What did we do? I simply reminded God of what His Word said. I knew He was going to do something about it.
This year he got three times as much. God promised He would make him rich. You know, friends, most of us are not poor because we have honored God — but because we have dishonored Him. I've given you Scriptures to prove it. Someone said, "Oh, yes, but Brother Hagin, I'm afraid of money. The Bible says, "For the love of money is the root of all evil" 1 Tim. You could be guilty of that sin and not have a dime.
It's not wrong to have money; it's wrong for money to have you. If money becomes a man's master, it is wrong. A man can love money so much that he'll pick it up anywhere he goes, any way he can. If you cut off his hands, he'll get it with his toes. If you cut off his toes, he'll pick it up with his teeth. If you pull his teeth, he'll gum it. If that's in him, he'll get it. The Bible says that the silver and the gold are God's Hag.
The bible says that the cattle on a thousand hills are God's Redemption from the Curse of Poverty 13 Ps. Why did God put all these things here, anyway? He surely didn't put them here for the devil and his gang! If He did, then He loves the devil's children more than He does His own children.
That would be like some man letting his children go hungry and not paying the rent while he goes across the street and pays some other woman's rent and feeds some other woman's children. God doesn't love the devil more than He loves us. Somebody said, "Brother, I guess I'm another Job. Praise God, if you're God's Job, you'll get your healing. Some people think, "Poor old Job — he went through life sick, suffering, and afflicted. If Job was ever sick again, we don't know it. The Bible didn't say so. And if he'd ever had anything else like that, the Bible would have said so.
God healed his body! God gave him 10 more children. God gave him twice as much as he had to begin with: And Job lived more years. He lived to see his children's children until the fourth generation. That's the way God does things. If it's wrong to be prosperous, then God did wrong by doing all that. There are always those in society who are unfortunate. God has blessed and prospered us, and He doesn't want us to be miserly. He wants us to help others, so God said, "He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord. And God said, "I'll repay him. I don't believe He lied about it.
Just how is He going to pay it? I don't know, but I think we can have some idea of it from Luke 5: He repaid Peter by giving him two shiploads of fish. There's one thing about it: There is nothing stingy about the Lord! I want people to know that I'm on God's side. I'm on the blessing side. I'm going to take advantage of what belongs to me in Christ. And I want you to take your stand. You know now what the blessing is. Chapter 2 Redemption from the Curse of Sickness Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us We can readily see from these Scriptures that sickness is a curse of the law.
The dreadful diseases enumerated here — in fact, every sickness and every disease, according to the 61st verse — are part of the punishment for breaking God's law.
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The King James Version of these Scriptures would lead us to believe that God Himself puts sickness and afflictions upon His people, for it reads, "The Lord shall smite thee Robert Young, author of Hints to Bible Interpretation, points out that in the original Hebrew, the verb is in the permissive rather than the causative sense. Actually, it should have been translated something like this: The Lord will allow these plagues to be brought upon you For example, Isaiah I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.
That would make God a devil. God may permit evil, but He does not create it. But God has not done evil; He only permits evil. There is a vast difference between commission and permission. When King Saul backslid, First Samuel The original Hebrew of these Scriptures was in the permissive tense, but because the English language has no corresponding permissive tense, the verbs were translated in the causative.
No, God does not send plagues and sickness upon His people as these verses seem to indicate. God's Word does not teach that these things come directly from God. When God's people broke His commandments, they no longer were under His divine protection. All He could do was permit the devil to bring those afflictions upon them. Their sin and wrongdoing brought those dreadful plagues upon them. Deuteronomy 28 lists several diseases in the curse of the broken law. According to verse 60, we can add to this list "all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of.
But praise God, "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law" Gal. Is sickness a blessing or a curse? God's Word declares it is a curse. Some people would have you believe God "blesses" His children with sickness and disease. If He does, I would prefer to let someone else have that "blessing.
Disease is broken ease. Sickness is pain and suffering. It makes slaves of family and friends who must care for sick loved ones. Disease and sickness are enemies of mankind. Sickness is a thief and a robber. It has robbed many a young mother of her health, beauty, and joy. It has robbed her husband of his wife, and has deprived her children of their mother, for she is no longer able to fulfill the duties of a wife and mother. Disease has robbed many young men, coming upon them in the midst of young manhood, filling them with anxiety and fear, robbing them of faith.
Sickness and disease rob people of happiness, health, and money which is needed for other things. Is It God's Will? Sickness and disease are not the will of God for His people. Redemption from the Curse of Sickness 19 He does not want a curse to be upon His children because of their disobedience; He wants to bless them with health. Thank God, the Bible says that the New Covenant is better: Let me remind you that our text is from the New Testament: It is not the will of God that we be sick.
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In Bible days, it was not God's will for the children of Israel to be sick, and they were God's servants. Today, we are God's children. If it was not His will for even His servants to be sick, it could not be His will for His children to be sick! Sickness and disease are not of love. In Luke 13, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.
A woman came in who was bent over. She could have had arthritis or something of that nature, because her body was bent in a stationary position. Jesus called her to Him and said, "Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity" v. When the ruler of the synagogue became angry because Christ healed the sick woman, Jesus said, "Ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?
Jesus said it was Satan who had bound this 20 Redeemed woman. In preaching to Cornelius' household, Peter said: This Scripture makes it clear that the people Jesus healed were oppressed by the devil. Some people today would have you believe that God sends sickness upon people to bless them. They'll tell you, "Stay away from those meetings where they pray for the sick to be healed. That's of the devil. Two thousand years ago, Satan was oppressing people and Jesus was healing them. The Bible tells us, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever" Heb. From the beginning to the end of His public ministry, Christ was combating Satan.
His battle was not with men, but with demons who indwelt men. Don't ever tell anyone sickness is the will of God for us. Healing and health are the will of God for mankind. If sickness were the will of God, heaven would be filled with sickness and disease.
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Remember, Jesus in His earth walk was the will of God in action. He came to unveil the Father to us. He is the Word of God. He is God speaking to us. If you want to know what God thinks about sickness, look at Jesus! He went about healing the sick! Redemption from the Curse of Sickness 21 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: Matthew quotes a portion of these Scriptures: The Holy Spirit, looking back at Calvary, wrote in the past tense through Peter: I read from the pen of Dr.
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John Alexander Dowie about how he received light on the subject of divine healing. Dowie was pastor of a Congregational church in Newtown, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, when the bubonic plague struck there around People were dying like flies. Dowie buried 40 members of his congregation in less than a month. Four more died and were yet to be buried, and many more were stricken with the plague.
There was no cure. After visiting the many sick members of his flock one day, Dr. Dowie returned home and sat in his study, his arms folded upon his desk, his head upon his arms, weeping before God. Where did this plague come from? Are You the author of this? Dowie wrote many years later. Dowie said, "my heart was strong. I saw the way of healing, and the door thereto was opened wide, so I said, 'God help me now to preach the Word to all the dying around, and tell them how 'tis Satan still defiles, and Jesus still delivers, for "He is just the same today.
Within minutes, two young men burst into his study, pleading breathlessly, "Oh, come at once.
Dowie ran down the street after them, not even pausing to take his hat. He was furious that Satan should have attacked this innocent young member of his flock. Dowie entered Mary's room and found her in convulsions. Her medical doctor, having given up on her, was preparing to leave. He turned to Dr. Dowie and remarked, "Sir, are not God's ways mysterious? Dowie had just received from the Word of God was burning in his heart. No, sir, that is the devil's work! The word was quite inadequate for I was almost frenzied with Divinely imparted anger and hatred of that foul destroyer, Disease, which was doing Satan's will," Dowie wrote.
Dowie prayed the prayer of faith for Mary. Years later, he said he prayed something like Redemption from the Curse of Sickness 23 this: Hear and heal, Eternal One! From all disease and death deliver this sweet child of Thine. I rest upon the Word. We claim the promise now. The Word is true, 'I am the Lord that healeth thee. The Word is true, 'I am the Lord, I change not.
The Word is true, 'These signs shall follow them that believe. In My Name, they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Thy Word is true. She turned to her mother and exclaimed, "Mother, I feel so well! Dowie asked, "And you're hungry? Dowie instructed Mary's nurse to fix her a cup of cocoa and some bread and butter.
Quietly thanking God, he went into the next room, where her brother and sister lay sick with the same plague. After prayer, they, too, instantly recovered. Dowie ministered to his flock on divine healing and prayed for their healing. He never lost another member to the plague. But isn't it strange that the doctor, who was a member of Dowie's church, would treat people and give them medicine, but when they got beyond the aid of medical science, he called it the will of God?
It puzzles me that people will take medicines and do everything they can to get well, but if you suggest they have someone pray for their healing, they'll say, "It may not be God's will to heal me. If it isn't God's will for them to be well, they shouldn't take any medicine or treatment.
They would be out of God's will trying to get well! I do not mean to discredit the medical profession. Doctors are fighting the same devil we are. I merely want to point out that this is human reasoning and wrong thinking, and it has robbed many people of the blessings of healing and health. Yeomans was a doctor who practiced medicine and surgery many years ago in one of New York City's largest hospitals. She began to take small amounts of dope to steady her nerves and help her sleep when she felt exhausted from overwork. Eventually she became so dependent on drugs — especially morphine — that she became an addict.
She daily took 50 times the normal dose of morphine normally prescribed for an adult male plus other drugs. Yeomans took all of the celebrated cures of her day and desperately tried to stop taking drugs, she steadily grew worse. A nurse described her as "a skeleton with a devil inside. Yeomans had been saved as a young woman, but had Redemption from the Curse of Sickness 25 backslid. When she found herself at death's door, she immersed herself in her long-neglected Bible, got back into fellowship with God, and was healed in of the terrible drug habit that had almost claimed her life.
After receiving this healing, Dr. Yeomans preached the Gospel for 40 some years. When she and her sister inherited some property, they turned it into a "faith home," taking in people beyond medical help who were seeking healing for their bodies. Yeomans said they got nearly all of these people healed by working with them until they got enough faith built up in their hearts spirits to receive healing from God. In one of her books she gave the following example of building faith in a patient.
One day a woman in the last stages of tuberculosis was brought to the home. Doctors had given her up as beyond medical aid.
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When the ambulance brought the woman in, Dr. Yeomans knew she was dying. Had she still been practicing medicine, Dr. Yeomans would have begun to administer strong drugs immediately. Instead, the woman was carried to an upstairs room, and Dr. Yeomans began reading the Bible to her. She spent about two hours reading Scriptures concerning divine healing; especially from Deuteronomy 28 and Galatians 3: Then she instructed the dying woman to repeat to herself every waking moment, "According to Deuteronomy But according to Galatians 3: Therefore, I no longer have tuberculosis.
Yeomans asked the woman if she had been repeating what she'd instructed her to say. She answered that it seemed as if she'd said it 10, times, but she couldn't understand what it meant. Yeomans read more Scriptures to her and asked her to continue repeating the same words.
On the third morning, the woman still did not understand. Yeomans had not even prayed with her yet, even though she'd been in her "faith home" three nights. I think sometimes we pray for people too quickly. We should instruct them more in the Word first. On the afternoon of the third day, Dr. Yeomans and her sister were helping prepare the evening meal when they heard a commotion upstairs. Their new patient came rushing down the stairs, shouting at the top of her voice, "Sister Yeomans — did you know? Christ has redeemed me, and I no longer have tuberculosis! Yeomans realized that the way into the heart is through the mind.
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She knew if the woman would say to herself often enough, "According to Deuteronomy Therefore, I no longer have tuberculosis," the truth eventually would register on her heart. I challenge you to take those Scriptures and insert in place of consumption the name of any disease you or a loved one desire to be healed from, because Deuteronomy It will work for you, too.
Just before her death, Dr. Yeomans published a book of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs called Gold of Ophir. These were the psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs Col. Yeomans said that when she and her sister prayed, her sister would sing songs or psalms in tongues and then sing the interpretation. Sometimes she would sing them out in prophecy. Yeomans wrote them down and collected them into this book.
Under the New Covenant, Abraham's blessing belongs to us! The blessing of Abraham is threefold in nature: In Deuteronomy we see the material and financial blessings we now have in Christ. Some Christians say you shouldn't desire material possessions in this life. But God says He will bless what you have stored up! He promises an abundant supply! It's unscriptural to believe that God wants us to live in lack in this life. He talks about the material things of life, such as food to eat and clothes to wear, being added unto us Matt. We have to believe God's promises and exercise faith by walking in the light of His Word in order to receive His blessings.
And it's important to know that we have a part to play in activating these blessings. For example, God promised to bless the work of our hands Deut. He expects us to work 2 Thess. But as we put our hands to something, we can trust Him to prosper what we do. So don't settle for living under the curse of poverty.
God wants you to live an abundant, prosperous life. You've been redeemed from the curse of the Law by the blood of Jesus Christ. Stand on God's Word and claim the blessing of Abraham that is yours in Christ. Believe God for a full supply in every area of your life!
This article was adapted from Kenneth E.