Obedience to the Faith
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
Faith comes by hearing. It’s one thing for faith to be present but it’s another thing for the faith to deliver. Faith must be expressed for it to work. In the Bible there are two ways in which faith is put to work: obedience and confession. You must do something about what you believe for it to function. The response to the faith is obedience to the faith. Your response to what faith says will determine whether you get it or not. Faith puts you in the position of possession but you must do the possession yourself.
One day Jesus and His disciples were invited for a wedding in Cana of Galilee. His mother too was there and it happened that they ran out of wine. So Mary told Jesus about it, and she said to them, "Whatever He says to you, do it." John 2:5. Then Jesus told them to fill the waterpots with the water and they filled them to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it, and you know the rest of the story. You realize these people did everything Jesus told them to do even if it didn’t make any sense. The word of God is for doing, not just hearing. If nothing is done with what is heard then nothing happens.
Jesus said that the words that He spoke are spirit and they are life. That means they are to be accepted by the spirit. A lot of things that God will ask us to do will not make sense. For example it does not make sense to put water in a jar and expect it to become wine. The word of God does not make sense, it makes faith. A lot of times people are reluctant to do what God said simply because it does not make sense to them. Remember we walk by faith and not by sight. Sight is of the senses, faith is of the spirit. When God speaks to us He expects us to act by faith not by our reasoning. The Bible says that His thoughts are not our thoughts. It may not look reasonable to us but it surely does make sense to Him and that is what really matters.
Another day the Lord Jesus was going to Jerusalem and on His way He entered a certain village where He met ten lepers who stood afar off. “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” They said to Him. “Go show yourselves to the priests.” He said to them. The Bible says that as they went they were cleansed. Notice the Bible does not say that as they went they were healed. They were already healed and that’s why they were cleansed as they did what He said to them. They could have said, “Well, how are we going to show ourselves to the priests when we’re still leprous? It doesn’t make any sense. You want to get us in trouble! Are you blind? Can’t you seen that we’re leprous?”
So when did they get healed? They got healed as soon as Jesus spoke to them, what was remaining was the symptoms. He sent them because He knew they were healed. Though the symptoms were still there, they were already healed, and as they acted on Jesus’ word they were cleansed. The manifestation took place because they obeyed. The leprosy was awaiting their response to Jesus' word. Jesus will not ask you to thank Him for something that you don’t have. Verse 15 says that one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God. He saw that he was healed because he had been cleansed. It’s the healing that caused the leprosy to go, it’s not the absence of the leprosy that brought the healing.
It’s not the absence of symptoms that make you healed, the healing drives away the symptoms. Some people can only believe they are healed if they can't see the symptoms. That's why the first thing they do after being prayed for is to check if the pain is still there, and if it's still there they conclude that the prayer didn't work. The symptoms may not have left yet, but as you do what Jesus has told you to do they will surely leave. The Bible says that we walk by faith and not by sight. The ten lepers went to show themselves to the priests because they believed Jesus, not because they were cleansed. The cleansing came as a result of their obedience. They believed they were healed and so they started going to the priests. They never started reasoning amongst themselves about what they would tell the priests or what they would do if by some reason it turned out that they were not healed, they took Jesus at His word.
The Bible says that God cannot lie, so you have everything He says you have. You are everything God says you are and you can do everything God says you can. According to Matthew 8:17 the Lord Jesus has taken your infirmities and borne your sicknesses. Don’t accept to have them. Let the Lord Jesus have them. 2 Peter 2:24 says that by His stripes you were healed. Did Jesus say that if you're laid hands upon by a believer you'd recover? Yes. Then believe that you recover and you shall see it. “But the doctor said I have this or that...and I feel this or that….” Fine! But Jesus also said that you are healed! So what are you going to do about that doctor’s report and those symptoms? You ignore them.
The Bible says that we do not look at the things which are seen but at the things which are not seen. To look means to regard or to consider. We do not regard the seen things, we regard the unseen ones. That we do not see them does not mean that they don't exist, they do. Just because you have never seen the air does not mean that it does not exist. Ignoring the seen things does not mean that they don't exist either. Confessing that you are healed when you feel so much pain is not trying to say that the pain is not there. It's there, you just don't regard it. When you don't regard it you talk about your healing. You begin to thank God for the healing even before the symptoms can leave and as you do so the healing manifests. Don't wait for the symptoms to leave to start thanking God. Start now.
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