Lesson 7

CHAPTER SEVEN

THE END RESULTS OF SICKNESS

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this lesson you will be able to:

C Write the Healing Promise from memory.

C Identify the two end results of sickness.

C Identify two types of death.

HEALING PROMISE TO CLAIM:

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11)

INTRODUCTION

There are only two possible end results of a sickness. It will either be for the glory of God or a sickness unto death. In either case, God promises:

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11)

A SICKNESS FOR THE GLORY OF GOD

A sickness for the glory of God is one where a person glorifies God through their

testimony, life , and ministry. You can read the story of a man blind since birth in John chapter nine. Jesus said of this blind man:

. . . Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in Him. (John 9:3)

When the blind man was healed, God received glory through his testimony . God should always receive the glory for all legitimate healing. (By "legitimate" we mean healings that are not Satanically invoked.)

NATURAL HEALING:

God usually is given credit for divine healing, of course, but glory should also be given

Him for what is called natural healing of the body through its own processes. God created the body and displays His nature and creative power through the natural bodily processes.

MEDICAL HEALING:

Praise should also go to God for healing assisted by medical means. The Bible says every good gift comes from God (James 1:17) and this includes medicines, vitamins, and other substances that benefit you physically . Many medicines come from natural substances in plants and elements that were created by God in the first place .

INSTANTANEOUS AND DELAYED:

Sometimes a person is healed instantaneously, but other times healing is delayed and he is healed later or gradually. Consider these examples:

-Zechariah was not healed until the birth of John: Luke 1:20

-Hannah could not bear a child until God’s perfect timing: I Samuel 1:5-19

-Despite Abraham’s faith, Abraham and Sarah could not bear a child until God’s timing: Hebrews 11:11

Whether instantaneous or gradual, God should receive glory for the healing.

A SICKNESS UNTO DEATH

In John 1 1:4 Jesus said the sickness of Lazarus was not one unto death. This means there is a sickness unto death. The goal of healing is not immortality. Divine healing does not achieve this any more than medicine does. Even those raised from the dead by Jesus
eventually died, including Lazarus.

There are two types of death mentioned in the Bible. A premature death occurs when a

person is turned over to the destruction of the flesh and dies prematurely so that the spirit might be saved (I Corinthians 5:4-5). You studied about this in Chapter Five.

The second type of death mentioned in the Bible is an appointed death. Every man has an appointed time to die (Hebrews 9:2; Ecclesiastes 3:2). Even Elisha, the great prophet of God who did many miracles of healing, became sick with "the sickness whereof he would die" (II Kings 13:14). At your appointed time to die it is possible to just stop breathing
rather than get sick and die:

. . . thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust. (Psalms 104:29)

As an old man Moses had no effects of age. Joshua was "old and well stricken in age." God preserved one supernaturally, while the other experienced the results of natural aging. Their spirituality had nothing to do with this. Both were great spiritual leaders. God will sustain you whether your body experiences the natural processes of age and death by disease or you are supernaturally preserved.

We often make the mistake of living bound by the parameters of time instead of eternity.
As a believer, you are already living in eternal life whether you live it on this or the other
side of death. When a believer dies, it is the ultimate healing within the parameters of
eternity .

Remember. . . You will experience healing: For some, it will be experienced this side of death. God will raise you up and you will glorify Him by your testimony, life, and
ministry.

Others will receive the ultimate healing as they pass through death and victoriously enter the presence of the Lord with a body, soul, and spirit that is perfectly whole.