April 18 2021
Sermon Title: Miracles, Biblical Faith & Healing
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Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:1; Romans 10:17
Scripture Text: Hebrews 11:1; Romans 10:17
Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
Romans 10:17 "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
Miracles, Biblical Faith & Healing
The term faith defined
Perhaps the best verse in the Bible to define faith is in Hebrews. Let's consider the depth of this passage:
Scripture Text: Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
According to NT Greek, the word substance here is referring to assurance or confidence. To have faith means that we can confidently know that what we hope for will take place. When we place our faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sins, we can know that those sins are indeed forgiven.
Genuine Christian faith is simply knowing the promises of God, the provisions of the work of Christ on the cross, and the Word of God, and then accepting and believing that what God says concerning those provisions is undoubtedly true.
Christian faith is merely knowing the will of God (which is found in His Word), and believing it. Lack of faith is present when (a) we don't know the will of God or (b) we don't really believe that it is true.
This is why the Bible tells us that faith comes by hearing the Word:
The key is to get yourself to the point where you know the Word of God, then simply believe what He says... THEN you will have real genuine faith... anything else is just false faith.
True and genuine Christian faith is nothing more than simply knowing what God has said, and believing it.
Faith and Divine Healing
Today, so many are 'hoping' that it is God's will for them to be healed, when it says so in their Bibles.
The truth is that even in Jesus' ministry, people were healed because
of their faith. Faith has a lot to receiving the promises of God, including
our salvation and the forgiveness of sins. When Jesus would say, "According to thy faith," what He was really saying was, "According
to your belief in my Word and my provision to heal you!"
The Prayer of Faith
Most of the time, when a person goes before the Lord in prayer for a healing, they simply hope that they will receive their healing. They call
it faith, but it's really just hope. They can hope really hard, and build up
lots and lots of hope, and walk away disappointed because it doesn't
What is the difference between a prayer of faith and hope?
Faith involves assurance but hope does not. A prayer of faith can only
be prayed for something that is promised or made provision for us by
God. The forgiveness of our sins is a prayer of faith, and according to
the Word of God, so is prayer for our physical healing.
The problem is that most people just hope that God heals them when
they are prayed over, but, hope is NOT faith.
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