One of my family’s favorite movies is “Sergeant York.” It seems that each time I watch it I take away something else that helps me fight the good fight of faith.
Over the years, I have spoken to many Christians who don’t feel like they have any faith, that it’s something they need to obtain. Or if they have it, they didn’t get very much of it.
The way I interpreted faith messages I heard growing up seemed like ‘faith” itself was an elusive “thing” that I needed to have to connect with God but was not quite able to grasp.
But this is how the word of God explains faith, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen.” So faith is now. Present tense. Faith has substance. It’s tangible. Faith is not hoping in something. In its simplest form —it knows something about someone so that hope in His promises springs up as your positive imagination takes hold of things yet unseen.
In the movie, Sergeant York and his men were under heavy fire from a gunner’s nest on a hill. By the grace and power of God working with him he was able to make his way up that hill and overtake the enemies’ vantage point.
And God is so good to help us when we struggle against what seems to be an uphill battle.
But it is a fact that it is much easier to defend a position than to overtake one.
As most of us are quite aware, the Christian battlefield is in the mind so we should position ourselves on the other side of the cross as our solid foundation. In the spirit realm, we are already on that hill. It’s a miracle that takes place at our spiritual rebirth where He “made us sit in heavenly places.”
You know, it was hearing the Gospel that activated our faith to call out to Jesus when we heard the message that our sins have been paid for, so come to the altar in your heart and be reconciled to the Father. We accepted that by faith.
But I wonder if many are hearing the full Gospel message. That along with our sins Jesus took our infirmities and sicknesses into His own body. He became poor so that we can become rich. That He wants us to prosper “spirit, soul and body.”
We are not trying to get healed, just like we are not trying to get our sins paid for.
I mean, how do you know your sins were paid for? You can’t see a sin. But you believed in your heart and you reacted by faith to reach out and receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
Again, a miracle took place right then.
As far as receiving things we need from God, we must see that the finished work of the cross accomplished much, much more than just having our sins forgiven. And in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead God brought complete restoration to our spirit and to our soul to quicken our mortal bodies.
But we have to hear this before we can believe it.
We are already blessed with all spiritual blessings. Spiritually speaking we are already in position in His Kingdom to receive the things of God.
Our Heavenly Father has fully equipped us for the good fight of faith. It’s not the hard fight of faith, or the struggle to obtain faith.
Rather, we all have been given “the measure of faith,” but we must know this and learn to exercise it.
The word of God declares victory over the enemy.
So we are not trying to get healed, we are actually defending our position of good health against an unseen enemy who is trying to “steal, kill and destroy” mankind.
I have stated this before and will again, there are no valleys and mountaintops in the Christian walk with God. How do I know that?
If you have the mindset or position of a beggar at the feet of Jesus, then you will always struggle to obtain something from God.
But He is a good Provider and in His foreknowledge of our needs He has made provision for us here on earth. “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” That word from Jesus alone should forever stop the spiritually paralyzing religious doctrine that it may not be God’s will to heal everyone.
So check your position. Which side of the cross is your faith on in receiving all God has for you?
Cross over from the Old Testament in to the new Covenant and arm yourself with the truth.
(Heb. 11:1; Philemon 1:6; Eph. 2:6; Matt. 8:17; 2 Cor. 8:9; 3 John 1:2; Romans 8:11,12:3; John 10:10; Isaiah 40:4)
Contact Brenda Groves at firstname.lastname@example.org