Recently, I noticed many people around me dealing with cold and flu symptoms. If you’re like me, when you see the runny nose, the sneezing and coughing, and the misery of the people dealing with those symptoms, your first thought is “oh no, I don’t want to catch it!” See, that’s a thought that’s fear based. We all fall into it sometimes, the thought that if someone sneezes on us or we have to sit next to someone dealing with a cold or flu, we better accept our fate, because we’re next. It seems normal, maybe somewhat comical, but the truth is that it’s a dangerous little fox.
Now, fast forward a couple weeks and I find myself dealing with similar symptoms, runny nose, sore throat, and fatigue. I rebuked the symptoms in the name of Jesus, but I was dealing with the symptoms nonetheless. Now, I’m not saying that we should let people cough and sneeze on us and share a coke with a runny nose buddy, but there’s a real truth to allowing fear in and having fear’s outcome. Too often we will let fear in and then try to use our faith to clean up its mess, when it would have been better not to let it in in the first place.
In Job 3:25, Job speaks about how the things he feared are the things that actually came to be. We can get to a place where we have more faith in what we fear than we have in God. The truth is though, if we want to walk in victory and health, we have to trust in God, not the natural, not those things we see and feel. We must live by faith, not by fear.
Look at the event that took place in Matthew 9:28-29 (NKJV), “And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” These men received their sight, healed from their blindness not because they were extraordinary, but because they had faith!
Look at the testimony of Sarah, who was not able to conceive a child without a miracle. Hebrews 11:11 (NKJV), “By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.” Sarah judged Him faithful! She had faith in His faithfulness and that’s how she was healed and made whole.
Habakkuk 2:4 (NKJV) reminds us of this very important truth, “…the just shall live by his faith.” That word just means those who have become the righteousness of God, His children, and are joint heirs with Christ. There’s no other way to live than by faith. A life without faith is a life without the blessings God intended.
We were called to spread the gospel, which is the good news. The good news is, we were already healed. This is past tense, not future, not sometime later on. If you’ll believe, it’s NOW! Let’s be careful not to operate the way the rest of the world does and just chalk it up to being human. Let’s live by faith. Let’s thrive in faith!