IGNORANCE
The Number One Enemy of Health is a lack of knowledge

Hosea 4:6 says "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..."and Isaiah 5:13 tells us, "Therefore My people go into captivity (to their enemies) WITHOUT KNOWING IT, and because they have no knowledge of God..." That says that we are so ignorant, we don't even know we are ignorant.

We say and sing that God is good, but we don't really believe it. If we did, we would never say and believe that God sends sickness into our lives. When was the last time you heard something along this line? It must be that God is trying to teach me something, and He had to get me flat on my back so I would look up." Or, "He must be punishing me for the bad attitude I have. I feel like I deserve to be punished, God must have made me sick." Probably, it wasn't long ago, maybe it was even you that said it. Whenever and whoever it was, it was lack of knowledge speaking.

Sickness does not come from God. He lives in heaven where there is no sickness. He doesn't even have a supply of sickness to put on us. Our heavenly Father has always been absolutely opposed to sin, sickness, poverty and fear. These things are the exact opposite of His nature. His nature is HOLINESS, HEALTH, ABUNDANCE and LOVE. It is the Word that God uses to teach us, not sickness. Did Job say, " I know that my disciplinarian liveth" NO!! He said, "I know that my REDEEMER liveth."

Every good gift is from above, sickness is not good in any way shape or form. Sickness steals the Word, sickness steals time, sickness steals money, sickness kills, sickness destroys. It is the thief that comes to steal, kill and destroy NOT GOD. God gets blamed for accidents, storms, sickness and death, because we are ignorant concerning His GOODNESS.

We need to learn that the laws governing the earth came into being with the fall of man. God created man in His own likeness, gave man the ability to multiply, to fill the earth and subdue all of its vast resources. He provided everything man would need and blessed man. Then God looked over everything He had made and pronounced it good, suitable, pleasant and He approved it completely. Read Genesis 1:26-31. You will find only good things were given by God. Health was natural before sin entered the world, Satan is the author of sickness.

Romans 5:12-21 "Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death as the result of sin, so death spread to all men, (no one being able to stop it or to escape it's power) because all men sinned."

Death entered the world thru sin. Sickness is death in seed form. SATAN is the author of sickness. When Jesus walked the earth, He healed the sick, raised the dead and stilled the storms. If these things had not been the will of God, He would not have done them. HE CAME TO DO THE WILL OF THE FATHER,... TO DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL.
1 John 3:8

Under the terms of the old covenant God told His children if they would serve Him, He would bless their bread and water and take sickness away from them. When Israel obeyed God's Word, they walked in health. It is estimated that nearly three million people came out of Egypt, they had been slaves living in dire circumstances.... yet we are told there was not one feeble among them and they had silver and gold with them. Exodus 23:25 and Psalm 105:3- 7

Under the new covenant we have even better promises than under the old, because Jesus became our guarantee, our surety, of a more advantageous covenant. Hebrews 7:22. The Greek Word for surety means one who pledges his name, influence and property, in order to undertake for another, who is lacking in ability to discharge his or her own obligations. The surety is the sponsor of another, standing in the place of one who is incompetent to act in his or her own behalf. The surety says, put it on my account, I will pay. He guarantees the agreement will be completed.

Adam had a covenant with great advantages, but no surety. IT FAILED. Israel had a covenant with a high priest as surety. IT FAILED. We have a covenant that is ordered and sure, for it's help is laid on one who is mighty...; who changes not. One who has been given the power to help. A champion who WILL NOT fail, His name is JESUS, LORD OF LORDS, KING OF KINGS.

The very moment we accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, Jesus agreed to undertake for us. He agreed to pay, all of our debts. He satisfied God the Father concerning us. We belong to Him. Satan has no legal right to inflict illness upon us.

THEN HOW COME SO MANY OF US ARE SICK? Jesus said, "I have come that you MIGHT have life and have it more abundantly." John 10:10 He did NOT say I have come to FORCE abundant life on you, He said might have. That's giving us the option. We may, choose to take up the option, we can't do that if we are ignorant of the option's existence. If we do not have knowledge of the Word which tells us over and over about the goodness of God, we will perish or be led away captive by our enemies.

We must know that God hates sin, sickness, and poverty. He wants us to be well. He wants that so much, that He will meet us on whatever level of faith we have reached.

There are three levels of healing faith, I call them good, better, and best.

GOOD, find a reliable medical man and facility, pray, take treatment and believe God for healing.

BETTER, be prayed for, believe God, and receive healing.

BEST, REFUSE TO BE SICK.

Just as we do not have to accept the opportunity to sin that presents it's self, we can also refuse to accept the symptoms or opportunity to be sick. Some morning we may wake up with a body that aches and perhaps an upset stomach. We drag ourselves out of the bed, into the bathroom and stare in the mirror. "Wonder what it is?" Immediately Satan plants a thought of some serious disease. "Maybe it's AIDS." We counter with, "don't be ridiculous." He comes back with, "How about flu?" We say, "Yeah, that's what it is." and sure enough, that's what we have. We have now been deceived by the master of deceit, led into captivity without even knowing it, because we are ignorant of God's goodness.

The way to stay healthy, is to be a partaker of the divine nature. It is by the promises that we become a partaker. 2 Peter 1:2-4. When the opportunity to be sick knocks on our doors, we need to say NO!!! LET THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD say so. Tell the devil, I am redeemed, you have no right to do this, I refuse to receive it. We have been ignorant of the devil's devices, he has fooled us into believing that he has all the power. WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. Jesus said,

"Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and (physical and mental strength and ability) over all the power that the enemy (possesses), AND NOTHING SHALL IN ANY WAY HARM YOU." Luke 10:19
We need to know that because of Jesus we can resist the devil, and he will flee.

Satan is the great deceiver, he has even fooled some people into believing he is not real, that he does not exist. He reasons that if they believe there is no enemy, then there is no need for preparation for battle or defense. No preparation means the enemy can attack at anytime, as he wills, and carry us off captive. Be prepared, know the Word and the nature of God, for
God is Good.

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