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Should Christians get sick?
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If your faith didn’t prevent you from getting sick in the first place, it would be gross stupidity to say you aren’t going to take drugs. I believe in divine healing and that you aren’t instantly healed doesn’t mean anything is wrong with your stand in God… The Bible says herbs are given for your healing! You eat because you’re hungry right? What do you understand about hunger? Hunger occurs when your body system needs some kind of nourishment that isn’t there anymore. If you are sick and you say well “am not going to go to hospital, I will not take drugs…” and you’re still suffering from the ailment… Something is wrong with you! Your faith is stupid!
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Yes, people can get their faith built up in the time of sickness and declare themselves healed and it happens! I believe so much in divine healing because I’ve experienced it, not even a long time ago! But stop forming you are a “faith giant” where your health is seriously down and you still refuse to take medication or go to hospital… You shouldn’t have gotten sick in the first place by faith.
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One of our neighbors died! A young beautiful woman, they attend a church where they are taught never to take drugs or go to hospital, that they should exercise their faith! But they weren’t told they shouldn’t get sick in the first place… This woman got very ill and they refused to go to hospital or get some medications…. She died! We cried! She is forgotten today… Her faith didn’t even make any impact! Look at the kind of example she is used to give today.
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Paul, the apostle of Grace through whom God wrought miracles asked Timothy to take certain prescription for his stomach ache! I thought he would have said “dear Timothy, I write to you concerning your lack of faith…” No, something was wrong with Timothy’s stomach and a way to prevent and ease it was needed! Paul came up with a traditional prescription! Timothy’s stomach ache would have possibly been a result of bad water because then Israel had no good water. That’s why they usually drink wine when they are tasty because wine comes distilled and wine is highly antioxidant and fight things that shouldn’t be in the body. When Jesus was thirsty, it was wine (though stale) that was brought to him and not water. Now you see, Paul didn’t come forming “faith giant” nor blamed Timothy for having stomach issues in the first place! He simply prescribed something that would fight the disease and further prevent it.
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Some folks sleep in a mosquito infested area without mosquito net, they eat unhealthy food, they simply live in an unhealthy environment and practice unhealthy lifestyle… Do you think they won’t get sick? They exposed their body to it and would probably see the effect on their body. If a Christian continues to smoke cigarette, he would have organ failures and he would probably die young if not treated on time. Aside consciously exposing yourself to unhealthy lifestyle, some do it unconsciously. I am not saying you wouldn’t survive by faith, I am not saying you may not eat poison and survive but you would eat poison and die! We shouldn’t quote what Jesus said out of context. It is stupid faith to stay on your dying bed and say “well, I have faith… I am not going to seek any medical help” you will so die and die again! Your “mighty” faith shouldn’t have let you gotten sick in the first place.
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Divine healing is possible, divine health is also possible! They are obtainable and you can even minister it to people but do not stay back and deny yourself medications when things have gone wrong with your help with. At least, as you build your faith, use those medications and the services of doctors to ease yourself the ailment. It is not a sin to go to hospital, it is not a sin to take drugs. Kenneth E. Hagin explained he would preach divine health and healing but he would also take some of his members to hospital and pay their bills for the services of the doctor until they are able to grow up in faith to the point it would start becoming reality in their body!
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I usually visited a Church where the Pastor always talked about divine health! He said he had never gotten sick for so many years and everyone would get excited and declare they can never be sick. Well, someone later got sick (people have been getting sick) and she was prayed for but she was still shivering and very weak! She was taken to hospital by the Pastor to be treated! Now, people would ask “was the Pastor lying about divine health and healing?” The answer is no! Why then wasn’t the girl instantly healed? I can’t give you the answers… There are questions I cannot answer. One of the Pastors that got me baptized by immersion died of health issues but he would always say “I can’t die, I can’t be sick”, he wasn’t lying as those where spiritual truths! He died in literal sense but spiritually he lives on, he was sick in literal sense but that wasn’t the reality of his spirit. Why did he get sick? Why did he die? I can’t explain! When we get to heaven, we will know.
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As a minister of the gospel, I have prayed for people and laid hands on the sick and they got instantly healed, some do take some time to heal completely though. But one time, not so long ago I took ill! At first it was like a joke, but I suffered it for more than three months! It was a complicated issue! I had gone to hospital for treatments, I prayed, I believed I was healed but I still felt the pains and uneasiness! I didn’t question God, I remember I would say “God, you’re good! I don’t know why I am yet to experience the healing that has taken place but I know you are good! I can’t explain something, but you remain God!” At some point, I prayed an agreement prayer with two believers, my prayer partner and her friend. We agreed in prayer, the next day I was so free and I was walking around freely, my strength was getting back. During the evening, the worse happened! My body temperature increased so much and I was feeling very cold while my body was hot… The bed was heating up and anyone in my room would feel the heat. It took another 2 days and I was hiding from telling anyone I took ill, for me it wouldn’t give glory to God! Only very few persons knew!
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However, that night, a prayer alert was sent out to all the members of House of Vasileia. I had no strength left, I wasn’t praying! They were doing the prayers. I normally wouldn’t sleep but that night I slept off and I saw myself in a very cold pool. I was floating on the water and a very large drop of blue water kept falling on me. Each time it fell on me, I felt peace. Then I woke up, my entire body was soaked up including the bed where I lay but I felt so good! I woke my friend who stayed with me to watch after me and she saw it herself! We were amazed because the room was very cold yet I was soaked in the heat. After a night again, it seemed the symptoms wanted to resurrect but then it disappeared finally and my body systems started building up again. Even at that? Did I relax? No! I started taking nutritional supplements and other foods that would help me gain up all that my body had wasted in the cause of the sickness. We live in an imperfect body.
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Till date, I can’t explain to anyone why I took ill in the first place. It is not the workings of God, I know that but I just can’t explain. In these situations, while you take medications, while you go to the hospital, you maintain your composure and trust in God. But do not start forming “faith giant” because you read a mighty preacher who said he has never taken drugs his entire life or he has never gotten sick! You are not him, you might get to that point but God never said if you took ill you’re no longer one of his, the bible never said if you took medications your salvation is questionable. The bible did say that if anyone of you is sick, he should go to the elders of the Church! They are believers but the Apostle knows believers could get sick! We are not supposed to be sick but a christian can become ill because we are in a weak body!
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I wouldn’t want to write more but let me say it is STUPID FAITH when you are in trouble and you don’t want to find your way out. Stand in the middle of the road with 200% faith that the car won’t crush you, you will so get crushed that you’ll go beyond recognition. Enter the fire with faith that Jesus will come there dancing with you like he did with the three boys, the fire will so burn you that you’ll taste hell on earth. You see a place they’re shooting, God didn’t ask you to go and you decide to go fight them because you have faith that the Samson-strength would come over you, they will so shoot you that even if you survive it, you would be in coma for a long time. Faith isn’t stupid, there is more to faith than your personal needs! There are much more important things ahead of you that needs faith!
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Why do you work? Isn’t it to earn a living? But yet we know the Lord is our shepherd and we shall not want! Yet, you have a want and you work, earn money and meet it! Why do you work? Probably because you have faith that God is able to supply your need through what you do. Your works are platforms through which the results of faith are made manifest! It must not happen to you the way it happened to Mrs B.
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There is more to write and I would have wanted to put what people call “balance” so that folks don’t say I am preaching lack of faith… But I would stop here with this. The Bible says “wisdom is the principle thing but in all thy getting, get understanding” the word ‘understanding’ means commonsense… Common sense is a gift from God to every man. As you walk in faith, do not to throw your common sense into the wastebasket because you’ll need it too, God designed it for you.
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Blessings.
#GracefulGeorge

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