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WALKING BY FAITH, not by sight
Have you given up on God’s healing power? Have you given up on the promises of God provided in His Holy Word? Have you reached a point where you believe sometimes God doesn’t want to heal you, or your loved one, or possibly only the apostles could receive the gift of healing? If one these questions strikes a cord in your heart today, God inspired me to write this message for you.
Neighbors used to visit my great grandmother’s home to request that she pray for them, because it was known by those who were familiar with her, that Grandma Brown could pray the prayer of faith and see people healed.
Even my mother’s mother-in-law, who really didn’t like my mother’s family at all, and who also wasn’t a Christian, went to Grandma Brown’s house one day to request prayer. My mother’s mother-in-law received some unnerving news from the doctor, so she headed to Grandma Brown’s house for prayer!
I am going to lay out some very important truth in this message today, as instructed by the Lord, and those of you who visit this page will either rejoice, recognize the Word of Truth, and begin a journey of faith, if you haven’t done so already; or you will toss this off as nonsense and walk away from it, missing out on tremendous spiritual blessings.
For those of you who are earnestly seeking truth, here it is:
Many, many people have walked out of prayer lines and churches as sick, or as in need, as they went in asking for prayer. Some concluded that God isn’t in the “healing business” today. Some concluded that others might be healed, but for whatever reason, “It isn’t His will to heal me.” Some went away bitter and decided God isn’t real.
Every one of the people in these categories are wrong.
Here is the Word of God; you can decide for yourself:
“Now the just shall live by faith; but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him” Hebrews 10:38.
Notice, the Word tells us that the just shall live by faith. Sinners do not live by faith. Sinners do not have the “gift of faith,” or the “gift of healing” (1 Corinthians 12:9). So, if you believe in Calvinism, whereby you can live like the devil, but remain saved because you prayed a “sinner’s prayer” at one time; forget it. The gifts of the Spirit are not going to operate in you, or through you. You could be living a deception, or you could be healed, so you will repent and live according to God’s commandments. If you continue in sin, however, a worse thing many come upon you (John 5:14).
“Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward; for you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise, for yet a little while and He that shall come, will come, and will not tarry” Hebrews 10:35-37.
“Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who DILIGENTLY seek Him” Hebrews 11:6.
“Jesus turned Himself about, and when He saw her, He said, Daughter, be of good comfort; YOUR faith has made you whole, and the woman was made whole from that hour” Matthew 9:22.
“Let him ask in faith, nothing wavering; for he that wavers is like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind and tossed. Let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways” Hebrews 13:6-8.
“He who eats and drinks unworthily (communion), eats and drinks damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body; for this cause, many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep (die), for if we judge ourselves, we should not be judged” 1 Corinthians 11:29-31.
“Jesus went about all the cities and villages teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing EVERY sickness and EVERY disease among the people” Matthew 9:35.
“Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we being dead to sin, should live unto righteousness, by Whose stripes you were healed” 1 Peter 2:24.
“And He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick” Luke 9:2.
The commission is the same to God’s people today; it hasn’t changed. A lot of ministers have changed, nevertheless. We are living in the last days, the days of the “falling away.”
“Let no man deceive you by any means, for that Day (return of the Lord) shall not come, except there come a falling away (original Greek – apostasy) first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition (antichrist)” 2 Thessalonians 2:3.
It is obvious to see that the Holy Word of God tells us it is His will to heal us; He made no exceptions. Jesus commissioned His disciples to heal the sick; He didn’t say just some of the sick.
God doesn’t always manifest healing immediately. One time, even Jesus had to lay His hands on a blind man twice in order to see the full manifestation of healing (Mark 8:23-25). If you, or someone else, prayed and you didn’t see the manifestation immediately, but you are ready to walk away and resign, “God didn’t heal me;” forget it. You have given up; you lack the faith to be healed, so you won’t be healed. You are walking by sight. It is imperative to maintain the promise of God until it manifests – however long it takes – without wavering.
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Nevertheless, you can start your walk of faith once again; all is not lost.
The Lord is a “rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). The Word does NOT tell us that He is a rewarder of those who pray once and give up! Diligence means unfailing, unwavering, persistent, tireless, zealous, dedicated, not giving up – never!
Don’t expect anyone else to have faith for your need. It could happen, if the saint of God is endowed with the gifts of faith and healing, but it is critical that the person who needs God’s blessing has the faith to receive it. Jesus said to the woman with the issue of blood, “Be of good comfort; your faith has made you whole” (Matthew 9:22).
There are a lot of people complaining that God isn’t performing miracles today; He isn’t real; His Holy Word is ancient and of no effect today. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
Many of God’s people lack patience.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint” Isaiah 40:31.
The Holy Word of God tells us,
“God forbid; yes, let God be true, but every man a liar…” Romans 3:4.
The crux of the whole matter is that if every man on earth turns into a liar, the Holy Word of God is TRUE. If you believe that, you have a firm foundation in faith.
In other words, if everything you see around you suggests God’s Holy Word is false, let everything in the world be a hoax, but God is true, God is faithful, God’s Holy Word stands true forever and ever!
This is walking by faith, not by sight. God will honor the one who stands firm in his faith, when the entire world full of devils, hate, false reports, apostates, liars and deceivers say His Word has failed and you have lost your mind!
I could go on and on, pages and pages, but the summary of all of this is, how many people, even ministers today, do you know who are standing firmly on what God’s Holy Word says? I can tell you of a certainty that we are living in the last days of the “falling away;” and more often than not, you will see that even preachers trust more in sorcery (original Greek – pharmakei = drugs) than they do God’s Holy Word. Is it any wonder why we don’t see more of the miraculous healing today, as we did even half a century ago?
“Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” Matthew 24:12.
Love of what? What was Christ referring to? The love of women? The love of money? The love of life? No, no, no. He was referring to the love of God; a passion for God; being sold out to God; being very much in love with God Almighty, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2)!
Every morning, I surrender all. I surrender all of my heart, all of my soul, all of my mind, all of my spirit, all of my body, all of my strength to God – everything! I surrender to Him all that He has lent to me in this life – all belongs to Him. On that basis, I start my day and God walks with me and He talks to me.
Go with God – all the way – and nothing shall be withheld from you that your heart desires.
“Delight yourself also in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way unto the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass” Psalms 37:4-5.
“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord” Psalm 27:14.
“…When the Son of man comes, shall He find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8.
Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining shall surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.