“But without faith it is impossible to please him...”
- Hebrews 11:6
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
Faith is the principal element for the believer’s receiving. It is the key to everything that God has in store for us. It is the way to God’s presence; where there is all that we need to walk victorious in a world of wickedness, affliction and iniquity.
Many a times, the topic of faith is either so difficult to comprehend, or totally misunderstood by believers. It shouldn’t be so, because faith is not a force you can cook up, no; it is an ability birthed only by the knowledge revealed to us by the Spirit of God.
Faith doesn’t spring out of thin air, contrary to what most of us think and believe. The bible explicitly says this:
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
- Romans 10:17
The birthing of faith starts at hearing the word of God, but this is not the end of it. It is only the beginning of a journey of bliss. We need to understand what is said, or else the word of God only remains logos to the believer. We need the potent power of the word revealed in our lives, and this happens when the word of God becomes rhema to the believer. When we attain a climax in the Spirit where the word becomes so real beyond doubt; that’s faith coming.
“38. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39. nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
- Romans 8:38,39
Persuasion comes from the revealed knowledge of the word of God. It is not an impulse that you can just turn on and off when you feel like.
What does Paul say he’s persuaded about?
That neither the things that we see, nor the things we don’t see can separate him – us – from the love of God.
This should be the conviction of any true believer; that we believe in God’s ability to protect and sustain us from any and every calamity that shows its ugly face.
The bible says:
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”
- Psalm 34:19
What are some of these afflictions the righteous may face?
Let’s list a few of them: poverty, persecution, sickness, hate, etc. the list goes on.
But what else does the bible say?
That, “the Lord delivereth him out of them all”. That’s good news, hallelujah!
The word of God is clear about our victory over harm and danger, but if we do not know, then how can we have faith to believe?
In the present pandemic that has hit the world for example, many things are going through out hearts as believers. Questions seeking answers, and half answers seeking a complete redress.
Should we go out? Should we attend church? Are our kids safe to return to school? Will I have the virus? What is the word of God saying concerning this?
Funny enough we have references in the bible. Things that happened to the children of God in their walk with him that we can liken and juxtapose because of certain similarities that look like what we are facing presently.
One quick example that comes to mind, is the children of Israel in the wilderness. Remember when the people sinned against God and there was a serpent wiping out the population of the people. That could be likened to our modern-day pandemic. There was no hiding place for anyone, there was no solution to the problem, until God gave one. God asked Moses his servant to make a bronze serpent, and as foolish and as simple as the solution would be was that whosoever looked up to that serpent would be saved. That was quite simple.
Did some still die after the bronze serpent was made? Yes!
Did some live after the bronze serpent was made? Yes! As many who would believe and lift up their eyes were healed.
God wants us to look above the storms, above the problems that we face, above the pandemic that has marred the earth. We have a special hedge of protection over us. We don’t have to fear again as the people of the world. For we have received a Spirit of boldness and love.
Let us see some scriptures that strengthen our faith over diseases and sickness:
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”
- Isaiah 53:5
“So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you.”
- Exodus 23:25
“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”
- Matthew 9:35
What God wants from us is to believe in faith; to be convicted beyond any doubts. The book of James says that he that prays and does not believe will not receive. (James 1:6-7)
If we want to receive the healing that God has given, the protection he has given in Psalm 91, then we must be ready to stretch our faith in His word.
So, be encouraged beloved, knowing the immense, immeasurable love that God has for us, and the good things He has planned all those who believe in Him and take Him at His word.
Pray over yourself, your children and your entire family; proclaiming the healing power of God and the power in the blood of Jesus to heal.
Let us continue to hear the word of God and let our faith grow. For God forgives all our iniquities and heals our diseases. (Psalms 103:3)
May your faith rise to another level!
Pamela D. Smith
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God's best to you!