Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Can Satan HEAL people?

Satan cannot “heal” – but he can easily appear to do so, which means his healings are always counterfeit. Either a person is healed through the power of suggestion (much like the placebo effect)  or through an illusion of some kind.  The problem is counterfeit healings fail soon after. There are also several other reasons why people believe themselves to be healed and Satan is more than happy to cooperate with these to fool someone.   The bottom line is that the devil has more than enough power to convince someone that they’ve been healed, even when they have not.  The test to Godly healing is are they healed.  I know that sounds simplistic, but as the old saying goes, the proof is in the pudding.

But don’t take my word for it. Let’s see what Scripture has to say on this subject.

First of all, nowhere in Scripture do we find evidence that Satan has the power or authority to heal anyone. Therefore, because he is not capable of doing anything good, he cannot heal anyone,but, as I said, only appear to do so.  Only GOD is the author of every good and perfect gift.
In Job 2:7 where we read “Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and inflicted loathsome sores on Job from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.” This tells us that sickness or injury can definitely originate from Satan. Therefore, it follows that Satan would certainly be able to make a person feel better or even appear to be healed if he simply stopped inflicting the sickness on a person.  That would be possible if you think satan is compassionate and wants to see people delivered from his oppression.

However, keep in mind that because he’s incapable of doing anything good, he’s not withdrawing the affliction because he wants to help the person. He’s doing it because he wants to trick them into turning away from God and convincing them to rely on something other than the goodness of God for their healing.  Consider King ASA.  2 Chronicles 14-16.  He did great things, he tore down satanic altars, God delivered him many times.  YET when he was inflicted with sickness.. even having seen the miracle working power of God, at the close of his life this is his legacy:  "Asa was diseased in his feet, and his disease became severe. Yet even in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but sought help from physicians. 13 And Asa slept with his fathers, dying in the forty-first year of his reign."
He did not seek God, but the Doctors only.   I believe in Doctors. I go to them.  But my faith is in the Lord and there is a satanic oppression that some have that are devoted to doctoring to excess.  

 Remember, Jesus told us that Satan is a “murderer” and a “liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). Satan always wants death and destruction, never healing and life.  He will lie to many saying God can't heal, only pills, drugs and potions.  Many new age "Healing" services are based on this.

Satan is also a master of illusion. “For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light” (2Corinthians 11:14).

There are ample warnings about this aspect of Satan in Scripture. “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matt. 24:24), and “The lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders” (2 Thess. 2:9).  We have them among us now, some are quack doctors, some are new age, some are "Pop Cures" that cause people to fall into delusion.

We know from these warnings that Satan is entirely capable of fooling even the holiest among us.   It takes discernment to know when he is trying to fool us. People have more faith in the Devil's capacity to cure than God's.   This is a deception that even the very elect suffer from.  They are convinced that everything that isn't "Normal" is demonic.    The problem is that discernment is sometimes wrapped up in culture and human reason.  It sounds like this, “God would never cause a person to…” – what -- dip seven times in a dirty river to cure leprosy?  Put mud and spit in someone’s eye?  Lay on a dead child to bring him to life?  And as a person was being delivered and or healed did the demons fight to keep them from being delivered?  Many times as the devil is cast out of a person, there are strange events that follow as the casting out commences.  Writhing like a snake is common.  Foaming at the mouth.  Speaking in a strange voice.  Screaming. Convulsing.  I have seen all these and more.

Here’s what happened when a Demon was cast out of a man by Jesus:
While teaching in a synagogue in Capernaum, Jesus was interrupted by a man possessed by a demon. He cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

Jesus ordered the spirit to be quiet and to come out of the man. The man convulsed, and with a loud cry, the spirit left the man.
Mark 1:21-28; Luke 4:31-37

Note, the demon didn’t let go easily, the MAN CONVULSED

OR If a person were actually HEALED by satan.. would they stay healed?
Jesus speaks to that too:
After Jesus drove a demon out of a person who was mute, restoring their speech, He was accused of driving out demons by the power of the Beelzebul (the devil).  Jesus responded to the accusations:
“Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people* drive them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe. But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. When an unclean spirit goes out of someone, it roams through arid regions searching for rest but, finding none, it says, ‘I shall return to my home from which I came.’ But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there, and the last condition of that person is worse than the first.”
Matthew 12:22-32; Mark 3:20-30; Luke 11:14-26

Most people who are healed by some demonic method, particularly new age, soon are worse off than ever.

EVEN APPROACHING a demon possessed person by a spirit filled person can cause satan to manifest in strange ways.
A man came to Jesus and told him his disciples were unable to cast out a demon from his son. Jesus asked that the boy be brought to Him. Upon approaching Jesus, the demon caused the boy to convulse. The man told Jesus that the demon had forced the boy into fire and water in an attempt to kill the boy. The father asked Him to help “if you can.”

Jesus replied, “‘If you can!’ Everything is possible to one who has faith.”
“I do believe,” the man responded. “Help my unbelief.”

Jesus ordered the spirit to leave the boy. Once again, the demon made the boy convulse, and with a cry, the demon left. The boy laid on the ground motionless. His father thought he was dead, but Jesus took the boy by the hand and helped him up.  Later, the disciples asked why they were unable to drive out the demon. Jesus told them (from Mark’s account), “This kind can only come out through prayer.” In the Gospel of Matthew, He says, “Because of your little faith. Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Matthew 17:14-20; Mark 9:14-29; Luke 9:37-43

Many times as a demonic oppression is being driven out by the name of Jesus the manifestation is writhing, convulsing.  It would be unusual for there NOT to be such a reaction.  The devil doesn’t go quietly.

It's just that it doesn't fit our nice neat sanitized version of western Christianity. That's why in so many circles of churchianity there are so few healings.

One last thing.. Jesus didn't PRAY for the sick and possessed.  He spoke to the situation with authority.  So when we do.. don't be shocked if the person being delivered manifests, sometimes in strange ways.  In fact if they don't.. well that may be a problem.

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