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What faith isn't

An abstract belief that God exists People today misuse the word faith to indicate hope or mere wishful thinking. For example, "I'm really sick and I don't know if I'm going to die or not, but I have faith." No, if you had faith, you would speak God's word instead of defeat (2 Cor 4:13). What you are really saying is, "I don't really have any faith at all that God will do anything for me, but I assent to the fact that he exists." James said that demons believe there is one God -- and tremble. If you simply assent to the fact that God exists, you and demons are on the same level of faith. The world calls that faith, but the Bible does not. You cannot get saved by simply believing that God exists. This is obvious, since demons are not saved.

Your Christianity in general Sometimes people use "faith" to indicate "religious persuasion," as in, "That man is of the Buddhist faith, and his sister-in-law is of the Hindu faith." Actually, it would be more correct to say, "That man is of the Buddhist unbelief, and his sister-in-law is of the Hindu unbelief." (This is theologically correct, not "politically correct.") While Christianity is referred to even in the Bible as "the faith," this is not the same thing that Hebrews 11:1 is talking about. You can be in "the faith" as far as being a Christian, but not be "in faith" for your healing.

Denial Faith for healing does not involve denying physical problems. It denies their right to continue. It is not faith, and can be dangerous or even fatal, to just ignore symptoms in your body. You cannot Trust Rating just ignore them and think that they have to go away by themselves. Trying to make yourself stop thinking about your body % is not faith, either. You must consider God's Word more powerful preachalways.tripod.com than anything going on in your body. Simply not thinking about

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your problems is denial, not faith. Wishing will not make your problem go away. Some people talk about blind faith, but faith is not blind. Faith faces and acknowledges whatever challenge comes before it, but declares the victory to be already won. There is a difference between claiming victory in a fight and refusing to believe that a fight is going on.

Denial can be dangerous. If you need medical help, get it. If you are really in faith, the doctor will vouch for you healing. If you're not, he may well save your life.

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"I'm not going to pray about it anymore. I've just put this matter

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"I'm not going to pray about it anymore. I've just put this matter into God's hands." What this may really mean is, "I am going to let God decide whether or not to heal me. I am not actively believing for anything. If nothing happens, I will not be at all surprised. Whatever happens, happens. I've done the best I can." That's resignation, not faith. Faith does not put anything into God's hands, it takes something from God's hands! Even those who know the Word can drift from faith into resignation if they do not keep their faith active. You can stop praying about it because you know you have received your answer on the inside. However, you can also stop praying about it because you have simply given up! Make sure you know which applies to you.

Expecting something to happen in the future You cannot "believe" for a healing in the future. To say "I have faith that God will heal me" is an error. This actually means, "I hope that God will heal me, but I am not in faith for it." Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the assurance of things not seen (Heb 11:1). If you do not have the assurance that you have something that you cannot see now, you are not in faith. If you think you will get something in the future, you do not have the assurance that you have the unseen thing right now. There is nothing wrong with hope. Faith, hope and love abide, but none is a substitute for the others. You cannot get saved by hoping that you will go to heaven. You cannot get healed by hoping that God will heal you in the future. You will fool most Christians today saying that you have faith that God will heal you, but you will not fool God, or your sick body!

Struggling to believe something "For we which have believed have entered into rest" (Heb 4:3). If you haven't entered into rest, you haven't entered into faith. If you are struggling to make yourself believe something, you are not ready to pray in faith. Hear the Word on a continual basis on the topic of your prayer. If you need healing, go over and over the scriptures on healing. Instead of straining to believe, hear the Word enough and faith will come automatically. This can take time. If you need to take the time, take it! It beats staying sick. Even if you aren't successful at first, it's worth developing the discipline so that down the road you can succeed at it. The best time to put the Word in your heart is before you need it, not during your trial! Many are in no position to believe for anything during a trial because they never "exercised themselves unto godliness" before the trial started.

Will power Faith is not a matter of trying to will something away. Again, we who believe have entered into rest. You are trusting in God's power, not your own will power.
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Mind over matter You receive healing from God through your spirit, not through your mind. You are not attempting to "psyche" yourself into anything or control your body with your mind.

Throwing away your medicine This could be harmful or fatal. Throwing away your medicine neither proves your faith nor compels God to heal you supernaturally. God is only compelled to heal you when you approach him in faith. It is possible to put him to a foolish test by throwing out your medicine. If you are not in faith, you have not met God's condition for healing, and you will need that medicine you just threw out. You will make your doctor mad and look like a fool in front of unbelievers. Objectors to divine healing will make you another object lesson in their books. Whether or not you are in faith has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not there is medicine in your cabinet. It is not necessary to throw out your medicine or stomp on your glasses to receive healing by faith. Get healed first, and then once you have physical proof of it, do what you want with your medicine or your glasses.

Mimicking the words of someone else who is in faith You cannot get the same results as someone else simply by saying the same words that he does. For example, you cannot just parrot the words, "I believe I receive my healing. Hallelujah. Thank you, Jesus!" just because someone else did so and received his healing. It worked for the other person because he believed in his heart and spoke with his mouth. If you just speak with your mouth but don't believe it in your heart, nothing will happen. I prayed a "sinner's prayer" with someone once just to make him happy and remained just as unsaved when he was done because I didn't mean it. (I did pray it and mean it later.) There is the confession of faith and there is the confession unto faith. The first speaks what you already believe. The second is simply speaking God's Word to yourself to build faith, which is a valuable practice that every Christian should do (see Joshua 1:7-8 ). Just don't confuse the two or kid yourself about which you are doing.

Paul cast out demons in the name of Jesus. When the sons of Sceva mimicked Paul's words and ordered a demon to leave in the name of Jesus whom Paul preached, they were the ones who ended up leaving the house, not the demon. They used the same name, but Paul was in faith while the sons of Sceva weren't. (See Acts 19:13-17.)

Being pretty sure of something There is a difference between being pretty sure of something and

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There is a difference between being pretty sure of something and really believing something. If you have hands laid on you for healing, and you answer someone who asks if you got your healing, "I think so," you are not in faith. If you are in faith, you know it. If you don't know if you're in faith, you aren't. Being in faith is like being pregnant -- you either are or you aren't. You can't be "sort of" in faith any more than you can be "sort of" pregnant.

Trying to feel better Real faith does not consider your body, just as Abraham did not consider his body. See Romans 4:16-21. You do not have to "psyche" yourself into thinking that you feel better. Don't even try. It doesn't matter if you feel worse just after you pray. If you are in faith, your healing will manifest itself. Sometimes a healing minister who has laid hands on people asks for a show of hands of people who feel physically better already, and it is tempting to try to convince yourself that you feel at least a little better so that you can raise your hand. Don't bother. You will not hurt the minister's feelings if you don't see any change yet! Some people do not notice a change right away. That is normal and nothing to worry about. Likewise, you don't have to keep checking your body every five minutes for the next day trying to convince yourself that you feel at least a little improvement. That is counterproductive; it will get you focused on the problem instead of the solution. If you are really in faith, you have entered into rest (Heb 4:3) and you are confident that God's power is working in you. Continue to thank God for your healing and make that your focus.

Having faith in your faith Jesus said, "Have faith in God" (Mark 11:22). He did not say, "Have faith in your faith." Always remember that your basis for believing that you have received a healing is God's Word on the matter. God's Word cannot change. The devil will try to challenge you with thought that you aren't really in faith. He will try to make you question whether you could really believe God like that. The way to conquer such thoughts is to remind the devil and yourself that God says you are healed, and you are simply agreeing with God's present statements concerning you. Don't make your faith the issue. God's Word concerning healing is the issue. You have the right to speak it continually, not just when you first pray, because it is continually true.

Quoting lots of Scripture You could fool people even in most "faith churches" with the following answer to the question, "Are you healed?" "According to 1 Peter 2:24, I was healed by the stripes of Jesus. God's Word says that I was healed, therefore I am healed. God is the Lord that healeth me. Jesus bore the curse of the Law for me and I am redeemed from sickness."
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This seems like a good answer, but a person who is really in faith would more likely respond, "Yes!" He would not try to defend his answer or talk himself into it. The Scriptures are nice and they are true, but they do not prove that you have actually believed that you have received anything at all. They simply prove that you know the Bible's teaching on the subject of healing, which is a different matter from appropriating that for yourself. Take as an example your eternal salvation. If someone asked you if you are saved, you would say, "Yes." You would not get theological and say, "According to 1 Peter 2:24, my sins were borne by Jesus in his own body on the tree. By grace I am saved through faith. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord." In other words, you would not sound like you are still trying to talk yourself into believing something, which is what you are doing, when you get right down to it.

You can and you should quote Scripture about yourself. But the quoting of Scripture is distinct from the actual prayer of faith that receives something that God has provided for you in Christ. See also: What faith is
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