In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The Spirit of the Lord spoke unto the dust of the ground and said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness.” Instantly a perfect man arose. His name was Adam, and he was created in complete unity, beauty and harmony with his Creator.
Then God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” So the Lord caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man. He took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. The rib that the Lord took from the man, he made into a woman.
Adam was not crippled from birth. Eve did not have muscular dystrophy. She did not suffer from fibromyalgia or asthma. Adam was not stricken with cancer or leukemia. They were created in the image and likeness of God in perfect health, beauty and strength.
When Adam and Eve rebelled against God and committed the first sin, evil entered the world and separated mankind from God’s blessings and protection. God, being pure spirit, love, light and truth, could no longer relate to his beloved children in the same way. Once Adam and Eve were separated from God’s protection, evil started attacking them with every kind of spiritual and physical sickness.
God in his loving kindness devised a plan and immediately started working with all future generations. In Genesis 4:7 God tried to convince Cain to offer an acceptable sacrifice and warned him about the ever-present danger by saying, “Sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Unfortunately, the presence of darkness that was lurking at Cain’s door overpowered him, and he killed his brother Abel.
After Cain committed the sin of murder, the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world, acquired an even stronger influence over humanity. Along with this wicked and deadly influence, sin, sickness and diseases covered the entire land. It got so bad that at one point God was sorry he created humankind and decided to remove them from the face of the earth.
After starting over with Noah, God began working with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to create a royal priesthood, a chosen people to be his own. He allowed the Israelites to suffer over 430 years in captivity in the land of Egypt. He worked many powerful miracles through Moses to set them free. After parting the Red Sea, God spoke an agreement to them in Exodus 15:26 by saying, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in his sight, and give heed to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will not bring upon you any of the diseases that I brought upon the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.”
All the Israelites had to do was fulfill their end of the agreement, and they would have God’s blessings and protection.
- They had to listen carefully to the voice of the Lord their God. (Are you practicing contemplative prayer?)
- They had to do what is right in his sight. (Are you practicing obedience?)
- They had to give heed to his commandments and keep his statutes. (Are you practicing holiness?)
If God’s children continued to walk in obedience and holiness, then God would not allow evil forces to inflict their bodies with all the diseases found in the land of Egypt.
Unfortunately, the Israelites continued to sin, so God set up a temporary system of repentance. The system worked great for a time, but soon after, the Israelites’ hearts grew hardened. They were constantly committing sins and constantly performing purification rituals in the temple.
Because God desired more holiness from his children, he sent the prophet Ezekiel to declare the coming of a new covenant as described in Ezekiel 36:25-28 as follows: I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.
A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. Then you shall live in the land that I gave to your ancestors; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.
In the Old Covenant, the penalty for sin was sickness, death and disease. In the New Covenant the penalty remains the same, except instead of placing our sins on an innocent sheep and allowing that animal to pay the death penalty on our behalf, we can now place our sins on the innocent Lamb of God.
In the fullness of time, God sent his only begotten Son into the world to pay the death penalty for our sins. God’s only begotten Son became man. He lived a sinless life and offered his body to be tortured and crucified. He willingly took upon himself the sins and sickness of the world, so that everyone who repents can be forgiven.
By accepting the Lord’s sacrifice on the cross and following his teachings, you can now be restored into perfect fellowship with the Father. Once you are completely restored into God’s fellowship, not only will the Lord’s healing power flow into your life, but it will also flow through you, into the lives of others.
What are you waiting for? Jesus is the great Physician. Jesus touched everyone who asked him for healing. He desires that you walk in perfect health and holiness with him now and forever.
The same miracle-working power that was available in the life of Christ is available for you right now. The time is now—the kingdom of heaven is at hand!