Job 33:14. In that case God allows Satan to afflict him in a final effort to bring him back to Himself. God does not permit any such affliction as described in Job 33:19-22 unless it is absolutely necessary after rejection as in Job 33:14-18, the only exception being this rare case of Job. The fact is that no other person, as far as we know, has been tried in the way Job was-as an example for others-and even this was not a chastening of God (see Lessons from Job).
We were given the book of Job that we might learn from his experience. However, his life-story should not be used as an excuse for unbelief. Job did not have the Bible and its faith-building promises as we have today, so we are without excuse. Christians are to resist the devil in his attacks and he will flee from them (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8-9).
One can be quickly freed from the adversities Job endured by appropriating the benefits now revealed in both Testaments (Psalm 34:9-10; Psalm 37:1-8; Psalm 84:11; Psalm 91:1-12; Psalm 103:1-4; Matthew 7:7-11; Matthew 8:17; Matthew 17:20; Matthew 21:22; Mark 9:23; Mark 11:22-24; Luke 11:1-13; Luke 18:1-8; Luke 24:49; John 10:10; John 14:12-15; John 15:7,16; John 16:23-26; Acts 1:4-8; Acts 2:38-39; Acts 5:32; 1 Cor. 12:1-11; 2 Cor. 1:20; Ephes. 6:10-18; Hebrews 2:1-4; Hebrews 11:6; James 5:14-16; 1 John 3:21-22; 1 John 5:13-14). It is the blood-bought right, the promised right, the gospel right, and the divine right of Christians to have what is provided through the atonement.
12. Isaiah 45:7 records God stating: “I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil; I the LORD do all these things.”
The Hebrew word for ‘create’ is ‘bara' and it has two meanings in Hebrew. The meaning here that applies ‘create’ to ‘darkness’ and ‘evil’ is, ‘to cut down (a wood).’ The Hebrew word for ‘evil’ is ‘Ra’ and is translated ‘evil’ 442-times and never with the idea that it is created by God.
Therefore, an accurate translation of Isaiah 45:7 is: “I [God] form the light and I create the tearing down and the destruction of darkness. I make peace, and I create the tearing down and the cutting down like wood of everything that is evil. I am the author of the destruction of evil.” And that is good news! See also James 1:13-17. Thank you Pastor Henry Wright.
Lastly, be reminded of God’s law of sowing and reaping. If people sin and reap evil for it, the responsibility for both is theirs. God simply made the law and consequences for breaking it, which will always be in force. Be encouraged to review the following principle:
Psalm 119:67,72,75 contains a lesson about affliction and the purpose of affliction and why affliction comes in our lives and how we Christians should respond to affliction. After all, there’s nobody who won’t encounter affliction at some time or another in his or her life. Be encouraged to listen to what the psalmist says about affliction and what he learned from it:
Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. I know, O LORD, that your laws are righteous and in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
Note that the psalmist didn’t view affliction as a disaster. He saw it as a kind of corrective medicine. It was something that he needed to adjust his life. He says, “Before I was afflicted I went astray and I paid for it, but now,” he said, “I obey Your word. I’ve learned my lesson. It pays to obey.”
And then he says at the end, “O LORD... in faithfulness you have afflicted me.” You didn’t do it because You were cruel or because You were angry with me. You did it to straighten me out, to bring me back from my own evil way into Your way, to find the way of peace.
The New Testament tells Christians, “All things are for your sakes” (2 Cor. 4:15; see also John 15:1-2; Rom. 5:3; 8:28; 1 Cor. 11:32; 1 Thess. 5:18; Heb. 12:5-7; James 1:2-5, 12; 1 Pet. 1:6-7; Gen. 50:20; Judges 3:1-2; Ps. 51:1-12; 119:67,72,75; Jer. 29:11) It is necessary for us to grasp that. God’s principles and purposes — they are all for us. They’re all working out that which is good for us and they control the universe. Many other factors may seem to enter in, but ultimately its God’s laws and our associated choices that settle our destiny.
When we are in the midst of affliction, we needn’t fight. We needn’t argue with God. We need to ask Him the reason. God permits our affliction in His faithfulness. He has a reason. (Be strongly encouraged to review Lessons 28 and 73b here.) His spiritual principles and purposes are for us to turn us back from something, to bring us out of the dark and bring us back under His covering — a life of continual yielding to His instruction (John 14:15; 8:31; 1 John 5:2-3) (consider reviewing this inspired illustration).
His guarantee is unlimited. And, there are still warning signs to make it work for us. A red light flashes at a railroad crossing when the train is coming, to prevent us from getting killed. A fire engine sounds a siren to warn us of its approach. An ambulance and a police car flash lights when there is danger, and the wail of their siren warns us to pull over and get out of the way. A fever warns us of sickness and infection.
All of these signals are good, and so are God's warning signs. They are just as effective to keep us from getting killed (spiritually) as the flashing lights at a railroad crossing are to keep us from getting killed physically. God loves us so much He has posted warning signs all along the lake of joy, just for our protection! —Derek Prince, and Pastor Buck Roland
What Divine Healing and Health is Not
It is not healing and health by natural remedies, imagination, will power, personal magnetism, metaphysics, spiritualism, immunity from death, presumption, insubordination to God's will, mind over matter, denial of the plain facts of sin, health issues, and disease, or natural healing by inherent laws and creative powers in humankind's body (i.e. our God-given immune systems, endocrine systems, lymph systems, limbic systems, etc.)
The plan of God is to end evil and suffering forever (Exodus 34:6-7; Psalm 34:15-16; Proverbs 1:24-33; Ezekiel 33:11-20; Romans 6:16-23; 8:12-13; 11:11-29; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; 2 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:9-11; Galatians 5:16-24; 6:7-8; Hebrews 6:4-9; 10:26-29; 2 Peter 2:9, 20-21; Revelation 21-22).
The ultimate purpose of God in all His present dealings with man is to bring him back to the place where he was before the fall (beloved fellowship) and free him of all possibility of failing in the future.
“The object and purpose of our instruction and charge is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, and a clear conscience, and genuine trust (faith).” —1 Timothy 1:5
Thank you Finis Jennings Dake, Dake Publishing, and their book entitled God’s Plan for Man