The number two enemy of health.
Guilt can make us sick, be it REAL or IMAGINED.
Joshua 7:21 Achan said,
"When I SAW among the spoils an attractive mantle from Shinar
(Babylon), and two hundred shekels of silver, and a bar of gold weighing
fifty shekels. I COVETED them and TOOK them. BEHOLD, THEY ARE
HIDDEN in the earth inside my tent, with the silver
Considering that the devil's methods haven't changed a great deal since
re-creation week, one would think that we would catch
on to him. He is still using our eyes to get us in trouble.
See, covet, and take, worked with Eve and is still working with her sons
and daughters. More people are being convicted of the crime of shoplifting
than ever before.
The shoplifter or thief usually hides the evidence of their sin as long as
they can. The guilt frequently shows up in the form of sick bodies.
Just ask the family of anyone who has been sent to jail, they will
tell you that hidden sin eventually is made manifest; and that it managed
to swallow up the whole family.
Achan had sinned. Then he tried to hide or bury his sin. He
had real guilt. That guilt eventually resulted in death. Trying to
hide a sin instead of confessing it and being forgiven will get between us
and the blessing of health.
In the New Testament we have the wonderful provision of 1 John 1:9
"If we freely admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is
faithful and just (true to His nature and promises) and will forgive our
sins (dismiss our lawlessness) and continuously cleanse us from all
unrighteousness... everything not in conformity to His will, in purpose,
thought and action." If we have guilt because of un-confessed sin in
our lives, we need to limp into 1 John 1:9 receive forgiveness and
leap out into guiltlessness. If our sin was a breaking of man's law,
there will be man's penalty to be paid, but God forgives and forgets.
Sometimes when we read a promise and say Glory to God, I receive it, the
next thing that will happen is a whisper in our ear saying "Remember what
you did on April 10th, 1942". The devil does this in order to undermine
our confidence in God. <"And, beloved, if our consciences (our
hearts) do not accuse us... if they do not make us feel guilty and condemn
us... we have confidence (complete assurance and boldness) before God."
1 John 3:21.
When we have confidence, assurance and boldness before God, (Faith) we receive
whatever we ask for. It is the enemies desire to keep us sick and
poor; so he drags up the past in an attempt to keep us shackled.
Condemnation or guilt that comes to hound us even after confessing and confessing
and confessing, will cause us to lose out on the blessing of health.
Feeling guilty does not always mean that we are guilty of a committed sin,
sometimes it is because we are guilty of ignorance. When this happens,
usually it is because we confessed, but failed to believe that He is faithful
and just to forgive. Try it again and this time receive forgiveness,
believe that God is good. Therefore, there is now, no condemnation
for those who believe.
Guilt that comes because of on going rebellion against God, is self explanatory.
When we know adultery, (or any other sin) is wrong and we continue
in that sin, we cut out our protection from The Lord and leave ourselves
as fair game to the devil, open to EVERY sort of sickness.
The third enemy of health is: Worry