Hope is not faith.
Hope is a wish something may happen in the future where faith is a conviction and belief that it is already done.
If you keep on “waiting to see your healing” then you do not yet believe that it is already done, that Jesus already paid the price and that you are already healed.
1 Peter 2:24 …by whose stripes ye were healed.
Jesus many times chastised even his own disciples for their unbelief. The word unbelief is the Greek word “apistia” which according to Strong’s means “faithlessness, i.e. (negatively) disbelief (lack of Christian faith), or (positively) unfaithfulness (disobedience): — unbelief.”
It is the exact opposite of faith which is the Greek word “pistis” from “persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: — assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.”
Faith is a persuasion and assurance of a thing to be absolutely true and beyond doubt and questioning. It is based on what has already occurred and is an established fact in your mind.
Hope is the Greek word “elpis” from a primary “elpō” which means (to anticipate, usually with pleasure); expectation (abstractly or concretely) or confidence: — faith, hope.”
I cannot speak to other people’s experiences. I can only speak of my own experiences which you can read on this site and regardless of anyone’s experience, the ultimate truth is what the word of God plainly and clearly states.
Let God be true and every man a liar.
If one’s belief does not line up with the word of God, then are they in faith or in unbelief? It’s very simple. You either believe or you don’t. And if you don’t then you need to do whatever it takes to get into faith if you want to see results.
When the disciples asked Jesus: ‘Lord, increase our faith in Luke 17:5-6, the Lord actually chastised them and said, “If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.”
Notice the big “if”.
He was basically telling them that they had no faith and “if” they would only have faith the size of a grain of mustard seed, then they would speak to the mountain and tell it what to do and it would obey them.
The proof of faith is what you say, not what you think, wish or hope for.
This is why so many people stay in unbelief. Even in Jesus day with Jesus right there walking with them.
Matthew 13:58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
Matthew 17:19-20 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Mark 9:23-24 — Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
Mark 16:14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
Romans 3:3-4 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
Jesus also told many people in His day that “According to your faith, so be it unto you.”
Exactly how you believe will determine what you receive.
So the questions one has to ask themselves are:
- Do I believe, yes or no?
- Do I have faith, yes or no?
- If yes, then do I believe that Jesus already paid the price?
- If yes, then do I believe that the work (healing) is already done?
- If yes, then am I speaking to the mountain and commanding it to be picked up and cast into the sea?
- If yes, then am I accepting nothing less than the enemy bowing his knee to Jesus?
- If yes, then am I casting out the spirit of infirmity and is he fleeing from me? (Resist the devil and he will flee from you.)
- If yes, am I doing the same works that Jesus did and greater works since He went to the Father? (John 14:12)
Smith Wigglesworth said:
“Do not ask God to do what he already did.”
“Do not ask God to do what He told you to do.”
The only resistance you have is the devil and your belief system. You need to overcome both.
God is for you so who can be against you.
Jesus already said “I am willing” and paid the price with the stripes on His back. Done.
The rest of the battle is between you and the enemy and you and your mind which are keeping you from receiving what is rightfully yours. That is why it is called the children’s bread.
Once you renew your mind and most importantly the spirit of your mind (your attitude), devils will fear you and give up their defenses.
That is what the healing declarations are all about. I have received many testimonies from people who were healed by declaring them loud and strong every day until all symptoms disappeared.
You can read or download them here.
Your only weapon is not God’s word but what you actually do with His word.
Franciscus M. Dartee
Grow in Faith | Walk in Power
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