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"Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son."
(Col. 1:12-13)
Why do people get sick? Well, we know why people in the world get sick: Sometimes their father, the devil, gives sickness to them. But what about Christians? Our Father God doesn't have any sickness to give to us, and we don't have to take it from the world's father anymore. He doesn't have rule or authority over us. We've been delivered from the power of darkness.

But because of a lack of knowledge, Christians often don't realize sickness comes from the devil. Therefore, they don't resist the symptoms when they show up. Or they may think the sickness is a blessing from God and therefore want to keep it.

When these Christians start feeling symptoms, they just say in resignation, "Well, I guess I'm sick." They don't know the enemy is trying to bind them up, cause them problems, and keep them from obeying God.

They're ignorant of the devil's efforts to hinder them from doing the work of the ministry and fulfilling the Great Commission. Therefore, they don't resist the devil. When symptoms come, they "sign for the package," receive them, and get sick.

Amazingly enough, another major reason many Christians are sick is that they haven't obeyed James 4:7: "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." They just haven't had the spiritual energy or intestinal fortitude to resist the symptoms and act like the Word of God is true!

If you're going to live in divine health as God intended, you first have to know that sickness comes from the devil. Then you have to act on the Word. When symptoms come, resist them in the name of Jesus! Act like the Word is true in your life—because it is!

I am delivered from the power of darkness. I submit
to God and resist the devil, and the devil has to go
and take his symptoms with him!

Source: 365 Days of Healing by Mark Brazee
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

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