Is Your Sickness a Spiritual Condition?

Is this sickness a spiritual issue? How can I tell whether this is from the enemy? Is it because I just don’t have enough faith? Why is God not healing me when I’ve confessed everything I know to confess?


These are questions our family has asked at times in our lives. In more recent years, other struggling people have asked us these same heartfelt questions, desperate for any answers we could give them.


So the question is, “Is sickness caused by physical problems or spiritual issues?”


We believe that all sin and sickness originated from the enemy. God created a world that was perfect and without sin, sickness or death. The sin-filled, disease-cursed and dying world we live in is the direct result of sin and the fall.

However, that doesn’t mean that every physical sickness we face is the result of a specificsin in our life. If you don’t experience the physical healing you’re praying for, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is from your lack faith.


I find it interesting that many times when there was physical healing in the Bible, it wasn’t because of the faith of the sick person. It was often the faith of the individual who brought the sick person to Jesus. (Some examples are Jairus’s daughter, the man who was lowered through the roof by his friends, the widow’s dead son, and the centurion’s servant.)


I encourage you to have great faith in God’s healing ability. But if someone indicates that your lack of faith is preventing your healing, remind them of these biblical examples. Because the same question can be turned back to them. Is their faith not sufficient for your healing? It may cause them to rethink their perspective.


I’ve seen miraculous physical healing, and when it’s from God’s, it’s not usually accompanied by guilt or confusion.


When one of our children was an infant, on life support, and waiting for a new heart, an individual told us that if we’d have enough faith, we would remove all life support and medication. We realize if we would have done what they strongly suggested, we probably would have lost custody of our children. We didn’t have peace and direction from God to remove this support. We asked this individual to pray in faith for healing for our children, and as the test results confirmed it, we’d ask the doctor to begin reducing the medication. But this answer wasn’t satisfactory for him.


If you look into the New Testament, most people who needed physical healing were gently touched by Jesus, while others had demons cast out of them by Jesus’ words. When demonic activity caused a physical condition, both were usually resolved with the spiritual healing. It seems as if physical diseases and sicknesses caused by demons were resolved by Jesus verbally taking authority over them. But the healing power for physical illness freely flowed from the throne of God by His physical touch. And they were instantly healed.


So, is sickness a spiritual issue or physical issue? I don’t believe the question is that simple. Based on scripture, I believe some physical and emotional sicknesses are spiritually based, while some are caused by physical conditions. It’s by God’s discernment and wisdom that we can know the difference. But God is your loving Father who indeed wants to show you what the root issue is. He doesn’t want to conceal it from you.


If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”(Matt. 7: 9-11)


There’s no need to beat yourself up trying to understand if there’s a spiritual issue you need to deal with. Ask God to reveal any issue, but if He doesn’t, rest, and be in peace. And let me assure you, God always works in a gentle way. The enemy brings confusion and turmoil, but God brings gentle conviction through His still, small voice. 



Any time we face a sickness, we should ask God to reveal any sin issue that needs to be repented of. But realize this is only one part of the picture. We are physical, emotional and spiritual beings. They are all connected, so they affect each other.


Spiritual oppression can (and will!) certainly cause physical sickness. We can’t get away from this cause and effect. It’s the result of living in a fallen world. In the same way, physical sickness caused by what we eat and the stress to which we expose our bodies will affect us. It’s the result of living in a fallen (and chemically induced) world.


I’ve had individuals telling me they felt so judged and condemned by those in the church that they no longer felt comfortable sharing about their physical struggles. This is sad! My friend, it’s never more spiritual to see physical sicknesses through “spiritual eyes” than it is to gently love and care for an individual who’s struggling with a health issue. Be careful in how quick you are to judge someone’s spiritual condition.


After facing years of extreme stress in my life, two years ago I found my thyroid and adrenal glands horribly messed up. I’m talking about being at the place where I felt psychologically and emotionally wrecked. I was passing out because of low blood pressure and low blood sugar levels. I had severe insomnia, heart palpitations, eye twitches, food intolerances, brain fog, and extreme temperature changes even caused fainting spells.


I thank God that I’ve been slowly recovering and am getting the help I needed. I kept asking God to show me what I was doing wrong that caused it. However, healing didn’t begin to happen until I started addressing my thyroid and adrenal gland issues from a physical perspective. It was indeed a physical imbalance. But it certainly had also affected me from an emotional and spiritual perspective. God’s shown me that I can now better reach out to others struggling with similar health challenges.


If you’re struggling with a sickness of any kind, ask God if there is a spiritual root. If you haven’t been eating properly or getting the rest you need, change that. If He reveals you’ve been embracing wrong attitudes or habits, repent and change direction. Ask God to reveal any generational curses or patterns that need to be broken in your life that could be affecting you physically.


We need to look at spiritual roots. But if you know someone who’s struggling with a physical sickness, don’t imply that all physical sicknesses have a spiritual root.When someone is at their lowest and most vulnerable time in their life, the best way you can help is by gently showing love and sympathy rather than spiritually judging them.



And please don’t ever imply that some one’s child is on life support or has died because of a lack of faith. (Someone actually communicated this to us at one point.) You may not realize the inner turmoil you may cause. Not all physical sicknesses are caused by a spiritual condition.


~Cindy (For The Mullett Family)




3 Responses

  1. Joe Schmucker says:

    Thank you for sharing. I struggled with physical anxiety symptoms for years. I struggled a long time with wondering what was wrong with me spiritually. It seems as I settle more in my faith the anxiety symptoms are less but still present. It brought lots of condemnation up on me as I kept struggling, wondering what is wrong. There is a pattern of that in my family history. But my faith is in Jesus Christ and I am pressing on the ward and upward ?

  2. Rosina says:

    I often think of the verse in Ephesians 5 that talks about being wise and discerning what the will of the Lord is. So I agree that we can’t just put people into tidy categories and assume we know what God’s will is for them. It’s a much harder process to know Jesus so intimately that we can hear from Him what He wants.

  3. Cindy Mullett says:

    Amen, Rosina! As we are experiencing a deep and meaningful relationship with Jesus, we can hear and follow His voice as He directs in each situation. Thank you for sharing.


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