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Aug062018

Sickness Is Strange

If you are following after Christ, the number one challenge you will encounter is not sickness and disease. It’s persecution:

All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
2 Timothy 3:12 

How should you respond when you’re persecuted? Probably not how you might think. The Apostle Peter gives the answer:

If any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 Peter 4:16

What?! Shouldn’t we pray to God to excuse us from persecution? No. According to Scripture, if we’re following Christ, persecution is an inevitability. That doesn’t mean we should thank God for it, and that’s not what Peter was saying. But we shouldn’t think it’s strange when we’re persecuted either:

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 Peter 4:12-13a

What we should think is strange is being attacked with sickness. But unfortunately, we as Christians have had a lot of help accepting sickness as normal. When we think of something as normal, we put our guards down. We submit and become passive. Worse, we make provision for and
accommodate it.

So, what should you do if you’re dealing with sickness? Fight! You have the victory over sickness and disease. You can win! Look at what Andrew said on the Gospel Truth:

“[God] has not redeemed us from persecution, but He has redeemed us
from sickness.”

Even though God wants us well, we have a part to play. We have to act on our faith. Andrew really gives a powerful exhortation to help us:

“There are some of you that are believing God for healing, but you aren’t acting healed. Get up out of your wheelchair. If you can’t stand, if you’re a quadriplegic, well then move something. Do something. Believe God to move your big toe, your little finger, and once that starts moving, well then move the next one and start doing something. You resist the devil, and he’ll flee from you. You resist sickness and that sickness will flee from you, but start doing something. Do what you can do. If you can’t do it all, do part of it. The Lord will meet you where your faith is, but faith without works is dead. You’ve got to start acting well.”

If I knew I had the power to prevent someone from stealing from me, I wouldn’t idly sit back. I suspect you wouldn’t either. How much more would you act if what was being stolen was something valuable, like your health?

You might need to be convinced that sickness is not something you should just tolerate. I think Andrew would say, “As long as you can live with sickness, you will.” Some Christians would say, “Well, the devil has attacked me with these symptoms. I must be doing something right.” That’s what Satan wants you to think. But never use the Enemy’s activity as an indication that something is of God. The Enemy attacks just because he’s evil. But he defaults to persecution to stop you from advancing. Of course, he attacks also with sickness, but he attacks everybody with sickness, whether they’re Christians or not.

In Andrew’s teaching, God Wants You Well, he clearly shares that Paul’s thorn was not some physical ailment. It was, in fact, persecution. To hear more about this topic, tune into the Gospel Truth this week: check your local listings to tune in Monday through Friday, or watch him online anytime at www.awmi.net/video/this-weeks-tv.

Written by David Moore II

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Reader Comments (5)

Good Morning! I have complete faith in my healing. I have a question if I may. In this article you state to do something to increase your faith like your mention of moving a body part. How do you do that when you are believing for healing of type 1 diabetes? I speak out my faith to my body daily. I speak out scriptures and camp on Proverbs 4:20-23 getting the Word in my eargate, eyegate, out of my mouthgate, and into my heartgate all day and even while I sleep. How do I "do" something when it is an internal organ and I have no physical control over it? I have tried to remove my insulin pump, but my blood sugar skyrockets. Please any help to increase my faith to believe and receive my healing would be appreciated. Thank You and Have a Blessed Day ~ Lisa

August 7, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Long term spine disorder.. Standing on and speaking God's Wor for a long time.
Get up daily fighting through the pain. Sometimes acting healed makes symptoms worse, even causing severe pain to where I miss several days of work.
Feed on the Word, Andrew's teaching and others. Doing everything I know to do. Pray often for others with some good results.
Must admit I am baffled. I would love to hear from others who have had a similar experience and what put them over to receiving. Please comment. Greg.

August 7, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

Hello, Lisa. Our hearts are with you. We want to encourage you that the best way to build faith is to get a Word from God. We believe that God wants to speak to you directly as to how to continue you build up your faith and remove has blocks of unbelief so you can receive your healing!

We want to lift you up in prayer!

Praise God that you are a healed child of God resisting sickness, not a sick person trying to get well. Diabetes cannot stay in your body!

Acts 10:38 (KJV)
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.

In Jesus' name, we declare that you are completely healed! We command your pancreas to come alive and work properly, in Jesus' name!

You can also call our prayer line at +1(719) 635-1111, Monday through Friday from 4:30am to 9:30pm Mountain Time, and one of our prayer ministers will be happy to agree with you in prayer.

Also, feel free to check out Andrew's teaching, "God Wants You Well." You can listen to it for free through this link: http://www.awmi.net/audio/audio-teachings/#/awm_1036a_atonement.mp3.

We are standing with you, Lisa! Expect to hear from God! -AWMI Team

August 10, 2018 | Registered CommenterSite Admin

Thank you for sharing this with us, @Greg. Although you have seen others healed by your prayers but you haven't yet seen your healing manifestation, don't let that discourage you. Healing belongs to you, and we believe that the faith-filled words you speak over your body are having an effect even when you don't notice it.

When Jesus cursed the fig tree, the disciples did not see it wither instantly, but from that moment, it was cursed at the root. Likewise, we can know that our words are having an effect even when we cannot see it.

One way to strengthen your faith in Jesus as Healer is to know His great love for you. Our faith works by love (Galatians 5:6), meaning that our trust in His personal promises to us is strengthened when we know the love of our Father in whom we are trusting. Knowing God's love helps us to see ourselves differently and to lay hold of every spiritual blessing that we have in Christ.

We come into agreement with your faith and we speak God's life and health over your body. You are a healed child of God!

We believe you'll be encouraged by Andrew's series "The Power of Faith Filled Words," which is available for free at http://www.awmi.net/audio/audio-teachings/#/awm_1075a_creative.mp3.

If there is any other way that we can assist you, please let us know. We want to be a blessing to you! -AWMI Team

August 10, 2018 | Registered CommenterSite Admin

Physical healing isn’t what Gods ultimate will is. Jesus tells us not to worry about the one who can destroy the body but the one who can destroy your soul. If you enter heaven completely paralized, how much better is that than entering hell with a perfectly funciotioning body. We live this life in light of eternity, let’s live with our eyes set on the future glory God has prepared for us. This life and our struggles and hurts are normal becaus this is a broken world. Trusting that God is with u even in the worst pain is more comforting than any body pain. Think about it. If u we’re ill, would u call out to God as much and dwell in his word daily? Can’t u see everything in your life is all working out for your good, if you are truely a child of God. He cares about you and sometimes it’s gona hurt, because that’s what discipline is, it’s painful but it’s for our own good. God doesn’t punish or forsake his children, he lovingly leads them step by step until glory.

August 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterVita

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