Biblical Requirements For Healing – Part 4
– by Siva Moodley
All the promises of God are conditioned upon faith. This is non-negotiable with God. Faith, the substance of things hoped for and not seen, is an absolute necessity if one is to receive anything from God. The Word of God shows us in Mark 5:24-34 that the woman with the issue of blood; the 2 blind men (Matt 9:29), and the Centurion (Matt 8:13) all received their healing when they activated their faith.
Have you asked?
For us to receive anything from God, it is imperative that we ask Him in faith. Some people confess that they don’t have faith, and ask if they can be healed through another’s faith. If any person receives healing without having faith, that would certainly be the exception, and not the rule. Faith is necessary not only to receive healing, but also to retain and maintain it. Satan is not easily defeated. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour. Almost without exception, when a person has been healed, satan will immediately attack, in an attempt to snatch the miracle that God has given. If our healing depends on someone else’s faith, satan waits till we are alone before taking our healing from us.
We all have a measure of faith God gives faith to every person who wants it badly enough to pay the price required. That price is obedience, holiness, imitating Jesus, living free from condemnation, and walking in the full light of the Scriptures. John declared, “If our heart condemns us not, then, we have confidence toward God” – 1 John 3:21. Faith and confidence are the same. Webster’s dictionary defines faith as “complete confidence in a person”.
Faith is free for all
Faith is not mysterious but a common, everyday thing, which is evidenced in all the activities of daily life. Many people fail to trust God because they are not fully acquainted with Him. We become acquainted with God by walking with Him day by day, and by reading His Word and developing a relationship through fellowship with Him. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” – Rom 10:17.
Fear is the direct opposite of faith Jesus accused a religious group of making the Word of God of none effect through their traditions (Mark 7:13), and of teaching for doctrines the commandments of men (Mark 7:7). This faith, having been planted in the heart through the Word, must be watered and nourished through a genuine love for God. When you are “in love” with God, you will want to spend more time with Him in His Presence. Fear is the direct opposite of faith. There is no fear in love. You cannot have faith if you do not love God (1 John 4:18). When we love God, we will keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. This creates confidence in us towards God and removes condemnation. However, if you are living under constant condemnation for sin and disobedience to the known will and Word of God, you cannot have real faith.
Faith is both a gift and a fruit
There are different levels of faith but the Lord wants our faith to be such that we will consistently watch divine promises become a reality. Of course, a person living in sin or praying for something outside of God’s will cannot expect his or her request to be granted. But the obedient Christian with perfect faith rests in the promises of Scripture – he doesn’t feel the need to beg or act upon that which has not been, for what God has already promised will occur. Each day in our Christian walk, we strive towards this level of faith and with God’s grace and assistance, we can be conformed more closely to His image.
Take God at His Word
Whether the results are visible and “feel-able” or not, is not important. Perfect faith is simply taking God at His Word. What level of faith are you striving towards with God’s grace and assistance?
• Little faith – characterised by wavering between hope and uncertainty
• Great faith – demonstrated by believers who are unwilling to remain on a level of doubt and fear
• Perfect faith – a person who stands on God’s Word with absolute assurance
Surround yourself with people of faith
To build perfect faith, I surround myself daily/even hourly with the Word of God. I love listening to the Word being preached. This is why I always encourage people to get my teaching CDs. Finally, to build perfect faith, I surround myself with people of faith. A church operating in miracles, signs, and wonders is crucial if I need faith for healing. I can’t build strong faith in an environment where people have lost theirs.
I encourage you to get my Healing Manual today. There is so much more on this topic in it.
Siva Moodley is a pastor, preacher and author, he also has a daily TV show. For the broadcast schedule, more info on his ministry or to purchase his book, The Healing Manual, call 011 792 2266 or visit www.sivamoodley.com
JOY! Magazine (April 2018)