Believe God for your Healing Part III
Application of faith and healing
Synopsis of Bible Study 01/19/11
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
It is important for us to understand that faith is the most powerful resource that God has given to any of us. It is so amazing, even if you think it’s your degree, your income, or your hookups, you must realize that it is our faith that is the greatest resource that God has given us. If you lost everything you had today, it would be your faith that kept you from losing your life. It is your faith that builds you up to believe that what you hope for is possible out of the ashes you find yourself in. In Hebrews 11:1 says 1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. – This is a powerful insight of how the faith of the believer should be applied to our circumstances.
Pattern for applying faith:
1. Looking unto Jesus. Hebrews 12:2 says 2Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.- This deals with our perspective. Our focus in the midst of changing our circumstances should always be Jesus Christ, because our faith begins and ends with him. If you remember our declaration which says: I am not the sick trying to get well, I am the healed trying to resist sickness and disease. Our faith begins and ends with Jesus Christ. When I look at how Jesus lived his life on the earth and the miracles that he performed, what it says to me is that these were examples and patterns to remind us that whatever sickness or issue I deal with, he’s already conquerored. Therefore if I look to God in the midst of my circumstances, then I recognize that what I am troubled over, he has already proven that he can heal. So we look to Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith so our perspective must always be on Christ and not our circumstances.
Where does faith come from?
- Hearing – Romans 10:17 says 17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. – Faith comes by hearing it over and over again. The more we hear it, the more it builds up our faith. Some days our faith is low, so I need to hear it again so that our faith is built up.
- Truth – John 17:17 says 17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth – The word is truth. What we are after then is God’s intent through his word. Our perspective is we look to Jesus Christ. Faith comes by hearing the word of God, and the word is truth. We must however understand that we have to be certain that what we are hearing is truth. Just because somebody reads it out of the bible, doesn’t make it true.
- Ex- We studied how we should study the bible. We discussed how important the context was, taking into account the historical backdrop, the culture, and understanding the framework that the scripture comes from, because without that contextual framework, you literally take scripture off the page and apply it to your circumstance. The problem with this is you have to reconcile scriptures taking the contextual framework in mind so that it is properly applied to your situation: For example, the bible says, “Women be silent in church…” or “Women don’t teach…” Both of these are in the bible. Clearly where these two scriptures come from is a historical context that must be understood before that truth could be applied today.
- Ex2- Clearly the bible says, we can drink poison or pick up serpents and they will not harm you (paraphrasing). This is what he bible says, but we know we are not going to handle a rattle snake or drink strychnine, because clearly you have believed that this scripture has come from a context that must be understood in its historical backdrop. Here is the dilemma; faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by the word of God, but you can literally develop faith with a flawed theology. You could literally start believing something and develop a constructive faith that is flawed by a smeared or limited theology (understanding of what God’s intent was) and never get the results that your faith needs.
- Ex3 – How many of you grew up in church hearing something over and over again? It was drilled in you and you absolutely believed it to be true, then later in life, when it was properly explained too you in a historical context by somebody who could break it down, you had to admit that you were wrong? Think back on the years before you knew you were wrong. You believed it and you shaped your life around that belief and no one could tell you otherwise. It is not that you didn’t have faith, it was that your faith was flawed, because of a tainted or limited theology or understanding of God. What we are after then is how do we know truth?
How do we know truth?
- Anyone can take this bible, and manipulate it to serve their own agenda. So then how do we know truth? According to John 17:17 which says 17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth- we see that God’s word is truth.
- The Holy Spirit of God in you, when you decrease and allow him increase, polices truth in your life. John 16:13 says 13Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. – The Holy Spirit is the delineator or discerner of what is truth and what is not.
- How does this perfect marriage work between the pulpit and the pew? It is simple. The Pastor recognizes his humanity. He or she recognizes that they are nothing but an earthen vessel. They have this treasure, an earthen vessel and just because he or she is anointed by God, he or she has to come to the preaching moment emptying themselves and saying, “Lord I decrease that you might increase, because we don’t want this word (their sermon) to be their intellectual property.”
- They don’t want this word to filter through their own perspective. Instead they want this word to flow through this imperfect vessel (themselves) and still come out the way God intended for it to. This is the Holy Spirit’s Ministry to the Man of God. This applies to us (the non clergy) as well, because we prepare ourselves to receive the word, and we get outside of our mind. This is why we worship. We try to create an atmosphere for us to receive the receive word and once the word of God goes forth and we start receiving the word, the Holy Spirit says that’s (the word being preached) truth, because the spirit bears witness to the truth. Consequently, the other side you can be in a service and somebody can be a great orator and really know the bible and really know how to break things down in a way that is sounds wonderful to your ears, yet the Holy Spirit inside of you can say, “Something ain’t right about that” and “Something is not right about him or her (the Pastor).” You may have wondered what that feeling was, but it was the Holy Ghost policing truth.
- The way in which we know truth is the Holy Spirit has to do it. Our mind can’t do it, because our mind will manipulate the word to make our reality and not God’s reality. Our perspective should be that we keep our eyes on Jesus. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God and that word should be truth and the only way that we know it is truth is because the Holy Spirit tells us so.
- It lights are path – Psalm 119:105 says 105Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. – Bishop explains that one thing he likes about teaching his congregation is that they challenge him. They want truth or the real deal and he is motivated by that. Imagine that here is the crisis or dilemma. See it like it is a tunnel and all the lights are out. Now imagine that the back door of the building you are in is the end of the tunnel. From here, in the darkness, we can’t see it. So we stand here wrestling with things like the fear of the unknown, because we don’t know what is ahead of us. People are saying just walk on through the dark tunnel, because there is light at the end of the tunnel. The problem is, if we don’t have the proper application of faith, we will stay here in fear and just sit here and die in darkness. If we are going to get the healing, we have got to walk through this tunnel to our breakthrough. Remember last week we told you that the lepers were healed on the way to do what God asked them to do (assignment). The instructions given to us here is get to the end of the tunnel. The word then is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our pathway. We don’t know how long this tunnel is, but we have a light (God’s word). As long as we can see in front of us, we can keep moving. We can’t get frustrated or frightened over worrying what is down there. We walk by faith not by sight, so if we properly apply that faith, all we are asking God for is to let us see our steps.
- The Holy Ghost says who led you through the wilderness where there were fiery serpents and scorpions? Guess where the scorpions were? The children of Isreal could have accidently stepped on them in the wilderness, but there was a light saying, “No not this way, go that way.” This is how God works. He says if just trust me; don’t worry about what’s up the road. Just trust me and keep walking and eventually you will get to the end of the tunnel, one step at a time.
When I apply faith, I must recognize something in truth…
- Isaiah 53:4-5 says 4Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. – This is Isaiah prophesying during the exilic period (during the period of exile) when the kingdoms were divided in the Old Testament. People were separated and it was thousands of years before the New Testament or before Jesus even came to the earth. Isaiah is prophesying about the Messiah who would come a thousand yrs before he came. One of Jesus’ disciples, namely Peter who ends up encouraging first century Christians, was wrestling with this idea of sickness and salvation. Peter lifts this verse up in 1 Peter 2:24 which says 24Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. – Peter is literally grabbing something that Isaiah said thousands of years ago to the First century believers. Peter was simply saying that truth was true in the first century and the same truth is true in this century, because God’s truth endureth through all generations. If God could do it then, he can do it now. Ex- To properly apply this faith is to say, if we have a record and we know what God’s intent was back in the days of Isaiah, then that intent is still alive today. God’s intent doesn’t have term limits.
- How do you reconcile faith and doubt? Mark 11:22-24 says 22And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. – How many people struggle with this? When you pray it will be done, if you just believe, it can happen. Our problem is doubt. Doubt taints God’s intent for our life. Ex- We pray, “We say let me have a week of peace. Lord I thank you that no drama will happen in my life this week and I just believe it is so in Jesus name, amen. “Now we prayed this on Sunday and Monday when you go to work, the boss that didn’t like you likes you now and Tuesday you get a raise. On Wednesday, something wonderful happens like somebody just walks up to us and blesses us. On Thursday you walk around the house saying, “Things are going so well, I am just nervous that something is going to happen.” Why did you pray for the thing to be well, if you expecting something bad. Ex2- We pray “ I believe you Lord for my king or queen and I believe you going to send them to me and give me the desires of my heart. In Jesus name amen” God sends them and there is no drama and your friends envy it. Then you say, it seems too good to be true. Why did you pray for it, if you didn’t think God could deliver? Are you guilty of this?
How much faith do you need?
- Lots of people say you need faith the size of a mustard seed. Most people don’t even know what a mustard seed is. It is however a very small seed. It is the seed of mustard greens. We don’t know what it is, but we know the scripture that uses the reference which is. Matthew 17:20 which says 20And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. – If you have this kind of faith, you don’t have to say give me the strength to climb the mountain. You can just say, “Lord let this mountain be gone.”
- Why is the mountain still there? Some of us have been asking that the mountain be moved for over 5 yrs. Could it be that we are speaking to wrong mountain? Could it be the mountain that you are speaking to, God didn’t intend for you to move. If you truly have your steps ordered by the Lord and you were led by the light of his word, wouldn’t he clearly reveal to you what mountains he wanted you to speak to? Have you ever thought that some mountains were put in your life to build character or to develop you? Have you ever considered that you are asking deliverance from something he is developing you in? He promised the move the mountain, but he will tell what mountains to move and when.
- We have to learn to fight the good fight of faith. We can’t fight the wrong fight. We have to fight the right fight. When we fight the good fight of faith it is as mentioned in 1 Timothy 6:12 says 12Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
- Beware of the enemies of faith – 1 Corinthians 16:13 says 13 Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. [a] Be strong. – We have theses enemies of our faith. Sometimes we forget that we are new creatures. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says 17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. – Here is the enemy of your faith. We don’t feel worthy to go before God and ask for what you need, because you are dealing with the guilt and shame of your past. For some reason we have not accepted the reality that once we got in Christ, old things have passed away and all things have become new. God is not holding over our head what we hold over your head. The devil wants us to deal in guilt and shame. He wants us to think we are being punished or maybe our sickness is a curse for stuff we had done. If this were the case, all of us would be sick and itching tonight. What can wash away my sins, nothing but the blood of Jesus!
- Bishop explains that his responsibility as a Pastor or Shepherd is to protect the sheep. He explains that he wants to give you the truth. He further explains that he is about to share what most people in his position will not share.
There is a certain doctrine that tells people who have sick loved ones who are not recovering or who have passed away that it was a result of their lack of faith. They explain that if you had more faith, it would turn around. What attaches itself to this doctrine or theology is a doctrine of prosperity that says the reason you are broke is because you don’t have enough faith. As a Pastor, a Christian, and husband that lost a spouse, Bishop explains that he takes great offense to this, because in 2004 he had a spouse with cancer. Bishop knew he had faith and he knew that his spouse had faith, but she didn’t make it. What do you do with this? Some of you have been tormented over the loss of a spouse or some other loved ones. You wonder if you could have done more, was it your lack of faith, or did you pray enough. If you are not careful, people will mess you up because they don’t properly apply faith to the healing.
Now you begin to ask yourself what is this about? Bishop explains as he went through this, he found himself going through a public paradox. He found himself in a tension contradiction. Preaching to God’s people and watching others get healed and yet it was not happening at home. Bishop saw people that didn’t have as much faith as he and wife did, yet they got a healing. You got to be honest. Sometimes you wonder what is going on. Bishop found himself as a man of God struggling with this. He wanted to know what the Lord meant, because he said according to his word that whatever he would ask, it would happen if he believed and never doubt. The Lord had to show him something before he totally lost his mind and walked away from this gospel. He said the Lord told him, “Son you need you to know what truth is. I am not a God who can be manipulated by your desires. I’m God.” Bishop asks how do I apply this. For example, If this was our house and we invited all of you to a party, you would show your invitation as proof that you were allowed to attend. Imagine that there were certain rooms that were VIP rooms and the rest were common areas. It is our house. You at the party and faith (your invitation) opened the door for you. As a result you got int. There are some people in the VIP area, but you can’t go in there. We are sovereign in our house and we determine who gets to go where. Your faith got you in, but just because faith got you in, we are still sovereign in our house. You can’t walk in our house and tell us where you are going. We tell you what you have access to and what you don’t have access to. You don’t have access to everything, unless we choose to give you access to everything. This will help you with your hate issue as well. When people have been on the job less time than you or maybe less education than you, yet have passed you up, you have to know that God is sovereign and he can bless who he wants to bless. God blessing them doesn’t have anything to do with you. It is just what God does.
God says this in Romans 8:28 28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. – God says what I need is your faith to know that he is working. You need to have faith in the fact that he is working. You don’t need to know what he working on, that’s for him to know. You just need to know that he is working, because if you try to figure out what he is working on, you trying to be him. You just stay in the process and know that he is working.
There are some people who are going to get sick and going to recover and there are some people that are going to die. We believe anyone can get up from our sick bed, but what is God’s will? It was Jesus himself in the Garden of Gethsemane that said let this bitter cup pass from me, but let it be thou will and not my will. As a result, he had to go through the process and through the process he discovered that his father was working. So Bishop asked “Lord, what is your will” and God says, “Son, you got to have faith that I am working. Don’t try to figure out what I am working on, just have faith that in the midst of it, it will work out for the good.
We don’t know how long we are going to be here. We don’t know what God’s will is. Some people will be here 30yrs or longer. Job even says our bounds were set in heaven. We must live each day of our life saying I am the healed resisting sickness and we want his will to manifest in our life. We want truth. Our faith is in truth applied to our situation. We believe God for complete healing, but we know he is sovereign. Some people will struggle with this. They believe God can give you complete healing and he can, but until you have been at the bedside of someone terminally ill and watched them slip away with a smile on their face, you don’t truly know what healing is. Until you been in a room where someone has transitioning(passing away) and the saints of God was singing a hymn and you saw the person transitioning fix their eyes as if they saw angels, and until you have seen that they left here peacefully, then you can’t really tell what healing really is. Sometimes in that act of transition, God heals. That person is healed prior to the transition. When it your time, it is your time. The issue is this is when you do not die of a thing, you die with it. You have been healed in your mind and spirit and you are at a place where you are at peace with God. This is a beautiful and amazing place to be. I absolutely believe with all of my heart that if there is a sickness in your body and something you are believing God for, by faith properly applied, you can be healed. We believe in praying and asking God for a thing, but we believe that if we say, “Lord, even if you don’t do it, I will still trust you”, then that is a better prayer. We believe then you are saying to God, you deserve the right to do what you want to do and I am going to give you glory either way. Then if you come out healed, you come out with a crazy testimony saying I was going to bless him anyhow. God says you will not push him in a corner and tell him what he has to do. God says you can’t pout with him. What if he doesn’t do it? Are you done coming to church? If that be the case, then Bishop would not be preaching to us now (referring to the death of his former wife). You can’t be bitter with God, but you got to know he is working. Healing is many different things. Truth is not me telling people if you only had faith you would get your healing. Truth is allowing God the right to be God and us deciding to that we will bless him and give him glory anyhow.