3 Reasons Why Christians Have Authority over Sickness and Disease
I receive many questions from people concerning healing. One frequent question is, “Do Christians really have authority over sickness and disease?” According to the Bible the answer is yes. But I want to teach you why we have authority over all sickness and disease.
To begin with, sickness and disease are made up of tiny living organisms called bacterias and viruses. Let’s take a closer look at these.
The American Lung Association says that “Bacteria and viruses are living organisms that cause diseases”. 1
What is the definition of an organism? “An individual form of life, such as a plant, animal, bacterium, protist, or fungus; a body made up of organs, organelles, or other parts that work together to carry on the various processes of life.”2
Once, I asked the Lord for a simple explanation as to why we have authority over all sickness and disease. And He answered me with the following vision and Scripture.
I saw myself looking into a microscope, and on the plate of glass being examined were sickness and disease. The Lord asked me to tell Him what I saw. I told Him that I saw them moving. He explained to me that is because sickness and disease are made up of microscopic living organisms that move, and get inside the body and make people sick.
He then gave me the following verse from Genesis 1:28, ““Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
According to this verse we have been given dominion over everything that lives and moves on this earth, including sickness and disease. To dominate means to control, govern, or rule by superior authority or power. 3 He has given us dominion over these tiny microscopic organisms.
What about bacteria? “Bacteria are organisms made up of just one cell. They are capable of multiplying by themselves, as they have the power to divide. Their shapes vary, and doctors use these characteristics to separate them into groups.
Bacteria exist everywhere, inside and on our bodies. Most of them are completely harmless and some of them are very useful. But some can cause disease, either because they end up in the wrong place in the body or simply because they are ‘designed’ to invade us.”4
Ponder upon this phrase concerning harmful bacteria for a while, “designed to invade us”. Spiritually speaking this sounds like a weapon of warfare. What does God’s Word say about weapons that are formed to harm us? It says, “No weapon formed against us shall prosper.” (See Isaiah 54:17.) Our Lord promises us that these weapon formed against us, including harmful bacteria shall not prosper.
What about a virus?
A virus is “an ultramicroscopic (20 to 300 nm in diameter), metabolically inert, infectious agent that replicates only within the cells of living hosts, mainly bacteria, plants, and animals: composed of an RNA or DNA core, a protein coat, and, in more complex types, a surrounding envelope.”5
Did you notice in the definition that a virus is called an infectious agent? Again, this is something to cause us harm. And according to James 1:17 God does not give us things that will harm us. It says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” Jesus makes it clear in John 10:10 just who these things come from. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” The thief is satan and he uses his weapons of sickness and disease to harm us. God does not give us infectious agents.
Science teaches us that there are different types of infectious agents. Infectious agents come in many shapes and sizes. Bacteria and protozoa are microscopic one-celled organisms, while viruses are even smaller. Fungi grow like plants and helminths resemble worms.6
What hope does the Lord give us concerning these infectious agents? He says in Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
3 Biblical reasons why Christians have authority over all sickness and disease:
- He gives us dominion over all living things on this earth, including microscopic organisms that can make us sick.
- God promises us that weapons formed against us, including harmful bacteria designed to invade us shall not prosper.
- Jesus Christ gives to us all authority over satan and his wicked works, including infectious agents called viruses.
Author Becky Dvorak