The Bible and Bodily Healing
Take your bibles please and turn now to James chapter five as we continue our study in the book of James. Tonight we're speaking on this subject, THE BIBLE AND BODILY HEALING, the bible and bodily healing. I begin reading in James chapter five verse ten where we left off this morning '''Take my brethren, the prophets who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy.'' And then verse thirteen. ''Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church and let them pray over him anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.'' Christians sometimes do get sick and praise God, Hallelujah, there is hope in the Lord. Jesus Christ is the answer to every need that a man has. For the bible says, my God shall supply all your need, not some of it, my God shall supply all your need, according to his riches and glory by Christ Jesus. And that would mean needs for the spirit, needs for the soul, and bless God, needs for the body.
The matter of healing is a very complicated matter as we can see in just a moment. But, regardless of how complicated it may be, I can say at the outset and with great joy and with great certainty, in Jesus we have the victory. There is no need that a Christian should be born crying, live complaining, and die disappointed. Christians ought to be victorious persons. But, in spite of all of that, Christians do suffer affliction. I want you to notice again, verse ten, ''take my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction and of patience.''
There was nothing wrong that we can tell with the prophets that they suffered affliction but they did. And then the bible says, ''behold we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job,:'' and think of the afflictions both material, physical, emotional and bodily that ole Job had, the troubles of Job or even proverbial. So, the matter is a very complicated matter. Let's talk for just a moment about the cause of sickness, the cause of sickness. Why are people sick? Well, the causes are many and the causes are vary. Sometimes people are sick because of their sin. As a matter of fact, I believe it would surprise us if we knew how much of our physical sickness is the result of our sin. For example, in the book of First John and you might want to turn it. First John chapter five and verse sixteen we see a remarkable verse. The bible tells us there in First John chapter five and verse sixteen, ''if any man see his brother sin a sin whic ...
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