This is a personal testimony and i believe it will encourage someone. During our sunday service last week, the word “we walk by faith and not by sight” came forth twice from two different people. When i heard it the 2nd time, i decided to meditate on it. Little did i know that God sent it forth to prepare me for what was to happen the next day.
I am currently believing God for a miracle in a particular area. Few weeks before, i had an update which made me excited and increased my faith. On monday, i was expecting things to have been better. But what i saw was different from what i was expecting. On the outside, things looked worse than it was the last time. My heart started breaking and fear creeped into me. In the midst of this, the Holy Spirit interrupted my thoughts and reminded me of the word i received on sunday. This instantly boosted me up. I started confessing those words and my faith was strengthened. Fear was replaced with faith and joy filled my heart as i remembered that God is in charge.
So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ. (Roman 10:12)
The word of God we hear is what produces faith. As i meditated on what happened, I realised that the devil wanted to steal those words that i received. This reminded me of the parable of the sower in the bible (Matthew 13). When we receive a word from God, the devil does all he can to snatch that word from us. When he succeeds in doing this, faith is then replaced with fear. So what happens is that we do not receive answers to our prayers because God doesn’t operate through fear. He operates through faith.
I had a new revelation as i studied Mark 11:24 few days ago. I noticed that it says we will only receive what we ask for if we believe we’ve received it already; not when we believe we will receive it. I used to believe after praying that i will receive what i have asked for. However this scripture says i have been going about it the wrong way. I have to believe that i have received it. This is faith.
Faith shows us the truth not facts. For example, if you’ve been told by doctors that you can’t survive an illness, the facts may reflect what the doctors are saying. But if you believe the truth in God’s word that says you’ve been healed by the strips of Jesus Christ, then you are healed. You are not going to be healed. You are healed already.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5).
You might not see any change in symptoms straight away but if you keep trusting God and having faith that you have received your healing, you will soon discover that your attitude towards your health changes for the better. Your faith chanels your eyes to see improvements rather than the other way around.
Faith does not say “i will”; it says “i am”. I believe this could be a reason why some of our prayers are not answered because we pray amiss. We are always expecting God to answer after every prayer. Whereas we are to have faith that He has answered our prayers when we pray. God is always faithful to His word. He is always ready to answer us but most times, He never finds a way to reach us because fear acts as a barrier between us and answers to our prayers.
So guard your faith. The devil knows if he is able to steal those words that you have received, then you can’t produce faith which means you can’t receive answers to your prayers. Don’t let him steal them. Write them down. Memorise the word of God. Speak them out. Let them gain deep roots in your heart so the devil cannot steal them.
I hope this has strengthened you. Keep your faith on guard. Remember the devil is always looking for what to steal. Don’t let him steal your faith.