ABCs OF FAITH! What Faith Is: Faith Is Not Mental Assent, part 2
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.Hebrews 11:1
Here is a way to test mental assent versus real Bible faith. Try this sometimes. The next time you are with a believer, politely ask the person if they believe in healing. Most believers will immediately say, “Yes!” “Amen!” “Sure I believe in healing!” After they settle down, ask the person, “Are you healed?”
Now starts the clearing of the throat and the religious rhetoric: “Well, Brother Smalls, I am trying to get my healing, but I am still sick.” So, let's think about this. You believe in healing, but you are not healed. “Well, Brother Smalls, I believe in healing, but I can't make God heal me before He is ready to heal me.”
Feeling vs. Healing
Listen! That is not faith! That is confusion due to mental assent. First of all the Bible says:
By His stripes, you were healed; and Himself bore our infirmities and carried our sicknesses. 1 Peter 2:24 (NKJV)
Faith says, if He says I am healed, I AM HEALED! End of discussion!
“Yeah, but Bernard, I don't feel healed.”
Let me ask you a deep question: What does faith have to do with your feelings?
The manifestation of feeling and healing follows faith, not the other way around.
Sense Knowledge Is The Enemy Of Faith
Most believers are dominated by sense knowledge and not by the Word. The Word says we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7). Sight could have been translated as "senses.” We walk by faith and not by the senses, so what in the world does feeling have to do with your healing. Healing is received by faith, not feeling. The woman with the issue of blood in Mark, chapter 5, is a great illustration of this. The last thing she experienced was the feeling of her healing. She said it, did it, received it and told it!!! She operated the faith principle.
25 And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years,
26 And who had endured much suffering under [the hands of] many physicians and had spent all that she had, and was no better but instead grew worse.
27 She had heard the reports concerning Jesus, and she came up behind Him in the throng and touched His garment,
28 For she kept saying, If I only touch His garments, I shall be restored to health.
29 And immediately her flow of blood was dried up at the source, and [suddenly] she felt in her body that she was healed of her [distressing] ailment.
Mark 5:25-35 (Amplified Bible)
Notice the last thing she experienced was "she felt in her body that she was healed.” Why was feeling the last thing she experienced? Faith had to come first.
Faith is simply taking God at His Word. Faith is not a feeling; it is a spiritual force. It will produce feeling, but it is not a feeling. Faith will make you feel good when your body is healed, your needs are met and your life is victorious!
But it is not a feeling! The feeling and the healing (manifestation) follows the saying and the doing (faith)!
You say it by faith—when you feel nothing or even feel terrible—and yet you act like what God has said is true. This is so simple that a child can understand it.
Here are the four principles to break through mental assent and write your own ticket with God, as the late Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin has taught:
1. Say it!—Start saying what the Word says regardless of feelings.
2. Do it!—Act your faith. Faith without corresponding actions is dead.
3. Receive it!—Not in manifestation only, but by faith!
4. Tell it!—Praise God for the answer in advance and testify to others.
Faith is simply taking God at His Word. Faith is not a feeling; it is a spiritual force.
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As you pray this you are praying God’s perfect will, because you are praying the Word back to God. Do it in faith and you will see phenomenal results.
I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of our understanding being enlightened; that we may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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