… until you believe

In my previous post Why are we not seeing Christians doing the stuff? I asked what is it that we might be missing in our faith? This is based on Paul's words to the Thessalonians saying:

whatever may be imperfect and lacking in your faith. – 1 Thess 3:10

I think we are clearly missing things, because there is just so much that Jesus promises that we don't have. I read a great book called The Unanswered Prayers of Jesus and it lists only the promises Jesus made in His prayer in John 17.

Not only in John 17, but in Colossians and Romans and everywhere throughout the New Testament bible (and in the OT too) there are promises that have not happened.

Do you ask yourself why? I do! 🙂

Let's take a look at some believers not being able to do what Jesus thought they really should be able to do:

One of the men in the crowd spoke up and said, "Teacher, I brought my son for you to heal him. He can't speak because he is possessed by an evil spirit that won't let him talk. And whenever this evil spirit seizes him, it throws him violently to the ground and makes him foam at the mouth and grind his teeth and become rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast out the evil spirit, but they couldn't do it."

OK, I can relate to this… I'm a follower of Jesus and I probably couldn't heal the boy either! Hehehe.

Jesus said to them, "You faithless people! How long must I be with you until you believe? How long must I put up with you? …" – Mark 9:17-19

Ouch! 😦

Ok let's look closer at what He is saying to His disciples. "How long must I be with you until you believe".

When He says believe, what does He mean? Some people think the solution is to believe "A LOT!" and they put pressure on themselves to believe MORE!

Let's look again at what Paul was saying to the Thessalonians:

whatever may be imperfect and lacking in your faith. – 1 Thess 3:10

Paul wants to go to them and teach them, so their faith would be complete. Whatever is missing can be taught. If it can be taught, then it's not about believing A LOT. If it can be taught then it's more about what we believe.

Here are some basic things that can be taught which can improve our lives:

  • God is love, He is loving, He loves us, He loves you
  • You are important to Him, you are worthy of His love, you matter to Him
  • what we believe about ourselves,
  • about what Jesus can do through us,
  • about our authority in this world,
  • about His authority over everything,
  • about the things He offers us,
  • about what He wants to do through us,
  • about His plan for the world and where we fit into it,
  • about His kindness and love for us,
  • about His character and power, etc.

Those are just a few of the teachings that has a big effect on our ability to have authority over sickness. I've already written quite a few posts on some of these things, but they take a long time to sink in, it's not an overnight process. Head knowledge is not the same as experience or faith.