The Dichotomy of Faith

faith1Last 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.

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About Casey D. Bell

Casey is an ordained minister in the Church of God and has a passion to see generations come together for the cause of Christ. Casey teaches strongly in the areas of faith, healing, applying God's Word to our everyday life, and the benefits of understanding our Jewish roots.
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