The kingdom of God operates through faith. A kingdom principle is that faith receives what Jesus has already provided by grace. God has already given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3), and our faith just reaches out and receives what he has already made available to us. It is by grace we are saved (saved from hell, healed and made whole in every area of our lives) by faith, according to Ephesians 2:8. We have access by faith into this grace (Romans 5:2). Faith isn’t working, striving or performing in order to get from God, but it is just believing in what God has already given to us through Jesus.
We receive our healing by faith, just like we receive our salvation by faith. Receiving the forgiveness of sins and the healing of our bodies are both done the same way — by believing and receiving. We tend to believe that our sins are forgiven but have a harder time receiving our healing that way because our feelings get in the way. We instantly go by whether we feel healed after being prayed for instead of standing on what the word says about it. But just like we can’t go by our feelings to know we have been born again, we should not go by our feelings to know that we have been healed but to trust what the word says instead.
Herein lies, I believe, the biggest hindrance to healings manifesting. Instead of trusting what the word says and believing it, we trust what we feel in our bodies. It is a clash between believing the truth of the word in the spiritual realm by faith versus what we perceive in the natural realm through our feelings. But the Bible tells us to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). If we can get over into that realm of faith and stop living by how we feel, we will walk in the victory that Jesus paid for us to have.
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” — Mark 11:23-24.
I used these verses last week to show that we are to speak directly to our sickness, but look at what other spiritual truths are in there as well. We believe and speak first. We see the results second. That is the order of faith. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”— Hebrews 11:1.
It isn’t seeing first, then believing, but rather believing first and seeing the manifestation second. That goes against our natural world’s system, doesn’t it? Remember the old saying that goes, “I’ll believe it when I see it?” Well, in the kingdom of God through the way faith operates, we believe first and then we see second.
We need to change our mind-sets from the natural realm of seeing first and then believing to the spiritual realm of believing first despite what we see around us. We need to get into the realm of believing in hope when in the natural there is no hope (Romans 4:18) and in being fully persuaded that what God has promised he is also able to perform it (Romans 4:21).
Jesus told Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” — John 20:29. When we can believe first without seeing the results first, it will bring into manifestation those same works that Jesus did and even greater works than those (John 14:12).
I needed to stress the importance of faith in this article because it is how the kingdom operates, but I don’t want people to feel overwhelmed or condemned if you are having trouble believing first without seeing. If you are feeling that way and think you just don’t have enough faith or would never be able to believe that way, don’t be discouraged but rather encouraged because I have some wonderful news for you that I will share in the next article. You won’t want to miss it.
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Published: October 24, 2016