|In last Septemberís
Brief I suggested that "though faith [for healing
of any kind] can be strong or weak, it isnít something
that can be put in a measuring cup." Itís true enough
that Scripture speaks of "great faith" and
"little faith," but the issue is focus,
not size. Faith-building is simply a process
that lines us up with the purpose and method of God so we
can receive His shalom, wholeness, in every
area of our lives.
Himself does the work
How do we get from here to there?
First, letís abandon the idea that we can
bootstrap-lift ourselves into mature faith--by thinking
beautiful thoughts, for example. Scripture makes clear that
faith is a gift of God, in exactly the way healing
is His gift (see Hebrews 12:2, for example). We canít
"work up" faith any more than we can "work
up" health. In both cases, God Himself does the
work--guaranteed under the New Covenant.
Below are a few tips on how you can
position yourself to receive the gift. A detailed discussion
is in Chapter 8 of MGHMís new book, Simple Healing,
but hereís a quick rundown:
(1) Invite the Holy Spirit to
guide you. At the beginning
of my own life in Christ I struggled to have faith, gave up,
and asked the Lord to help my unbelief. The end result was
His gift of the Holy Spirit, illuminating Scripture for me
like a bright light in a dark room.
(2) Give the Word first place.
As we mine the Bible for texts that speak to our particular
needs, the Holy Spirit will "light up" Scriptures
that are meant for us. We need to put these Scriptures ahead
of everything else that demands our attention--our countless
little busy-nesses and entertainments, not to mention all
the faithless rubbish bombarding us in this fallen world.
When we put the Word first, weíll find our confidence in
it developing simply and naturally.
(3) Speak the Word to your
"inner person." I
discovered after another struggle that speaking the healing
Scriptures aloud (as distinct from just reading them) is a
necessity. When we read Scripture, we
"consider" it. When we speak
Scripture from the heart, we align our wills with the sacred
Word and lock them together, forming a conduit through which
Godís re-creative power can flow.
you take authority
In conclusion Iíll quote from the book:
"Confessing the Word for faith-building works the same
as confessing the Word for healing. . . . Faith comes by
hearing the message of the healing Christ. How often do we
have to hear it? As often as necessary. Every personís
need is unique. But if weíre faithful in preaching the
Word to our spirits, faith will come. . . .
"As you do it, the power of God will be flowing into
your spirit. And one day . . . something will Ďgo offí
inside you, and youíll say, ĎIíve got it!í Youíll
know that you have the power of God flowing through you when
you take authority over sickness, mental distress, or any
other work of the devil."
forget that . . .
God should be our
resort, not our last resort. Start taking time
right now to build up the faith you need to
receive His healing.
God is ready to
heal us in every
physically, emotionally, and mentally.
God heals all
types of disease, pain, sorrow, and
infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.
us to be healed, to be "whole"
persons enjoying abundant life.
God expects us to
with Him in getting healedóthrough
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
Healing Briefs here