Authority vs. Miracle
It is rather interesting that people are so willing to believe as well as vocalize some faith scriptures but leave so many others untouched.
Scriptures such as “My God shall supply all my needs according to his riches in glory”, “God works all things together for the good of those who love him…” and “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” seem to be right on the tip of everyone’s tongue. However, “by His wounds we are healed”, “through faith in His name has this man been made whole” and “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions” are rarely mentioned. In fact, the latter verses are considered for “those” people. You know…the “faith” people or dare we say the “charismatic” people.
When it comes to the healing of our bodies there are two kinds of people…those who won’t ever need a miracle and those who will eventually need a miracle.
Those who won’t need a miracle are those who know the healing scriptures and put them into practice, probably on a daily basis. If you could be a fly on the wall during their time with God you would see them placing their hands on various areas of their bodies and hear them telling those parts of their body how to perform. You would hear them speaking to inanimate objects and unseen things while making bold statements and commands.
You would recognize these people out in the world because they say things like “Not me”, “I won’t get it”, or “I don’t receive that” whenever someone brings up the latest virus in conversation or while watching a prescription commercial during the evening news.
You would also recognize these people in the world because they rarely get sick. In fact, some of them never get sick.
Some of them get sick but keep acting like they’re not sick and don’t change their routine or the way they behave one single bit. And when they do get sick, they don’t stay sick for very long. They seem to get over their sickness much quicker than everyone else.
On the other hand, those who will eventually need a miracle are ones who believe in God and they love Him. They serve Him. They live for Him. They truly believe that God can do anything and that nothing is impossible for Him. In fact, many of them believe that God would never make them sick because it’s not in His nature. They believe in healing. They believe in miracles. But they don’t know their authority over their own bodies. Or they may know their authority but they don’t practice it on a daily basis like “those” people.
But when the day comes and they do become sick they seem to be just as sick as everyone else. They need to take time off of work or school to get better. During this time they cry out to God for healing or for their miracle.
The ones who do know their authority but don’t practice it daily will start taking their authority now that they’re sick.
Have you ever been sick? It is hard to exercise that authority when you are sick if you are not use to doing it when you’re not. You’re stamina is low. The pain and discomfort is distracting. It’s more difficult to bring every thought into the captivity of Christ when even your thoughts are swollen.
It is so much easier to believe every day and stand on the fact that we have been healed and that we are well than to believe for a miracle the one day that we are severely or even deathly ill. And yes, some people even die from these sicknesses and diseases while trying to get their miracle because they did not have the faith for it when it was needed.
There are two main reasons for this…
#1-Faith comes by hearing. Hear it once, have one measure of faith. Hear it 204 times and have 204 measures of faith. The more you hear it the more measures of faith you have. How many measures does it take to destroy a cold, be healed of a broken bone or be free from cancer? Who knows but we sure want our “measures of faith” account to be in the black and collecting interest if it should happen!
#2-During the process of practicing our authority we also learn the scope of our authority. Somewhere during the process we learn to not ask God for what He has already given us. We learn many, many other facts about our authority as we do it. If we don’t practice this on a daily basis then we may find ourselves lying in a sick bed somewhere still asking God for our healing when we should have graduated that class long ago.
Our prayer today is that everyone will learn the healing scriptures and start putting them into practice so that the enemy would be overcome by the blood of the lamb and by the word of our testimonies and that God would be glorified!