I want to state my personal beliefs in a completely inoffensive way:
1. The Devil, Satan, is very real. He is our enemy. He has power. He is the cause of all bad things (divorce, sickness, anger, sickness, hatred, sickness....did I mention sickness?)
2. God is our deliverer, He does not give us/cause sickness, disease, unhealthy relationships, etc. In addition, He died for our sins as well as sicknesses.
3. God does not allow us to go through a heartache so that His glory may be seen.
That last one is pretty controversial, I know.
I base my opinions on John 10:10. Jesus says: "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
He continues on to say "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep."
I don't see how a God who has come so that WE may have life and have it to the full, so much that He lays down His own life for us, could allow these horrible tragedies upon us. ... That's because He doesn't. He put a stop to all of that when He died for us. The DEVIL, the Enemy, Satan, does these things to us. We do not realize the power the Devil does have. He has power, but we have The Power of the Cross that trumps his power. So that's where it falls on us. We have The Power of the Cross. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we have access to The Power of the Cross that trumps the Devil's power. We just have to receive it and use it.
We can't walk around believing the Lord wants us to live in pain, or He allowed us this disease because He needs to reveal His Glory through us. I think Calvary (His death) was powerful enough to show His Glory for thousands of years to come. He has nothing to prove. When we walk around defeated, the Devils wins.
Think about this. When a foreign country wants to attack the United States (or any other country for that matter) what are they going to do? Study the country's every move. Get to know that country's routine inside and out. The Enemy knows us, he studies us, he wants to know where to hit us that will negatively affect our lives the most. He wants us to believe that all this bad stuff is happening to us because it's what the Lord wants. That's why when we don't acknowledge tragedies as the Devil's work--he's winning. When he has us believing the Lord wants us to suffer this heartache so He can reveal His Glory the Devil can keep on sneaking around and keep on winning.
Ok, ok. So something really bad has happened to you. You can't stop wondering "Why me Lord?" That is where the Enemy starts winning. God didn't do it, the Devil did it. God abolished it at Calvary, you have to start accepting that and SPEAKING it into your life. You have to receive it. The work has been done, receive it with faith!
Here are some Power Verses:
I realized I've just said all of this and you may still be unaware that Jesus did in fact die for our sins AND our sicknesses.
Isaiah 53: 4-5
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrow, yet we consider him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
By His wounds we are healed! Speak it with faith in your life.
Psalm 103: 2-3
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.
It's in God's Word, He heals our diseases. Speak it with faith in your life.
2 Kings 20: 5
This is what he Lord, the God of your father David says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you..."
He sees your tears, He wants to heal you. Let Him! Speak it with faith in your life.
"Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security."
Now that's a verse that helps me sleep at night. Speak it with faith in your life. Speak it, live it so loud that the Devil hears every syllable and flees in defeat.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.
By speaking these Power Verses into your life you are resisting the Devil. You are receiving God's healing.
Before I post I want to clarify "healing". We all take it as physical healing, because it often is. However, God cannot be limited, so healing can be the healing of a marriage, healing of a relationship, healing from your past, healing from emotional hurt, healing from the negative affects of a bad grade--I'm serious now! Anything, really, God can do anything.