I’ve looked throughout the Bible to try and find a “formula” for faith and healing. I’ve discovered that, well… you can’t find one.
A lot of people think that you’ve got to have complete faith in order for God to bless you- and that if you don’t then somehow He’s restrained until you “get your faith up.” Now, sure, belief makes things better. It gives you more stability… a foundation.
But there’s no “one-sized” fits all formula for faith in the Bible. I’ve looked. Over and over. It’s just not there…
Get this: Jesus healed people who had no faith– people who didn’t even know who He was! (For instance, the man He healed at the Pool of Bethesda, in John 5.)
Jesus also healed people with “partial” faith, like the guy who exclaimed, “I believe- help my unbelief!” when his son was being tormented by a demon (Mark 9:24). And like the lepers who said, “If you’re willing…” (Matthew 8:2).
And He healed people when it wasn’t their faith at all that was exercised– but their friends’ faith (like the paralytic who was lowered through the roof while Jesus sat teaching. He, clearly, marveled at their faith- not his!) (Mark 2:1f.).
Sure, Jesus healed people with total, absolute faith. He did this when he proclaimed that He hadn’t seen as great a faith anywhere as He saw in the centurion who asked for his servant to be healed- another instance of someone’s faith healing someone else (Luke 7:1-9); or from the Syro-Phoenician woman who begged Him for a miracle on behalf of her daughter (even after initially being rebuffed); or from the woman with the hemorrhage who meandered her way through the crowd to touch them hem of his garment (“If only I can touch it… I’ll be well…”).
But there’s no formula for faith. There’s no box you can fit it into.
Well, I do see two exceptions. For now, anyway.
First, we do see Jesus rebuke His disciples for their lack of faith. In other words, He doesn’t rebuke the people needing the miracle for their low faith quotient; He discusses the issue with the leaders who should have been dispensing the healing, the ones who should have been “serving up” the presence of the Kingdom (see the story in Mark 9:24f.).
What does this mean? This means that the evangelist who told you you’re not healed because you don’t have enough faith… Well, Jesus wouldn’t rebuke you; Jesus would rebuke him/her instead. Got it?
Don’t worry about the faith issue- you just step forward and experience the best possible you…
Second, sometimes an action is needed. I’ll explain this by way of a few stories…
Naaman the leper comes to mind. A warrior of noted reputation, Elisha told him to dip himself into the Jordan River 7 times and he’d be well (2 Kings 5:10).
Naaman didn’t want to do it. He, in his own words, thought Elisha would just “wave his hands over him” and that he’d be well (2 Kings 5:11). He complained, talked about other places he could have bathed (waters in his homeland, which he thought were superior), and walked away full of rage.
One of his servants finally pinned him: “This is an easy thing to do. If he would have told you something difficult to do you would have done it…” Then- “Go dip in the water 7 times.”
Naaman did- and was well. Even though the healing was accessible, it didn’t manifest until he took action.
The kind of healing that always requires an action
Now, I’ve taught you about two kinds of healing before- iaomai (instant, miraculous healing) and therapeuo (healing that happens over time by healthy choices, deliberate decisions).
Therapeuo is the kind of healing that always requires an action- because it’s a lifestyle choice! You must walk this one out! Therapeuo is, by its very nature, an action.
Luke recounts the story of a group of lepers Jesus healed. He says Jesus gave them His word that it was done… then sent them to the priests. Luke adds, “As they went, they were healed…” (see Luke 17:14). That is, their healing was available too- the entire time. But, like Naaman’s, it didn’t manifest until they took action.
I’ve recounted my story to you before. No, I didn’t have leprosy. I just had a bunch of stuff that a lot of people choose to tolerate. Things that aren’t our best. Things that slow us down. Things that keep us from walking our true destiny, doing all the incredible things we’re gifted and empowered to do.
I learned that, most of the time, when you take an action, the miracles “kick in.” Even if the faith-quotient is low, if you can start stepping in the direction of life and abundance, something amazing happens…
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