Healing & Faith
If you have your Bibles with you, turn with me to ACTS 14:8.
I) ACTS 14:8-15.
A) Of course, Paul and Barnabas corrected the problem of people trying to worship them. But I want to look at what got this man healed.
B) From (verse 8) we see that this man was crippled and had never walked.
1) In (verse 9) it says that the man heard Paul speak. Paul looked at him and perceived that this man had faith to be healed.
(a) Healing came as a direct result of faith.
2) Because Paul knew on the inside of him that this man had faith to be healed said in a loud voice, “Stand upright on thy feet.”
(a) And of course, the man was healed.
3) In the first part of the next verse (V 11) it says, “When the people saw.”
(a) Paul wasn’t just walking around telling people as they passed by that Jesus would heal them.
(i) If you go back to (verse 7) it says that Paul preached the gospel.
(ii) Part of the gospel message is, “that by Jesus stripes we are healed.”
(b) In order for this man to have faith about healing Paul must have preached something about healing in his message.
(i) I don’t know the exact surroundings where Paul preached but I do know that he had an audience of people.
(ii) In (verse 11) it says, “When the people saw what Paul had done.”
(iii) The Amplified translation calls it “A CROWD.” The Strong’s concordance says, “a casual collection of people, a multitude of men who have flocked together in some place.”
(c) Paul was there preaching the gospel to a crowd when he realized that the lame man had faith to be healed, then shouted with a loud voice, “Stand upright on thy feet.” And of course, the man was healed.
C) Now turn with me over to James 1:6-8.
1) Here, James tells us that when we ask the Lord for something we need to ask in faith, without wavering.
(a) The Amplified translation words like this, “Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting).”
(b) The NIV translation words like this, “But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt.”
D) Turn to Matthew 9:27-30.
1) Notice what Jesus said in (verse 29), “According to your faith be it unto you.”
(a) Faith in what? Total TRUST, CONFIDENCE, AND ASSURANCE that Jesus is your healer.
2) Have you ever wondered why Jesus didn’t heal these blind men when they first began to cry out, “Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.”
(a) I don’t have any sure and definite answer for you, but I don’t believe that these men had faith to be healed yet. They had to sit under Jesus ministry a little longer.
(i) And this verse also says a lot about continuing even when things get rough. Remember these men were blind and they had to follow Jesus, but they wouldn’t give up.
(ii) How many times have we given up when we were about to receive the answer?
(iii) Many times, the greatest works take the longest time. You can’t give up just because there is an obstacle in your way. You can’t give up just because you face a storm. You can’t give up just because things seem to be hard.
(iv) Sometimes we think that if there’s a problem, or a storm, or things seem tough, it must not be God’s will and we give up.
¨ But just looking for the easy way, is the easiest way to get out of the Will of God.
¨ Paul told Timothy in (2nd Timothy 2:3), “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”
(v) Paul said in (Ephesians 6:13), “Having done all to stand, stand therefore.” The Amplified translation adds, “Stand firmly in your place, holding your ground.”
¨ Don’t give up and don’t quit just because the answer hasn’t come yet. Don’t give up and don’t quit just because things are getting rough.
3) Turn over to Hebrews 6:12.
(a) The Amplified translation gives us some marvelous light on this verse. And it says, “In order that you may not grow disinterested and become [spiritual] sluggards, but imitators, behaving as do those who through faith (by their leaning of the entire personality on God in Christ in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) and by practice of patient endurance and waiting are [now] inheriting the promises.”
(b) I don’t know if you got what Paul is saying here or not, but if we’re not operating in biblical faith and standing with patience then you’re a spiritual sluggard.
II) Turn to Hebrews 10:32-36.
A) “CONFIDENCE” in is a “STEADFAST TRUST” or “AN UNSHAKEN FAITH.”
1) Again from the Amplified translation it says, (35) “Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward. (36) For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.”
(a) Notice he says, “STEADFAST PATIENCE AND ENDURANCE.”
(b) Sometimes things are not easy, but the easy road is not always God’s way.
2) When the King James translation says, “You have need of patience,” the Expanded Strong’s Concordance says this about the Word “PATIENCE” “in the NT the characteristic of a man who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings.”
(a) If you want the rewards of God or the promises of God you have to keep standing and keep standing and keep standing, no matter how long it takes or the trials that you’re going through. You just have to keep standing and God will give you the grace and the ability to see it through.
3) Look at Hebrews 10: 38-39.
(a) Verse 38 tells us that you and I who are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus ARE TO LIVE BY FAITH. He goes on to say in the same verse that if we pull back from living by faith God has no pleasure in that.
(b) As a matter-of-fact verse 39 tells us that it’s much more severe then God having no pleasure in us pulling back from faith.
(c) The Amplified translation says that like this, (39) “But our way is not that of those who draw back to eternal misery (perdition) and are utterly destroyed, but we are of those who believe [who cleave to and trust in and rely on God through Jesus Christ, the Messiah] and by faith preserve the soul.”
B) God wants us to walk in faith and trusting Him with all of our hearts in everything. Not just in one thing here and one thing there, for he has told us in the Word that we are to live by faith, trusting Him always for all things.
WOLCC Sunday, March 04, 2001 & September 8, 2005
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