It doesn't matter how much healing we get for ourselves - with the help of our indwelling Holy Spirit - or get spiritually from others, if we do not have strong, continuing and lasting faith it will not last, or Satan will snatch it away from us. (Matthew 13:19 & Mark 4:15)
Proverbs 23:7; "For as he thinks within himself, so he is."
Matthew 21:22; And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
It says that "whaterever we "ask for in prayer" we "will receive", if we "have faith". so what happens if we pray and we don't receive? It has to have something to do with our faith.
We would need to look at how strong our faith is. The Bible never lies.
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Faith requires us to believe in the "unseen". We have to 'believe' in what we say - that it "will come to pass" - and "It will be done for" us. We cannot have any "doubt" in our hearts.
There are some people that have a really hard time with the above verses, because it puts the responsibility for our condition, both mentally and physically, right at our door.
Ephesians 3:20; Now to the One who can, according to His power that is operating in us, do more than superabundantly beyond all the things we ask or conceive,
Really!!! “superabundantly beyond all the things we ask or conceive” Really!!!
So, I thought I would give it a try and have absolute faith, (in the past I had absolute faith and even taught that. It was called 'positive thinking'). But this time I was going to try it with absolute faith in God. Well, I have to tell you it is miraculous! All the events happened. It was mind-boggling, unbelievable, head-turning, almost shocking and when I told others, they would look at me in preferred disbelief.
Hebrews 11; Faith is the assured expectation of what is hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities that are not seen.
I had to break this down for myself::
* “Faith is the assured expectation” = we expect, then it will happen.
* “of what is hoped for” = what we really want.
* “the evident demonstration of realities that are not seen”
= a demonstration of what will become real even though we cannot see it.
It was self-evident that I had to believe “assured expectation” in unseen things occurring, without an actual visual demonstration “evident demonstration”.
Mark 7:7-8; “Keep on asking, and it will be given you; keep on seeking, and you will find; keep on knocking, and it will be opened to you; 8 for everyone asking receives, and everyone seeking finds, and to everyone knocking, it will be opened. (Jesus speaking).
I noticed it says, “keep on”. It does not say knock a few times and give up. It does not say give up at all. "Keep on" implies do not waver or be double-minded. Some write it down, some cut out pictures to help them stay on track. It is not important what technique you use, but it is FAITH in God that will make it happen.
Mark 9:23; “If you can?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
Everything - everything - "everything is possible for one who believes" and has continuing faith.
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