Once we understand where sickness comes from, we can understand why we are able to get rid of it! God's word clearly reveals that both death and sickness originated with sin and are being spread by Satan. Romans 5:12-21 When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam's sin brought death; so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. And though there was no law to break, since it had not yet been given, they all died anyway-even though they did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did. What a contrast between Adam and Christ, who was yet to come!

And what a difference between our sin and God's generous gift of forgiveness. For this one man, Adam, brought death to many through his sin. But this other man, Jesus Christ, brought forgiveness to many through God's bountiful gift. And the result of God's gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man's sin. For Adam's sin led to condemnation; but we have the free gift of being accepted by God, even though we are guilty of many sins. The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over us, but all who receive God's wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.

Yes, Adam's one sin brought condemnation upon everyone, but Christ's one act of righteousness makes all people right in God's sight and gives them life. Because one person disobeyed God, many people became sinners. But because one other Person obeyed God, many people will be made right in God's sight.

God's law was given so that all people could see how sinful they are. But as people sinned more and more, God's wonderful kindness became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God's wonderful kindness rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Luke 13:16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day? Think of all those Jesus healed-they were all "oppressed of the devil." Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.

John 5:14 Behold, thou art made whole, sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto you. John 4:14 But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him, a well of water springing up into everlasting life. Only when sin is taken out of the human race will there be no more sickness. Revelation 21:3-5 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold I make all things new. God's word teaches that forgiveness of sin and healing of the body go hand in hand. Healing is just as easy to receive from God as forgiveness of sin. If you have need of healing, it is only right that you surrender your life to God if you expect Him to heal you. The body is God's house as well as our own.

I Corinthians 6:19-20 What? Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. Because it is God's house, we are forbidden to mar it, to defile it or to abuse it. I Corinthians 3:15-17 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.


Satan's primary objective is to discredit God. Spoiling our bodies is one way he operates. Created in the image of God, we are caught in the middle of this spiritual battleground. Satan as a roaring lion walks about seeking whom he may devour. I Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. He will devour you with disease and sickness if you let him. Our great advantage is that God sent His Son to destroy the works of the devil. I John 3:8 He that commits sin is of the devil: for the devil sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. God through Jesus Christ will destroy Satan's evil works in your body!

Our failures come because of an imperfect understanding of God's word. God's word declares that, you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free, John 8:32. Satan, your adversary, knows the truth better than you do. Until you discover and start claiming what is legally yours, Satan will continue his harassment and assault on your life. He knows your weak areas.

The Bible clearly reveals that God wants to be the healer of His people and declares His will to heal all those who obey Him. Christ's works of healing were not only to prove His divinity but were a part of His complete mission of fulfilling the will of God. Lo, I come to do Your will, O God. Hebrews 10:9 Then said he, lo, I come to do your will, O God. He takes away the first that he may establish the second [sacrifice or covenant]. Matthew 12:15 Great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. Jesus Himself is a revelation of the will of God. He did the will of God; He healed all who came to Him. He has an unchanging priesthood. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.

In Matthew 8:16-17, God's word tells us that Jesus healed all that were sick; that it might be fulfilled, which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying Himself took our infirmities, and bore our sicknesses. If He bore them, then they rightfully and legally belong to Him and for us to take them upon our body is to be taking something that does not belong to us. In the material realm if one takes something that does not belong to him, he is classified as a thief. The same thing applies in the spiritual realm. If Christ took our sins, then sins do not belong to the believer; and as long as the believer has sins, Christ's atonement means nothing to him. If Christ took our sickness and pain, then they do not belong to the believer, and for a believer to have them is illegal and Christ's death in bearing them means nothing.

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. 2Corinthians 5:17-21 Therefore if man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation. I John 1:7-9 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

At the hands of unbelievers, Jesus, our Lamb, was beaten. On His body deep furrows were plowed by the awful Roman lash as it literally tore pieces of flesh from his back. These were the stripes by which, Isaiah and Peter say, we were healed. And they were laid on His body. This was the bearing of our sicknesses, and so, the provision was made for the healing of our body. Then they nailed Him to the cross and pierced His side. His blood ran down on the ground, shed for many for the remission of sins, Matthew 26:28. Jesus our Lamb suffered in two ways. He shed His blood on the cross for our salvation from sin, and He bore the stripes on His body for our healing from sickness. If you have let Him take your sins, won't you let Him take your sickness? Healing is part of your salvation; do not be cheated out of it any more than you would permit yourself to be cheated out of forgiveness of sins.

In Deuteronomy 28, we find sickness given as a part of the "curse." But Galatians 3:13 declares that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. Look for a moment to the sicknesses specifically stated in Deuteronomy 28: pestilence, consumption, fever inflammation, extreme burning, hemorrhoids, the scab, the itch, madness, blindness, astonishment of heart, smite you in the knees, in the legs, sore botch, all the diseases of Egypt. And as if these were not enough, verse 61 adds every sickness and every plague which is not written in the book of this law. Is there anything left uncovered? If you are carrying a disease, you are carrying a part of the curse. This should not be.

Deuteronomy 7:15 tells us that diseases belong to those that hate God: And the Lord will take away from you all sickness and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which you know, upon you; but will lay them upon all them that hate you. If you truly feel that it is God's will for you to be sick, you have no business going to a doctor trying to get rid of the will of God! The will of God is expressed in the Lord's Prayer: Your will be done. God has set us free from the curse of the law through Christ Jesus our Lord for "whosoever will" meet the conditions and believe the Word. We may except ourselves, saying, "It is not His will," but God excepts no one. He is no respecter of persons. His promises are to all.

James 5:14 asks, Is any [not some] sick among you? God is as willing to heal as He is to forgive sins. The only hindrance in getting the full benefits of Calvary is unbelief and lack of appropriation of the blessing which Christ died to give to all men. Isaiah 53:4-5 states, surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. And then in Matthew 8:16-17: When the evening was come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils; and He cast out the spirits with His word, and healed all that were sick: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bore our sicknesses. I Peter 2:24 Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed.

James 5:14-16 Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. And finally, 3John 2 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

Author's Bio: 

This is an excerpt from the new release, Why Do Bad Things Happen To So-Called "Good" People?, read more http://www.godswager.com. Douglas C. Hoover, CEO of Aquamedia Corp, is a free-lance writer and author. He designed and constructed over 2,000 waterfalls for 30 years in southern California. How-to books, tapes, digital design programs, photo and video gallery.