TITLE: November 26, 2017 Faith In Action
By Yolanda Payne
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A recent event which occurred in my life caused me to examine my faith. My doctor thought I might need an operation because of a lump which was discovered in my breast. He referred me to a surgeon who after examining my breast asked me to come back in July for another assessment. Because I did not desire an operation I prayed to God and asked him to remove the lump.
On the day of my examination, I decided if an operation was necessary I would allow it to be performed. Over joyed when the doctor informed me the lump had disappeared, I thanked God for what had occurred. The Spirit chastened me while noting my lack of faith. Before hearing the doctor’s assessment, I had prepared myself to accept the doctor’s results whether good or bad. My behavior was determined by the doctor’s assessment rather than my prayer for healing. I had asked God to heal me but I did not believe or accept my healing until the doctor told me I was healed. Where was my faith? I should have walked into the doctor’s office expecting the doctor to confirm what I already knew. I was healed.
The Spirit asked me “if I truly expected God to remove the lump why are I delighted only when the physician informed me the lump was no longer present. Why didn’t I believe prior to the doctor's announcement that the lump was no longer present"? Why did I need confirmation before accepting God’s healing?
Often God must show us before we believe that He has answered our prayers. I often ask myself “how would I react I saw someone’s leg grow stronger or actually turn around". If someone is in a wheel chair and has prayed for healing why doesn’t he or she attempt to walk? I often pray “Lord God please help me to understand”.
Our life is a life of faith although not necessarily in God. Our faith is often based upon past experiences. When we start our car in the morning, we expect it to ignite. If it does not ignite we immediately check to determine what is wrong. We might sit there and continue our attempt to start our car. Our reaction is based upon our belief that cars are supposed to start if there is gas in the car and all of the parts are working. This is a belief based upon past teachings and experiences.
People often spend their money before they actually receive a pay check because of their belief that they will be paid on a certain date. Their belief is an example of faith. It is merely faith in their employer. What has happened? They were always paid at a specified time. Their faith has grown as a grain of mustard seed. Just so our faith in God should grow. .
When a pastor prays for someone to be healed does he within his heart really expect that person to be healed? Does that individual who is prayed for really expect to be healed or it a mere formality?
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