“Then they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, be a good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.’” Matthew 9:2
The root cause of sickness and disease in the earth is sin. It was never a part of God’s plan for humanity to suffer with sickness. Sickness was not created by God, but entered the earth because of sin.
Genesis 1:26 tells us that when God created Adam and Eve, He created them in His own image and gave them complete authority over the earth and Satan. However, something tragic happened to mankind once sin entered. Man became sin conscious. Genesis 3:7 tells us that after they ate of the fruit of the forbidden tree, “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.” The scripture goes on to tell us that Adam and Eve then hid themselves from God’s presence. In other words, they had a guilty conscious.
Sin consciousness is a constant sense of guilt or unworthiness towards God. It is those thoughts and feelings that tell you that you are not good enough to deserve God’s blessings. Sin consciousness is the number one killer to faith. In my healing ministry I would have to say that this is one of the main hindrances to God’s people receiving their miracle.
You see, after Adam sinned, he did not lose his position of authority. However, because of sin consciousness (aka – a guilty conscious) he was unable to subdue the devil and take his dominion. Therefore, Satan was able to usurp man’s authority on the earth and afflict the human race with sickness and disease.
As long as a person feels guilty and unworthy their faith will never work. The Bible tells us that our faith will not work if we feel condemned. 1 John 3:21 tells us, “Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.” Only when we have confidence will our prayers be answered, for in the next verse it goes on to say, “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him…”
It is important to note that BEFORE Jesus said to this paralyzed man, “Arise, take up your bed and walk,” He first said, “Son, be a good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” Jesus had to deal with the root cause (sin consciousness) before He could deal with the outward symptom (sickness). Only after Jesus forgave this man’s sin, freeing him from a guilty conscious, was his faith able to come alive so that he could receive his healing.
Why is it that we have an easier time believing for the healing of someone else than we do for our self? The answer is sin consciousness. It is because we feel guilty and unworthy before God to receive His blessings. This is exactly why the Bible says that faith works by love. (Galatians 5:6) It is only after we are fully convinced of God’s love and acceptance of us that our faith will have confidence to receive from Him.
If you have been struggling with thoughts or feelings of guilt and unworthiness before God, then I encourage you to begin to meditate on as many scriptures that you can find where the Bible talks about God’s love, mercy and forgiveness. Here are just a few to help you get started.
1 John 1:9, Psalm 32:2, Isaiah 1:18, Psalm 103:10-12, John 3:17, Colossians 1:14.
Confession: All my sins have been paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ. I am forgiven and accepted by God.