by Pastor Tim Burt
Have you ever heard the old saying, “Seeing is believing?” There are many people who take that kind of a stance regarding spiritual things. “I only believe what I can see and I can’t see God – seeing is believing for me.” Pride prevents people from admitting that the world they function in is a world they function in by faith. They cannot “see” the vitamins at work in their body yet they take them believing that they do good. They cannot “see” the electricity that turns on a light or that powers their house yet they have faith that flicking the switch will deliver the electricity they need.
People put faith that the diagnosis that their doctor, the auto mechanic, the weatherman, or the professor of economics is sharing with them is accurate. They put faith in what they’ve heard and frequently act upon it which is hilarious considering how often weatherman are wrong. They have faith that the food in the restaurant they are eating doesn’t have salmonella, but that the manager and cook have taken the steps to prevent food poisoning.
The truth is, people operate in faith more often than they recognize or would admit to. They live a life of believing and acting by faith in what they haven’t seen. They only declare “seeing is believing” when it conveniently excuses them from thought and communication about what they don’t care to believe such as: George doesn’t want to go to Hell, therefore he has conveniently chosen to believe there is no such place – because he can’t see it.
One of Jesus’ own disciples had this attitude and Jesus admonished him for it. Then Jesus told Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29 (NIV)
Thomas learned that when it comes to the scriptures and Jesus, faith is higher than seeing to believe. Many of the religious leaders of Jesus day actually DID see the miracles that Jesus did but still chose not to believe their own eyes. They were blinded by their jealousies and insecurities of Jesus taking His rightful place of leadership – supplanting theirs. They saw His miracles of healing but did not believe. As a matter of fact, they even accused Jesus saying that the miracles He did were done through demonic exercises. For them seeing was not believing. Hebrews 4:2 and the gospels reveal that many people saw Jesus heal others. Some believed but some did not – EVEN THOUGH THEY SAW IT WITH THEIR OWN EYES! They heard Him preach and saw Him do numerous miracles, yet they still didn’t believe. Hebrews 4:2 says, “For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.”
You do not have the benefit of seeing Jesus here in the flesh healing people today even though many have seen people healed through prayer in the name of Jesus throughout the ages. If it was a struggle for some to believe in Jesus’ days, how much more might it be for you to believe? Let’s face it, miracles are mind-blowing. Our belief is only empowered by us knowing the nature of God and His will as revealed in His Word. His Word is the source of faith. It gives us the strength to stand against the unbelief that attacks your heart’s faith. When you see multitudes of sick around you and have those that who would mock you for believing something that sounds so crazy as believing that Jesus heals today, only your belief in God’s Word would sustain your faith!
When it comes to healing, the Word of God has firmly established that it’s God’s will to heal and for us to be healed. We have the witness of scripture from the gospels and from Isaiah, Matthew, and First Peter
Isaiah 54 foretells of Jesus the coming Messiah and paints the picture of Him being punished for us. He would pay the price not only for our sins, but also for our sicknesses and diseases. Isaiah 53:4-5 says of Him, “Yet it was our weaknesses He carried; it was our sorrows that weighed Him down. And we thought His troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for His own sins! But He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.” Jesus was beaten and punished for our sins to deliver us from the curse of sin including sickness and disease. I encourage you today, to read through the gospels and watch what Jesus did. Jesus told His disciples, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” Read the gospels and see what Jesus did and then remember these words from Hebrews 13:8. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Believing is what opens your eyes to seeing! I am praying for you all today!
James 5:15 “And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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