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Shaping Our Faith

Sometimes you wonder if there is any merit to the things that was said in the bible.  Still, when you look deeper into the scriptures the whole concept is there in black and white. Who would believe that you could just speak the beliefs of your heart and have it happen? So letís look at Matthew where we will find several examples of beliefs of the heart and the words spoken by those involved in healing. 

What did the man with leprosy say and to whom did he speak?  Jesus replied I am willing.

Within the same Chapter of Matthew the Centurion came to Jesus with a request for his servant who was suffering in pain. His faith did not require Jesus to go to his home or to touch his servant. Take notice of what the centurion said.

The centurion spoke as a man with authority who had the assurance that when he gave a command it would be carried out.  He also went to a person of authority asking him to give the command so his servant would be healed.

When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, "I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. <a href="http://" title="When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 "Lord," he said, "my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering." Jesus said to him, "I will go and heal him." The centurion replied, "Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, "I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. Matthew 8:5-10">Matthew 8:5-10

The woman subject to bleeding twelve years went to Jesus and touched his garment. She put her faith into Jesus with actions according to her belief.

Jairus, the synagogue ruler said,

So Jesus went into Jariusís home and took the girl by the hand. Jesus placed his hand on the girl and she lived.

The persons involved in each of the examples above spoke their beliefs before Jesus Christ and each were healed according to their faith. Each person went to Jesus Christ and placed their trust in the person who had the power to honor their request in the manner revealed through their words.

Having what you say come to pass is certainly not logical in a world where we depend on physically doing something required to accomplish our goals. However, in another healing episode a blind man was asked a specific question by Jesus.

In this short story, more than one blind man was asked if they believed that Jesus could heal them. They said yes Lord. The way this story is written wasnít the question Jesus asked designed to establish the faith necessary for Jesus to heal them.

Letís look at Abraham and the words he spoke to his son.

At the top of the mount Horeb Abraham bound his son and placed him on the altar to sacrifice him as the Lord had commanded him. With the knife in his hand and in position to kill an angel of the Lord stopped him from killing his one and only son. He looked up and there in the distance was the lamb that Abraham believed God would provide.

Letís consider that God has told us how to establish faith in the following passage.  The content of this chapter reveals that God work with the faith of those he healed.  In other words by choosing the right words you can form your faith by the words of your mouth. The words of your mouth tell God what you expect to happen.

"I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.

In applying this principle to our prayer Christians need to say the words according what you believe God is capable of doing. When you have said those words believe that God will do what you asked and then believe by accepting the answer you asked for. Anything you have received is something in your hands and for this reason Christians need to act accordingly.

Every person written about in this chapter had these things in common. First they went to Jesus trusting him with faith for the things they believed he could do. Each spoke the beliefs of their heart which gave God the opportunity and the way to exercise his power to heal. The outcome happened according to the words contained in the words of faith and the beliefs of those who spoke them. In closing do you believe what you say will happen and are you considering that the words of your mouth show the trust that God is able to do what he has promised? Remember with the words of your mouth are life and death and you can shape the faith you live by.

At the beginning of verse 24 is an important word that gives some direction for us to consider. Therefore or for this reason, gives us a guideline to follow, which tells us to use our beliefs of our heart of verse 23 to receive what you believe. Without any doubt, say what you believe. Just as the woman subject to bleeding said ďIf only I touch the hem of his garmentĒ you can say I believe in the God that heals his children.  Or, ďAsk me anything in my name and I will do it.Ē

Beliefs demand an action that agrees with the words of the mouth and like James tells us faith without works is dead. 

Letís look at Abraham to see his beliefs and the actions that strengthen his faith.

Like Abraham we should be fully persuaded that God has the power to do what he promised. He strengthened his faith choosing to believe God and gave glory to God before his birth, being certain he was going to cuddling in his arms the son that had not yet been born.

Thirteen years later God asked Abraham to sacrifice his one and only son on Mount Horeb. Abraham faith had grown by then and Abraham understood that God was able to raise his son back to life again.

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