Grace Works Through Faith – Part 8

In Ephesians 1:19-21 Paul DID NOT PRAY that we get a DOUBLE PORTION OF THE ANOINTING, that GOD GIVES US POWER, or that GOD WOULD RELEASE MORE POWER. HE PRAYED THAT WE WOULD RECEIVE A REVELATION OF WHAT GOD HAS ALREADY PUT INSIDE OF US. Paul said inside us we have the same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead.

I believe Satan gathered all the power he had to try to stop the resurrection of Jesus. Yet the power that raised Christ from the dead was much greater than all the power of the Enemy. IT IS AWESOME TO KNOW THAT BELIEVERS IN CHRIST HAVE THAT SAME POWER INSIDE THEM – Ephesians 1:19-21! If we are not seeing the power in our lives it is not God who is turning the switch on or off. THE GRACE OF GOD HAS SUPPLIED THE POWER, WE HAVE TO FLIP THE SWITCH ON!

Is it faith for us to pray “Oh God, would You please move in our lives”? Should we still pray “rend the heavens and come down”, even though He did that through Jesus? Should we ask Him to heal us even when He says by the stripes of Jesus Christ we were healed – 1 Peter 2:24? Are we going to ask Him to give us joy and peace and pour out His love in our lives, when the Word says that we already have the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace – Galatians 5:22? ARE WE NOT OPERATING IN UNBELIEF WHEN WE ASK FOR THESE THINGS? Do we expect God’s power to respond to unbelief? Perhaps, this is the answer to why some of the prayers we have prayed, with tears in our eyes, did not yield results?

If what we are doing is not yielding desired results we should change what we are doing or else we will be accused of being insane. Colossians 2:7 shows that FAITH ABOUNDS WITH THANKSGIVING. If we will start thanking God for what He has already done through grace our faith will start rising and we will start seeing results. It takes faith to thank God. If we are believing for healing but we haven’t seen or felt the manifestation yet, we should start thanking and praising God. THAT IS WALKING BY FAITH – 2 Corinthians 5:7.

When Peter dealt with the lame man that sat next to the entrance of the temple he gives us an example of how to heal the sick as they were commanded by Jesus in Matthew 10:8, “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely you have received, freely give”. Peter said to the man “WHAT I DO HAVE I GIVE YOU: IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH, RISE UP AND WALK”.

In the Bible we do not see Jesus “praying” for the sick but we see Him “MINISTERING” healing. He then said the works that He did we will do also – John 14:12. There is a huge difference between saying “YOU ARE HEALED IN JESUS’ NAME. I RELEASE THE HEALING POWER OF GOD” and “Dear Father, if it be Your will, for Jesus’ sake, stretch forth Your hand and heal that person”. The Bible does not command us to pray for the sick, IT COMMANDS US TO HEAL THE SICK.

We must receive what the Word says we have. God has already provided everything by grace. Now we have to get into a position of faith and receive. Instead of trying to believe that it’s going to happen, LET’S BELIEVE THAT IT’S A DONE DEAL. LET’S QUIT TRYING TO GET IT, let’s operate in what God said He has already done.

REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST!