How much faith is required to do certain things?
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. Matthew chapter 17
Just a month or so ago they was a story in the news about a Pastor of a church walking on water. He invited his entire congregation to witness how wonderful his faith was. His followers were excited and they all came to watch. Sadly, the Pastor drowned as he knew not how to swim. Some say if he would have had more faith he would have walked across the water to safety. Jesus in the above passage says if we have faith the size of a mustard seed we can move mountains.
It does not take a lot of faith to walk on water but it does take Gods will. That is why folk with sickness is not always healed. It is NOT always Gods will. One thing for sure, as Christians, it is not for us to determine or say what Gods plans are for us. The only way to determine Gods will is NOT by how we feel about something but instead, “What Does the Book Say?” The Bible does not say we all can walk on water or that we all will never die and be healed of every sickness,
When is the last time you moved a mountain? When is the last time you saw a so-called miracle worker have as their home base a hospital? Instead these health and wealth Preachers are in business to make money. Jesus lived a poor material life. The Bible tells us He did not even have a place to lay His head. Yet we see these TV Preachers living the grand life of owning multiple million dollar homes, their own Jet Air plane and exotic vacations with maids and servants.
What did Jesus say about signs and wonders?
38 ¶ Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Matthew chapter 12
What was Jesus talking about when He brought up the name Jonas? Jesus was getting ready to go to the cross, die and after 3 days rise from the dead. That my friend is the Gospel. That should be our focus, not God giving us material wealth or even healing every sickness we may have. Jesus is the focus, not us. Jesus aid we are never to seek after signs. We are to seek Him. John the Baptist said, “I must decrease, He must increase.”
Nothing wrong with material wealth but it sure should not be our main goal.
There is a TV broadcast called TCT. Every once in a while I tune in. Mostly what you hear is, Become our partners, Plant your seed, commit a few hundred dollars in form of a pledge. Give us your credit card and we will make monthly deductions. Can you imagine Jesus announcing such? Never, Never, Never He did do such a thing. It is NOT the Gospel. The Gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus the Christ:
1 ¶ Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 1 Corinthians chapter 15
The Gospel has nothing to do with everyone receiving material wealth or being healed of our physical sickness. It is the healing of our souls from sin that matters. Some of the Pentecostals use Isaiah chapter 53 as their proof:
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5
This verse has the word heal in it and they are quick to say it is physical healing. Let’s look at the complete chapter in context:
1 ¶ Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 ¶ Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 ¶ Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
This chapter is about Jesus and the price He paid on the cross. It is about US being transgressors by way of sin and Jesus healing our sick soul. Not our body. Read the chapter carefully. No mention of our physical ailments, no mention of us receiving material wealth.
Paul asked the Lord three times to remove the thorn in his side. How did God answer?
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 11 Corinthians chapter 12
At times we need chastisement. At times we need stern correction by the way of sickness. Sometimes it is Gods will that we have pain. It should bring us closer to Him by having us depend on Him. More later as I recall…….