According to Watchman Nee, the late Chinese church leader and Christian leader, believers can become sick because of a variety of reasons.
Writing in his book “Messages for Building Up New Believers, Volume 2”, Nee noted that individualism, disobedience and physical defilement in believers can lead to sickness:
Sometimes there is another reason for illness—individualism. Please remember that individualism is the biggest source of illness. Some people are individualistic; they do things according to their own will. They act by themselves and are always on their own. When God disciplines them, they become ill, and the supply of the Body no longer reaches them. If this is the reason for a person’s illness, he needs to ask for the supply of the Body to flow through him once again.
I dare not say that I have listed all of the reasons for our sicknesses. There are many causes for sickness. Some become sick because they have disobeyed a command of the Lord. Others become sick because they have not fully carried out the Lord’s command. Still others become sick because of a certain sin or because of their individualism. Some are individualistic, yet God does not discipline them. However, there are many people, especially those who know the church, who become ill as soon as they become individualistic. Those who do not know the church have less illness. The more we know about the church and the more we are related to the church, the more the Lord will put us in a situation where His hand will be heavy upon us as soon as we become individualistic.
Sometimes a person becomes sick because he has defiled his body. Whoever defiles his body will find God destroying His temple in that person.
There are many causes for illness, and I cannot give a list of all of them. I can say only that there is always a reason behind any illness. We must always find the cause of our illnesses. There may be one or more than one reason. Once you discover these reasons, you must confess them one by one to God. Then call for the responsible ones of the church, confess to them, and pray together with them. Ask them to anoint you and to recover you to the life of the Body. You will find your illness immediately gone when life begins to flow through you once again. Although there are natural causes for sickness, you must know that spiritual reasons far outweigh natural reasons. Once you take care of the spiritual reasons, the illnesses will leave promptly.
Angelica Zambrano is an Ecuadorian evangelist who has visited heaven and hell after prolonged periods of prayer and fasting. During one of her visits to hell, Zambrano saw a pastor’s wife, who was there because of adultery, even though she had preached God’s Word.
As we continued on the next cell, a woman was there. The Lord told me several things about her. I knew her name and where she had lived on the earth. This woman had been called into the ministry at the age of 15. At that time she told God, “Lord, I am not ready to enter the ministry. I am too young. Allow me to finish school and graduate.” After she had finished school, the Lord called her again. She then said, “I am married. I must focus on taking care of my children. Not now.” The woman went on to raise her children. After the children were raised and began to have family of their own the woman focused on raising her grandchildren.
The Lord told me, “I continued calling her throughout her entire life, but she disobeyed me and rejected her calling.”
The Lord asked me, “Will you reject my calling?” I said, “No Lord, I will not. But Lord, this isn’t easy for me,” The Lord said, “I will be with you. It is I who speak through you. I am the Way the Truth, and the Life. I will help you and guide you.” I was crying. I made a promise. I said, “O.K. Lord. Whoever rises against me may rise. You promised me you would be with me so I will continue no matter what. I don’t want to end up here.” This is what I had been telling my pastor recently. I want to continue because I must fulfill God’s calling upon my life. The Lord has revealed things to me about my personal life.
This same lady had grown old, when she had passed away. She went to hell for disobedience. Over 5,000 souls were lost because of her. The demons in hell would tell her, look around. Many of these souls are here because of you. The woman in hell would cry. She looked at the Lord and said, “Lord, forgive me for disobeying my calling. Forgive me for not responding to you.”
How many people on earth are in this situation? When the Lord calls you and chooses you, you must obey. The Lord called me when I was just 17 years old. I knew absolutely nothing about the bible. Since then the Holy Spirit has been teaching me, little by little.
In hell, this woman pleaded with the Lord for forgiveness for rejecting her calling. The Lord said, “You have no more opportunities of forgiveness.”
The Lord tearfully spoke to me. He said, “Do not refuse me. I have called you and chosen you. You are to be my watchman so that you may take my Word to all nations.”
God chose you to hear this message. Many people will not hear it; she has now repented for not having obeyed the voice of God, but it is too late. Now I ask you, what will you do? Will you obey what the Lord is commanding you to do? You have been chosen by God to reach the lost. We must fulfill God’s will because He chose us to abide in His perfect will. If we do this we will be in His presence for all eternity. Don’t reject it any longer. Receive it. The Holy Spirit will guide you, not man, God. God himself will guide you.
Look, that woman was continually tormented by demons in Hell. They would tell her, “God had spoken to you and called you. You disobeyed the Lord and now you’re here for eternity.”
I cried as I left that woman. I asked the Lord to forgive me for not wanting to preach His Word. You know why I wanted to stop preaching? It is because some people accuse me of being a false prophet. After I had this experience I don’t care about their accusations any longer. They could say whatever they want, but I will keep on preaching His Word.
The Lord told me, “Do not fear men, but fear me. Don’t worry about their opinions, focus on mine.”
So why should we worry about men’s opinions and not the Lord’s. Men cannot grant eternal life. Only Jesus is able to give eternal life. He and He alone have this authority. Worry about His opinion, not man’s opinion. Even if people continually criticize you, don’t allow that to be a hindrance. Don’t allow that to make you quit. May their false accusations and criticism cause you to rise up stronger. When the enemy uses many people to speak evil, God will use this to help you endure and press forward. The trials we face are difficult, but Jesus is with us. Jesus Christ will hold our hand through these trials. He said, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen?