At Sunday service of Izhevsk «Philadelfia» church on June 22th pastor Dmitry Vladichin preached about decease and will of God to heal. People wish each other health in most of wishes for a holydays, a wedding or a birthday. As we know the decease is a consequence of a sin, which purchased power through the first disobedience in Eden. As we are presently free of nature of sin many Christians think that believers must not be ill. However The Bible doesn't make such pronouncements. The blameless and upright Job was struck by leprosy. King Hezekiah "got ill to death". Apostle Paul spoke for himself that he was given "a thorn in flesh to torment him in order to keep him from becoming conceited because of surpassingly great revelations" (2 Corinthians 12:7). Also Paul advised Timothy to "use a little wine because of stomach and frequent illnesses" (1 Timothy 5:23).

Christians get ill and it is natural. In some occasions it means that we violate laws of nature established by God for example when we take a walk in light clothes on a windy weather. Not worth it to think that decease is always caused by sin. Once Jesus said about one man blind since the birth, that neither he nor his parents had not sinned, which could induce blindness. True reason was the manifestation of God's glory through the healing (Book of John 9:1-7). Also illness may appear when we neglect fellowship in Christ, act unworthily with neighbors. As well illness occur as a trial of faith (1 Peter 4: 12-13).

This is the initial reason of all. God willed to become closer to human, that is why all He makes, all of His laws and commandments are directed to personal appeal to man. That is why Peter claims that "whoever suffers in the body stops to sin" (1 Peter 4:1-2). Job after the days of his decease confessed to God: «My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you» (Job 42:5). Thus decease comes for two things: for personal knowing of God and for manifestation of His glory.

Pastor of youth service Vladimir Batalov preached about fencing from God. Sometimes Christians try to be closed from God, to buy off, to confine the sphere of His influence: «Here is Yours, and there is mine, please don't touch there nothing» or «God, I give you tithe, what more do You want from me?» In one way or another we protect from God, persuade ourselves that this is meant to be. But it's impossible to hide from God for external religiosity. Apostle Paul writes about Jews that "they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge" (Romans 10:2). Pastor came to the conclusion that to keep one's salvation right attitude to Word of God is necessary, to worship the Lord, to keep Sabbath principle and right relation to servants of God. It is necessary to edify others and remind oneself that no wrap can substitute personal relations with the Savior.

 


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