Faith Is Not
|E. W. Bullinger defines
faith (pistis in Greek) as "a firmly relying
confidence in what we hear from God in His Word."
Thereís no room here for wishy-washiness. Either our
reliance on God is firm or it isnít.
And yet Christians applying Scripture to their needs
often look for an escape hatch just in case the Word
doesnít work. The problem is that escape hatches are always
expressions of unbelief, not faith. Below are a few common
ones. There was a time when I tried some of them myself, so
Iím not lecturing you from a pillar.
clear in His Word
"Mental assent." The term is John
Wesleyís. It means you agree with the Word but steer clear
of acting on it. "Of course God heals, Iíve never
doubted it," you may say--and go on groaning in bed,
hoping the penicillin will work.
Begging for healing. Itís hard not to
feel sympathy for folks who do this--"Please, God, give
me a break, canít You see how Iím hurting?"--but
itís a dead end. Pleading doesnít mix with "firmly
Mystifying the will of God. It sounds
wonderfully pious: "God moves in mysterious ways, and
sometimes we donít understand His sovereign will, but of
course Iím hoping Heíll heal me." Godís will,
however, is crystal clear in His Word. He wills to
will present itself
Dwelling on the problem. "I know God
heals, but my headache isnít gone, and Iím a little
dizzy, and I think Iím coming down with a cough. Maybe
Iíd better ask again. . . ." To borrow an
illustration from Kenneth Copeland, itís like planting
watermelon seeds and then digging them up every fifteen
minutes to see if theyíre growing.
Being "reasonable." When you go
for the prize, doubt will arrive in a hundred respectable
forms. Your relatives will be there ("Donít you think
youíre being a little extreme?"). Your friends will
be close behind ("I hope you havenít thrown
away your pills. . ."). The medical profession will
join the chorus ("That condition is universally
regarded as irreversible. . ."). The theological
profession will follow ("We now understand that faith
healing is just a placebo effect. . ."). And if you
take these "reasonable" objections seriously, your
healing will be down the chute.
what the Word says
The cure for all these varieties of unbelief is a
massive dose of the Word, followed by another massive dose,
until our minds and spirits are perfectly in tune with the
mind and Spirit of God. Then with "firm
confidence" we can say what the Word says and stick to
it--regardless of how sick we feel, what the doctor thinks,
what our relatives think, what our prayer group thinks, and
"The essential idea," as I wrote at the
beginning of last year, "is to line up our thoughts
with Godís thoughts so His healing power can flow. When we
confess the written Word--speak it aloud in faith--it
connects us with the power of the Living Word. And if we
persist, that power will heal us completely in body, mind,
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
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