“FOURTH STEP,” MADE A SEARCHING AND FEARLESS MORAL INVENTORY OF OURSELVES.
THANK YOU. . .
First and foremost, I want to thank God for perseverance in the midst of many snowstorms; no power, no electricity, no heat, and no hot water. But you God made away to continue in your post to minister to your people!!! For this, I am thankful!!!
Second, for those of you who have been following weekly, (sometimes daily) . . . THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT and ONGOING SUPPORT!
Third, I completed the subject of homosexuality in a sermon series format; five days; sixty-eight (68) pages in length. It would be taxing for the readers to post this five day series here. Thus, I have been instructed to present my religious discourse on the subject of homosexuality as the very FIRST sermon of KINGDOM FIRE ECUMENICAL CHURCH. IT’S BEEN A MIRACULOUS JOURNEY AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL AND ENCOURAGING YOU WHEN WE GET THERE!!!
BACKGROUND . . .
In the last post, we revived ”The Fourth Step,” taking a searching and fearless moral inventory of the triune God, (God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit). We talked astronomically about addiction and used Scripture to express the mercies of God; assiduously. Thus, we are examining the root of every condemnation; every reproachable speculation one might invision to defame God from within each coliginous molecule of human life; barrenness, fatherless, motherless, rape, addiction, homosexuality, sickness, disease, injury, death, murder, poverty, hunger, famine, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes . . . . Did I miss anything???
Meanwhile, this week’s post will be about “sickness, disease, and injury.”
INTRODUCTION . . .
In the Old Testament, everything was based on the Law of Moses, writer of the first five books of the Bible. Photo; (https://duckduckgo.com/?q=ten+commandments&t=ipad&iax=images&ia=images&iai=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fggam.org%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2013%2F11%2FTen-Commandments.jpg)
“For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:46-47)
OLD TESTAMENT “SICKNESS” COVENANT . . .
The Lord God spoke through Moses to the Israelites in the Old Testament . . .
“But you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water; and I will remove sicknessfrom your midst.”(Exodus 23:25)(Bold added)(Italics added)
“If you are not careful to observe all the words of this law which are written in this book, to fear this honored and awesome name, the LORD your God, then the LORD will bring extraordinary plagues on you and your descendants, even severe and lasting plagues, and miserable and chronic sicknesses. He will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt of which you were afraid, and they will cling to you. Also every sickness and every plague which is in the book of this law, the LORD will bring on you until you are destroyed.” (Deu 28:58-61)(Bold added)(Italics added)
God made an Israeli Covenant (promise between two or more parties) . . .
“Then it shall come about, because you listen to these judgments and keep and do them, that the LORD your God will keep with you His covenant and His lovingkindness which He swore to your forefathers. . . You shall be blessed above all peoples . . . The LORD will remove from you all sickness; and He will not put on you any of the harmful diseases of Egypt which you have known, but He will lay them on all who hate you. (Deu 7:12, 14a, 15)(Bold added)(Italics added)
Solomon, the wisest man in the Bible prayed this prayer of faith for Israel . . .
“If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence, if there is blight or mildew, locust or grasshopper, if their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities, whatever plague, whatever sickness there is, whatever prayer or supplication is made by any man or by all Your people Israel, each knowing the affliction of his own heart, and spreading his hands toward this house; then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive and act and render to each according to all his ways, whose heart You know, for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men, that they may fear You all the days that they live in the land which You have given to our fathers.” (1 Kings 8:37-40)(Bold added)(Italics added)(Underline added)
OLD TESTAMENT “SICKNESS” CONSEQUENCES . . .
“Now Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab. And Ahaziah fell through the lattice in his upper chamber which was in Samaria, and became ill. So he sent messengers and said to them, “Go, inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I will recover from this sickness.” But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and say to them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron?’ Now therefore thus says the LORD, ‘ You shall not come down from the bed where you have gone up, but you shall surely die.’” Then Elijah departed.” (2 Ki 1:1-4)
“When the messengers returned to him he said to them, “Why have you returned?” They said to him, “A man came up to meet us and said to us, ‘Go, return to the king who sent you and say to him, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you shall not come down from the bed where you have gone up, but shall surely die.’”’” He said to them, “What kind of man was he who came up to meet you and spoke these words to you?” They answered him, “He was a hairy man with a leather girdle bound about his loins.” And he said, “It is Elijah the Tishbite.”Then the king sent to him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him, and behold, he was sitting on the top of the hill. And he said to him, “O man of God, the king says, ‘Come down.’” Elijah replied to the captain of fifty, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” Then fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.”
“So he again sent to him another captain of fifty with his fifty. And he said to him, “O man of God, thus says the king, ‘Come down quickly.’” Elijah replied to them, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” Then the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.”
“So he again sent the captain of a third fifty with his fifty. When the third captain of fifty went up, he came and bowed down on his knees before Elijah, and begged him and said to him, “O man of God, please let my life and the lives of these fifty servants of yours be precious in your sight. Behold fire came down from heaven and consumed the first two captains of fifty with their fifties; but now let my life be precious in your sight.” The angel of the LORD said to Elijah, “Go down with him; do not be afraid of him.” So he arose and went down with him to the king. Then he said to him, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Because you have sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron—is it because there is no God in Israel to inquire of His word?—therefore you shall not come down from the bed where you have gone up, but shall surely die.’”
“So Ahaziah died according to the word of the LORD which Elijah had spoken. And because he had no son, Jehoram became king in his place in the second year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah. Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah which he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?”(2 Ki 1:5-18)
OLD TESTAMENT AHAZIAH’S “SICKNESS” . . .
What was the consequences of Ahaziah’s sickness? He violated the 1st Commandment . . .
“You shall have no other gods before Me.”(Exodus 20:3)(Bold added)
“You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me. . .” (Exodus 20:5)(Bold added)
ELIJAH PRAYS FOR THE SICK IN THE OLD TESTAMENT . . .
“Now it came about after these things that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became sick; and his sickness was so severe that there was no breath left in him.” (1 Kings 17:17)
“Then he stretched himself upon the child three times, and called to the LORD and said, “O LORD my God, I pray You, let this child’s life return to him.” The LORD heard the voice of Elijah, and the life of the child returned to him and he revived. Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper room into the house and gave him to his mother; and Elijah said, “See, your son is alive.” Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is truth.”(1 Kings 17:21-24)
NEW TESTAMENT “SICKNESS” CAUSED BY AN EVIL SPIRIT . . .
“And He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And there was a woman who for eighteen years had had a sickness caused by a spirit; and she was bent double, and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your sickness.”(Luke 13:10-12)(Bold added)(Italics added)
“Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.” (Matt 4:23)(Bold added)(Italics added)
SOMETIMES “SICKNESS” IS PERMITTED TO GLORIFY GOD . . .
Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was the Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.” (John 11:1-4)(Bold added)(Italics added)
“Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was. Then after this He *said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples *said to Him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone You, and are You going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” This He said, and after that He *said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, so that I may awaken him out of sleep.” The disciples then said to Him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He was speaking of literal sleep. So Jesus then said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe; but let us go to him.” Therefore Thomas, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, so that we may die with Him.” (John 11:5-16)(Bold added)(Italics added)
“So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off; and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary, to console them concerning their brother. Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet Him, but Mary stayed at the house. Martha then said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” Jesus *said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha *said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” She *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.”(John 11:17-27)(Bold added)(Italics added)
“When she had said this, she went away and called Mary her sister, saying secretly, ‘The Teacher is here and is calling for you.’ And when she heard it, she *got up quickly and was coming to Him.” (John 11:28)
“Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha met Him. Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and consoling her, when they saw that Mary got up quickly and went out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. Therefore, when Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, and fell at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled, and said, “Where have you laid him?” They *said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept. So the Jews were saying, “See how He loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind man, have kept this man also from dying?”(John 11:29-37)(Bold added)(Italics added)
“So Jesus, again being deeply moved within, *came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus *said, “Remove the stone.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, *said to Him, “Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus *said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me.” When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.” The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus *said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” (John 11:30 – 44)(Bold added)(Italics added)
“Therefore many of the Jews who came to Mary, and saw what He had done, believed in Him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them the things which Jesus had done.”(John 11:5-46)(Bold added)(Italics added)
“SICKNESS” CAN BE A RESULT OF SIN . . .
“If you tune in to the up-and coming World AIDS conference this August, you will hear many strident calls for the Catholic Church to change policy regarding condom use. You will also hear the implication that the Catholic Church is “responsible for the spread of AIDS.” This open hostility to the Catholic Church is very common among HIV and AIDS activists. It is not entirely surprising since most HIV and AIDS activists in the United States are very sympathetic to the gay lifestyle which is prohibited by the teachings of the Catholic Church. This undercurrent of hostility is extraordinarily common and comes out in different ways.”https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/column/50749/the-catholic-church-and-hiv-and-aids
In 2015, we were all exposed publicly to the spree of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church thanks to Phil Saviano’s testimony featured in the film, “Spotlight.” Phil Saviano died at 69 years of age on November 28, 2021 as a result of AIDS diagnosed in 1992. While it is unlikely that Phil Saviano contracted the disease from Father David Holley after more than 10 years since the abuse. Nonetheless, Phil Saviano was indeed molested for one and half years at “St. Denis Catholic Church in Douglas,” by this former Priest who too has died in prison in 2008 while serving 15 years of a 275 year sentence for “sexually assaulting eight boys in New Mexico.” https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/249732/phil-saviano-survivor-of-clerical-abuse-featured-in-spotlight-dies-at-69
Howbeit, “hundreds of Roman Catholic priests” all over the U.S. are now deceased as a result of “AIDS-related illnesses” along with “hundreds more” who are existing with “HIV, the virus that causes the disease.” While there is no concrete “number of AIDS deaths”. . . The emergence of “priests dying of AIDS” is estimated at no less than “four times that of the general U.S. population,” according to priests and medical professionals along with the analysis of health statistics performed by The Kansas City Star. (Thomas, Judy L.)
The researchers and church officials were shocked by the “801 priests,” of which “27 percent” replied to the “The Star’s survey on AIDS and the priesthood.” A shocking “60 percent” said they were personally familiar with “at least one priest who had died of AIDS.” Likewise, one in three acknowledged they were aware of priests “who were living with HIV or AIDS.” (Thomas, Judy L.)
“Many priests and behavioral experts argue that the church’s adherence to 12th-century doctrine about the virtues of celibacy and its teaching on homosexuality” is indeed a sin and opposes ‘safe sex.’ As a result the doctrine has “contributed to the spread of AIDS with the clergy.” (Thomas, Judy L.)(http://www.bibletopics.com/BIBLESTUDY/74.htm)
In 1995, Bishop Emerson J. Moore left the Archdioceses of New York and went to Minnesota, where he died in a hospice of an AIDS-related illness. His death certificate attributed his death to ‘unknown natural causes’ and listed his occupation as ‘laborer’ in the manufacturing industry. It wasn’t until a “Minnesota AIDS activist” registered a complaint that the officials involved modified the “cause of death to HIV-related illness.”
An intrinsic interview within the BIBLESTUDY.com noted that, “Bishop Raymond J. Boland of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph” is the first Catholic representative who acknowledged the “AIDS deaths show that priests are human.”(Bold added)(Italics added)
“Farley Cleghorn, an epidemiologist with the Institute of Human Virology in Baltimore, said it was common practice with early cases not to disclose AIDS as a cause of death. . . Cleghorn said he has treated about 20 priests and religious-order brothers with AIDS, all of whom had kept it a secret. . . “The church and religious orders need to acknowledge that there is a problem — that priests have sex and they are susceptible to all sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS,” Cleghorn said.”http://www.bibletopics.com/BIBLESTUDY/74.htm
“For example, the annualized death rate of priests confirmed by The Star to have died of AIDS in Kansas and Missouri from 1987 to 1999 is 7 per 10,000, or seven times that of the general population.”
The death rate is consistent with the rate calculated by The Star after reviewing death certificates of priests who died in California, Missouri and Massachusetts in 1995. The finding: six priests—or 7.3 per 10,000– died of AIDS in those states that year. The AIDS death rate of the general populations in those three states in 1995 was 1.8 per 10,000.
A.W. Richard Sipe, a former priest who was spent more than 30 years studying sexuality issues in the church, thinks that about 750 priests nationwide have died of such illnesses. That would translate into an AIDS related death rate eight times that of the general population.
Joseph Barone, a Psychiatrist and AIDS professional from New Jersey estimates at least 1,000 U.S. priests have died; almost 11 times the amount of deaths in the general population.
At Rome’s North American College, Barone directed an AIDS ministry from 1983 to 1993. In the process, Barone established “an underground AIDS testing program for more than seven years where he tested multiple seminarians. Each participant was assigned a pseudonym and transported to and from their test sites in an unmarked vehicle all at the expense of Barone.
“I didn’t know who they were; they didn’t know who I was,” Barone said. . . . Of those he worked with, he said, 1 in 12 tested HIV-positive. . . By the time Barone left Rome, he had treated about 80 priests with AIDS. Most of them were gay, he said, and contracted the disease through sexual activity. . . The tragedy is many of them have been so duplicitous and so closeted . . . They didn’t realize what they were doing, not only to themselves, but to other individuals, because of the exponential transmission rate.”https://www.tampabay.com/archive/2000/01/30/hundreds-of-priests-in-the-u-s-die-of-aids/
“SICKNESS” UPON CHURCH LEADERSHIP AS A CONSEQUENCE OF SIN INSIDE THE CHURCH . . .
“And to the messenger of the assembly in Thyatira write at once: These things says the Son of God . . .I know with absolute clearness your works and love and faithfullness and ministration and steadfast endurance and fortitude under trials, and your works, which last ones are more than the first. But I have this against you. You are tolerating the woman Jezebel who calls herself a prophetess and who teaches and seduces my bondslaves to commit fornication . . . And I gave her a respite in order that she might have a change of mind. And she is not desirous of changing her mind so as to come out of and escape from her [sin of] fornication. Consider this. I am throwing her into a bed [of tribulation which she will have instead of her bed of fornication]; also those who together with her are participants in the same sin, that of fornication, I am throwing into great tribulation, if they do not have a change of mind so as to come out of and escape from her deeds. Also her children I will kill with death.And all the assemblies shall come to know experientially that, as for myself, I am He who searches minds and hearts. I will give to each of you in accordance with your works.(Revelation 2:18-23)
“DISEASE” . . .
First and foremost, unless you were raped, received a blood transfusion or were married to a partner who was on the “down low” and you obtained a disease as a result, you are NOT a VICTIM of DISEASE related HIV or AIDS.
Notably, you are diagnosed with HIV or AIDS because of heterosexual or homosexual behavior, and your partner did NOT disclose the disease. Nevertheless, you are still NOT a victim! You still had a choice to refuse consummation of sexual intimacy. When you opted to partake in the sexual consummated relationship, you opted to partake in the consequences.
TYPES OF DISEASES . . .
“In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa became diseased in his feet. His disease was severe, yet even in his disease he did not seek the LORD, but the physicians.” (2 Chronicles 16:12)(Bold added)(Italics added)
“ . . . and you will suffer severe sickness, a disease of your bowels, until your bowels come out because of the sickness, day by day.’”(2 Chronicles 21:15)(Bold added)(Italics added)
“His skin is devoured by disease, The firstborn of death devours his limbs. (Job 18:13)(Bold added)(Italics added)
“So He gave them their request, But sent a wasting disease among them.” (Psalms 106:15)
“Therefore the Lord, the GOD of hosts, will send a wasting disease among his stout warriors; And under his glory a fire will be kindled like a burning flame.”(Isaiah 10:16) (Bold added)(Italics added)
“DISEASE” AS A CONSEQUENCE OF SIN . . .
The Social Services and The Police Department are investigating claims of one Governor and former Chaplain “who died from a suspected Aids-related illness.” One who “sexually assaulted pupils” he socialized with at London Oratory School.
“Scotland Yard said: ‘We can confirm an investigation has been launched into allegations of child abuse at a London school.’”
Both authorities responded after the pupils, (two boys in particular) submitted correspondences to the ChildLine, (a children’s charity) protesting the abuse they endured as a result of “Father David Martin, a Scotts-born priest.” The church officials described Father Martin as “HIV-positive,” having passed away at age 44 in September 1998, which in turn prompted the inquiry; the two dreading “they may have contracted the AIDS virus as a result.”
An obituary in the school’s yearbook said Father Martin died “after a struggle of more than 12 difficult hours, with seriously impeded breathing, blindness, and fading consciousness ‘. . . “A fierce onslaught of bronchial pneumonia was more than his frail system could cope with, and so he died, after only four years in the priesthood.”
“INJURY” ACCORDING TO THE OLD TESTAMENT LAWS. . .
“If men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child so that she gives birth prematurely, yet there is no injury, he shall surely be fined as the woman’s husband may demand of him, and he shall pay as the judges decide.”(Exodus 21:22)(Bold added)(Italics added)
“But if there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life, . . .”(Exodus 21:23)(Bold added)(Italics added)
“ . . . or with any deadly object of stone, and without seeing it dropped on him so that he died, while he was not his enemy nor seeking his injury, . . .(Numbers 35:23)(Bold added)(Italics added)
“Woe is me, because of my injury! My wound is incurable. But I said, ”Truly this is a sickness, And I must bear it.”(Jeremiah 10:19)(Bold added)(Italics added)
“For thus says the LORD, ’Your wound is incurable And your injury is serious.”(Jeremiah 30:12)(Bold added)(Italics added)
WHO REALLY IS THE AUTHOR OF SICKNESS, INJURY AND DISEASE? . . . SATAN!!!
“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. The LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.” Then Satan answered the LORD, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face.” Then the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the LORD.”(JOB 1:1-12)(Bold added)(Italics added)
“Now on the day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, and the Sabeans attacked and took them. They also slew the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three bands and made a raid on the camels and took them and slew the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, and behold, a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people and they died, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” (Job 1:13-17)
“Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. He said,”Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.” Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.”(Job 1:20-22)(Bold added)
“Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the LORD. The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning away from evil. And he still holds fast his integrity, although you incited Me against him to ruin him without cause.” Satan answered the LORD and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. However, put forth Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh; he will curse You to Your face.” So the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your power, only spare his life.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.” (Job 2:1- 2:7)(Bold added)(Italics added)
CONCLUSION . . .
JESUS HIMSELF WAS TEMPTED BY SATAN . . .
“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.’”
Then the devil *took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and *said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, ‘HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU’; and ‘ON their HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP, SO THAT YOU WILL NOT STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE.’”
Jesus said to him, “On the other hand, it is written, ‘YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.’” Again, the devil *took Him to a very high mountain and *showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus *said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.’” Then the devil *left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.”(Matthew 4:1-11)
JESUS HEALS ALL DISEASES . . .
“Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.”(Matthew 4:23)(Bold added)(Italics added)
“Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.” (Matthew 9:35)(Bold added)(Italics added)
“Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.” (Matthew 10:1)(Bold added)(Italics added)
“. . . for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.]”(John 5:4)(Bold added)(Italics added)
IF YOU WANT ANSWERED PRAYER TO YOUR SICKNESS, INJURY AND DISEASE, YOU MUST DO THE FOLLOWING . . .
- Abide in Him and HE in you . . . Ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you! (John 15:4-9)
What does that mean? Simple . . . Obey God! OR Experience consequences of sin!
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:18-20)
- Live on EVERY word that proceeds out of the MOUTH of GOD!
What does that mean? Your answers can ONLY be found in GOD’S WORD. You can only know GOD through studying HIS WORD. When you don’t understand HIS WORD ask GOD for WISDOM.
“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”(James 1:5)(Bold added)(Italics added)
- BELIEVE in the POWER of GOD
“And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.” Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion said, “Lord, I AM NOT WORTHY for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have NOT found such GREAT FAITH with anyone in Israel. . . And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; IT SHALL BE DONE for YOU as YOU have BELIEVED.” And the SERVANT was HEALED that very MOMENT. (Matthew 8:5-11, 13)(BOLD added)(CAPS added)
IF YOU WANT HEALING YOU MUST . . .
- BELIEVE GOD IN EVERY SITUATION
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”(Romans 8:28)
REMEMBER . . .
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”(Romans 8:18)
GOD CAN DO ANYTHING BUT FAIL. . .
But He said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)
THERE IS NOT ONE PARTICLE OF DARKNESS IN GOD . . .
“ . . . God as to His nature is light, and darkness in Him does not exist, not even one particle.” (I John 1:5)
It’s time you made up your mind . . . Do you want sickness, injury, disease . . . Continuously? So you already have a disease . . . Are you willing to trust God for healing? You’ve been to the doctors, there is nothing they can do? What are you going to do? It only takes a mustard seed of faith to move a mountain.
What is your “mountain?” . . . Cancer, arthritis, migraines, addiction, blindness, deaf, crippled, HIV, AIDS . . .
But He said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)
Believe . . . Only believe!
Repeat after me . . .
Father, forgive us for every thought, every deed, everything unpleasing to you in our lives! I believe you died for my sins. I believe you were buried. I believe you rose again on the third day.
Welcome to the family!
YOU MUST STUDY HIM TO KNOW HIM AND THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW HIM IS THROUGH HIS WORD.
PRAY DAILY, GO TO MEETINGS, DON’T PICK UP, CALL YOUR SPONSOR, AND READ YOUR TWELVE STEP LITERATURE.
PLAY A “SONG OF THE DAY” FOR ENCOURAGEMENT
Let the joy of the LORD be your strength! May you have the peace that surpasses all understanding from this day forth and forevermore . . .