Thursday, August 23, 2018

August 23

One topic we all struggle with is sickness. It may not be our own, but someone we love. Our biggest question is why? Our world was free from sickness before sin. That’s been a long time! It began with Adam and Eve and has run rampant ever since. We have to ask, why did Jesus tell those He healed to go and sin no more? Did their condition have to do with their own sin? It makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Especially the story where Jesus had healed a man who had been an invalid for 38 years. He was laying by the pool waiting for it to be stirred, but couldn’t get in, and had no one to help him. Jesus came and healed him, then later told him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” So you see by this, Jesus’s instruction was to instill fear of the worst, so he wouldn’t go into a lifestyle of sin now that he can move freely. Now I’m not saying that your condition has anything to do with your own sin, because we are living in a world that evil has entered in, but whether it be Adam’s sin or your own sin, prayer is the only option we have when seeking healing. Never think you are healed without God’s permission, it’s guaranteed that if you are better it’s because He allowed it. The instruction for today is to ask forgiveness and pray with faith.

And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:15-16

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