Tuesday, February 3, 2015

FAITH MAKES A DEMAND

"And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.

And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?


And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.

And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.” (Luke 8:43-48)

Many times while praying for individuals who are seeking healing, I have literally sensed energy or power flowing through me and into the person I am praying for. I literally feel the anointing of God surge down my arms through my hands and flow into the person as I touch them.

It is much like the example of the woman who had the issue of blood. When she reached out in faith, and touched Jesus, virtue or power went out of Him and into her. “And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue (POWER) is gone out of me” (Luke 8:46.)

You can always tell when faith is in operation. Faith always draws upon the power or ability of God. In this case, the women with the issue of blood made a demand on the healing power of God and it healed her body immediately.

Now what’s interesting in this situation is that she did not even ask Jesus if He would or if it was His will.

She simply had a belief that if she just touched the hem of his garment she would be healed. We could study what the hem of his garment was, but we would be missing out on a kingdom principle. It was not the garment that healed this woman.

Jesus said in Luke 8:48; “… Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.”

Jesus said it was her faith that made her whole. Why, because faith in action makes a demand on the power of God. Her faith received POWER from Jesus which entered her body and healed her.

Individuals who have come to me or any other person for prayer are doing the same thing. Like the woman in Luke 8 they make a demand on Gods power by faith.

As I have prayed for people, I have seen some sense the power of God flow into their body. I have seen them laugh, cry, smile, or even fall down under such an overwhelming move of Gods anointing at work.

As a result they walk away healed and restored to health! Sometimes I have them do the very thing that their condition was preventing them from doing.

For example, I have had people read, who couldn't read, listen for sounds who could not hear, walk, who could not walk, move an arm or leg, when they could not move that extremity before.

Sometimes the pain that was in their body just leaves and the person starts moving or touching that part of their body, praising God.

Unfortunately there have been other times that I have prayed for individuals and I sense the power of God flowing through me to them, and that anointing just stops. His power literally just stops at the point of impact, and at times I have even sensed His anointing come back into my hands.

What happened? Well, I was acting on the command and promise of Mark 16:18. My faith was in operation. By laying my hands on the sick for them to recover in the name of Jesus I was making a deman on the power of God. Gods healing power was on the scene to produce results. But because the individual did not believe, and make a demand on that power as well, NO HEALING took place.

Is this scriptural Rory, you may ask? If God wants me healed, won’t He just do it?

The truth is, according to 1 Peter 2:24, God has already paid for your healing. But if you don’t believe this, your unbelief will stop the power of God from being applied in this area of your life.

This even happened in the ministry of Jesus while He was physically present on this earth.

Look at Luke 5:17 “And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.”

Notice it says that the “power of the Lord was present to heal them.” God’s power was present to HEAL THEM. Who? The Pharisees and doctors of the Law. Yet no one was healed. Even though the power was available, no one made a demand on it.

We know that the Pharisees and doctors of the law were some of the most unbelieving opponents of Jesus. They resisted His ministry and were always skeptical and full of doubt. They had no faith in Him or His Word. In this case it is recorded, even though the power of God was available for them, they could not benefit from it because of their unbelief.

It wasn't until a man, who was full of faith, came into the house before Jesus, that they would witness an awesome demonstration of Gods power.

Luke 5: 19-25 “And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. …, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee…But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.”

The Word of God tells us here that Jesus saw their faith. You see faith can be seen. We see faith in action through our words, or behavior. It was their visible faith that made a demand on the power of God.
That power went to work and healed the man. Jesus said, “…that you may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth….He said unto the sick Arise and take up your bed and go. And immediately he rose up before them (did what he could not do before), and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.”

What an awesome display of Gods power. Again it was faith that made a demand on that power of God. You see it is evident that God has freely given us His power, life and ability to change any circumstance, forgive sin, and heal our bodies. It is ours for the taking.

Unbelief blocks the power that God freely gives to us, whereas faith receives that power of God.

Learn how to form your faith in God, and you will begin seeing your faith make demands on God’s power to do the impossible in your life.

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