Last week I was reading through Matthew, and the stories in chapter eight really leapt out at me. Each story deals with faith, but two different kinds of faith.
Verses one through four tell the story of a leper that came to Jesus. The leper said, if you are willing, you can make me clean. It is obvious the man believed Jesus could do it, he Just didn’t know if He would.
This describes many in the Church today, we believe God can do anything, many just doubt His will, like this leper. Jesus answered and said I WILL.
This one story alone settles the will of God concerning healing, I WILL.
Many people ask about the blind man. Scripture says this man was born blind to reveal God’s glory, and many stop there. The problem is, the blindness wasn’t God’s glory the healing was.
Scripture says all the promises of God are yes and amen.
Isaiah 53 and Psalm 103 prove to us that Jesus’ death on the cross is not only sufficient for sin but for sickness as well.
Many teachers have taught and many believers have believed we should pray if it be thy will concerning healing. Friends that is an illegal prayer, Scripture is abundantly clear that healing is God’s will.
Psalm 107:20 KJV “He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from destruction.”
Exodus 15:26 KJV “If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.”
Mark 16:18b KJV “They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover“.
Healing is all over the Bible and no where do we see Jesus saying no to anyone. The only thing that ever prevented healing was doubt or unbelief.
I will deal with doubt in more detail in a later post, in this I just want to show these two different approaches to Jesus.
The second man was a centurion who had faith at a very high level, so high that he understood the authority of the spoken Word.
This man didn’t ask Jesus to come lay hands, he simply said speak the Word and healing will come. Jesus was amazed at his faith! But notice Jesus didn’t even speak the Word; verse thirteen, “And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed that selfsame hour.”
This guy had such faith and so understood the authority of the spoken word he had it when He said it Jesus didn’t even speak it, He simply confirmed the man’s faith.
Let’s look at Mark 11:23-24 KJV “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.“
We have it when we say it, not when we see it.
We have it when we say it, not when we see it. This is faith.
When we look at the two very different faiths in this chapter, one of God can and the other of God will, we see room for growth in our walks of faith.
Don’t allow the enemy to condemn you if you are in the beginning stages of developing your faith, each one of us has to start with little faith and as we pursue God, study and do His Word we grow in faith.
Today I want to encourage each of us to do what the disciples did and say, Lord increase our faith. I declare each one of us is rising to a new level, yes, even levels of faith this year! We are growing and we are maturing in faith in Jesus name.
I’ve got some books to recommend for you on the things we have talked about today.
Ever Increasing Faith by Smith Wigglesworth will help you reach new levels in your faith walk.
Christ the Healer by F. F. Bosworth will help grow your faith. He deals with God’s will concerning healing, Paul’s thorn in the flesh, and much more.
The Power of Your Words by Gossett and Kenyon to help you learn the power and authority of words and help train you to speak in line with the Word of God.
These books have and are still a great blessing to me and I know they will help you grow to new levels of victory in your life.
Twitter FeedMy Tweets
- #truthShe is the cutest Christmas [toddler]. I've ever seen. She's not a baby anymore 😭😭😭😭😭It may be the eighth night of #hanukkah but our light never goes out and our G-d is never done performing miracles. I pray this #festivaloflights has brought about both personal and historical reflection and a renewed #dedication to G-d, His Word and His ways.No matter how dark it is around us. No matter the depth of depression or the height of fear. In the time when you can think of no reason to keep going, remember this - God has placed the will inside you to keep going. God your creator was light before He created the sun, moon and stars. Look to Him and know you can beat anything the enemy can throw at you.Titus 2:11-3:1 (Main idea: renounce ungodliness and worldly passions and live self-controlled upright and godly lives....being zealous for good works). We can please God, we should loathe sin, and our lives sould always point to Jesus.Looking at these lights, tears come to my eyes. To think of the dedication to God, love for the Torah and courage exemplified by the Maccabees it inspires me. Many Jews gave their lives during the fight against Antiochus. Jews even gave their lives before the war started because they wouldn't disobey God's Word. #chanukah, the #feastofdedication is a time for us to dedicate ourselves to God, to dedicate ourselves to holiness, to dedicate ourselves to following God's Word out of love and devotion to Him. On this seventh night of Chanukah my prayer is that I live up to the example of the Maccabees. #hanukkah #reflection #honor #light #example #festival #onenewmanFunny yet sadSo much 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 no mater how old a #PRP message is, it's always like hearing it for the first time! Thankful to be connected to Pastor Rod Parsley.So many of us think we need to have it all together before we help someone. The truth is when we get outside of ourselves to help someone else, we help ourselves in the process.If it wasn't for the Maccabees taking their stand all of the Jews would have been hellenized and they would have lost the feasts, the Torah and all the ways of God. Thankfully they didn't assimilate to the culture and they chose to hold to the Scripture and fight for the restoration of the Temple. As believers we are grafted into a Jewish root. If it wasn't for the Maccabees and the restoration of the temple Jesus couldn't have gone to Jerusalem for Hanukkah in John 10. He wouldn't have been able to say I am the light of the world with the light of the menorah behind Him. During this season my prayer is that we not only see the light of the world represented in the Menorah but that we would be the light of the world, a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden.The weird details can make stories much more interesting.Today is the one year anniversary of the U. S. Embassy being in Jerusalem! Thank you President Trump for finally making this happen! #jerusalem #usembassyjerusalem #presidenttrumpFAITH: On this fifth night of #hanukkah we allow ourselves to be inspired by the faith of the Maccabees and renew our trust in the faithfulness of God.Brother Copeland has been teaching me the Word of faith since I was nine years old. His example of unwavering faith and integrity is amazing. He is in his eighties and still going strong. I am so thankful to be connected to his and Sister Copeland's ministry through partnership. They are a blessing. #happybirthday sir, 2019 will truly be a year of abundant harvest for you. If you are not familiar with #KCM you can check out their #bvov television broadcast and the Believer's Voice of Victory Network on Dish, YouTube, Roku and more. You can follow them on social media @copelandnetwork on all platforms and visit their website, kcm.org to read articles, devotions, watch broadcasts or meetings and check out the store for various resources.
Topics & Series
- Bible Reading
- Bible Study Methods
- Church History
- Ephesians Study
- Feasts & Festivals
- Jewish Roots Series
- Passover Teaching
- Pentecost Teaching
- Power of Words
- Prophetic Words
- Seasonal Messages
- Sermon on the Mount
- Spiritual Warfare
- Tabernacles Teaching
- The Christian Life
- Armor of God
- Church History
- Feasts of the Lord
- Holy Spirit
- Jewish Roots Series
- New Creation
- Power of Words
- Renewed Mind
- Spiritual Warfare
Info & Stuff
All written and video material is (c) Copyrighted by caseyduane.com
Views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of anyone person or organization mentioned or provided as a link.
Comments of an obscene or rude nature will be removed and commenters will be blocked.
AMP – Amplified Bible (Prior to 2017 all Amplified quotations are from the AMPC)
AMPC – Classic Amplified
CJB – Complete Jewish Bible
KJV – King James Version
MEV – Modern English Version
MSG – The Message Paraphrase
NASB – New American Standard
NIV – New International Version
NKJV – New King James
NLT – New Living Translation
TLV – Tree of Life Version