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"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).

Where does sickness come from? I was taught for years that it came from God. I was told He used sickness to teach us and to make us pious and more "Christ-like."

However, if we look in the Word, we definitely see that sickness comes from the enemy and not from God. Jesus certainly didn't get Christ-like through sickness and disease, so I don't know why we should have to do it that way! Sickness is a satanic force. God called it a curse in Deuteronomy 28:59-61. In Luke 13:16, Jesus called it a bondage. And by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, Peter called it satanic oppression in Acts 10:38.

God doesn't like sickness; He is totally and completely against it. He has done, and is still doing, everything in His power to get healing and health to His children.

The thief - the devil - is the one who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Jesus gives only abundant life (John 10:10).

So where do sickness and disease fit into that equation? Well, do sickness and disease steal, kill, and destroy, or do they give abundant life?

Sickness steals money; it steals families; it steals homes. It steals everything it can steal. Sickness kills and destroys. The thief comes to kill, steal, and destroy, and one way he does that is through sickness and disease.

Jesus said, "I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly." The word life in the Greek is "zoe," and it refers to life as God has it. Jesus was saying, "I have come that you might have the life of God."

Was God ever sick? No! Sickness and disease don't come from God; otherwise, Jesus would have given sickness to us as part of the "abundant life" package. Remember, He was the will of God in action. But Jesus didn't come to bind us in chains of bondage and oppression. He came to set us free!

Jesus gives me abundant life - llife as God has it. God doesn't get sick, so I don't allow sickness to stay in my body either. God's divine health belongs to me!

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

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