Are you Free or just out of Control?!
Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the LORD, he has rejected you... (1 Sam 15:23 NLT)
Have you ever considered why cancer is such a threat in today’s world? Why are so many people suffering with this unsolvable problem? With today’s technology the way that it is, cancer still seems to defy even the best minds. What is the cause, what is the cure? Listening to Dr Don Colbert and Brother Copeland discussing this subject I heard the simplest definition for cancer that I’ve heard yet... basically cancer is the result of, “...cells rebelling against the body!” It is all a result of rebellion, manifesting in the body at cell level, rogue cells attacking the body like a bunch of lawless thugs... breaking down the body’s immune system.
There can be several reasons for this; unhealthy living and unhealthy attitudes. Sowing seeds of rebellion over time will produce a harvest. It’s one thing that we can be certain of...! We must be watchful over the type of seeds that we sow...
That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died. But if we would examine ourselves, we would not be judged by God in this way. Yet when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned along with the world. (1 Cor 11:30-32 NLT see also AMP)
However not all sick people, whether from cancer or otherwise, are guilty of rebellion! We must be careful not to adopt condemning theologies. I had a certain friend some years ago who was very dear to my wife and I... but I found out the hard way one day what his theology truly consisted of. I spent 5 hours reeling with pain while passing gall stones from my bladder... perhaps it was the nearest experience to giving birth for a male! I was rushed to an Italian hospital late at night, to have my kidneys scanned and to be seen by specialists... but when I spoke with my dear friend by phone to ask for prayer, and besides other harsh opinions he mainly implied, “maybe you are in sin?!?!” That day I discovered what Job must have felt like!
O’ boy, I was truly shocked and it occurred to me then, that people only lose that kind of harsh theology when they themselves are sick! On the other hand sin can be a factor in sickness but not always and we must safe guard ourselves from adopting theologies that are either “all inclusive and compromising” or “condemning and judgmental.” They are equally as bad!
If you have ever passed gall stones then you’ll know just how painful that was for me! I was literally on my knees for 5 long hours begging God; like all of us do, when in a fix we can’t control! You bet the first thing I did was check my heart! (But in the end it just turned out to be, too many years of drinking too much strong English tea and drinking too little water! I’ve changed my lifestyle a little since then!)
There are all kinds of reasons for thinking the way that we do... many times our own experiences dictate to us... and if we are hard on ourselves, then we are likely to be hard on others too. My friend was less than understanding and sadly his theology was very condemning.
So having been on the receiving end of that, I certainly don’t want to dish out any condemnation up on the sick... but having said that, there has to be real weight to the Word of God. If everything can be just explained away, then it has little value to it. Cancer is spiritual but eventually manifests itself in the flesh. Even our churches suffer from spiritual rebellion, cancers... in fact I dare say that the Body of Christ is riddled with it! Metaphorically speaking...!
So many people have no respect for authority or even godly order... whether in secular life or in Christendom. They walk out of jobs the minute they don’t like something or file out of churches the minute they don’t agree! This amounts to a cultural blend of rebellion. And as a result a harvest of rebellion is being reaped upon entire generations of people. People are afraid of cancer mainly because they can’t control it... but neither can you control a rebellious heart...
We have to make sure that we are not stubborn and rebellious; the harvest on that type of seed is not the type of harvest we want!
The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve (Jeremiah 17:9-10 NLT).
There is order in the body as God created it... but cancerous cells rebel against that order... wreaking havoc in the body, breaking it down. And a house that is divided against itself eventually falls...Being rebellious is synonymous with wanting our own way – rather than, “not my will Father but yours...” Instead we want to be in control of our own lives... yet the harvest from that will be just as hard to control! In fact most people, who claim to be free, are actually OUT OF CONTROL!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father just as much as I don’t want cancerous cells wreaking havoc in my own body, nor toxins or free radicals messing up the biological order that you put there. I don’t want to be a dangerous or rebellious free-radical in Your Body. I want to be a blessing and not deluded into living out of control. Help me live under the control of Your precious Holy Spirit and not the dictates of my own flesh. Help me not to get caught up in explaining everything away like the world does and devalue the need for repentance. I sincerely want to live in divine order which is the true freedom that Jesus died to give me.
CONFESSION OF THE DAY
Today I decide to walk voluntarily by the dictates of the Holy Spirit of God and not by the lusts of my own flesh. I chose life and freedom as God mapped out for me and not as the world translates it. In agreement with Galatians 6:8 I chose to sow to the spirit because I want to reap eternal life and peace. I refuse to sow to my flesh and reap only corruption. I refuse to be rebellious. I submit my life to God and I profess that I have the very mind of Christ today. I am not out of control but under His control.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO MAKE THIS MINISTRY POSSIBLE!
WE LOVE YOU…!
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