(This is a follow-up to my post The Gift of Power).
The faithful Lord DAILY loads us with benefits (Psalm 68:19). King David diligently listed them in Psalm 103:1-5:
- The Lord God forgives our sins.
- He heals ALL our diseases.
- He redeems our lives from destruction. This means that He redeems us from addictions and vices that ruin our lives. He redeems us from heart-breaking problems that could lead us to depression and or suicide. He solves our problems. He redeems marriages from the brink of falling apart and restores the broken ones. He keeps and protects us from all kinds of dangers and evil works.
- He crowns us with lovingkindness and tender mercies. These things make our hearts glad and at peace. He comforts us in many different ways.
- He satisfies us with good things. God is our provider. He supplies ALL our NEEDS.
Yet, despite all these, we DOUBT Him. There are times we find it hard to BELIEVE in Him and put our TRUST in Him. We worry. We fret. We spend long hours thinking and analyzing our problems, and losing a lot of sleep in the process. We FEAR.
ALL THESE are signs that we are hounded by unbeliefs and doubts. This is really a problem because our relationship with the Lord and our salvation are anchored in our FAITH. Without faith it is impossible to please Him (Heb. 11:6).
The Lord Jesus evaluates us by the measure of our faith: whether we have no faith (Mark 4:40), of little faith (Matt. 6:30 is one), or of great faith (Matt. 15:28).
Sadly, there are Christians who remain powerless against the work of the devil. They remain bound in their addictions and vices; they cannot rise above depression and languishing. They remain defeated and at the mercy of the enemy. This is the exact opposite of the Lord’s promise that we shall receive power.
We ask why these “demons” that bound a Christian just can’t be cast out. The disciples had the same question:
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… (Matt. 17:19-20)
So, what should we do to become powerful Christians?
Pray and ask the Lord to increase our faith.
The Lord Jesus tells us:
If thou canst believe, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE to him that believes. (Mark 9:23, emphasis added)
But we say, “We can’t, Lord. We CAN’T believe to a point that all things are possible to us.” So, just like the father in Mark 9:24, we cry out:
Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
Yes, we beg the Lord to remove our unbeliefs and doubts. We pray earnestly, and with tears. We tell Him that we want to be pleasing in His sight and so we ask Him to increase our faith. It’s what the apostles said to Him: “Increase our faith” (Luke 17:5).
Fast and Pray
Fasting is in itself an act of faith. It is a spiritual practice. If one has unbeliefs and doubts, it’s hard to fast. He or she just can’t do it. (In our Church, a new believer seeks prayer and counseling from the beloved pastor or preachers before he or she begins fasting. One must be covered with prayers of faith). But a praying and fasting Christian is a powerful Christian, for what did the Lord say to His disciples when they couldn’t cast out the demon that tormented the boy?
Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. (Matt. 17:21)
Our Church, Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry, has built prayer and fasting houses throughout the archipelago where there are morning (6AM-3PM) and evening (6PM-10PM) praise and worship. As an apostolic church, it practices the laying on of hands to cast out demons of sicknesses and diseases, vices and addictions and other afflictions, and prayer with fasting is the most powerful tool.
Fasting, as practiced in our Church, is not the “Daniel fast” that others practice. Fasting means no taking in of any kind of food except water, for a definite period of time. “Absolute fasting” means no food of any kind including water. “Two-meal fasting” means skipping two meals in a day, eating only once at the end of the day (this is usually done by members of our Church who are working).
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- Praise and worship. (This will be discussed in a separate post, but for now, may I suggest that you read also my post on private praise and worship).
- Grow in the Word. Immersing ourselves in the Word of God, making it a vital part in our daily life – reading, digesting, and meditating on it – is the way to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Him, and to increase our faith.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Heb. 10:17)
The Bible says that “the just shall live by his faith” (Hab. 2:4). We walk by faith. We live by faith. This is the kind of relationship we have with our God and Savior.
Many Christians now don’t believe in the laying on of hands to heal the sick. They don’t believe that the Lord Jesus Christ still heals today through His followers who are filled with the Holy Spirit. But the Bible says that God set in the Church apostles, prophets, teachers, and after that miracles, then gifts of healings… (1 Cor. 12:28).
And God never changes. If we can’t believe in miracles still happening today, how can we believe in the Almighty, all-powerful, never-changing, eternal God?
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Heb. 13:8)
Last Thursday morning, I woke up with a terrible headache. It was so bad that my stomach churned and I was nauseous. I threw up foamy acid three times. I became limp. So, I called for my beloved husband. Immediately he kneeled down, praised, prayed, then he laid his hands on me and cast out the headache and stomach upset.
While he was doing it, I released my faith to the Lord. I proclaimed in my mind, “Lord Jesus, You alone are my healer. This is Your promise, that the sick shall recover when we pray in faith and lay hands on them. I believe, Lord Jesus. I trust in You…”
After a few moments, the headache and stomach upset subsided until it was completely gone. What a blissful relief! HALLELUIA!