MGHM Healing Brief, 9/11

How Much Faith Is Enough?

Thereís a widespread notion in the Church that we must have a certain quantity of faith to be healed. Christians often inspect themselves for signs of sufficient faith and then decide they donít have enough to do the job. But though faith can be strong or weak, it isnít something that can be put in a measuring cup. What matters is what you do with the faith youíve got.

Single-mindedness is the ticket. Consider this:

Then Jesus answered and said, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me." And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured. . . .

Faith as a mustard seed

Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?" So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief [little faith]; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ĎMove from here to there,í and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you (Matthew 17:17-20).

In the original Greek, Matthew 17:20 reads "little faith" rather than "unbelief," but the problem is plainly the feebleness of the disciplesí faith, not the quantity. After calling them "faithless," Jesus goes on to show what can done when youíve got just enough real faith to throw off your doubts and go for the prize.

The wholeness Jesus wants you to have

Of course the mountain in this text is not a literal pile of stone, but a symbol for the satanic torments in your life. If youíve been tracking these Briefs from month to month, youíll know that "your" sin, sickness, depression, empty pockets, sour relationships, and other troubles donít belong to you in Christ Jesus. They belong to the devil, and to the devil they must go.

How do you get rid of them? Follow the Bibleís directions and speak to them. Speak to the "mountain" in your life until it moves. Donít be bashful about enforcing the Law of God against the lawless one.

If, for example, youíve got a mountain of depression standing between you and the wholeness Jesus wants you to have, you can talk to it like this:

        Go for the gusto

"Depression, get out of my brain. Get out of my spirit, in the Name of Jesus. Thank you, Father, that the Name of Jesus is infinitely more than enough to drive away this depression." Repeat as necessary--calmly, insistently, faith-fully--and keep expecting the result that you and God both want.

Certainly itís a marvelous thing to be a giant of faith, but you only need faith "as a mustard seed" to do what Jesus teaches here. So quit worrying and follow directions. Just get into the Word, soak yourself in it, preach it to your spirit, and go for the gusto. Donít let the devil bully you into measuring your faith against some imaginary standard. If youíve got enough to keep moving single-mindedly in the right direction, youíve got enough.

                                                                                     óMary Graff  

Don't forget that . . .

God should be our first 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 wayóspiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally.

God heals all types of disease, pain, sorrow, and infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.

God wants us to be healed, to be "whole" persons enjoying abundant life.

God expects us to cooperate with Him in getting healedóthrough medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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