Are you Sick and Suffering because of Sin in your Life?
Have you ever been through or are going through a hard time in your life where there have been financial hardships, sickness, broken relationships, weakness, etc?
Do you ever wonder why this uncomfortable issue may be happening to you or your family members and what may be causing it?
Have your friends, relatives, family and religious acquaintances come up to you and try to tell you why the hardship is happening to you and what you must do about it?
It is true that some problems might be clearly defined, but others are not that simple.
The problem with the religious institutions today is that they love to give you advice that point to solutions to your problems through the supposed wisdom of religious celebrities where you have to pay for their wares to access their knowledge in the quest to be healed. In the end, many people's eyes gloss over thinking they have been set free by by attending one of their 'pain and suffering' courses or reading the latest best seller only to end up even more confused.
The religious merry-go-round never points to the truth as most people just trade in one problem for another because they have bought into the lates snake oil rather than focusing on Christ.
Accuracy & Precision
How we can discover truth through the terms 'accuracy' and 'precision.' Accuracy can be defined as how close you are to the truth by the tried and true values that have been tested and precision is the degree of error between the results of those tested values. The closer the values are to each other, the greater the precision. For example, hitting the bullseye and being able to do it repeatedly is being both accurate and precise.
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! - 2 Corinthians 13:5
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. - 1 John 4:1
The common problem many have is approximations that are made after buying into religious half-truths and then apply these things into their lives and then onto others.
When we look at the disciplines of chemistry and physics, a high degree of precision and accuracy may be needed to test something that is quite volatile. The purpose is to avoid an explosion. However, is some cases only an approximation or less accurate calculation only needs to be made. A rough estimation would suffice.
As followers of Christ, we need to have both a precise and accurate representation of truth. Unfortunately, many are being guided by rough estimations.
The degree of deception can be determined by how accurately and precisely we research and study the word of God with the help of the Holy Spirit.
There are many half- truths that many have bought into. The cause of their sickness and suffering is determined by the man-made doctrines they have been taught in the institutional church system. Although some of what they believe may be accurate, it may be missing precision all together.
Here are a few examples:
- The sin in your life such as bitterness, unforgiveness, judgementalism, laziness, etc, is causing all your problems.
- You are being disciplined by God for you behaviours.
- You are demon possessed, tormented or being influenced by them.
- You do not have enough faith.
There is truth to each one of these phrases and there are many scriptural references to back them up. However, with false doctrine there is some accuracy, but it is missing the precision. In many cases, the greater context of Scripture has been ignored.
The many supposed ‘healing’ ministries that are marketed in the church system today often use one aspect of the examples given above to take advantage of people. Their purpose is to market their religious 'cures' to obtain the monetary. Many have boughten into the mantra of, 'If you buy our books and come to our conferences you will find healing and comfort from all your pain and suffering in your life.'
The sad truth is that when you tell someone about the hardships you are going through, they will not point to Christ, but to religious men as the 'cure.' People are buying into the sophistry of religious salesmen who are exploiting the suffering and becoming rich off of people's afflictions. There is nothing new under the sun. Men have twisting truth for centuries. They will focus on one aspect of truth and make you ignorant of the rest.
There are many going through hard times in their lives. We must trust in God no matter what the circumstance,. We must be careful to have the right perspective and avoid the religious sales pitches. Many have been taken advantage of because they lack discernment and get hoodwinked into believing something about their pain and suffering that is not true.
For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world. - 1 Corinthians 11:30-32
It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. - Hebrews 12:7-8
Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. - Hebrews 12:9-11
Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “Behold, you have become well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse happens to you.” - John 5:14
So Jesus then said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe; but let us go to him.” - John 11:14-14
And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?”Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. - John 9:2-3
And there was a woman who for eighteen years had a sickness caused by a spirit; and she was bent double, and could not straighten up at all. - Luke 13:11
“And this woman, a daughter of Abraham as she is, whom Satan has bound for eighteen long years, should she not have been released from this bond on the Sabbath day?” - Luke 13:16
These are only a few Scriptural references above that can be perused to give understanding to why we may be sick, suffering and heavy burdened. It does not necessarily mean that we are in sin. It could mean that God may be using our circumstances to refine us in Him.
Don’t get caught up on the religiosity of the false religious ministries that rely on twisting half-truths for their own benefit, not yours.
Some of the many examples of suffering and affliction in Scripture were people suffering with Christ in order to develop their character of who they were in him. It does not necessitate that that you may have a demon or are in sin. You do not need to buy into the latest religious gimmicks to be 'set free.'
Those who are guided by the Holy Spirit will see that pain and suffering were opportunities for God to help us learn, trust and refine our faith as we press on along the straight and narrow. Even though we may be in hardship, God is pleased with us when we suffer for righteousness sake.
We live in a fallen and sinful world. The reality is that there is pain and suffering all around us. It can be a depressing sight if our focus is on this temporal world. Even though times may be tough and seem to never end, our hope is not in the temporal, but the eternal reality of who we are the Kingdom of God. It is in Christ that we press on and look forward to the day when all the disease, sickness, pain and hardships will become a thing of the past.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” - Revelation 21:4
It’s a Matter of Perspective
It is true that our sufferings may be a consequence of sin in our lives, but it also could be the result of walking out the faith of Christ in our own lives. We must keep our focus on the eternal instead of the temporal. This will give us hope and comfort as we trust in God in His ultimate plan for us.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. - 2 Corinthians 4:7-10
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Sickness, suffering, affliction and hardship can be a result of sin, but it also can be a means of God working in our lives to refine and purge what is not of him. No matter what the cause, our eyes should always be fixed on the way of Christ. He is the only one who has been appointed by his Father to help deal with the things that afflict us in our lives.
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