I was thrilled once again this morning to read the account of the man whom Christ healed at the beautiful gate and received the following just for you. Acts ch.3
40 years is a long time to be carried by friends, what if that morning faithful friends had thought to leave him at home, or said to themselves why bother... or we give up!!
Thank God for praying friends, persistent God chasers who pursue Him for an answer, friends who shake heaven and hell with their prayers until an answer has been given, a word has been received. If you have one such friend you are blessed indeed for as Jesus said; 'Again I say to you that if two of you shall agree on earth as regarding anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them by My Father in Heaven. Mat 18:19
However allow me to come to the central core of this story; itís not about the wonder of friends, nor of the state of the crippled man, or of the faith of the apostles wonderful as all these great truths are itís about; verse 16...
'And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all'
Oh how imperfect is 'our' so called faith, how weak when faced with real issues, how impoverished it is, how unfit for the task which comes with every dawn, can we open our eyes, breathe in the fresh air of autumn morning without God, can we speak, eat, drink and walk without his help? No of course not, why then do we presume that 'our so called faith' will move even the smallest grain of sand let alone open the red seas we all must face?
Listen to the words of Peter the stone; as he chips away at man made theology; Jesus the one 'you' denied, 'you' crucified 'you' killed' His name through faith in His name has made this man strong, whom you see and know... theology is silenced, their beliefs crushed beneath the weight of Holy Spirit conviction, words stick in their throat...
Next the final bomb to be dropped 'yes the faith which is by him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all' whose faith? The crippled man's? Peters? Johns? no my precious friends, flawed faith, is no faith at all, belief or human understanding has never raised a cripple, never raised the dead nor healed the sick.
Its Christ in us, its his faith flowing through us which opens the door to the blessings of God, which heals the sick and raises the dead; its 'his' faith, the faith which is 'by him' through which virtue flows like an ever ending stream' Christ is the fountain of life we are merely the vessel he pours through, he does not depend on the state of our belief, our so called faith, he uses his own!! ĎFaith which he imparts to usí
Tell me how many times have you struggled as you have tried to believe for a miracle? How many times has sweat broken on your brow as you watched yet another poor soul leave the speakerís platform without being healed? The burden of responsibility you feel is too great is it not? The sense of having failed God and the one who went away disappointed devours 'your faith' does it not?
I have lost count of the times when I have wept over the disappointed ones, the people who came sick in body and who left crushed by their sense of failure their lack of faith...
Look again and see where we have gone wrong, where our belief system has taken the place of 'his faith' where we have felt responsible for some life when Christ is the life, where we have felt responsible for someone's healing when 'he' is the healer...
Look and listen closely now for this word will set you free from thinking that if you believe hard enough miracles will happen...
You are not Christ, you may have his anointing, his Spirit, his word but you are not 'the anointed one, the Christ' Jesus is... You may be at one with him, you may have his word hidden in your heart, you may be the righteousness of God, but it is all in Him!!
He is the healer he imparts the very 'faith you need', he imparts the anointing that breaks the yolk and sets the captives free.
Its not our faith, its his Faith in us, the gift of faith we need to open every red sea, to cross every wilderness and to pass over the Jordan, its his faith that tears down every Jericho that we face daily, evermore Lord grant us this faith.
Itís a faith that comes from the 'fountain head' from the throne room of Gods grace, from the wounded hands of the resurrected man of Calvary.
Seek him, seek 'his' faith, ask Him for His word for its his word that carries the mustard seed that moves mountains... Seek him diligently for he still moves stones from those who remain entombed by unbelief and doubt.
Letís stop trying to have so called faith and instead receive it from the faith giver Christ!! Makes you think doesnít it