Today has been a day that the Lord seems to be highlighting the plight of our sons and daughters more than ever. There has been a burden on me for the children. My heart is heavy with grieve for them.
I was very sorry to hear of the loss of a Philipino single mother’s 3 children to cancer. The heart-wrenching report in on Good Times was made several months ago but the issue is still relevant.
I know this mother grieves for the loss of her sons. From the report and videos I can see that they were very close. I pray the Lord will comfort her heart and give her understanding of the loss and strengthen her to continue her life’s journey.
What got my attention was another part of the headline. It reported that she believes the loss of the children to the scourge of cancer is all part of God’s plan. I know she is trying to find understanding for everything but it troubles my soul to see that God’s people are being destroyed for lack of knowledge. Christian tradition has robbed us of the benefits of God’s glory. It has caused many saints to believe that God uses sickness to teach them a lesson or to force their hand. Our unscriptural belief has opened wide the door to Satan. He has used it to reek havoc on our body, children, and relationships. As we mistaken believe it is the work of God we do not cast out the Devil. Scripture showed one person who lost his children in a day, then his wealth and riches and finally his health. That person was Job. As we examine the scriptures we will see that God did not send the destruction on him. Everything that happened was the work of Satan (see Job 1-3). Jesus repeated said that sickness was the work of the Devil.
And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day? – Luke 13:16
How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him. – Acts 10:38
So why do we believe that God will use sickness and the death of loved ones to fulfill some purpose in our life. One person that lost many brothers and sisters to illness was John G Lake. For a long while they thought it was the will of God until he learnt that it was the work of the Devil. John Alexander Dowie prayed for his wife and she was healed of her life-threatening illness. He also prayed for another family member and they were healed of their disease. From then John G. Lake dedicated his life to understand what the Bible said about healing he discovered that sickness was not God’s will. He drew to hate it with all his heart. And fought against this scourge until for the rest of his life.
I can only see the loss of the lady’s sons giving God glory if she is called like Maria Woodsworth Etter. Most of her children died before she answered the call of God to become a preacher. God had called her but she was afraid to preach. At that time women were not allowed to preach. Eventually she answered the call and God blessed her work with signs and wonders following the message. Many people were healed and delivered from the power of Satan through her ministry. The most distinct aspect of her ministry was the fact that people entered into trances during the services. Trances are visions in which you loose all consciousness of your surroundings. Sometimes people entered these trances for days. Maria Woodsworth Etter lost her children before answering the call but I believe she learnt that was not God’s will. Had she answered the call early she would have learnt to stand in her spiritual authority over the home and the children would not have died. Failure to answer the call left her household open to the attacks of the enemy. These attacks were not meant to build faith but to weaken it.
I thank God that he is able to turn all things around for good. The needless loss of the children will only work for God’s purpose if she rises to fight against the dragon by making disciples for Jesus Christ through preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, healing the sick, cleansing the leper, raising the dead and casting out demons. I am sure that turnaround will bring millions into the Kingdom of God. The people who have seen her hold on to faith in her darkest hour then rising from that with strength to perform God’s work will be moved.
And I, if and when I am lifted up from the earth [on the cross], will draw and attract all men [Gentiles as well as Jews] to Myself. – Matthew 12:32
And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole human race].
16 He who believes [who adheres to and trusts in and relies on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] and is baptized will be saved [from the penalty of eternal death]; but he who does not believe [who does not adhere to and trust in and rely on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] will be condemned.
17 And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages;
18 They will pick up serpents; and [even] if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well. – Mark 16:15-18
Father, I pray for your daughter. I pray that she will rise to war against the serpent. May the truth of your word be revealed to her. In your kingdom there is no sickness, no disease, in your kingdom there is a guaranteed health plan for all. he weapons may form but they shall not prosper for the Lord our God is in the midst of His people. The sun shall not smite them by day nor the moon by night. A thousand shall fall at their right hand. Only with their eyes shall they see the reward of the wicked. For the Lord is your strength and shield. The Lord Christ Jesus, our risen conquering King as defeated Satan. He has received all things and has given authority to trample upon serpents to his saints. Lord ask for the application of eyes salve that will open her eyes and garments to clothe her. Father I bind the religious spirit that clouds her judgement. May the eyes of her understanding be enlightened so she may comprehend the length, depth, breath, height and magnificent splendor of you and the hope of your calling. May her faith not fail. And she be renewed in her pursuit of purpose. I thank you for comforting her heart Lord. All things work for God to them that are called according to your purpose. Turn this around for your glory Father, we ask in Jesus name.