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Question – Kenneth (Malawi): Are the diseases we suffer acts of the devil? Are they evil spirits or demons? If they are, how come doctors cure them but do not have the Holy Spirit?
Answer: Well, first and foremost, it’s important for you to know that it’s not every sickness that is directly from the devil. Sometimes there are different things that happen to people, and Jesus never even gave us the impression that all sicknesses and diseases were directly connected with Satan. Of course, he (Satan) has a remote connection with them because he was the cause of it, from the very beginning. The Bible tells us that “through sin, death came into the world” [Romans 5:12] and sickness is incipient death. Otherwise, it would have not been possible for you to get sick at all.
But then your question is, “if Satan has something to do with it, how come doctors are able to cure them?” Well, another important thing that you need to know is that Satan is not omnipotent. He doesn’t have all the power. He can’t control all of nature. So, no matter what he does, we still have some power; we still have some influence in our own lives as individuals; we can exercise some authority. For example, if you study in the scripture, you’ll find a story about a man who was demon-possessed in Gadara. The Bible tells us that he had a legion of devils and as Jesus came by that street, the Bible says that the man ran towards Jesus. Even though he had the devils in him, he ran towards Jesus. Now, the devils didn’t make him go towards Jesus; if they had anything to do with it, they would have wanted him not to go there. But they couldn’t stop the man from running towards Jesus, even though he was demon-possessed. That’s about how far it gets, when demons can control that man’s life to a large extent. So, even people who are demon-possessed are not 100% controlled by the devil, because the individual has a will of his own. When you understand that, you’ll see that no matter what the devil does, you’ll still have some power, some influence, because human beings were made to be higher than angels, especially when you consider that these demons are fallen angels. Read MorePastor Chris prays for you tagged by qatranscripts
I want to pray for you today, and I trust that the spirit of God will touch you in a very special way. You’ve learned so much, and you’re inspired and now you can live the life that Christ has given to us by the power of the Holy Spirit.
In the name of Jesus, I pray that the anointing of the Holy Spirit will rest upon you; that these answers will inspire you to live for God, that the word of God will rise within you and be stirred within you so you can live by it. That it will produce faith in your life. Yes, in the name of Jesus Christ, let that power heal you of every pain; let that power heal you of every infirmity, and let the glory of Christ be revealed in your life. I pray for you in Jesus’ mighty name. Satan has no power over you anymore, demons have no power over you and the wrong inclinations will no longer work in your life, because the Holy Spirit has taken over your life today. Hallelujah! Thank you Heavenly Father for doing this for them in Jesus’ name. Amen. God bless you.Christian living, dating and relationships, growth and maturity, love tagged by qatranscripts
Question: As teenagers, must we fall in love with guys at church or can we date outsiders?
Answer: Now, there is a similar question: “Are we allowed to fall in love at this age?” I did address these issues during the program that we had for the teenagers – the conference that we had. I dealt extensively on this, but I want to say a few things here. There are certain things that you are just not allowed to do at certain stages and at this stage of your life; even though you are capable of falling in love with someone, you are not allowed to. For example, you are capable of working, but you are not allowed to, for several reasons. You need to prepare for a better job, a better lifestyle, a better standard of life and so on with your education, and this is your time of preparation. So, you are not allowed to work as a minor.
Secondly, even though you have the physical ability, you don’t have the intellectual or the emotional maturity, which is yet to come. So, even though you have these physical abilities within you to fall in love or have this kind of fellowship or relationship with someone, you are still not allowed, because this is just not the time, as it is not time for you to take up a job because of your peculiar stage in life. It’s your time of preparation. So, you are not allowed to give up your education to go and take up some job. Now, there are those who would do it just as there are those who will get married at seventeen or at eighteen or at nineteen. So, there will always be some difference, but we are dealing with the generality of this period of your life. The peculiarity must be considered; that’s why. Read MoreChristian living tagged by qatranscripts
Question: What kind of music should one tune to?
Answer: Godly music, good music. What constitutes good music? Well, three things to consider: number one, the message of that music. Number two, the messenger of that music. Number three, what all of these represents; what is it they are trying to tell us? Can you read between the lines, and can this make you more worldly or more godly. Does it produce in you worldly inclinations, carnal inclinations or godly inspirations? So, the result of it is what tells you whether or not this is something you should be listening to. And you know, we can’t reject something until we know exactly what’s behind it. If we know the messenger behind it and we know that messenger is not from God, then of course we can reject it all together. Then we can say, no, no, no, I don’t want this or I don’t want this. See, it depends on what kind of inclinations it stirs in you. So that’s how you decide.Christian living, growth and maturity tagged by qatranscripts
Question: As Christian youth, are we allowed to “club”?
Answer: No, you are not. You say “why?” Because of what I just read to you in the book of Galatians and plus that, I’ve got something else I want to read to you. If you want to club, then club with God’s people in church. Now, let me read something to you that I believe would help you along these lines. Listen to this: (2 Corinthians 6: 14): “Don’t be teamed with those who do not love the Lord, for what do the people of God have in common with the people of sin? How can light live with darkness and what harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a Christian be a partner with one who doesn’t believe? And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For you are God’s temple, the home of the living God, and God has said of you, ‘I will live in them and walk among them, and I will be their God and they shall be my people. That is why the Lord has said, ‘leave them; separate yourselves from them; and don’t touch their filthy things and I will welcome you.’” Their filthy things [are] their things that they use.
Now, what does it mean “don’t be teamed with them?” He’s telling you that you got a different life from them. He is dealing with your personal participation with them, and it says, no you don’t. Now, that doesn’t mean we can’t read together as students together. No, that’s not what he’s talking about, because that’s not personal. He’s not saying that we cannot be in a sports team or sporting team together. No, that’s not what he’s talking about, because we represent something else, maybe we are representing our country or we are representing some sporting club, or we are on a job, or we go to school together with non-Christians, we work in a company, in some organization with some non-Christians. That’s not what he’s talking about. But here is something that’s personal to you in your relationship and so it says, “hey, you can’t run together with a non-Christian; you can’t do what they do.”
So, you can’t party with them; you can’t club with them, because they have their orientation. They have their inclinations. When we have some of the things like sporting events and education and so on and so forth, it’s not their own inclinations. There are rules that we all make together; there are rules and these rules are for the benefit of the greater society. But, in this case, it’s personal and they can use their personal inclinations, so God says no. No, you can’t do this. So you can’t club with them.