Fundamentals Of Divine Healing Part 15

We have been discussing the doctrine of sovereignty related to divine healing in the past few posts. It is a very sacred doctrine to many Christians, so I recognize that the things we have been discussing may upset some people.

In a Biblical context, sovereign means highest in rank, scope, or authority. It is an accurate description of God but is not how religion uses the word. Religious doctrines paint a picture of a God who is controlling everything and who is the source of all human suffering.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

There are two things James tells us to do in this verse. First, we must submit ourselves to God, and then secondly, we resist the devil. Christians commonly quote the second half of the first, omitting the first. The problem with this omission is that it is not possible to resist the devil without submitting to God.

I have also noticed that it is challenging to be submitted to God if we are not resisting the devil. The definition of resist is to fight actively against an enemy. Religious doctrines involving the sovereignty of God eliminate the need for resistance. I’ve heard ministers who embrace this doctrine refer to Satan as a messenger of God! By this, they meant that Satan was restrained and only able to do the things God permitted him to do. In a sense, this teaching paints a picture of God using the devil as to drive Christians into His will.

James tells us the natural result of our submission to God is an active resistance against the devil. Why would we resist the devil if he was being used to bring us in line? Can you see how twisted this line of thinking is? You will not be able to submit fully to God if you think He is the source of all your troubles.

We must learn to become angry in our resistance against the works of Satan in our lives. Far too many Christians passively accept his “works” due to the wrong teaching they have received in Church. They yield to sickness and disease and do not fight against them because they believe God is the author of them.

It is sometimes easier to believe the lie than to stand in faith. People accept sickness into their lives as something that is inevitable and beyond their control. They do this because they do not know the truth and lack revelation knowledge of God’s goodness.

Jesus told His disciples that only the truth we know will set us free (John 8:32). The truth is we submit to God and resist Satan. They are not working together! God is the source of good things that happen in our lives, and Satan is the source of the bad.

Jesus came to provide an entry into the abundant life.

Satan works to steal, to kill, and to destroy.

We are supposed to embrace the good and resist the bad. God has only good plans for our lives. He does not enjoy watching us suffer and is not completing His redemptive work in our spirits via lack and sickness.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

This verse provides us with a pivotal truth regarding divine healing. It tells us that there are things we are supposed to submit to and things we resist. The extreme sovereignty teaching perpetrated by religious tradition leads people into the error of not “resisting” anything “bad” that happens in their lives. If God is the source of everything that happens, good or bad, then we would be resisting Him by resisting sickness.

You may have been raised under this doctrine and believe it is wrong to resist sickness. If God is the source of all things, it would not be possible for us to be sick if He did not will it to be so. Resisting it would be equivalent to fighting against Him, wouldn’t it?

Sickness is not from God. He does not cause it, and we cannot even begin to grasp how much it must hurt Him to see His children suffering from it.

I have observed that most medical professionals have a hatred for sickness and disease regardless of whether they are Christians or unbelievers. They fight it with every means available to them. At the same time, Christians are embracing sickness as something sent by God to teach them something.

I wonder if we would have the same attitude towards God if He were a human being. Would we accept it if a human parent were to cause an accident that would deform their child if the reason was they wanted them to learn a lesson? A parent who did something like this would most likely be arrested and prosecuted for such an action!

We serve a God who is “love.” He is humane, caring, and only wants good things for us, and is not the source of anything wrong that happens in our lives. Christians are misrepresenting Him, and the attitude projected by the Church has caused many people to turn away from serving God.

Our success in the Christian walk requires us to identify what in our life is from God and what is not. We submit to Him and resist anything else that does not come from Him.

God and Satan have opposing goals, and many churches are embracing the wrong ones. Satan has a purpose of stealing, killing, and wreaking destruction in our lives. Religious traditions credit all of these to God, and many Christians have accepted this without questioning them.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

We resist anything in our life that is producing death.

We submit to anything in our life-producing life.

Sickness is a manifestation of spiritual death. God does not place sickness on anyone, and it is not something that we submit to or should willingly allow in our lives.

Don’t let anyone tell you that God has anything to do with your sickness. I’ve heard ministers make claims He did so to teach a person something. Paul tells us that Satan comes as an angel of light to deceive (2 Corinthians 11:14). I believe that anyone making statements like this is a manifestation of what Paul was referencing!

Healing requires us to fight against sickness actively. I have personally not seen anyone put up much of a stand who felt that God sent their disease!

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