We’ve started a series called Truth Exposes Lies. We’re talking about the Big Lies the devil tells concerning healing . What happens when you turn a light on in a dark room? The Light dispels the darkness.
Have you heard that people have died while lost in a blizzard? They were only 5 feetfrom their door.
Or, Have you heard that a whole generation of Israelites died in the wilderness because they did not believe God could do what He said He would do?
LIE # 1: God Stopped Healing when the Apostles died or when the Bible was finalized.
1 Corinthians 13:10 – But when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. (NASB)
Where do you find that miracles ceased in the Bible?
Where do you find that in the Bible?
Point: Sickness does not come from God.
Lest you misunderstand me, I’m not saying every sickness you have is directly because of the devil.
Galatians 3:13 – Christ redeemed us from the curse by becoming a curse for us.
If He died to remove the curse, why would He give you the curse to teach you a lesson?
Unfortunately, some sickness can also come because of lifestyle choices and habits.
Luke 13:11 –He saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight.
3 places where you see the perfect will of God:
2 Corinthians 12:2-6, 7-10 – I was caught up to the third heaven fourteen years ago. Whether I was in my body or out of my body, I don't know—only God knows.
1st Heaven – This is the sky which we see around us.
2nd Heaven – This is the starry hosts or the galaxies we see beyond our earth’s atmosphere.
3rd Heaven – This is what we traditionally call heaven.
Matthew 24:35 –Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.(NASB)
When God recreates earth, He will also recreate the atmosphere around the earth.
Ephesians 6:12 – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
3 Yes, only God knows whether I was in my body or outside my body. But I do know 4 that I was caught up to paradise and heard things so astounding that they cannot be expressed in words, things no human is allowed to tell. 5 That experience is worth boasting about, but I'm not going to do it. I will boast only about my weaknesses.
Philippians 3:4-9 –Even though we can list what many might think are impressive credentials. You know my pedigree: 5 a legitimate birth, circumcised on the eighth day; an Israelite from the elite tribe of Benjamin; a strict and devout adherent to God's law; 6 a fiery defender of the purity of my religion, even to the point of persecuting Christians; a meticulous observer of everything set down in God's law Book.
7 The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I'm tearing up and throwing out with the trash — along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. 8 Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant — dog dung. I've dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ 9 and be embraced by Him. (MSG)
7 To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
For those of you who don’t know, some say this thorn was an illness Paul had.
Where is sickness mentioned in the context of these verses?
Where do they get that?
Galatians 6:11 – Notice what large letters I use as I write these closing words in my own handwriting.
. . . there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.
It was an evil spirit that tried to hinder Paul from preaching the Gospel.
V. 10 –That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
9 My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.
God: When you are unable to overcome in your human strength, My dynamite power will enable you to overcome. I receive greater glory in you overcoming obstacles than if they were removed.
2 Corinthians 11:22-30 – Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. 23 Are they servants of Christ? I know I sound like a madman, but I have served Him far more! I have worked harder, been put in prison more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again. 24 Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea.
26 I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not. 27 I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm.
28 Then, besides all this, I have the daily burden of my concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak without my feeling that weakness? Who is led astray, and I do not burn with anger? 30 If I must boast, I would rather boast about the things that show how weak I am.
Sometimes God calmsthe storm, but, more often than not, He calms the child in the midst of the storm.
Look at how many times had the devil tried to kill him?
2 Tim 4:6-8 – As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 8 And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of His return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to His appearing.
2 Corinthians 12:9 – But He said to me, “My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I [Paul] will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses . . .that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!(AMP)
When you walk through the valley of the shadow of death itself, picture Jesus’ tent of Power pitched over you and dwelling on you.
What are you facing now that your human abilities and strength are not able to overcome?