When I was very unwell, I remember going through every sin in the book, repenting and asking for forgiveness for any sin I could think of. The revelation that Abraham’s covenant was one of grace, just like ours, helped me massively in understanding the relationship between sin and disease.
I even repented for things I hadn’t done, just in case to ensure I was completely covered. You see I thought sin was stopping God from healing me.
Are you the same? Have you repented again and again, thinking that somehow sin is stopping God from blessing you?
Maybe you’ve been told that god is waiting for you to ‘sort something out’ before healing you?
I hope that reading this post will put your mind at rest and enlighten you in knowing that God blesses us even when we fail and to make a suggestion as to some of the things that are hindering healing in your life.
To illustrate this, let’s take a look at Abraham’s grace covenant and the blessings promised to his seed:
ABRAHAM’S GRACE COVENANT
God made a grace covenant with Abraham which meant Abraham could believe him for all the promised blessings to come to pass in his life.
Since you and I are the seed of Abraham, we too can expect to receive these same blessings.
For the promise that he should be the heir of the world was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. Romans 4:13
You and I are living under grace. We may make mistakes or sin, but we’re not punished because of them.
This is very similar Abraham’s grace covenant with God where we see the Israelites sinning by murmuring and complaining between Egypt and Sinai, yet not being punished until the 10 commandments came in.
In fact God continued to bless them in spite of their murmuring. The covenant of Abraham is clearly a grace covenant.
I hope this encourages you to believe that your illness has not been caused by your sin.
Does Abraham’s grace covenant include healing?
- There were no records of sickness or disease amongst a couple of million people which suggests that the Israelites did not become sick due to personal sin.
- Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born suggesting he was fit and well plus there is no evidence he was ever ill despite living until 175.
GOD IS BOUND BY COVENANT
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.
A covenant is a legal contract which we can’t break. Your healing is a guaranteed promise from God, and he is in a covenant of love with you, just as he was with Abraham.
This gives us confidence that our healing will come to pass.
And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness Gen 15:6
God made a grace covenant with Abraham and declared him righteous. Just like you and I, God pronounced Abraham a righteous man.
This means that God blesses him according to God’s own faithfulness and not his own. (We know he lied right…twice?!) yet he was still blessed abundantly.
RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH
Likewise, God has made a grace covenant with us based on the Cross. Like Abraham, we can trust in the promises, not because of our goodness, but because of Jesus. We trust in his faithfulness, not ours.
If this is true, then why are we not seeing more healing? Are the blessings automatically ours? Does sin stop the blessings of Abraham?
For if they who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of no effect. Romans 4:14
This verse says that we hinder the fulfillment of the promise when we’re legalistic instead of being the righteousness of God by faith. This is our true authentic self.
YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF
The real you is the forgiven you, the child of God, the person God saw at the creation of the World
The children of Israel clearly sinned but as Abraham’s grace covenant was before the 10 commandments, they didn’t know what sin was.
This means there was no guilt and condemnation.
In my experience it is listening to this voice that can cause us to live in a place of conflict, or dis-ease which manifests in our bodies in the form of sickness.
He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant–not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
2 Cor 3:6
The covenant of Abraham is a covenant of grace, or rest. Condemnation or shame just didn’t exist between the time of Abraham and Mount Sinai.
The Israelites were free from feeling bad about themselves. The same is true for you and I under the covenant of grace.
NEW CREATION IN CHRIST
When we mess up, the Holy Spirit reminds us of who we are in Christ. He points us to our forgiveness. Shame or condemnation are not in our language.
We can’t be judged for something that Jesus has been punished for. This would make God unjust.
All we can do therefore is receive our forgiveness and move forward, rather than get trapped in the legalistic cycle of ‘I need to do better, be better, try harder’ or feel bad thinking it proves to God how sorry we are.
I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died.
Knowing the love and forgiveness of God has to be our starting point when believing God for a healing. It’s our empowerment to live authentically free. You are fine, just as you are.
Can you imagine the difference it would make if the world embraced the truth that God heals and blesses because of who he is, not because of our own perfection.
It is 100% grace. To rest in His complete forgiveness and the love he has for his children.
To allow ourselves to live in authenticity and in the freedom of the grace of God with nothing to prove, strive or perform for.
I don’t know about you but this fills me with such a relief and helps me to love Jesus more and more.
How about you?
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