“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” Romans 8:14-15
Soul ties, family curses and the like were nailed to the Cross of Jesus along with every other sin. First, please allow me to address family curses as related to sin. If there is a family curse related to sickness, we know sickness is straight from the devil, but it is the sin of Adam, which caused the fall of man, that allowed satan any legal right to us. Because of this sin (the fall of man), we became subject to the result of sin…death. Both death and sickness originated with sin and are now being propagated by satan. It is because of the fall of man that we needed (need) a Saviour, Jesus Christ. Only through Jesus Christ is sin and death defeated.
So what happens when the saint gets sick? What happens when we have laid hands on them, anointed them and they are not healed? Does that make Jesus a liar? Absolutely not. Does their illness mean the family curse wasn’t broken by Jesus’ finished work on the Cross? Again I say, absolutely not!
“For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” Romans 8:22-25.
Before all of my Pentecostal brothers and sisters begin to stone me (Just for full disclosure, I am Pentecostal from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet…even my dogs are Pentecostal!), I absolutely believe in divine healing. Matthew 10:1 “And when He had called unto Him His Twelve Disciples, He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.” The purposes of this discussion is until our healing comes.
There are so many saints today who are sick. When I say sick, I mean what the world refers to as “terminally ill”. However, I don’t subscribe to the world’s diagnosis but instead to God’s sovereignty and pray for His divine healing. The reason we pray for their divine healing may sound horrible to those who are not spiritually discerned. But we pray for divine healing to glorify God. Although, when it is us or our family, we tend to have other, more selfish reasons to pray for their divine healing….understandably so!! It is really easy to say “God’s will be done” when your personal will is not at stake.
So my question is this, if upon salvation; family curses, soul ties, bondages and strongholds were torn down, yet after salvation a Christian becomes sick or oppressed – how then is Jesus Christ glorified? And here is the answer…and I want you to hear this loud and clear; I want you understand how Christ is glorified in your sickness and oppression – He is not. The Lord is glorified in the joy and peace we have in knowing; in knowing that you know, that you know, that His payment on His Cross was ENOUGH to defeat any sickness, sin or death the devil had prescribed. God is glorified by His children because we know that satan NO longer has any rights to us. Jesus was the First Fruits, He addressed every thing we have lost on the Cross. Even though we only have part of our inheritance now, we will soon possess all of our inheritance. Many times we grow frustrated waiting on our inheritance. We get angry at God because we are promised that by His stripes we are healed and we have not yet seen our healing. Sickness, death and bondages are all real but they were all defeated on Calvary’s Cross.
“ For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. ” Mark 11:23. No matter our mountain, no matter our difficulty…through our faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the Cross, that difficulty will be removed. It will be removed by being taken out of the way or by no longer being difficult. Sometimes, we don’t allow God to no longer make the mountain difficult to move because all we still see is the mountain.
The power of God is in the Cross of Jesus for those of us who are being saved (1 Cor. 1:18). As a Christian, the only thing we have to do is go back to the Cross daily and remember the price that was paid for us to have victory in this life and eternally. Upon realizing these blessings are but a sample, the first fruits of what is to come, we continue in our hope. That mountain in no longer difficult and we persevere…in our perseverance we glorify the Lord. – Donna Warren