According to your faith be it unto you. MATTHEW 9:29
With this one statement, Jesus defined spiritual health as a matter of how much faith we have developed in us.
You are the sum product of the time you have spent developing your inner man, just as you are the sum product of the time you have spent developing your body.
If you consume more calories than you burn, you will put on weight and be flabby. If you clock up Eastenders and Emmerdale time – with attendant snacks – rather than clocking up gym time or exercise time, you will be unfit. That is life and those are the rules.
Equally, if you do not spend time developing your inner man, who is the real YOU, then you will be spiritually unfit and flabby. This is called being carnal. You will be the spiritual equivalent of the couch potato.
It really is that simple.
One of the great deceptions we have to contend with is that there is enough time for us to “get round” to doing what we should. Whilst it is true that God restores wasted time and we can redeem the time, it is dumb in the extreme to spend precious time in substandard activity.
You develop faith in the gymnasium of the Spirit by spending quality time with God and His Word.
Now that by necessity means certain activities which also take time must be jettisoned. Let’s put it this way: You will not become a spiritual giant by watching soaps or playing computer games.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. GALATIANS 6:7
You are decieved when you think that spending time in futile, carnal, time-wasting activity will bring you a harvest of blessing. There is no faith to be found in junk.
If you want faith, there is a simple way of getting it:
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ROMANS 10:17
Faith is in God’s Word and faith will come into your heart when you put God’s Word in there. It could not be simpler. You can begin the process NOW.
Of course, you are not going to walk into the gym and come out like Mr Universe after one session. Likewise, you are not going to spend thirty minutes in the Word and be suddenly morphed into Smith Wigglesworth! Developing of anything worthwhile takes TIME.
Saying that, God’s Word is a miracle Word and it can restore the years eaten away in fruitless actvity. And you only need a tiny bit of faith to get things done!
Now let us look at what faith actually IS:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. HEBREWS 11:1-3
Faith is the SUBSTANCE of things you desire. That means faith is the real nature or essence of those things. Faith helps you to understand that visible things – things which are seen – have their source and origin in things you don’t see i.e. the spiritual realm.
The essence of everything you could need or desire already exists in the spiritual dimension.
Faith is that essence coming into your heart by the vehicle of God’s Word. His Word is pregnant with what you need i.e. it is a seed of what you need and when you plant it in your heart, YOU become pregnant with the heavenly materiality of the thing you desire!!
For example, if you need healing, then you meditate on verses that speak of your right to healing. Then healing will come to you in SUBSTANCE form. The job of SUBSTANCE (faith) is to manifest on earth what is yours in the glory.
Let’s put it this way:
Faith comes to you by hearing the Word.
Which means the SUBSTANCE of the thing you desire comes to you by hearing the Word.
Healing comes to you when you hear the Word on healing! Supply comes to you when you hear the Word on supply! And it manifests in the appropriate manner and currency! Deliverance comes to you when you hear the Word on deliverance.
I once preached a message on the Bible being the Argos catalogue of life. If you can see what you need or desire in the Word, all you have to do is fill in your ticket and pay for it by faith – and it will come to you!
Now the point is, you can go way beyond subsistence level with this and let it be about much more than just getting your own needs met. You can become a faith giant and believe God for bigger things.
The sobering thing about it is that not developing faith can be deadly. Many have died because they did not have enough developed faith to get healed. That sounds harsh but it is high time we stopped sugarcoating the pill and faced things as they are. You should never be caught with insufficient faith just like you should never fill your petrol tank with insufficient funds to pay for it.
There is nothing sadder than hearing people with a terminal disease talking about wishing and hoping they are going to get healed. The truth is that wishing and hoping is not enough. The currency is FAITH. We all need to be taught this and stop mambypambying people about it and then compounding the situation by mumbling stuff about you never know what God’s going to do and His ways are mysterious. Yes, you do know what He will do. He will do according to your faith like He said He would.
Some folks have more faith in their disease than they do the healing power of God. That doesn’t make them bad people, just ignorant. And unless we can get those people into faith, those dear ones might not make it. I don’t intend to go into other things such as anointings and getting others healed by the faith of the person ministering. My emphasis here is that we all develop our own individual faith. Just like you cannot go to the gym and get somebody else fit, you cannot develop your inner man and get somebody else spiritually tuned and toned. Mary’s sitting at the feet of Jesus won’t get Martha the revelation.
Redeem the time in YOUR life and spend it in His Presence. That is the greatest way to live and the best use of your time.