In this series of blogs, I am sharing scriptural evidence that there is a spiritual root to many of the diseases that afflict us. I have proposed, and there is empirical evidence to support my proposition, that most ‘chronic’ diseases, and diseases for which allopathic medicine states there is no cure, fall into this group of diseases for which there is a spiritual root. Last time, we also discussed the spirit-soul connection, which is very important to understand for healing to take place.
Today, I want to focus our attention on Jesus’ healing ministry and the words He spoke that reveal the root cause of the individual’s disease.
In John 5:13, Jesus said to the man He had healed at the Pool of Bethesda of a disease he had suffered with for 38 years,
See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you. (John 5:13)
In Matthew 17:14-20, a father brings his son to Jesus and declares that he suffers from epilepsy. Jesus rebukes the demon causing the epileptic fits, which came out of him and the child was cured “from that very hour.” The disciples had been unable to cure the young man and asked Jesus why. He told them it was because of their unbelief and in addition that this kind (of demon) “does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” In other words, this type of disease (and many others) have a spiritual root and require deliverance through faith, prayer and fasting for healing to take place. In Mark’s rendition of the same account in Mark 9:17-29, we are provided with greater details of the root of the seizures being a deaf and dumb spirit, which Jesus calls by name and commands to come out of the boy. This healing is also recounted in Luke chapter 9.
In Mark 5:21-34, we are told of the healing of the woman who had been suffering from a bleeding disease for 12 years. She believed that if she could just touch Jesus’ garment she would be healed. Jesus felt power leaving Him as she touched His garment. This was another case of spiritual healing required for a disease that had a spiritual root. Did you ever wonder why Jesus said to her “Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction”? The root of her problem was torment and anxiety, which she needed to retain peace in her soul to ensure that the affliction did not return.
We see evidence of blindness and dumbness (Mt. 12:22-25), lunacy (Luke 8:26-34), and other unstated diseases (Luke 4:40-41) having a spiritual root that required spiritual healing.
Stay tuned next week for further profound scriptural evidence of the spiritual roots of disease.