Grow In Faith

"The WORD OF FAITH is false."

I stared at the comment in disbelief. Really? The WORD OF FAITH is false?

"Which part of it do you object to?" I asked myself. "The WORD of God and Jesus as the WORD, or simply having FAITH?" Jesus IS the WORD. John 1:1. Jesus told us to have FAITH in God. Mark 11:22. Isn't believing in the WORD OF FAITH scripturally sound then?

"Well, it's not that. It's people believing for healing that isn't right," you reply.

Doesn't a lame man have a right to ask to walk? Doesn't a mother have a right to pray for her sick child? Should a husband give up on his wife when she has cancer? Shouldn't they believe that THE WORD OF FAITH will answer them? Why pray if there's only a slight chance God will hear and a higher percentage to be ignored? Why believe in God at all if He's given Himself a godly loophole to squeeze out of just in case?

After all, He's not dependable. Not faithful. Not consistent. He doesn't keep His WORD. His WORD returns void, time and time again. (Is 55:11)

He isn't love or kindness or mercy any more. He gave all that up.

"Finances then," you say. "We should never ask for money."

We shouldn't? What about someone living on one income who can't pay her mortgage? Should that person not ask God to provide? What about those doctor bills an elderly couple have accumulated? Or what of the husband riding the bus to work? Should he not ask for a car?

Can you seriously find anywhere in the Bible to prove with a single scripture that God says no to a humble heart?

"I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread." (Ps 37:25 KJV)

Instead, we have the words of Acts 10:38. "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him."

He did good. He healed those oppressed by the devil. He healed the blind. He paid his taxes. He gave Peter his greatest haul of fish. He multiplied the food to feed thousands!

"But that's just it," you say, "that was Jesus."

Didn't He say, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." (Jn 14:12) Is healing a greater work? Is blessing someone financially a greater work?

Either believe all the gospel, believe in the WORD's ability to produce FAITH and FAITH as knowledge of God's nature, that He will always hear and provide, or the next time you pray, don't pray at all.

After all, the WORD doesn't say that FAITH pleases God, does it? Or that we have been given the measure of FAITH? Or the just shall live by FAITH? Or we must believe that He is and that He is a REWARDER of those who seek Him? It doesn't say we wield the sword of the Spirit which is THE WORD OF GOD. (Heb 11:6; Rm 12:3; Gal 3:11; Eph 6:17)

Nowhere are we told to have the elders anoint the sick and pray a prayer of FAITH. Nor does it say to give and it will be given unto you, good measure, shaken together, and running over. It doesn't say the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. (Jas 5:14-15; Lk 6:38; Pr 13:22)

There isn't a psalm that says to praise the Lord and to not forget all His benefits, "who forgiveth all thine iniquities, who healeth all thy diseases," who renews your youth and satisfies your mouth with good things. The psalmist didn't say goodness and mercy would follow us all our days and that our cup runneth over. (Ps 103:2-5; Ps 23:5-6)

THE WORD doesn't say God will provide all your needs according to His riches in glory nor that by His stripes we are healed. (Php 4:19; 1Pe 2:24)

Nowhere do we read "judge not, lest ye be judged" or "love one another as Christ loved you," or pray for one another that ye be healed because "the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (Mt 7:1; Jn 13:34; Jas 5:16)

None of those verses are in there. So, even if you decide to live WITHOUT FAITH IN THE WORD and to never pray for anything for yourself, because you choose to believe it is false (it isn't), it's perfectly okay to make any critical remark because that's what Jesus did.

Or did He instead die for whosoever, including WORD OF FAITH people? 

Doesn't He love Catholics and Baptists and Methodists and Episcopalians and even Muslims and Hindus and the left wing and the right wing? Didn't He love the Centurions who cast lots for His robe as much as the thief who hung beside him?

And amongst His followers was a tax collector, a woman delivered from demons, a brash fisherman. He forgave an adulteress once, but, no, He won't forgive anyone who walks by the WORD OF FAITH.

I think, instead, forgiveness is for anyone who believes and a generous loving God simply wants us to know Him well enough that we choose to keep scrolling and not say everything that we think we know and He'd rather we pray more and ask questions first and grow in FAITH. Yeah that.

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Suzanne D. Williams, Author