THE IMPORTANCE OF CONFESSION OF SIN IN SICKNESS
Jesse M. Hendley
Deuteronomy 28: 27,36,37,45,47
I want to call your attention to Genesis 20:17.
Abraham had gone down into the country of Abimelech.
Sarah (Abraham's wife) was posing as Abraham's sister,
and Abimelech, the king of Judah, took Sarah. But God
came to Abimelech in a dream in the night and said
unto him, "Behold, thou art but a dead man for the
woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife."
Abimelech began to plead with the Lord. We read that
Abraham prayed unto God and God healed Abimelech and
his wife and maid-servants and they bear children. Now
there was sickness, there was disease, there was
childlessness, all because of sin. Personal sin brings
physical and mental distress and separation from God.
And here we have the prayers of Abraham, praying for
this man who mistreated him. And the answer was the
healing of this man. How like the spirit of the Lord
Jesus Christ. We learn then the lesson of sin bringing
affliction upon men. We read that God brought
affliction upon Abimelech and upon his wife and
maid-servants all because of a wrong relationship with
Sarah, Abraham's wife. No wonder, in this day of
loose, careless living, in these times when even the
scientists and educational leaders tell us that our
moral standards are being broken down, a time when men
are going with other men's wives and all kinds of sins
are going on---I wonder how much sickness and disease
is due to SIN. SIN brings physical and mental
sickness. How important it is to CONFESS SIN TO GOD in
time of sickness as Abimelech did. How important it is
to have others who are godly to pray, if we are
conscious of sin in our lives. One thing stands out
specially in studying Divine Healing, and that is that
SIN PRODUCES PHYSICAL SUFFERING, MENTAL DISTRESS, AND
SPIRITUAL ANGUISH. AND WE MUST REPENT OF OUR SINS IF
GOD IS GOING TO ...
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