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A closer look at the term faith healer

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Why does the phrase “faith healer” take such a beating by many Christians today? Does not God’s Word repeatedly tell us that healing DEPENDS upon person’s faith?

Mark 10:52, “And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.”

If that person (and many more in the Bible) had not the faith needed to receive, would have they been healed? After Jesus told them that it was their faith which saved them?

Now if that same person sought healing in today’s church and just happen to not have the faith needed to receive, I’ll bet the people would start saying that it wasn’t God’s will to heal them because nothing happened. What a crying shame! Does not a person’s faith have anything to do with their healing anymore? Such a belief is 100% unscriptural!

Matthew 13:58, “And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”

If the people’s unbelief hindered Jesus Himself from doing miracles in their midst, then how much more is the same fact true today?

The reason why I tend to be very fond of many of the Word of Faith teachings from Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, etc. is because they are so solidly based on the Word of God. They eat up the arguments of the church today, especially when the signs and wonders are following them, confirming the Word of God that they are preaching!

Mark 16:20, “And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs [literally meaning, miracles, signs and wonders] following. Amen.”

Most of the church today doesn’t have signs and wonders following them. I believe it’s because they are teaching the raw Word of God like they ought to. If they would preach healing as the Bible tells it, they would start seeing people healed in their midst!

Hope comes before faith

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

So many of us put the carriage before the horse when we’re merely seeking the faith needed to be healed, delivered, or for whatever other miracle that we need in our life. Did you know that hope proceeds faith? Little is taught about hope, but it is another foundational key to faith. If you don’t have hope, you won’t be capable of having faith.

When praying for somebody to be healed, you might ask them, “Can you see yourself healed?” If that person cannot even imagine what it would be like to be healed, then they have a serious lack of hope. Jesus actually thew this out at somebody who came to Him for a healing…

And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
Matthew 9:28-29

Hope says, “I can get it!” Faith says, “I have it! It’s MINE!”

If you don’t have hope, then how can you have faith? How can you say, “It’s MINE!” without the hope of being able to receive it? You can’t!

Next time you want to establish faith for something, first imagine what it would be like to receive it. Are you seeking to be emotionally healed? Physically healed? Can you picture or imagine what it would be like to manifest that healing? There’s one of your first steps to growing faith. The devil and evil spirits do this all the time, but using fear and negative emotions to cripple our faith and trust in God… so why can’t we use our imagination for God’s purposes? We can!

A labor of guilt and shame

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.
Mark 2:3-12

Why did Jesus look at the man sick with palsy, “Thy sins be forgiven”? Many say that this man’s sin was caused by sin, and I believe that may have been true, but today I began to think about this passage in a way that I never saw before. Let me cover some ground first on faith:

We know that faith comes by hearing (referring to receiving) the Word of God (see Romans 10:17). We see the disciples asking Jesus to increase their faith, and His way of doing that was to give them something to receive; He told them that if they will believe, then they can exercise their authority over a mountain and command it to be cast into the sea (see Luke 17:5-6). It’s when we receive the Word of God, that our faith increases. Jesus simply gave them something to receive. We see Jesus telling people, “Your faith has made you whole.”

With that said, I believe that Jesus was simply giving the sick man something to receive when He said, “Thy sins be forgiven.” This man who was sick, was likely laboring under a heavy load of guilt and shame (as many are today, who are in need of a healing!). Jesus’ words telling him that his sins were forgiven, was all that was necessary to bring enormous healing to the man, not only mentally, but also physically. Many times, a person’s load of guilt and shame can serve as a wall to keep the person from receiving the healing (both mentally and physically) that they need.

Faith invites miracles!

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Today we see so many churches that are dry and lifeless, and only once in a while do we see the hand of God do a miracle in such churches. Why is that? Could it be the same reason as we find in the Bible where Jesus could not do many miracles in Nazareth, because of their unbelief? If Jesus couldn’t do many miracles back then because of unbelief, what makes us think that things are any different today?

Matthew 13:58, “And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”

Let me assure you that Jesus did want to do many mighty works in Nazareth!

The Holy Spirit gave me a tap on the shoulder this morning about how our unbelief can hinder the miracle working power of God. We can keep Jesus (or the Holy Spirit) from being able to do many miracles in our midst, because of our doubt and unbelief in the miracle working power of God!

Just as Jesus shed His blood for our sins…

Monday, November 5th, 2007

…so He also shed His blood for our healing!

Did you realize that just as Jesus’ shed blood paid for your sins, so also He shed His blood to pay for your healing? It is true! Let’s look at the following verses in Isaiah 53:

“4 Surely he hath borne our griefs (from the Hebrew word choliy, which means sickness or disease), and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

Meditate on this concept… it is a powerful key to faith! Yes, Jesus shed His blood for payment for your sins, but He also shed His blood for your healing just the same!