Tuesday, March 22, 2011

SIN AND SICKNESS Wednesday 23 March

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye


MEMORIZE: “Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee” (John 5:14).

READ: John 5:14-16

“For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep” (1 Cor. 11:30). One very disturbing trend today is the rate at which people fall ill and are affected by diseases and sickness that God promised to keep from His children. In Exodus 15:26, the Lord promised that certain diseases will not find their way into our bodies. Similarly, Exodus 23:25 says, “And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee”. The question in the hearts of many is: ‘Why is it that many who believe in Christ still suffer from sickness?’ In other words, why do the righteous still die of sickness that should not be mentioned among believers?

One major cause of sickness is sin. If you live a holy life, sin-induced ailments may never be able to penetrate your body. In Psalm 119:67, the Psalmist observed that before afflictions came to him, he had veered off the path of righteousness. If you are toying with sin, you are sending an invitation to sickness. If you want to live healthy, keep away from sin and obey God’s Word. Impotency was delivered to the man in John 5:1-16 because of his sin.

Another cause of sickness is defying God’s order on the Holy Communion. 1 Corinthians 11:27-30 says whenever you take the Holy Communion unworthily, you send an invitation to weakness. If this trend continues, your invitation will extend to sickness and thereafter death. You can be assured that such invitations are usually honoured by these evil spirits. Are you always feeling weak, tired and always wanting to rest even when you have not done strenuous work? Examine yourself! You may just be defying God’s order on the Holy Communion! If you take the Lord’s Supper and go back into your sinful life, or you pretend that all is well and because you do not want some people to think that you are living in sin, you take this uncommon meal while harbouring sin, life will gradually drain out of you. The condition of the communicant is very important whenever the Holy Communion is taken. If there is sin, what is meant to give life will gradually take it away. Are you sick? Is the sickness as a result of sin or violation of the Holy Communion? Repent today and turn a new leaf.

KEY POINT:
Sin and sickness are related. Wherever you find one, you will most likely find the other.

Bible in One year: Malachi 3-4.