By Bishop David Oyedepo
In every contest, you have to contend with the opposition. If you must possess your possession of good health, you must get up and fight. What you donâ€™t want, you donâ€™t watch! What you donâ€™t fight has the right to prevail! What you donâ€™t confront, you cannot conquer!
The Word of God says: “Rise ye up…I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite…and his land: begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle” (Deuteronomy 2:24). You have to contend with the opposition and possess what God has given you. You have to take your good health, which God has originally packaged for you, by force (Matthew 11:12).
I want you to know that living free from sickness and disease is attainable. One of my mentors, Pa. Kenneth Hagin, once testified that for 61 years, he never knew what was called headache! Lester Sumrall, a great man of God, once testified saying, â€œI am 83 years old, and I use no medicine of any kind; and I am perfectly healthy.â€ Also, another man of God called Smith Wigglesworth, took the communion daily in his days. When he went to be with the Lord at the age of 87, no trace of sickness or disease was found in him at his death!
Personally, I have been bouncing about like a ball since 1969 till date! I am just living and enjoying my calling! The way I see God taking me on, at the age of 105, I wonâ€™t have any problem with my health! When I see the sick, compassion grips me, because they donâ€™t have to be sick! Adequate provision has been made for you to be healthy and strong. From all I have said so far, it is very clear that living a sickness-free and disease-free life is a reality.
Let us look at the causes of sickness. The Word of God says: “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 2). From this scripture, you can see that God wants you to remain healthy. Right from the creation of the world, Godâ€™s plan for man was total health. Man was not programmed for sickness and disease, hence God did not make any provision for his healing in the Garden of Eden. Sickness was not part of Godâ€™s original agenda. Sickness and disease only gained access to man after he fell, due to disobedience. Man disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3)!
Sickness is a by-product of what man became victim of subsequently. When man fell and became subject to Satan, sickness became one of the things man had to contend with. The Bible says: “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…” (Acts 10:38). From this scripture, it very clear that sickness came from the devil.
Sickness is not a natural phenomenon; itâ€™s spiritual. The Bible narrates the case of the woman with the spirit of infirmity for 18 years. She could not stand erect. Satan afflicted her for 18 years (Luke 13:10-13). Infirmity means sickness. So, Satan is behind every sickness and disease. Also, if you look at the account of Job, it was Satan who struck him with boils (Job 2:7). Job did not commit any sin because he was a perfect man (Job 1:1-3), yet he was afflicted by Satan. Satan deceived the first man out of the Garden of Eden just to punish, afflict and torment him. Till today, the devilâ€™s mission is to kill, steal and to destroy (John 10:10).
Sickness is not from God: Behind every sickness is Satan; it is never God. Every good and perfect gift comes from God, who never plays pranks (James 1:17). God is not a wicked God (Job 34:10-12). Satan is the wicked one (1 John 5:18). As long as you mistake that sickness and disease to be from God, you remain in bondage! That was what prolonged Jobâ€™s sufferings. He kept thinking that they were from God. In fact, at a time he said, â€œGod, even if you kill me, I will yet serve youâ€ (Job 13:15). All the calamities Job suffered were caused by Satan, not God, as Job kept on thinking.
Jesus does not take anything from you, rather, He came to give you everything you will ever need in life in excess (John 10:10). Every sickness is an oppression of the devil, not a lesson from God. If your child misbehaves, do you organize sickness for him, so he can understand how to behave well? Why must you think that God is seated in heaven planning sickness for you so you can learn?
The devil has stolen the health of many people, and they have mistaken it for God teaching them a lesson or punishing them for something they have done. As long as the thief is unfounded, the affliction continues. No matter what name that sickness is called by doctors, the Bible says it is an oppression of the devil. So, Satan is your enemy, not God! The power to combat sickness and Satan is available if you are a child of God.
Friend, are you a child of God? You become a child of God by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Saviour and your Lord. If you are set for it, please say this prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your Blood. Today, Lord Jesus, I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know, I am born again! ”
I will continue this teaching next week. Welcome to your year of restoration!Â I invite you to come and fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaan Land, Ota, the covenant home of winners. Our midweek services hold on Wednes-days between 6.00 and 8.00 p.m. We have three services on Sundays between 6.30 and 8.30 a.m., 8.45 a.m. and 10.45 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m.