Updated: Apr 29
Have you ever wondered what faith is or taken time to ponder if you were in faith or what faith even looks like? Is it just believing something to be true, acting as if what you can't see is real, or is it something else? Matthew 18:1-5 says that we must humble ourselves as a child or we can not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Have you ever watched a child or listened to their stories? A small child loves unconditionally, always forgiving, even if one is a horrible mean abusive person. Often times a small child will take the blame to make everyone happy. It is this innocence that makes them so vulnerable and susceptible to the evil men among us. An innocence that we lose as we grow older and wiser to the world around us.
Now, I am in no way saying that we should deliberately throw all caution to the wind or do away with the wisdom that we have gained of the world that we live in as we have grown older. Neither should we take and bear the consequences of another's actions or be a door mat for those who willfully seek to use us. What I am trying to illustrate is the heart of forgiveness, love, and humbleness of a child. The faith and trust that a child puts in those who are in charge of their care and well being. This is the kind of faith and trust that one must place in our heavenly Father and in our savior, Yeshua. This is the kind of compassion, forgiveness, and humbleness that we should have towards our fellow man.
HOW DO WE OBTAIN FAITH
Romans 10:17: "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Hebrews 11:1-6: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet spoke. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had his testimony, that he had pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." In Galatians 11:7-11 goes on to say that by faith, Noah built an Ark. By faith Abraham sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country. He dwelt in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs of the same promise. By faith Sara received strength to bear seed, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
So we have seen that faith is more than just words or speaking something. It is hearing the word of God, depending on the word of God like a child, the substance of things hoped for, but yet are unseen. Faith is whole heartedly trusting God and in his word to accomplish the thing he said he would, even if we do not yet see it in the physical world.
James 1:2-4: "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." To help you better understand this passage, the word divers, basically means "many kinds". Now keeping this verse in mind, as we look at other instances in scripture where people were considered to have faith. The faith of some wavered, while others remained persistent. I feel we can learn from both.
PETER WALKED ON WATER
In Matthew 14:25-36, we read the account of Yeshua walking on water, when the disciples first saw him, they thought he was a ghost and cried out in fear. But Yeshua answered them and told them not to fear because it was only him. Next we see where Peter says, "Lord, if it be you, bid me to come to you on the water." Yeshua answered, "Come." Peter steps out on the water and starts walking towards Yeshua, but then he starting looking around him and saw the wind and was afraid; he then began to sink. Immediately, Yeshua stretched forth his hand and caught him, then he says to Peter, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"
Peter started off strong, he had the faith to step into the water and he stood on the water, walking towards Yeshua. But then fear came in the likeness of wind and once that fear was received by Peter, it stole his faith and Peter began to sink. How many past circumstances can you see yourself as Peter in your life?
NOTE: Mark 6:45-56 & John 6:16-24, also speak about Yeshua walking on water towards the ship and all the disciples being in fear, but Matthew is the only one who tells about Peter stepping out on the water.
THE WOMAN WITH THE POSSESSED DAUGHTER In Matthew 15:22-29 & Mark 7:25-30, we see a Canaanite woman who came to Yeshua because her daughter had a devil. Yeshua at first answered her that he has only come to the lost sheep of Israel. But the woman refused to leave and worshiped him, saying, "Lord, help me." But Yeshua again answered her and said that it was not right to take the children's bread and cast it to the dogs. At this point many of us in today's world would have given up and said, "It is not God's will." Some would believe that through this Canaanite woman's daughter keeping this devil that God's glory would be shown. I point this out because I have often times heard such things by well meaning teachers/preachers. Here we can see an example of Yeshua saying no, not just once but twice.
The woman then pleads her cause and she told him, "Truth Lord, yet the dogs do eat of the crumbs which fall from the master's table." Now pay attention to what happened next. Yeshua answered her and said, "Woman, great is your faith, be it unto you even as you will." The woman's daughter was made whole that very same hour. Some believers say that Yeshua had planned on healing her daughter the whole time. I say yes and no. Yes, he had wanted to from the start because that is who he is. But no, as in if she had walked away and did not display a persistent faith, the miracle would not have happened. She appealed to his mercy with faith that he could do what she was asking of him.
I want to also point out that some false teachers say that Christ was referring to her race when he called her a dog, he was not. He was referring to her religion, as the Samaritans and Phoenicians often would worship idols. In fact, the word in Strong's concordance G2965, literally means a man of a impure mind. His words were meant to humble the woman, which it did. Yeshua was making it known to her that she was asking for help from the Jewish God that she had previously rejected for idols. Several times non-believers are referred to as dogs throughout scripture. Revelation 22:15, 2 Peter 2:22, Matthew 7:6, & Philippians 3:2.
We also read in Ephesians 2:12, "That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:"
INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT PRAYER
We are going to continue looking at people of faith in the Bible, but first let's look at Yeshua's instructions about prayer and then his parable on prayer. In Luke 11:5-9, Yeshua asks who among you will go to his friend at midnight and knock, asking that you be loaned three loaves of bread for another friend who has come to you in their journey. And he who is within shall say "trouble me not. The door is locked, and my children are in bed; I cannot rise and give to you." He states that he will not rise and give to you because you are his friend, but he will rise and give you as much as needed because of your persistence.
When we read further in verses 10-13, we see where Yeshua says Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone who asks, receives; he that seeks will find; and to him that knocks, it will be opened. He then asks another question, what father among you will give his son who ask for bread a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? Or offer him a scorpion for an egg? If you being evil know how to give good gifts to your children; how much more will you heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?
PARABLE ON PRAYER I want you to take notice of this parable that Yeshua tells, so you can see how faith moves God. I want to show you that faith is unwavering, it is persistent, and this is something that we need to get down. Because often times we will say a few prayers here or there, or maybe two or three times a day. This kind of prayer is equal to knocking and since no one answers, you return at a later time and knock again, still no answer, so you repeat. But persistence is when you are banging on that door and you are not leaving until it is opened.
In Luke 18:1-8, Yeshua tells of a judge in a city, who did not fear God, neither did he regard men. There was a widow in that city that came to him and said, avenge me of my adversary. And for a while, he would not. After a while, he said to himself that though he does not fear God or does he regard men, but because this widow troubles him, he will avenge her; lest by her continual request, she weary him. So shall God not avenge his own elect, which cry day and night to him? He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man returns, shall he find faith on the earth?
You must comprehend this, he just got done telling about the widow's persistence and the unjust judge giving in because she kept coming to him and making him tired with her request. Then he speaks of God's elect crying to him day and night. This leads up to him asking a good question, when he returns, shall he find faith on earth. Will he find those who are persistent in their prayer life? Any who keep knocking and refuse to leave until the door is opened?
In Luke 8:41-42, we are introduced to a ruler named Jairus, who only had one daughter of 12 years that lay dying. He was trying to get through the crowd to Yeshua but people were pushing and shoving and it made it difficult. It picks back up in verses 49-56, while Yeshua spoke, there came one from Jairus' house that said not to trouble Yeshua because his daughter was dead. When Yeshua heard it, he said, "Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole."
Yeshua had told those who weeped and wailed for her to "weep not; she is not dead but sleeps." They all laughed at him, so he put them out, except for Peter, James, John, the child's mother, & the child's father. He took the child by the hand and said "maid arise." Her spirit entered her body and she arose. Her parent's were astonished.
So lets recap. When the news was brought to Jairus of his daughter's death, Yeshua told him to fear not but believe. Why would he tell him not to fear? Because fear is a faith stealer. He was saying, remain in the faith that brought you to me, do not lose it. When he got to the house and said to those in mourning that the child is not dead but sleeps, they laughed at him. So he threw them out and with five witnesses who stayed in the room, he healed Jairus' daughter.
THE WOMAN WITH THE ISSUE In Luke 8:43-48 & Mark 5:25-34, we read about the woman with the issue of blood for twelve long years. She had spent all of her living on physicians, and none could make her any better. The woman seeing Yeshua came behind him and touched the hem of his garment. Yeshua, feeling that virtue had gone out from him, said "Somebody has touched me." The woman seeing that she could not hide herself, came trembling and fell down before Yeshua.
In Matthew 9:20-22, she says within herself, "If I can just touch the hem of his garment, I shall be made whole." Yeshua seeing her told her that her faith had made her whole. In this instance, she did not ask Yeshua if she could have a healing and though, I believe it was within his will, she did not ask if it was his will. She seen him, said within herself that if she could just touch the hem of his garment, she would be made whole, and then she did it. Keep in mind, she was not only in a lot of pain but it is very probable that she had low iron from the continual loss of blood over the past twelve years, so I imagine that she was very weak. But with persistence, she pushed through the crowd and touched the hem of his garment.
POSSESSED SON Here we see yet another historical event unfold in Mark 9:17-29. Aman that was among a multitude of people had brought his son to Yeshua to be healed of a dumb spirit. He explains how this spirit torments this young man by foaming and gnashing with his teeth. He continued to tell how he spoke to the disciples that they should cast out this spirit and they could not. In Matthew's version of the events found in 17:15-16, he states that his son is a lunatic and sore vexed. And that sometimes his son would throw himself into the fire and sometimes into the water. Again Matthew states how he told Yeshua that the disciples could not cast out the spirit.
Mark's account says that Yeshua answered by saying, "O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? Bring him to me." So the young man was brought to Yeshua and straight away the spirit tore the young man, and he fell to the ground, and wallowed, foaming. Yeshua asked the father how long since the spirit came to him. The father answered that since he was a child. The father then tells how the spirit torments his son, then pleads for compassion. Yeshua said to him, "If you can believe, then all things are possible to him who believes." Straight away, the father cried out, "I believe!! Help my unbelief!!" Yeshua then commanded the spirit to come out of the young man and to enter him no more.
Later Yeshua's disciples asked why they could not cast out the spirit. He responded, "Because this kind goes out only by prayer and fasting." Matthews account says in 17:20-21 that Yeshua responded first by telling them that it was their unbelief. He then explained that if you have the faith of a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, remove and it shall be removed, and nothing shall be impossible to you. Then he adds, "However, this kind only goes out by prayer and fasting."
I want to point out something here. Remember the Canaanite woman whose daughter was possessed with a devil? It was her faith that healed her daughter. Same here. It was the faith of the father that healed his son of this evil spirit. Neither time did Christ ask the spirits to give him a name so he could properly converse with it by its preferred title as you have seen in movies or read in novels. You do not carry on a "lets get to know each other" session with devils/foul spirits. I view such things as being equal to playing with demon boards or other kinds of witchcraft.
Next take note at how the man cried out that he believes but to help his unbelief. This shows us that the previous attempts blew some strong wind on this man's faith. Yeshua also made comments about the faith and unbelief of the disciples, but yet, he then said that this kind only goes out through prayer and fasting. Now back in Matthew 9:14-15, Yeshua told the disciples of John the Baptist that his own disciples did not need to fast while the bridegroom was yet with them. So I do not think Christ was scolding them for not fasting, but rather he was teaching us all the importance of fasting being a part of our prayer life in faith.
TWO BLIND MEN Matthew 9:26-31, Yeshua had just raised Jairus' daughter and her spirit had gone back into her; and the fame of Yeshua spread throughout all the land. When he departed, there came to two blind men, who followed him, and saying, "You, son of David, have mercy on us." When he had come into the house, the blind men came to him. Yeshua asked them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They answered yes. So Yeshua touched their eyes and said, "according to your faith be it unto you." Their eyes were opened and they spread his fame about all the more.
Here we have two blind men that cannot see nothing, yet they are following Yeshua. It does not say that anyone was guiding them, so they were probably following him by sound. They followed him into the house he went in. All the while crying out for him to heal them. Again, we see persistence in faith.
BLIND BARTIMAEUS In Mark 10:46-52 & Luke 18:35-43, Yeshua had come to Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people. Blind Bartimaeus sat by the wayside begging. When he heard that it was Yeshua of Nazareth, he began to cry out, "Yeshua, Son of David, have mercy on me." Many told him that he should be quiet but he persisted all the more louder, "You son of David, have mercy on me!" Yeshua stood still and commanded that the blind man be brought to him. They told the blind man to be of good comfort and arise because he calls for you.
The blind man castaway his garment, rose, and went to Yeshua. And Yeshua asked him what it is that he will have him to do. The blind man asked that he receives his sight. Yeshua answered him and said, "Go your way, your faith has made you whole." Bartimaeus immediately received his sight.
Here we see a blind man that heard Yeshua was coming past him and he started yelling for him to have mercy on him. When he was scolded by the crowd and told to be quiet, he got louder. He kept knocking and banging until the door was opened. Thus, he was told that his faith has made him whole.
THE TEN LEPERS In Luke 17:13-19, we see a situation where there were ten men who had leprosy that stood afar off, but when they seen Yeshua, they yelled, "Master, have mercy on us." When Yeshua saw them, he commanded them to go show themselves to the priest, and as they went, they were cleansed. When they saw they were healed, only one turned back, and with a loud voice he glorified God. He was a Samaritan, and he fell down at the feet of Christ, and gave him thanks. Yeshua questioned, "Were not ten cleansed? Yet, where are the nine? None other turned back to give thanks to God, but this stranger?" Then he spoke to the Samaritan, "Arise, go your way, your faith has made you whole."
Here we see that they were not healed immediately but as they walked to the priest in faith, they were healed. But only one turned back to glorify God and give thanks to Christ. Our Savior then tells him that it was his faith that made him whole.
HE HEALED THEM ALL In Matthew 4:23-24: "And Yeshua went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them."
Here we see that those with all manner of illness was brought to Yeshua, even those with devils and he healed them all. Notice how scripture refers to someone who is cleansed of a devil, as having been healed.
PAUL'S THORN Lets take a moment to go over Paul's thorn. As many of us who have been to churches our whole life have at one time or another been told how Paul was denied a healing. But was Paul's thorn really an illness or was he referring to something else? Many are familiar with the one teaching that it was a physical ailment, but lets look to see if we can be certain.
2 Corinthians 12:6-10, Paul starts off by saying that he would desire to glory, but he shall not be a fool. But he will speak the truth, lest any one thinks higher of him. He continues that, unless he should be exalted above measure through the abundance of revelations, there was given to him a thorn in his flesh. A "messenger" of Satan to buffet him. He said that he asked God three times to remove it from him but was told that God's grace is sufficient for Paul; that God's strength is made perfect in weakness.
Paul then says that he will glory in his infirmities that the power of Yeshua may rest upon him. But he further explains in verse 10, "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distress for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then I am strong." The word that was translated to infirmity is asthenia. Strong's concordance says that asthenia means feebleness of mind or body, weakness, infirmity, sickness & disease. Now lets focus on the word that the translators used: infirmity in the dictionary is defined as a physical or a mental weakness.
We look at how Paul says that God's grace was sufficient for him. Grace is not given for a physical ailment but for our sinful thoughts. Look it up. It means repentance, regeneration, forgiveness, and salvation. Mercy would have been a better suit for a physical ailment. It means to have compassion on, clemency, to act kindly towards. This is why those who needed healing cried out for mercy and not grace.
How many scriptures have we all seen that have told us that sin starts in the heart and when it is conceived, it is then manifested in the flesh? How many have heard someone say at one time or another that a certain person was a thorn in their side or a thorn in their flesh? These terms have faded away with the meaning of gay meaning happy. It once defined a person that is rubbing someone the wrong way and causing them to have a spiritual battle within. A battle that is fighting against bringing forth the physical enactment of sin.
In Romans 7:14-25, Paul is speaking of having some kind of trouble. He starts off by saying that the law is spiritual but he is carnal, sold under sin. He then says that which he does, he allows not; for that that he would do, he does not, but what he hates, that he does. If he does that which he would not, then he consents unto the law that it is good, then it is no more he that does it, but the sin that dwells in him. He continues in verse 18, "For I know that in me (that is in my flesh), dwells no good thing; for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not." In verse 21, Paul states that he finds a law that when he does good, evil is present with him. Could this be the message from Satan that Paul struggled with.
Was Paul having a spiritual battle of sin within himself; A sin that he was fighting hard against bringing forth in his flesh? Unlike Paul actually being physically sick with an illness that God would not cure, to which this account in the new testament would stand alone. An infirmity that was a mental weakness. Truth is that what Paul spoke of can only be assumed and there is no definite way to determine the exact nature of Paul's thorn.
Keep in mind that Paul was not only greatly persecuted but he had in the past persecuted and killed Christians. Yes, he was forgiven but as the target of the adversary, we both know that the demons of this world will still bring our past deeds and play them over and over in our minds to torment us. Again, we cannot say with certainty what Paul's thorn is.
Christ told Peter that Satan has desired to sift him like wheat in John 22:31-32. But Yeshua said to Peter that he prayed that Peter would keep his faith and that afterwards, he would strengthen his brethren. Notice that Christ never prayed that Peter would not endure this trial but that he would come through it.
We will have trials and tribulations that can both be physical, emotional, and psychological. Everyone should prepare for such battles. Even Job went through a horrible trial that was heart breaking, earth shattering, physical, mental, and emotional torment, and his friends didn't help much either.
HE CAST OUT UNCLEAN SPIRITS Besides physical healings, Yeshua also cast out unclean spirits. I have often tried to explain to people that a possession of evil spirits can manifest themselves as a physical or mental illness, as we have seen with the father who had a possessed son who threw him into the water and the fire, and would foam and gnash at the mouth. Today, this may be diagnosed as a whole range of physical or mental disorders. No I am not saying that everyone who has such a diagnosis, also have devils. I am saying that in today's society, there have been demonically possessed people who have been misdiagnosed. As we continue our Biblical quest into scripture, think what these following people may be misdiagnosed with today.
In Luke 13:10-13, Yeshua had been teaching in the synagogues on the Sabbath, when he crossed paths with a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for18 long years. She was bowed together and could not lift herself up. When Yeshua saw her, he called her to him, and said, "Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity." He laid hands on her and immediately she was made straight. In this passage, we see a description of a physical weakness caused by a demon, that was healed. What diagnosis do you think this woman today would have gotten? Notice that Yeshua did not ask her if she believed, he just commanded her to be loosed of it.
In Matthew 12:22, there was brought one who was blind and dumb (meaning he could not see or speak), who was possessed with a devil; and Yeshua healed him. And the one who was blind and dumb began to see and speak. Notice how scripture makes it clear that these physical disabilities were from a demon who had possessed him. But yet, Yeshua had healed several blind people who did not have devils. So one can have an illness or disability and not have a devil. Also take note of how being cleansed of a devil is considered a healing.
In Mark 5:1-20, we see a recorded account of a man in the country of the Gadarenes. In verses 2-3, we are introduced to a man that lived among the tombs and had an unclean spirit. He had often been bound by fetters and chains, but the fetters broke in pieces, and the chains were plucked up by him. He would spend his days and nights in the tombs crying and cutting himself with stones. When Yeshua seen him from afar off, the possessed man ran and worshiped him. The man then cried with a loud voice, "What have I to do with you, Yeshua, Son of the highest God? I request of you by God that you torment me not." In verse 8, we see this was a response to Yeshua commanding the unclean spirit to come out of the man. Yeshua then asked what the spirit's name was, and it answered, "Legion, for we are many." They then requested to be sent into the herd of swine. Yeshua commanded them to go into the herd of the swine and they went. Straight away, the swine ran violently into the sea and drowned.
Note that Yeshua first commanded the spirit to leave, then the spirit recognized him as being the Son of God and made a request of him. At this point, Christ asked for the spirit's name but he did not carry on a lets get to know each other session as seen in movies.
When people came to see this man who had been possessed, sitting, clothed, and in his right mind, they were afraid and asked that Yeshua leave. So they departed back into the ship, and the one who had been possessed had asked to go with, but Yeshua commanded that he go home to his friends and tell them what great things God had done for him, and how he had compassion on him.
In today's world, what kind of illnesses may this man been diagnosed with? And yet, he was not sick with an illness but was possessed. As we noticed yet again, Yeshua did not ask the man if he wanted to be set free or even if he had the faith for the deliverance. This is the difference I personally have noticed between when Christ would cast out a demon and when he would physically heal someone. If it was physical, he asked them if they had faith and/or he would tell them that their faith made them whole. It is important that we observe from scripture how we are to fight with our spiritual enemy.
TIMES HEALING NEVER CAME I cannot count the times that I have heard that God uses physical ailments and demonic possessions to work out a greater good in people. Yet, they cannot show me any new testament scripture where this is plainly stated and not born of man's interpretation.
This teaching is as fallible as the one that says that you can buy a healing from God by giving the preacher man on TV all of your money or by calling it into existence with your god-like powers. The instruction manual says that trials and tribulations are to strengthen our faith and make us better warriors on earth. We become stronger and wiser. Through God's grace we learn patience and endurance, love, and compassion.
Now we can see in Mark 6:2-6 and Matthew 13:53-58, "And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From where has this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. But Yeshua said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching."
So here we see that Yeshua healed a few people but he couldn't do any mighty works because they did not have faith to believe that he could or that it was possible. From the pattern we have seen with specifics, those who got healed, most likely are the few who had faith.
We also read in Mark 8:11-13, "And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why does this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation. And he left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side."
This incident put me in the mind of when Satan tempted Christ in Matthew 4. What did the Devil do, he said IF you be the Son of God, command these stones be made bread. Then he set him on the pinnacle of the temple and again said, IF you be the Son of God, cast yourself down. In the self same spirit, these men were like, IF you be the Son of God, show us a sign. But IF all of creation testifies of its creator (Romans 1:20, Psalm 19:1), then why would any of us need a sign of his Divinity?
We also see in Mark 15:29-32, where Christ is on the cross and there were people who taunted him, saying, "Save yourself and come down from the cross". Their laughter continued with phrases like, "He saved others, yet he cannot save himself." Mark 15:32: "Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him."
CONCLUSION Lets take one last look at scriptures that pertains to faith. 1. 1 Corinthians 2:5: Our faith should not stand in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
2. James 1:6-8: Ask in faith with nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like the waves of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. Let not that man think that he will receive anything of God. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. 3. Mark 11:24: Yeshua said, what things so ever that you desire, when you pray BELIEVE that you receive them, and you shall have them. 4. Matthew 14:12-15: Yeshua said that he who believes on him, the works that Yeshua does, we shall do also; because he goes to be with the Father. And whatever we ask in Yeshua's name, he will do it that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 5. Matthew 10:5-8: Yeshua gave the command for his disciples to go to the house of Israel and preach that the kingdom of God is at hand. Heal the sick, cast out devils, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead; freely you have received, freely give. 6. Matthew 7:7-8: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it shall be opened to you: For everyone who asks receives, and he that seeks finds, and to him that knocks, it shall be opened. 7. Hebrews 11:6: Without faith, it is impossible to please God: For he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. (diligently: not carelessly or negligent; with persistence) 8. James 1:16-17: Do not err. Every good and perfect gift is from above. 9. James 5:14-15: The prayer of faith shall heal the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. 10. Matthew 21:21-22: Yeshua said that if you have faith and doubt not, you shall be able to say to the mountain be removed and cast into the sea, and it shall be done. All things, whatsoever you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive. 11. John 15:7-8: Yeshua was speaking and said, "If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask what you will and it shall be done unto you. Here in is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples." 12. Romans 8:32: Him who did not spare his own son, but delivered him over for us all, how will he not also with him freely give us all things?
We have been through many scriptures and never once does Christ suggest some of the faith killing messages that we have heard in the churches. Some people knock a few times, the door is not opened, so they leave. They return at a later time and knock for a little bit, still no answer, so they leave. And they keep repeating this, wavering in their faith. As humans we do not want to look at the possibility that the problem could be us. Some biblical passages say that there are reasons why God will not hear your prayer. But instead of examining ourselves, we often will blame God.
How many people do you have a relationship with that are completely unknowable to you? Yet people proclaim to have a relationship with God and know little to nothing about him. They call him mysterious, as if he is some far away alien that we know little to nothing about. As if he were a foreign specimen in a petri dish.
His word tells us his character, so how can we call him unknowable? It is the Father's will to give us good things (Matt 7:11, Luke 12:32). It is his will to meet our need and to help us through this life.
DO NOT confuse what I am saying with the name it and claim it belief. As I do not think that we have the power to call anything into existence and I do not believe that we are “little gods” as some teach. This is too eerily similar to the lie that Satan told Eve in the Garden, “You shall be like God”. We do not have the power to call anything into existence but Yeshua said that we could ask the Father anything in his name and HE would do it that the Father may be glorified in the Son. There is an order of command that must be followed with respect. I am also NOT saying that everyone gets healed. I am saying that some teachings are faith killers and go against what is found in scripture.
People teach that God don't heal, yet there are dozens of accounts in both old and new testament that says He does heal. I have heard some say that asking for a healing is a sin, why did Christ not address this when he walked the earth? Why would he instead participate in this sin? People pray, don't get their prayers answered, and then in their bitterness, they teach against scripture or make up stuff like "healing is no longer for today, it died with the last of the apostles." There is zero scripture that says that.
Yes, I believe that we all have an expiration date. Some expire young and some expire old, but I did read of a king once, who extended his expiration date through prayer, so with God, anything is possible. God's relationship with each of us is unique and he is on a daily basis working in us and through us, to not only prosper our spiritual growth but also those around us.
My summary is this, we should not neglect from praying for healing, even if it never comes in our lifetime, we should still pray and ask with faith. We should remain steadfast and persistent. Why? Because it is not out of the range of possibilities with God. I have personally known of people miraculously healed of cancer that never took one cancer treatment. Does that mean that everyone who prays gets healed of cancer? No. But it does mean that it is possible and as long as it is possible, we should not neglect to ask.
I really perceive that some people who feel they were in faith, and didn't receive, become contemptuous with the subject of healing, almost as if they did not receive, so you should not either. This attitude seems more of spite than it is of helping a brother/sister.
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 12:9 that some have the gift of healing, just as some have the gift of knowledge, discerning of spirits, speaking in tongues, etc. How many have the gift of healing and are ignorant of it because of bitter teaching?
Beloved, we have been conditioned through worldly churches over the last few decades to see life more in the physical realm and in doing so, we have become completely blinded to the spiritual realm. Thus we have lost the persistent faith required to please God. We need to prune the branches of unbelief with prayer and fasting. We must return to the roots of our faith and fertilize the ground with the truth of the gospel. The time is at hand and there is much work to be done. God is faithful and just towards us, we are the ones who fail.