Faith for Healing – Connecting to Power
We’ve learned that faith and power produce miracles! If we want to walk in the miracle realm we need to stay full of faith and full of power. We stay full of faith by staying full of God’s Word. We stay full of power through the baptism of the Holy Spirit—by staying in contact with God. Jesus is our example when looking at faith for healing. We can learn so much from the life and ministry of Jesus. Jesus was full of faith and power. He was also a master at helping people make a connection with God that would liberate them and set them free. Jesus knew how to help people connect their faith to God’s power.
Luke 5:17-20, 24-25 (NKJV) Now it happened on a certain day, as He [Jesus] was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them. Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him. And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus. When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you . . . .” 24 “But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.
In this story we see both faith and power present. Jesus even saw this man’s faith. However, the paralyzed man was still paralyzed. The problem was NOT that the man didn’t have faith for healing. His faith for healing caused him, and his friends, to rip a whole in a roof. So the man was believing something! Jesus knew the man had faith for healing. He also knew that the power of God was present. However, He saw that the man was not yet healed. So Jesus tells him, “Your sins are forgiven.” Why? It is clear that the man knew Jesus could heal him. But he didn’t know if Jesus would heal him. His past mistakes made him question the will of God for him personally. He knew God could. But he didn’t know if God would. Jesus reveals to him that his past mistakes have been forgiven—that he is qualified for his miracle. In other words, Jesus helps to re-position this man’s faith for healing.
This is also where most Christians struggle. Almost every Christian believes God can heal. But they question if God will heal them. Like this man they are very aware of their past mistakes, failures, and short comings. But the Bible is very clear, if you are a Christian your sins have also been forgiven (1 John 2:12)! You are qualified for your healing (Colossians 1:12).
Another place Christians struggle in is believing they have enough faith for healing. But remember, this man was full of faith. His faith just needed to be re-directed. This also is true with most Christians. If you are a Christian you already have enough faith for healing. Your faith saved you from hell! Think about that. Sickness is small in comparison. So faith is normally NOT the problem. The problem is normally that we don’t feel qualified for healing, we don’t understand how faith works, or we don’t know how to connect our faith to God’s power. Like Jesus helped this man, God has given us the Holy Spirit to help us (John 14:26). The Holy Spirit is also a master at helping people make a connection with God that will liberate them and set them free. This is why a relationship with the Spirit of God is so important.
So healing doesn’t happen just because faith and power are present. Faith has to make a connection to God’s power! It is important to realize that this man still had to act on his new found belief. Jesus revealed to him, “Your sins are forgiven.” But with each new revelation must come a new consecration—a new commitment to God’s revealed truth—which in turn produces a new corresponding action. That is why Jesus instructed him to take up his bed. You cannot derive the full benefit of revelation knowledge (God’s revealed truth) unless you act on it. When he acted on his new found belief he was healed. The same is true when the Holy Spirit reveals truth to us. As soon as He shows us something we must also consecrate ourselves to His revealed truth. Corresponding action should always accompany revelation knowledge.
Faith in the Power
1 Corinthians 4:19-20 (NKJV) I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills, and I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power. For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.
. . . God’s Way is not a matter of mere talk; it’s an empowered life. – MSG
The sign of spirituality is not in words alone, it’s in living an empowered life. People can quote Bible verses but never actually act on them. They can say things but never actually do them. James 1:22 warns us about this. It says, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” Mere words do NOT produce power. We can deceive ourselves if we speak God’s Word but never act on it’s truth. Likewise, we can deceive ourselves if we don’t act on the things the Holy Spirit reveals to us. Remember, the Holy Spirit is a master at walking us into our healing. But our words and actions must agree with God’s truth for us to truly live an empowered life!
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
. . . So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (human philosophy) . . . – AMP
Notice where our faith for healing should rest. Our faith for healing should be in the power of God. Our faith should NOT be in our ability to keep God’s law, our ability to believe, in some preacher, or human wisdom, or even in the doctors, etc. Our faith must be placed in the power of God. If my faith is going to connect to God’s power, it must be placed in God’s power. I must realize that God’s power is present. My faith must connect to the fact that God’s power is at work in me! It is working mightily in me! Right now! At this very moment! God’s power is changing the situation! In other words, my faith must be in the activity of God.
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
The gospel is the power of God unto salvation. Salvation is from the Greek word soteria, which is an all inclusive salvation. Soteria means “deliverance, healing, preservation, prosperity, and safety” just as much as it means “salvation from hell.” So the gospel is the power of God unto healing. Every word of God acts as a container. His Word contains His power. So when we say, “By His stripes I’m healed,” we should be envisioning an impartation of power. We shouldn’t just be mouthing the words, our faith needs to connect to the power in those words. In other words, I have to believe that it is happening right now. Power has been released. Something on the inside is working on the outside. Our faith for healing must be in the power of God.
Colossians 1:4 (AMP) For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus [the leaning of your entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness] . . . .
Listen to Paul’s definition for faith. Faith is placing your absolute trust and confidence in God’s power, wisdom, and goodness. Faith rests in the fact that, “God confirms His Word with signs following (Mark 16:20). God is alert and active, watching over His word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). God’s Word is alive and powerful (Hebrews 4:12). God confirms the word of His servants and performs the counsel of His messengers (Isaiah 44:26). When we speak—mountains move (Mark 11:23).” Our faith for healing rests in the power of God.