Faith to be healed
The general overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor E.A.Adeboye gave a testimony of how an unbeliever (of Muslim religion) who was suffering from partial stroke got healed during a crusade in Abuja, Nigeria. The man knew that if he told any of his unbelieving family members of his conviction to meet pastor Adeboye for his healing, they would laugh him to scorn and would never help him to get to the venue of the crusade. The sick man like the woman with the issue of blood in the bible felt that he would receive his healing if pastor Adeboye’s hand touched him.
The man got to the crusade venue earlier and positioned himself when he felt pastor Adeboye will pass through to the podium. It happened that while pastor Adeboye was passing the sick man made his way through the tight security around Pastor Adeboye, lifted the hand of Pastor Adeboye’s and placed it on his own head and immediately he was completely healed of the stroke and made whole. The great faith of a man suffering from partial stroke, a man who we will classify as an un-churched unbeliever of the Muslim religion brought to him what he could never have gotten from medical science or human doctor.
There is a relationship between love and faith. Just like obedience is related to love, we are more willing to put our trust or confidence in someone we love. However, signs that we are in the end-time generation includes that the love of many will wax cold, men will be lovers of themselves and worldliness will be on the rise. The love of believers for the things of God and thirst for spiritual experiences and encounters is regrettably falling to a very worrisome level. The teachings of prosperity and worldly accomplishments has taken the place of faith teachings and pastors who teach faith, spirituality and heaven consciousness runs the risk of having a smaller congregation.
When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. (Mat 8:10, underlining mine)
In Jesus time He would marvel at the faith of non-Jews or unbelievers who came seeking His help. In these several cases He confirmed that He has never seen such level of faith in Israel. It is not surprising therefore that history is repeating itself as we find unbelievers who are in need of healing and deliverance manifesting greater faith as against most believers today who verbally profess faith in Jesus but are always found wanting whenever it is time to manifest.
And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. (Mat 8:25-26, underlining mine)
The satanic arrow of fear messed up the Israelites in the wilderness and truncated the entry of the older generation into the Promised Land. Their bodies were scattered in the wilderness because they forgot all God stood for in their midst, saw giants of their enemies and grasshoppers of themselves. Fear is also the bane of today’s Christians who are less heavenly conscious and worldly in all their approach to issues of life and in times of adversity and need.
It is not surprising therefore; that we are calling believers back to God, to the place of refuge, healing and comfort that man cannot give. Believers must once again be revived in their faith and jettison the wicked heart of unbelief coated in fear. Fear is torment and fear is the greatest enemy of healing faith. Whenever we come to God for anything, must believe that He is and the rewarder of those who will diligently seek Him. In preparing for a blessing or for solution to a particular need in our lives, we must first have faith for the supply of that need. To receive healing you need to have faith to be healed (Act.14:9).
“The same heard Paul speak: who steadfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,” (Act 14:9)
Furthermore, we are encouraged to see our Christian elders whenever we are sick or afflicted, but the irony is that most sick Christians see their doctors first. When we decide to see the elder, it is also needful that we have faith in the elders (prophets, pastors and other gifted Christians) in addition to having healing faith. We must believe that God is able to fulfill His promise of divine healing through human vessels He has gifted and ordained for the purpose otherwise we should believe that God can use us to administer self-deliverance and healing on ourselves. It is time to put our faith into action and bring the kingdom of God closer to all in need of deliverance and healing as we manifest in healing faith.