Why Am I Still Ill?
Feb 09, 2020
Peter looks at some of the questions we ask about illness. In this preach, he answers the questions: "Do I have to die?" and "Did I do something wrong?".
Why am i ill?
1. Why do I have to die?
I often get asked, “will I die?” The answer is always yes.
Quickly followed by the qualification that I hope it won't be soon though.
Death and taxes in The Cobbler of Preston by Christopher Bullock (1716) ’Tis impossible to be sure of any thing but Death and Taxes,
You can try and avoid taxes. Though Jesus says we shouldn't.
Death is the ultimate incurable disease. We all die.
My job as a doctor is to try to delay that day, making the intervening period of a better quality. But I don't save lives.
Most of the time we don't die due to sin, or demons, but due to frailty of body.
We die due to sin that entered the world.
There was consequences of the sin. Death was one of them
The curse of Adam.
Fallen world. We will all die
Before that point we had bodies that would live on, and would not decay.
Eden was heaven on earth.
New body in heaven
Phil 3v21, 2cor5vv2-3, 1cor15vv35-58
This is not really the question people are asking. We all know death is a certainty.
They want to know why they do not have perfect health.
Why they are not living a long and happy life.
Why someone they love has already gone.
Ps17:15b when I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied
No guilt in life, no fear in death
2. Did I do something wrong?
Is it something I've done. My fault. My sin. Maybe!
We have 3 enemies in this life. World, flesh and devil. Phil Hardy
Body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Would you poison the temple with alcohol, or sugar, or lies, or prostitution?
Our instant answer is no, but we do.
What we eat can make us sick. Proverbs 25:16 NLT
Waste not want not - background or culture determines your action.
Root of this is a poverty spirit. That tomorrow there won't be.
Bit like manna in the desert and collecting so much you can't eat it all.
Paul to Timothy wine for stomach. Bodily causes. Medicine can be the solution.
God allowed us to invent medicine
What we do has consequences.
If we get pregnant outside of marriage, there is a consequence to the sin. We see that.
There is a link between sin and sickness
Man through roof. Sin caused sickness. Mark 2:1-12
I wonder what did he do that made him paralysed?
It wasn't others sin, it was his sin.
His friends faith also contributed to the forgiveness. What if they had not believed Jesus would heal him?
Rom3:23 we have all sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.
1john. We all sin, he who says he has no sin is a liar
But we are all sick…..
Rom6 we are set free from the power of sin
God allowed him to be tested.
He had not polluted his temple, yet God allowed him to suffer.
Job gets better and lives years after the Illness.
Ezek23:35 ill due to sin
It doesnt mean just because there is no condemnation, we don't die!
It also does not mean sin and don't worry because we have been forgiven.
But it does mean we don't have to live under our past sin. But the consequences may live with us, like scars.
There is hope, but Rom8:18 we may suffer now
There are lots of other reasons for illness.
Viruses. A product of the fallen world. Wear and tear on our mortal bodies. A lack of faith. Demonic activity. Other people's sin
So in answer to the question, am I suffering due to my sin, maybe, maybe not.
However, if there is an obvious cause, what are you going to do about it?
Sometimes, you are living with the consequence. You can't undo the damage of a previous injury, or your old habits. God might choose to heal you.
But the sin that is current can be stopped and done away with.
Who breaks the power of sin and darkness? Jesus!
This is a hard word. But we need to have "No guilt in life, no fear in death" as the old song says.
2 Tim2: 22,26 teaching about health? It's another truth.
Body like an athlete…. 1cor9:27
Biggest issue is that the devil tells you that you are ill because you did stuff wrong.
Yes deal with the stuff that does not help. The junk. Devil get your junk out of here. But, don't put it all on that….
Matt 18:7-9 better to cut off your hand and enter heaven than have 2 hands. So take this word seriously!
Questions for groups.
How do you feel about the fact that sin has consequences? Does that mean God loves you less?
What scars do you have from old sins? How does that change you?
What are you looking forward to about having a perfect body in heaven?