5) Unrepented sin
The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life
Fools, because of their transgression,
And because of their iniquities, were afflicted.
Their soul abhorred all manner of food,
And they drew near to the gates of death.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He saved them out of their distresses.
He sent His word and healed them,
And delivered them from their destructions.
Death is the sum total of all the consequences of the life separated from the presence of God, the word of God indicates that personal or at times generational sin can be an entry point for a direct affliction.
After healing a man who had been paralysed for 35 years in John 5:14, we read ‘Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”
Often times Jesus offered forgiveness in place of healing but the immediate benefit was that the afflictions of the penitent were healed as they received God’s offer of mercy and forgiveness.
Refusal to repent of a known sin or attitude is rebellion and if it is the cause of an affliction it will provide the ground for the continuation of the condition that was brought on by the sinful action or attitude. This is a matter of choice, an easy way to explain this would be to say that if an individual is suffering from an ailment brought on by smoking for example, it will be foolhardy to expect any relief except the precipitating condition is stopped, this is true physically as well as spiritually.
In 1 Corinthians 11, the Apostle Paul spoke about the sinful attitude of the Church in relation to the Lord’s body and he warned them saying because of this attitude many were weak, sickly and even died! (I Corinthians 11:30)
Many years ago, I was called to minister to a man who suddenly had become paralysed, I went to visit with two friends, as we entered into the sitting room where the man was in a wheelchair, I was led to ask, sir, I hope you did not visit the witchdoctors and juju priests’ I know that for many people even ‘christian’ people this was not an uncommon practice in their desperation for help and relief, yet God in His word warns us to have nothing to do with such people. So I asked, he replied ‘of course not, I am a christian’ so we began to pray and as we did so I was drawn to the ledge over the doorway, I put my hand on the ledge and pulled out a juju charm wrapped up in some funny looking cloth, I said to the man and his wife ‘what is this? The woman said Pastor are you not afraid of handling this thing? I was shocked, they showed no shame at been caught by the Holy Spirit in such a wicked act, they didn’t even seem concerned in the least about it. To cut a long story short I left with my friends, prayer was useless in such a situation, if the man got healed who will get the glory God or the juju? But as we left I told my friends this man will not live long, I just knew that by the Spirit, and just as I said a few months later I heard that the man was dead.
I believe the Lord would have healed him, but the man would not repent, neither would the Lord give His glory to another, talk less of graven images!
6) They don’t know how to put their faith to work
Have you heard of unbelieving believers? There is an epidemic of them today in the Church, believers who don’t know how to put their faith to work.
When I became a believer in Christ Jesus, I learnt by the study of the word of God that it was very possible to have believed on Jesus for salvation from sin and yet not know how to appropriate some of the benefits of that salvation by faith.
I learnt that the God who created the natural world and the laws that govern them also created the spiritual world and that there were laws or principles that governed their operations with faith been one of them.
I also learned and am still learning that no man had a mastery of these laws and principles like Jesus did and that in his teachings particularly and generally in the whole scriptures were a revelation of these laws and principles.
I learnt also that these laws would work for anyone who learnt them and learnt how to put them to work in their lives.
FAITH IS A LAW OF THE SPIRIT and works according to the principles revealed in the word of God, every time we study the mighty works of faith in the lives of God’s people throughout scriptures we can isolate these same principles.
Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.
Rom 3:27 NKJV
What is the law or principle of faith?
This is the principle of faith
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
We believe with our heart and confess with our mouth, that is how faith works.
Paul the Apostle put it like this
And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak,
2 Cor 4:13-14
Faith is put to work by first believing what God has revealed about the situation and by confessing with the mouth in line with what we have believed, this is how we were born again, ab=nd this is how we receive healing.
I discovered that many Christians had no idea how faith worked and they were using their faith against themselves, how you may ask? By believing all the lies of the devil and by confessing those lies in their lives.
Study the great men and women of exploits in the bible; Abraham, Moses, David, Mary, Sarah Paul etc you will discover this one thing, they knew how to put their faith to work.
Some believers say, I don’t have faith, for say healing, that may be so but it is only because they have not taken advantage of the means for faith, which is God’s word on healing, find out what God has said and BELIEVE IT, read and meditate on it then decide to BELIEVE IT, then begin to CONFESS IT. God is not a man that will lie. There is a difference between faith and believing, believing is a part of the faith process but faith is seen when you BELIEVE + CONFESS ( ACT ON) WHAT YOU BELIEVE.
Many Christians get the believing part right but not the confessing part, instead of confessing what they believe, they confess what they feel or see.
The Child of God was designed to walk by faith in as much the same way as the natural man was designed to breathe air or use his legs, in fact that capacity is inbuilt into man, the natural man exercises it outside God but it is the same capacity or ability available to the child of God