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“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” (Acts 10:38).

 

You must be very careful not to allow experiences cause you to settle for erroneous beliefs. For example, because of some experiences people have had in the past, they think that it is God’s will for some people to be sick. But that is never the case. John the Apostle was speaking the mind of God when he said: ‘I wish above all things that you prosper and be in good health even as your soul prospers (3 John 2).”

 

One of the arguments people bring forward in such cases is Paul’s thorn in the flesh. Some people erroneously assume that God gave the Apostle Paul sickness as a thorn in the flesh to humble him. Let us look closely at this in 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10:  “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Notice that sickness is not at all mentioned here. The phrase, thorn in the flesh, is not peculiar to the New Testament. In fact, it is mentioned several times in the Old Testament (Num 33:55, Jos 23:13, Judges 2:3). In each of these cases, it refers to individual who were antagonistic towards God’s people and persecuted them.

For the Apostle Paul, the thorn in the flesh was not sickness but persecution. The bible makes it clear that all who believe in Jesus will suffer persecution in some form or the other (2 Tim 3:12).

The Apostle himself had known from his first encounter with Christ that he would suffer persecution for the sake of the gospel. God never uses sickness to keep his children humble (2 Cor 11: 24:30).

Every time believers were sick in the bible, we see them healed. This was the case of Epaphroditus. Even when Dorcas and Lazarus died as a result of sickness, God healed them. Even those who did not believe in Jesus, but believed in his ability to heal them received their healing. Don’t forget the man whose ear Peter cut off when Jesus was being arrested. Jesus healed him too. God does not want you sick.

 

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