Some people think that getting a disease is like standing under the wrong tree at the wrong time and just getting nailed. “Why did this happen to me?”
Why did it happen to you? Why did you get sick? It’s time to discover the answer to this agonizing question. If the Bible gives us promises of health and healing—such as “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 1:2) and “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases” (Psalm 103:3)—why are Christians suffering from diseases like cancer, diabetes, hypertension, Crohn’s disease, lupus, and depression? The list goes on and on. To find the answer, we are going to take a journey together. We’re going to expose the spiritual roots of disease and discover the way to live in wholeness—spirit, soul, and body.
I want to make it clear from the very beginning that I believe 80 percent of all diseases and syndromes have a spiritual root. They are a planned event against us by the villain, Satan, and his dark kingdom. Yet, the spiritual aspect of disease is overlooked by us, our medical providers, and even the church. Much of the Christian church has somehow forgotten the enemy who is after our destruction. It has forgotten that we need discernment to wage a spiritual war against that enemy and to expose him for who he is—the destroyer.
The good news is that you and I have the ability to have discernment. Discernment does not come by instinct; it is given by the Holy Spirit. Discerning the true reason behind disease is available to us through God’s Word. With the truth of the Word, we will overcome this planned event called disease and live the healthy and long lives God has promised us. Freedom from disease can be ours.
What Is Truth?
God wants to bring us truth and freedom in our spirits, our souls, and our bodies.
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
My prayer is that this journey of knowledge that we are taking will fill you with peace and produce the understanding and wisdom that will set you free from all manner of disease.
What is truth? In today’s world, even in some parts of Christianity, truth is considered relative. It is diluted by denominational fragmentation in the church and by the humanistic opinions of men and women in secular society. However, the Bible clearly tells us that truth in the Scriptures is God-inspired:
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)
It is not open to personal interpretation:
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. (2 Peter 1:20)
Since biblical truth is absolute, we should be able to study God’s Word together and come to the same conclusions, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, there are people in the church who believe we have “moved on” from believing that the Word of God is absolute and unchanging. If we have moved on to something “better,” then I have some legitimate questions! Why are we in such a mess today? Why are so many sons and daughters of the Father suffering from as much disease as the world is? Why do we have the same biological diseases, the same psychiatric problems?
The Bible is the Word of God. The Scriptures on healing are promises given over and over again by God in His Word. So, why are we seeing so few healings today? Have God’s promises changed? Has His Word become fallible? Never.
The promises of God are our sanity in this life and in standing against disease. If you take the promises out of the Bible, what do you have? Nothing for your faith. Nothing to believe with. Nothing to stand on.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)
You hear God’s Word, faith rises within your spirit, and you embrace that faith. What is faith?
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
Faith is the substance of things that you cannot see right now. Faith is for today; faith is for right now. Healing and health are for right now.
What Is the Disconnect?
Then, what is the disconnect? If God’s Word says that healing is the children’s bread (see, for example, Matthew 15:22–28), that Jesus paid for the curse on the cross (see Galatians 3:13), and that by His stripes or wounds we are healed (see Isaiah 53:5), then what has happened to us? Why do we still not see healings? Why does it appear that we are living under a curse? Christians don’t know the answer, and they get discouraged. Doubt creeps in, unbelief walks in, and the enemy rushes in. Then, theologians come up with crazy doctrines as to why God doesn’t heal today because they have no answer for the people. They make up stuff that isn’t in God’s Word. Things like, “Healing ended with the first apostles,” or “God’s will is to test us through disease.”
God is not trying to kill you! Hosea 4:6 warns us:
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
God’s people are suffering because they don’t have the knowledge that they need to be in health. I did a brief language study of these words in Hosea. When God says, “My people are destroyed,” it’s actually in a present-tense form: “My people are being destroyed for lack of knowledge.” If the people of God are being destroyed, in the present tense, then this warning is not just for the Old Testament believers. The New Testament church is also being destroyed. The prophet Isaiah gave a similar warning:
Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge. (Isaiah 5:13)
What Is the Root Cause of Disease?
So, what is the root cause of many of our diseases? The root cause of 80 percent of disease is spiritual and is the result of separation on three levels:
- Separation from God—from His person, His love, and His Word.
- Separation from yourself.
- Separation from others.
You need to follow this closely because these separations are the spiritual root of so many diseases that plague us. If 80 percent of all disease involves these separations, then 80 percent of all healing begins with reconciliation to God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), reconciliation to yourself, and reconciliation to others. Let me repeat: the beginning of healing starts with the restoration of your relationship with God, yourself, and others.
My desire is to open your eyes to God’s truth concerning freedom from disease. I want you to join me in this walk of freedom. I want you to embrace life. I want you to defeat everything that God hates. I don’t want to offer you a counterfeit of humanism—I want to offer you the truth from God’s Word.
Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32)
I want you to live in freedom from the bondage and curse of disease.
Did you enjoy this blog post? Then you will love Dr. Henry Wright’s book Exposing the Spiritual Roots of Disease.