Central Truth: By continually looking at the Word, faith sees the answer.
In our past lessons on faith we have been learning that faith is not something which we have as much as it is something which we do. We have seen that faith is not hoping that we will see the answer in the future, faith is believing that we have the answer now. The eyes of faith see the answer as having already happened.
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they (my words) are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Proverbs 4:20-22
Notice that this Scripture says, “Let them (my words) not depart from thine eyes …” Many people fail because they see themselves as failing. If they are sick, they think of themselves as dying. God’s Word says, “Himself (Jesus) took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:17). If that Word does not depart from before your eyes, you are bound to see yourself without sickness and without disease. You will see yourself as well. If, however, you do not see yourself as without sickness, then that Word has departed from before your eyes. And even though He wants to make health a reality in your life, He cannot because you are not acting on His Word.
Notice also in verse 22, “For they (my words) are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” The Hebrew word translated “health” here is also the word for medicine. In other words, “My words are medicine to all their flesh.” The first two verses of this passage tell us the directions for taking this medicine. What are these directions? (“Attend unto” or study God’s Word, and obey this Word, “keep them in the midst of thine heart.”)
And what is God’s medicine? “My words are life unto those that find them and medicine to all their flesh.” But the medicine has to be taken according to directions in order to work, and one of the directions is, “Let them (my words) not depart from before thine eyes.” Keep looking at what the Word says.
Too many people pray and pray, but they never see themselves with the answer. They just see everything getting worse. They keep looking at the wrong thing – at the symptoms, at conditions, at themselves – and so they walk in unbelief and destroy the effects of their praying. Get your mind on the answer. See yourself as having received. Constantly affirm, even in the face of contradictory evidence, that God has heard your prayer because the Word says so. That’s when you’ll get results.
You have to believe you’ve got it before you can receive it. “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24). The believing comes before the receiving. There are those who say, “I’m not going to believe anything I can’t see.” But in the natural we believe a lot of things we can’t see. The whole world became alarmed when atomic bombs were being exploded, releasing radioactive material into the atmosphere. You can’t see it or feel it, but it is a destructive power nevertheless.
Faith Contradicts Circumstances
… For he hath said, I’ll never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Are we boldly saying that the Lord is our helper? That is what we should be saying. “Well, you all pray for me. I feel as if the Lord has forsaken me,” cried one poor sister. Yet God said, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5, 6
“I don’t know if I can make it or not, I hope I can. Pray for me that I’ll hold out faithful to the end,” is a familiar request in prayer and testimony meetings. But that is not what God told us to boldly say. Too many people are boldly saying, “I’m whipped, I’m defeated. The devil’s got me bound.” But nowhere in the Bible do we find where God said to boldly say that. Paul said, “He said I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper.”
Let’s quit saying the wrong thing and start saying the right thing. Say that the Lord is your helper. Say that the Lord is your healer. Say that the Lord took your infirmities and bare your sicknesses. Keep talking about the right thing. Keep believing the right thing.
It is simply wrong thinking, wrong believing, and wrong talking that whips folks. The devil can’t defeat you because Jesus has already defeated the devil for you. Satan doesn’t defeat you, you defeat yourself. Or if he does, you permit him to do so. It is a consent of ignorance. God has given us His Word to direct us so that our believing will be right. And if our thinking is right and our believing is right, then our talking will be right. “The Lord is my helper.” “The Lord is my strength.”
Faith “Says” the Answer
Real faith in the Word says that if God says it is so, then it’s so. If He says that “by whose stripes ye were healed” (I Peter 2:24), then we are healed. If He says that, “My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19), then He does it. If the Word says, “The Lord is the strength of my life” (Psalm 27:1), then He is. In other words, real faith in God simply says about one’s self what the Word says. We have what the Word says we have. We are what the Word says we are. If God says we are strong, then we are. If He says we are healed, then we are. If He says He cares for me, then He does.
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. Hebrews 4:14
Because Jesus is our High Priest and sits at the right hand of God in heaven, making intercession for us, we can have the answers to our petitions right now. In looking up the Greek word that is here translated “profession,” I learned that it should read, “Let us hold fast to saying the same things.” Jesus is in heaven, representing us at the throne of God. He is saying, “I took their place, I died for them as their substitute.” Jesus didn’t die for Himself. He didn’t need to redeem Himself because He wasn’t lost. He died for us. He became our substitute, He took our sins, He bare our sicknesses and carried our diseases. He died for us, arose from the dead for us, and ascended on high for us. He is up there now saying, “I did that for them,” and we are to hold fast to saying the same things down here.
Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Mark 11:23
It isn’t just a matter of faith going out of your heart toward God, without your saying anything. That won’t work. Nowhere in the Bible do we read that. Faith, kept only in your heart, will never bring healing to your body or the infilling of the Holy Spirit, or an answer to prayer. But faith in your heart, released through your lips, will bring results.