October 19, 2014
That is it. Plain and simple.
- But without faith it is impossible to please him: Heb 11:6
- Hebrews 11:1-2
(1) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for (backbone, framework, the clay that the thing being believed for will be molded out of), the evidence (proof that it shall be) of things not seen.
(2) For by it the elders obtained a good report. (This is how they got good results!)
Hebrews 11:6 goes on to say, “for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
It is not just about faith, though. It is about what you have faith in!
When someone is sick, they should be very careful who they tell. I will not ask the church to pray for an illness or injury. I don’t know how they will pray. Remember, not all prayers get answered. Not everyone prays right, either. Here is an example.
Someone I knew was going through a health issue. I prayed, spoke, stood in faith believing they were going to be divinely healed. And they were, I guess. Just not the way they should have been.
This person had gone to their church for prayer, and got it. However, instead of cursing the illness they prayed that the surgery would be successful. And it was. She should not have had to have the surgery, though.
When they took her to the OR they repeated the x-ray to confirm the issue was still there. I just knew we were going to hear that it was gone, surgery was no longer necessary and she would be right back up to the room. We got the call from the OR scrub nurse. The doctor wanted her to call and tell us that he had started the surgery and so far everything was going well. I could not believe what I heard! It should have been gone. She was not going to need the surgery! This was not right!
I was so angry with G-d that day. I was shaking and crying. I was furious. It was so bad we went for coffee, just so I could cool down. I kept questioning out loud, “Why? What went wrong? I knew she would be healed! WHY?” Jim said the most profound, common sense thing to me that day:
“He had to let her have the surgery. There were so many people praying for the surgery to go well, and praying with faith, that He had to do it that way!”
I have a saying that applies here, “He who has the most faith wins!” Example: When our son was about eight, he had a friend over one day. They wanted to ride their bikes, but it was raining and storming. Our son said he was going to rebuke it. I told him to let the rain come, just to stop the storm. Well, the little stinker stopped it all! And this was during a severe drought!
I chewed him out for it explaining that the farmers needed the rain to grow not just their, but our food, too. I asked why he had stopped the rain, to which he replied, “Because we wanted to ride our bikes!”
One woman I related this to said that G-d would not do that to the farmers who had been praying so hard for so long for rain, that it just doesn’t work that way.
But it did. Want to know why?
My family doesn’t pray these, “L–d, if it be thy will…” prayers. We thank Him that our needs are met, we know the Word, so we know His will, and we speak what we want to be. Have a problem with this? So do many. That is why their prayers aren’t answered.
My son believes Mark 11:22-24
(22) And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
(23) 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.
(24) Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
What a child of faith! *Grateful parent sighs smiling*
Next time you go through a situation, you may want to be very careful who you tell. Choose only those that will pray a prayer of faith. And not just one of faith, but that will pray for the right thing. Why go through surgery when He heals.
I am a radical Christian why? I have seen absolute miracles: 4th degree burned skin just peeled off the day after burn, leaving no sign it had happened; miraculous healings; the level in the pot that would not go down; nowhere near enough money pay all the bills; I could go on and on.
I hear you out there, “But that doesn’t happen today.” “That was for Jesus. We can’t do that.” and so on, and so on, and so on. Well. Let’s see what the Bible says about it.
“… the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Daniel 11:32)
Exploits: signs and wonders, miracles. Acts (and the results of them) that others take note of. Things that leave others in awe of our G-d, His mercy, His power, and His grace. And if you notice, it does not set a time limit. This means “the people” anyone, anytime, anywhere. Today? Yup. Us? You betcha, if you believe! (Mark 16:16-18)
Now that you know this, who would you trust your life to? Cause when you go to them for prayer, that is just what you are doing.
how many people do you know that really know G-d, according to Daniel 11:32?
And, more importantly, according to this Scripture, do you?
I’m just sayin’!