Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Faith is how we receive from God. God does miracles by the hearing of faith—not by anything you try to work up in yourself to believe. You receive the miracles of God by hearing God’s truth in your heart.
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.
The Holy Spirit Himself bears witness with your spirit. He quickens the word of truth in your heart.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Faith doesn’t come by hearing the Word in your mind. Yes, the Holy Spirit must renew your mind with what the Word says is true. But it is when you believe God’s Word in your heart that His Word is quickened in you. This is when His Word comes alive in you. You believe, and the truth you believe is His truth.
When the Holy Spirit brings to life God’s Word in your heart, you believe what God has promised you beyond a shadow of a doubt. You know it is already yours in the spiritual. You have the faith to believe without seeing. No one can shake what you believe—not the tradition of men—not the opinions of others—not the devil—not anyone.
Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.
The healing presence of the Lord was with the Pharisees and teachers of the law but they did not receive healing. Healing was available but their hearts were hardened and ears dull. In them the prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled:
“Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them” (Matthew 13:15)
Who received healing in the next few minutes? The paralytic who was lowered through the ceiling by his four friends received. Jesus told the man that his sins were forgiven and to rise up and walk. And the presence of the Lord healed the paralytic. The faith to believe was alive in his four friends and in the paralytic who believed in his heart. He got up and took that first step.
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them”
It is by hearing the Word in your heart that you have faith in God to receive His truth. Jesus says that when you speak and don’t doubt in your heart, you will receive what you have spoken. “Therefore”, Jesus then says, and “therefore” means the next point is crucial. “Whatever things you ask for when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
When the Word is quickened in your heart, the Word comes to life in you. You believe. You know God is faithful, and you let nothing sway you from what God has shown you. You believe before you see proof in your physical life. You renew your mind continually with the Word. You plant the truth the Holy Spirit has revealed to you in your heart. You guard your heart with all diligence and keep God’s truth from being choked out by the cares of life or stolen by the enemy. You know that just like the fig tree Jesus cursed in Mark 11:20 did not die right away that your healing also may not happen right away. You hang on to your truth no matter what happens in your life.
The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is the word of faith that we preach); that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Has the Holy Spirit persuaded your heart to believe that healing is the truth of your salvation? Has the Word convinced your heart?
Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.
—1 Peter 2:24
Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.
What do you hear in your heart?
© 2023 Lynn Lacher