WHY SICKNESS AND SUFFERING?
BY: LINDA KEITH
FEBRUARY 26, 2005
First, to save space and time, get my study on Life On Both Sides, to see what goes on in the Spirit world (for those who has passed on). It will explain how all go on learning and coming into perfection.
And as for suffering… some believe that we have to go on suffering FOR JESUS! That simply isn’t true. HE did the suffering FOR US. And we did suffer, as we kept the REAL US PRISONER. Many THINK that it is RELIGOUS to say, “Oh I’ve been suffering for my Jesus.” Well, He doesn’t need our suffering. And all He wants is for us to wake up to HIS TRUTH of WHO we are in Him. He wants US to take DOMINION OF ALL THE SUFFERING. So, with said, I’ll go on with the study.
One of the most common reasons why so many experience sickness and suffering is this: The majority of people think that they are STILL SINNERS. Another reason is that people still believe that “the devil” is doing bad things to them. Next, a reason that people get and stay sick is because they ARE IN AGREEMENT with sickness. So, let’s look and see what Father says about these things. But, before we start, you have to ask yourself one question: DO YOU BELIEVE GOD, OR DO YOU BELIEVE WHAT PEOPLE AND WHAT YOUR EYES TELL YOU? If you believe people, OVER WHAT GOD TELLS US, or if you believe WHAT YOUR EYES TELL YOU, OVER WHAT GOD SAYS, then you are wasting your time reading this.
Let’s look at the first reason. STILL SINNERS
We know that SIN brought on death, which includes sickness, suffering and disease. And many people are not understanding that NOW there is no sin. We have been programmed to believe that we still sin. First of all, WE are NOT the person we once were or thought we were.
Rom 6:3-7, “KNOW ye not, that as many of us that ARE baptized INTO Jesus Christ ARE baptized INTO HIS DEATH? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death; that like Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.“
This is clearly telling us that when we accepted Jesus as our Savior, in God’s eyes we became new people. The old us is dead. We are new creatures. And the most important thing that you should ask yourself is right, here, in this verse. IS OUR GOD A BIG ENOUGH GOD TO CAUSE THIS TO BE TRUE? The answer is: Just like Jesus was raised, so were we AND WE WERE RAISED INTO A NEW LIFE BY THE GLORY OF GOD OUR FATHER!! So there is NO DOUBT that we are NOT the person we use to be. And BEING RAISED BY FATHER means a lot of stuff left us when we were raised a new person. So, being a new person means that we should walk or expect things to be different than what they appear to be, and this is brought about by the changing of our thinking and the words we speak.
VS 5, “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.”
When does all this take place? It shall be when we accept Him as our Savior.
VS 6-7, “KNOWING THIS, THAT OUR OLD MAN IS CRUCIFIED WITH HIM that the body of sin might be destroyed, that thenceforth we should NOT serve sin. For he that is dead is FREED FROM SIN.”
The way to look at these two verses is this: first we are to KNOW that the old us, IS DEAD – DONE AWAY WITH – GONE!! So knowing this about ourselves FREES of from sin. It does not exist anymore. We are free of sin. Do we make mistakes? Sure, we have to get this truth into the deepest part of us. If you need a little more proof, look at Romans.
Romans 8:1, “There is NOW no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
IF there is no condemnation, and the Word says there isn’t, then, what do you have in you to be condemned? You are walking after the Spirit, or you wouldn’t even want to know about these things. And, did not God give us His righteousness? Yes He did.
PS 37:23, “The steps of a good (righteous) man are ordered by the Lord, and he delighteth in his way.”
Look at this. This is God’s plan for us. HE has made us righteous, and yet, HE ORDERS our steps, even when we do things that we THINK we are doing a wrong thing. Why? Because He orders us into things to LEARN TO TAKE DOMINION over those things! We are NOT walking in sin, we are learning. Let me ask you a question: Can a dead person sin? Can a dead person get sick? Can a dead person do anything? No, to all three of these! Didn’t the Word tell you that that old you IS DEAD? You are a new creature in Christ. Regardless of what you see yourself do, you are not sinning, you are learning to take dominion and change the thinking that the “old you” had… which we’ll get into this a little further on. So, do you want another scripture telling us that there is no sin? OK
John 1:29, “The next day John sees Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world!”
Jesus took EVERY sin and nailed them to the cross. THERE IS NO SIN!! Yes, we make mistakes, but God sees our mistakes as learning tools. We learn to do just what He said for us to do, TAKE DOMINION of ALL THINGS. So, get the thought that you are sinners out of your mind.
Now, let’s look at the DEVIL THINKING.
Heb 2:14-15, “For as much as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He Himself (Jesus) likewise took part of the same: THAT THROUGH DEATH HE MIGHT DESTROY HIM THAT HAD THE POWER OF DEATH.”
Now, here there are 2 people being talked about: JESUS and THE DEVIL. This tells us that by going to the cross Jesus DESTROYED the devil and all the power that the devil had. Look at that last line again and get this deep within yourself:
“That through death, He might DESTROY HIM THAT HAD THE POWER OR DEATH, THAT IS THE DEVIL!!” AND DELIVER THEM WHO, THROUGH FEAR OF DEATH, were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”
You see, the bondage that we have had all our lives is FEAR of death; FEAR of what the devil can do to us. But, look at what Jesus’ death on the cross did for us; “DELIVERED US” (past tense). We’ve been taught that the devil is always fighting us, but, you see what God’s Word say, the devil is DESTROYED. Why does the churches still teach us to fight the devil? They don’t know any better!!! Plus, believing what they teach you, keeps you coming back TO THEM, and when you go back to the church’s teachings, what do they get? YOUR MONEY! YOUR TITHES! Now, who are you going to believe? Them or God? Now, talking about BELIEVING, let’s look at what happens regarding what we believe.
Prov 23:7 “…as he THINKS, in his heart, so is he.”
When we keep our focus or thinking on God’s Truths, that is what we become. When we keep our focus on what MAN says, that’s what we show forth. Take for example, we are taught that we are weak, we have no power over sickness and suffering, we think it, then we BELIEVE it and then the first thing you know, we SPEAK that belief. Belief means EVERYTHING to us. Our thoughts create. If a sickness is going around and we THINK, “Oh I know I’m going to get it” or, “Oh that runs in my family, so I’ll probably get it too.” We start really believing these words, then we start SPEAKING these words, and look at what power IN US, goes behind what we think and speak:
“…call THINGS THAT ARE NOT as though they are…”
Do you see the power that is in us? God tells us to “call things that are not as though they are”, that means, what ever we call into being depends on our thoughts and words!! Now, put together, this scripture and these next 2 scriptures:
Prov 23:7, “...as a man thinketh (believes), so is he…”
Matt. 12:34, ” …out of the abundance of the heart (beliefs), the mouth speaks…”
Prov. 18:20-21, “a man’s belly (life) shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and the increase of his lips shall he be filled. DEATH AND LIFE ARE IN THE POWER OF THE TONGUE; and they that love it shall eat the fruit there of.”
Can you see a pattern, here? We think, we speak what we think, and then we partake of what we speak. Every thought that we have is calling into being, either LIFE or DEATH! So, how do we REVERSE what we’ve spoken into BEING? Take God’s Words, THINK THEM – SPEAK THEM – BELIEVE THEM! Daily, every moment that you can.
Now, let’s look at OUR AGREEMENT WITH SICKNESS AND DEATH.
Isaiah 28:15-18, “Because ye have said, we have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us; for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves.”
What this means is that we have taken words of man and believed them OVER WHAT GOD’S WORD TELLS US. And because we have believed these lies, they come into being. We create what we believe. Doesn’t God tell us that we are created in His image? Well, what is He? He is the Creator, and we are creators too. We have not known how much power we have in us. It’s HIS POWER!! Is there anything more powerful than our God? Absolutely not! We have believed that we HAVE TO SEE DEATH and death includes sickness and disease. But, think back to what we have already been over, can a dead man die? No, he’s already dead. BUT, we can KEEP the old man alive by what we believe!! If we consider ourselves to be a poor, weak, human being, yes sickness can attach itself to us, but, we’re not, we are HIS IMAGE. That’s what the mind has to change its belief about!! He was so good to us that look at what the next scripture says:
PS 103:18-20, “This shall be written for the generation to come; and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord. For He hath looked down from the height of His sanctuary; from heaven did the Lord behold the earth: to hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death!!”
Now, let’s take this apart. Where is God’s sanctuary? IN US. “Know ye not that YOU are the temple of God?” Heaven is a state of being… it’s in our MIND… not off in outer space. God is living in us. And He looks down from a higher place, that our MIND and THOUGHTS have been, and He lifts our MIND and THINKING to a higher place in Him. We are the generation that was being spoken of back all those thousands of years. We are the NEW CREATION that came forth from the death of the old man. We have kept ourselves, our REAL self a prisoner by believing lies that we’ve been taught. BUT, now with that lifting up that He’s doing with you, He is telling you, “My child, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SEE DEATH OR SICKNESS OR SUFFERING!” Why do people keep getting sick and die? Because they THINK that that is part of life. And it’s NOT. Jesus tasted death so that we don’t have to. (Heb 2:9)
Now, let’s look at the REAL US, not at what man has taught us.
Gal 2:20, “I AM CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST, nevertheless I live, YET NOT I, BUT CHRIST LIVETH IN ME…”
Acts 17:28, “For IN HIM WE LIVE, AND MOVE, AND HAVE OUR BEING, as surely as your poets have said. FOR WE ARE HIS OFFSPRING.”
1 John 4; 17, “…AS HE IS SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD…”
John 1:16, “…of His FULLNESS, WE HAVE RECEIVED…
Col 2:9-10, “…WE ARE COMPLETE IN HIM…”
Let me ask you; are the Words that God speaks true? Look at the above. HE IS TELLING US THIS. Can He lie? No, He can’t. So IF His Words are true, can sickness, or death, live in HIM? No, it can’t. You must see yourself as Him!! Let me explain this. I want you to stand in front of a mirror. Now, what do you see? Your mind and your eyes would tell you that you are seeing you, a flesh and blood human, right? It’s an illusion.
Now, while you’re standing there, I want you to picture this. Look at your body, then look at your head. Now, picture HIS HEAD setting on your shoulders. You are seeing the Body of Christ, with God as your head. You see, it’s your head, in the natural realm that tells your body what to do, when and how to move, to breath, to blink your eyes. Well, the real you does the same. It is HIM, the HEAD that tells His Body (us) what to do, what to think, what to say, EVERYTHING. WE have to see ourselves this way, and then thoughts, HIS THOUGHTS will start coming to our mind, the MIND OF CHRIST, and more and more we receive HIS THOUGHTS instead of the thoughts of the carnal mind. You see, when we see ourselves in that mirror, we are looking with 2 eyes, DOUBLED MINDEDNESS, but, when we see through the SINGLE EYE OF GOD, we see TRUTH. It takes practicing. It takes changing our thinking. Ignore what your eyes see; ignore what your carnal mind tells you. These are the things that kept the REAL US a prisoner all this time. But, we are releasing the REAL US and as we do, we are ridding ourselves of sickness and death, because sickness and death cannot live in Him. It’s REPROGRAMMING our mind. Father tells us to “put on the mind of Christ” and He would not have told us to do this, if HE had not already put the mind of Christ IN US and gave us the ability to put it on.
It’s easy to believe what our eyes see and our ears hear, but, once we start seeing HIS WAY and hearing HIM, it becomes easy for us to see differently.
I want to say this: the suffering and the sickness and death WE BRING ON OURSELVES! By what we believe and what we think. If you believe you’ll get the flu, you’ll get it. Haven’t you heard of women who make themselves BELIEVE that they are pregnant, and all the signs appear. Their belly gets big – they have morning sickness – the whole nine yards! But, there is NO BABY THERE TO BE BORN. It’s the same with all of our thoughts: they create as we speak them into being. The mind is a powerful thing.
There is no sin. Only learning from mistakes.
There is no condemnation for ANYONE.
There is no sickness, IF we know this.
We DON’T have to die, He died for us and took the old us with Him.
There is NO DEVIL, he was destroyed by the One whose power was greater. And the ONLY way that the devil can do anything, is by YOU BELIEVING he can and when you believe he can, you are calling God a liar and telling Jesus that He wasn’t powerful enough to destroy the devil. The word “destroy” means, done away with; nil; being no more.
Oh yes, demons!! Doesn’t the scripture tell us that JESUS MADE AN OPEN SHOW OF ALL PRINCIPALITIES? The open show that Jesus did, was to show that HIS POWER was more powerful than all. So, where does Father live? In us. And so does that “open show”. NOTHING can touch you, EXCEPT what YOU allow to touch you by your BELIEFS!!
I hope this helps. And by the way… watch your words. If you say, “I have this or that, I am dyslexic, mentally retarded; sick; mean; dumb; etc., you call these things into being. Tell yourself, “I am as HE IS.” “I am in the image of God,” etc. As this becomes real to you, all you will see is HIM.
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