Traditions Of Men Part 28

It seems that most people view faith as something we do to make God move in our lives. I used to be one of those.

“Faith moves God!”

Have you every heard someone say something like this? Faith does not move God.

God anticipated every need of mankind. He has forgiven our sins, healed our bodies, and provided prosperity in Jesus’ redemptive work. The supply was set aside for us before the need for it came along.

But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God.
Hebrews 10:12

Jesus died once. He was the sacrifice for every sin and is now sitting down on the right hand of God.

God does not have to move to heal us because He has already moved through the redemptive work of Christ more than two thousand years ago! His supernatural power resides within our spirit in the person of the Holy Spirit.

We receive today not by earning it or doing whatever is necessary for God to reward us with a blessing. The way to receive is for us to go to the Word of God, find out what has been provided for us, and then respond by faith to what God has already done.

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Revelation 12:10

Satan works overtime to stop us from receiving God’s blessings. He will come against us with thoughts of unworthiness designed to discourage us from even trying. When we come to a place of understanding that God has already provided based on Jesus’ redemptive work these tactics will no longer work.

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
Mark 16:15-20

These verses provide Jesus’ last words to His disciples. They apply equally to us today! Every Christian should be laying hands on the sick, raising the dead, and casting out devils. This is not happening though because of a lack of revelation concerning our redemptive privileges.

If our focus is on what we are doing, our faith will be in our works. We cannot pray enough, meditate on the Word enough, or fast enough to qualify for the miraculous. These are all important parts of our Christian lives but Jesus said the only qualification was to believe”

And these signs shall follow them that believe

If the signs are not following us the issue is with what we are believing!

Faith does not move. God moved in Jesus Christ before any of us were ever born! His grace provide for our every need before we took our first breath.

Faith is our response to what God has already provided in Christ Jesus!

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