Faith. It’s how we are to live. Romans 1:17. But faith as the church defines it is something that separates the performers from the non-performers. This shouldn’t be. It’s designed to make you depend on the church to develop or increase your faith. First, increasing your faith isn’t the point. (see Luke 17:5,6). The point is to walk in faith with an object in mind. Who are you trusting? Trust God. Trust that He is able. Forget about if you are able or not able. Who cares if you aren’t able to do anything!
Your ability is not the object of your focus. God’s ability is. Unless you are the best in the world at whatever you are comparing yourself to, you will be disappointed. You want healing. Then stop looking at you. Look at Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2). He will write your faith upon your heart as you look at Him. He will finish your faith with His faith and get the job down (your healing). You have to settle in your mind to do this one step, one moment, at a time. If you stumble, so what. Pick yourself up and look at Him. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else, especially with a religious person. God is your deliverer. No one else.
When you look at the circumstances you are focusing on the abilities of the circumstances or on someone else. YOU GROW when you act or walk or lean on your faith in God. You grow! Not your faith. Your faith doesn’t have life except in the hands of Jesus. He authors it. He finishes it with His faith. So I trust God and I confess this with my mouth (my trust in God’s ability) and then I leave it there. I’m patient. I know He is my provider, my healer, my deliverer. I remind God that He is faithful and that He is the supplier of my need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:19).
Stop having confidence in your faith. It’s His faithfulness to His promises that you want to hold onto. Look at what our father in faith, Abraham, did.
Romans 4:19-22 (NKJV)
19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.
20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,
21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.
22 And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
Verse 19 – Don’t consider your circumstances. It takes your mind off of Jesus. I believe I started to be healed when I gave up. I couldn’t fight it anymore and I was sick and tired of trying to. I lay in bed just praising God because He’s my God. He’s my deliverer.
Verse 20 – Don’t waver at the promise of God through unbelief. Unbelief is looking for help in the surroundings, the circumstances, the blood test reports, whatever it is for you. You focus on God’s promise and believe God. Abraham, our father, grew strong (was strengthened) in faith. IT DOESN’T SAY HIS FAITH GREW STRONG. Read it carefully, your life weighs in the balance here. HE GREW STRONG. He grew strong by walking in faith, by having faith in God’s faithfulness. When we grow strong, it gives glory to God. You grow strong IN faith, in the trust, in the act of trusting God and His ability, one moment at a time.
Verse 21 – God is able. He’s not only willing. He is able. By focusing on God’s ability you are not discouraged by your inability. You aren’t able to heal yourself. What God promised, He is able to perform.
Verse 22 – For Abraham, the act of faith, or believing God’s ability, was credited to him for righteousness. He was right before God because he trusted in God’s ability.
Today, we received the righteousness of God as a gift when we called Jesus Lord and believed that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9,10). That act of faith credited to our account God’s righteousness. Now we are righteous before God, not when we feel like it. We can come before God, because of what Jesus did on the cross, and we can get real with God. We can talk to Him as a son. We can be intimate with a loving, heavenly Father. You can share anything you want, anytime you want. There is no condemnation coming from God (Romans 8:1). He is our Helper, our healer, our deliverer.
He wants to lavish His love you. Don’t focus on your love for Him. It pales in comparison to His love for you. The church wants you to love Him because it’s all about comparing ourselves one to another. Instead, He wants you to be loved by Him. It’s how you more than overcome in this life (Romans 8:37).
LET HIM LOVE YOU.