According to Your Faith

According to Your Faith. In 2 Corinthians 4:13, in the KJV it says, "We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believe, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak." The statement in the Jewish New Testament says here in the 13th verse, "I trusted, therefore I spoke. Since we have that same Spirit who enables us to trust, we also trust and therefore speak; (14) because we know that he who raised the Lord Yeshua (Jesus) will also raise us with Yeshua (Jesus)..."

It says here, "We have the same Spirit who enables us to trust." We have the Spirit of God and we have the Spirit of faith. We have faith inside of us that enables us to trust Him and to trust what the Word of God says.

We know that He's entrusted us and put inside of us His ability to believe. Hebrews 11:6 says, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." So, since we have the Spirit of faith that has enabled us to trust Him, we have no excuse to not believe what His Word says, or give action to what the Word says. We can be diligent about anything we need from God and we can press into it, because the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:13 that He has enabled us or given us the ability to trust Him, or enabled us to believe what His Word says. So this gives an even greater meaning to the latter part of Hebrews 11:6 - "for he that comes to God must believe or trust that He is" - because He's already enabled us to trust Him, already enabled us to believe, that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

And of course we know in Romans 12:3 that He's given us the measure of faith. He's given every one of us the measure of faith, and so not one of us can ever say that we don't have faith. Faith sits inside of our heart. But not only did He give us the faith, but He gave us the ability to trust and believe what He says, which is even greater. He gives us the ability to trust Him, to believe, and all we have to do then is take the action with our believing. So if we just sit down and do nothing, then we're saying we don't want to do anything with what we're hearing. Because we know Romans 10:17 says "faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God," which stirs up the believing part or the trusting part that causes us to take a step with action. So He's already given it to us.

The more I study about this the more I realize that the Body of Christ has missed so much when it comes to faith, believing, trusting and responding to what the Word of God says. I'm going to use some illustrations from the life of Jesus and we're going to walk through the Gospels a little bit. We're going to see where people received stuff by their faith, according to their faith. That's where God wants to get us. First we had to locate our faith, next we found out that faith could be measured; today we need to start receiving things according to our faith. When we realize that we can receive according to our faith, it's not even really our faith, it's God's faith inside of us, because Mark 11:22 says, "Have the God kind of faith." To have God's kind of faith is God's faith inside of us, that He's placed inside of us from the time we've been born again. So He's given us stability, He's given us the faith already. All we have to do is respond to what we hear and what we see from the Word of God and put action to it.

In Matthew 9:27-31, there are two blind men that came to Jesus. These two blind men came to Jesus wanting to be healed, wanting their sight. You know everything is conditional in the Kingdom of God. A lot of times we are expecting God to do something for us, and God is waiting for us to respond to Him. If we're a born again Christian, then eventually we have to develop ourselves to where we start operating in faith and we start believing what the Word of God says. God can do anything if we believe. We know what is impossible with man is possible with God. But in the 27th verse it says, "When Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, 'Believe ye that I am able to do this?'" You know what He was doing? He was locating them. He was locating their faith. If faith is never located, faith can never receive. Ministers sometimes don't locate people's faith. If you talk to a person long enough, they'll eventually speak out of their mouth what they really believe from the Word of God. They'll eventually say what they are really believing. They can say for so long a period that they're in faith, that they're believing, but eventually something will slip out of their mouth to give an indication where they're not believing what they're really saying. You can hide it for so long, but there's a reason, there's always a reason why a person doesn't receive something from God. They're not believing in something. They're not receiving it in some avenue.

All over America and around the world people are not receiving a lot of things. They can't receive it on my faith, they can't receive it on their pastor's faith, they've got to receive it according to their faith. According to what their believing from Word of God. According to what the Word of God is saying to them. And if what God's Word is saying to them is twisted or flawed or misinterpreted, they're not going to receive anything. They've got to receive it in light of what the Word of God says. These two blind men came to Jesus, and in verse 28 it says, ". . . when He was come into the house, the blind men came to Him: and Jesus said unto them, 'Believe ye that I am able to do this?' They said unto Him, 'Yea, Lord.' Then touched He their eyes, saying, 'According to your faith be it unto you.'" Or we could say it this way, "According to what you believe, be it unto you." A lot of times where it says faith, it's according to what they're believing, according to what they're trusting in. I already established that faith is something that's already idle inside of our heart, that it's a seed. That seed is generated or causes us to become impregnated by the Word of God that we hear when we respond to the Word of God, which is our believing. So sometimes we say, "I have faith." Everybody has faith that is born again, but not everybody has believing, trusting and persistence relying in the Word of God by taking action on what they believe. Now everybody's hearing the Word of God. Everybody's hearing the Word of God through their thinking processes or through whatever the problem they're sitting in, instead of in the light of what the Word is saying. So they're not really getting faith all the way, they're only getting sprinkles of faith that's charging their self to respond to the Word of God. Faith has to be pure and holy that comes into our heart. Sometimes we have to deal with our thoughts that interfere with what we're receiving and hearing. Our thoughts are sometimes contrary to what the Word says, and we have to pull them down. We have to bring them into captivity, according to the Word of God. Pull the strongholds of thought down out of our minds and bring them into captivity to what the Word of God says.

The two blind men came to Jesus, and they came with a purpose. They wanted to be healed; they wanted to have their sight. Verse 29, "Then touched He their eyes, saying, 'According to your faith be it unto you.' And their eyes were opened; Jesus straightly charged them, saying, 'See that no man knows it.'" Instantly their eyes opened, and when their eyes opened, He charged them for that day and time. According to your faith. He touched their eyes. According to their faith what did they receive? Their eyes were opened. But if we went according to most people's faith, nothing would happen. Why? Because they do not really believe, they're expecting the minister to do it. Even when the healing anointing is in operation, do you know there is an element of us believing, an element of us receiving when the healing anointing or miracle power is in operation. As Christians, we still have to have faith to receive it. A non-Christian doesn't have to have faith to receive it, because they are receiving under our faith.

You see so many times according to our faith, God's trying to reach down to our faith, God's trying to respond to our faith, and if we don't have any action to our believing, we're not receiving anything. God will reach down to where we're at. He's not going to leave us helpless, but He'll reach down if we're really believing, if we're still growing, and we're all going to grow, we're all under construction. God's still working on all of us to develop us. So God reaches down to where we're at in our faith, but we're only going to receive according to our faith. That's why some people when they receive healing, it's progressive healing, because if God healed them instantly they'd think their faith got it all the way. No, He is expecting them to exercise their faith every day for it to manifest. So they can develop themselves. He started the healing process. He started the deliverance process in their body, but somewhere between the time He started it and the time it finishes, they quit. You see, God doesn't want to do something's for all of us instantly. The reason He doesn't do it instantly for us is because then we're always going to just think everything's going to be handed over to us instantly. And God wants us to develop our faith. If our faith is weak, He's going to meet us wherever we're at.

Look at the woman with the issue of blood. Mark 5:25-34 says, "And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, when she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched His garment. For she said, 'If l may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.'" There's her faith in action. That's her believing. She started confessing out of her mouth. She started saying, "If I touch the hem of His garment, I'll be whole." That was her believing. That was the corresponding reaction coming out of her. "And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that virtue had gone out of Him, turned Him about in the press, and said, 'Who touched my clothes?' And His disciples said unto Him, 'Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, "Who touched me?"' And He looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before Him, and told Him all the truth. And He said unto her, 'Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole of thy plague.'"

God's looking for people that will operate in their faith instead of operating in someone else's faith all the time. He is trying to get the Body of Christ to mature, to get the Body of Christ to develop, to walk in their faith, to walk in the place where they belong. The woman made a decision though.

If we can have faith, we can hear the Word of God. If we take an offense over prosperity, we become an enemy of God in that area and it stops us from developing and growing in other areas. But when you hear something contrary to what your thinking is, don't become an enemy to it, embrace it, listen to it and look at the Word of God yourself and see what the Bible says. The Bible says in James, faith in your heart alone in dead. It doesn't mean it's dead, because it's there, it's just not productive. Faith is in our heart from the time we're born again, but until there's some believing, until there's an action to go along with what we're believing, that is the only time it becomes activated. The only time we receive something is because we're activating what's in our heart.

This woman sat there along the side of the road and she made a decision - "If I can touch the hem of His garment, I will be totally healed of this plague." That's the same thing we have to do. We have to make a decision. Whatever it is, whatever realm in our life; if it's in business, if it's in ministry, if it's in other things in our life, whatever we're developing ourselves in, whatever we're going to believe God for, we've got to make a decision. We have to make a decision and go after it and find out what the Word of God says, so we have something to base our faith on. Everything we base our faith on has to come out of the Word of God, not out of what someone says. Faith doesn't come by what someone says. Faith comes by the hearing of the Word of God. Faith doesn't come by my opinions or my ideas. The Word says, "Now faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God." It doesn't say, "Faith comes by the preacher. Faith comes by preaching of the Word, by hearing the Word, by knowing the Word." Because when you hear the Word, it brings knowledge, and knowledge stimulates the faith, and faith stimulated causes a response of action. If there's no stimulation of faith, and the Word of God doesn't stimulate what's inside you to cause you to respond, then you've not allowed what you heard to affect your faith in your heart.

Mark 10:46-52, "And they came to Jericho; and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth . . . " When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth . . . well, what did he hear? He heard something other than just knowing it was Jesus. Somewhere he heard about Jesus. Somewhere he heard about the healing. Somewhere he heard about the power of God. Because no one is going to cry out to Jesus, nobody's going to cry out to God and have any kind of faith at all to receive something, because we're only going to receive something from God where we have knowledge. If we don't have knowledge in an area, we can't have faith to stand on. We might hear someone say something. Just like a lot of people talk about prosperity, they've given a car away and so someone else does likewise. Their faith is not there and they don't realize that person has another car in the garage. They don't tell them that, and so they give their car away, and for two or three years they're walking on foot, because they're going by what someone said, not according to what the Word or the Spirit of God has said. They don't have faith.

Blind Bartimaeus heard something about Jesus that simulated or caused faith to come into his heart.. And when he heard it was Jesus of Nazareth, he gave heed to it. It excited him a little bit. Faith should be stimulated to a place where you get excited about having an expectation of what you want. When you hear the Word of God, and the Word of God is being preached, it should stimulate an expectation inside you to cause you to get up and do something with what you hear.

Verse 47, "And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out . . ." Look what he did. He did something by faith. He was blind. A lot of people don't think that was faith, but that's faith. He did something with all he knew how to do. He started crying out to Jesus. He started crying out. "And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, 'Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.' And many charged him that he should hold his peace." You know what? When faith is in operation you're not going to listen to the controversy of what other people say. When you're the one that needs something from God, you're not going to listen to religious people, to other people trying to hinder what you're trying to get from God. And that's what was happening here. They were trying to stop him. He was crying out with all the faith he knew. He was blind, he couldn't see Jesus. He didn't know where Jesus was, but he heard that Jesus was passing by and he cried out. And the disciples tried to stop him saying, "Hold your peace." How many people tell you to hold your peace when you are believing for something? "Don't be radical about this thing. You know if it is God's will it will happen for you."

"And many charged him that he should hold his peace, but he cried the more a great deal" Faith has a greater cry when you have a determination. Remember Hebrews 11:6 says, "Without faith it is impossible to please God, but he that diligently seeks Him shall have a reward." Diligence means a persistency and not quitting. You don't know what quitting means. You think quitting means to get back up and get going again. "And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, 'Thou son of David, have mercy on me.' And Jesus stood still and commanded..." Jesus heard his faith. Faith can be heard by the Father God. Faith can be perceived by the Father God. Only God can reveal if a person's in faith or not, and that person can reveal it by their talking and what they're believing. "But Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they called the blind man, saying unto him, 'Be of good comfort, rise, he calleth thee.'" This man's faith was working, he was determined. He heard about the woman with the issue of blood, that she touched His garment and that she was made perfectly whole, and he made the same decision. He says, "If this Jesus of Nazareth comes near me I'm going to get my healing and I'm going to see." That's how we have to be in anything we believe God for. We have to have determination. We have to have a winning spirit, a non-quitting spirit, a spirit that just gets up and goes no matter what anybody else thinks or says.

Be a person of faith, a person that's contrary to the natural world, because the natural world is always governed by the world's system and by the feelings and the senses of what the world predicts, but the people of faith that operate according to their faith and get results are going to operate according to the promises of God, and the promises of God are "yes and amen." They are not always going to be logical to the natural mind. They are going to be logical to the heavenly mind - the heavenly mind of our Father and Jesus our brother. We need to appropriate them, because we're sons and daughters of God. So, "be of good comfort and rise; He calleth thee."

Look what he does - another act of faith. First, he called out. Second, he hears, "Be of comfort, arise, He calls you." And what did he do? He took everything that related to his blindness off of him. He removed it. When we operate in faith, we've got to remove everything that's hindering us from receiving. Verse 50, "And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, 'What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?'" Wouldn't you like Jesus to say to you, "What would you like for me to do for you today? Since you have bothered me by crying out, and now you're throwing your coat away and you might get cold? So what do you desire from me?" You don't think Jesus was that way? I believe He was that way. He was a character. He wasn't religious at all. We put it this way, but in plain English he's saying, "Since you were yelling so loud, what in the daylights do you want me to give you?" "Jesus answered and said unto him, 'What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?' The blind man said unto him, 'Lord, that I might receive my sight.' And Jesus said unto him, 'Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole.'" The Amplified says, "And Jesus said to him, 'What do you want Me to do for you?' And the blind man said to Him, 'Master, let me receive my sight'" Let me receive my sight. Let me receive that prosperity. Let me receive that deliverance. Let me receive my debts canceled out. "And Jesus said unto him, 'Go your way; your faith has healed you.'" Your faith. Whose faith? His faith. His faith caused him to believe and his believing caused him to act. He didn't act just one time. He didn't quit when someone said, "Shhhh, don't act that way. You're making too much noise. The Master's busy, don't you know?" You know we've got to be reverent here, the Master's walking by. And you know he's got all his twelve disciples, and you know, he's talking to them, he's busy discussing things of the future with them. He's having a board meeting." "And Jesus said unto him, 'Go your way; your faith has healed you.' And at once he received his sight and accompanied Jesus on the road." Jesus didn't say, "Well, I don't know if I can do this." No, his faith made a demand from what he heard, which was the Word, and his faith caused him to respond in an action, and he received according to what he believed and not according to what was being done to him or the circumstances or the impossibility that he was blind. Or the impossibility that you can't pay your bills. Or the impossibility that you can't get out of debt. Or the impossibility that God can't change the circumstances this time. God can change anything. It's according to what we believe, according to our faith. His faith made him whole.

The Body of Christ needs to start operating in faith again because faith is always a product of our life. It's the foundation of our walk as a Christian. We're not going to do anything outside our faith. We were saved by faith. We grow by faith. We're sanctified by faith. We walk in the spirit by faith. Some of you think you're walking in the Spirit, that you have to do something special to walk in the Spirit. No, you walk in the Spirit by faith. You walk into the anointing by faith. You walk into the gifts of the Spirit by faith as He wills, as He prompts. There's an element of faith in everything we do in the Kingdom of God.

Acts 14:8, "And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet being crippled from his mother's womb, who never had walked. And the same heard Paul speak, who steadfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed . . ." He perceived that he had faith. These are two different kinds of operations - a person receiving their faith according to their faith, and a minister perceiving a person's ready to receive but it's still the individual's faith to receive.

Look what it says, "The same heard Paul speak: who steadfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, 'Stand upright on thy feet.' And he leaped and walked." The only way to really get faith in a certain area is to indulge yourself so much that you get so fat in that area, in yourself spiritually. If you need healing, you need to indulge yourself into it. Jump right into it. Eat all the scriptures that you can about healing. Build something up inside you so that your faith becomes strong, so that you get it either on your own or when you're in a service where God moves and the minister perceives. Or if there is a healing line, a healing anointing that you receive when the healing anointing comes. You can stand in faith but the healing anointing comes and you're still standing in faith, but it doesn't disqualify your faith. You can get in that healing line and get healed because you're already in faith. You just appropriate the anointing along with your faith that you've already been standing with and it will come quicker. A lot of people think they violate their faith when they get into the healing line, because they're standing in faith. No, God brought the healing anointing because you've been standing in faith to meet you where you're at to help you appropriate what you need.

It's contrary to some of the things we think in our mind about faith. We could stand and stand and stand and you could not get up in a healing line, but I have a pastor friend of mine who passed away two years ago, because he was a stickler for the Word and not a stickler for the anointing. There's a difference. You could be a stickler for the Word, and you're going to stand on what the Word says, but when the anointing of God comes, you're not going to respond to the anointing of God because you're a Word person. You're standing on the Word. But the anointing is the Word in manifestation to meet your need where you've been standing. According to your faith. And here God brings the anointing, the Glory could drop into the service, and you just sit there like, "I'm in faith." And you just missed the completion of what your faith was reaching out for.

In the Amplified Bible it says, verse 9, "He was listening to Paul as he talked, and Paul gazing intently at him and observing that he had faith to be healed . . ." A preacher's not going to just determine that you're going to have faith. God's going to do something supernaturally to draw you to that person that causes you to know, but your faith will always get you healed. Your faith will get you anything you want if you'll believe, if you respond to it. He heard. What did he hear? He heard the Word being preached. It caused faith to come into his heart, and when Paul saw that faith Paul said to him, "Stand to your feet." We're not seeing that kind of operation today because people are afraid to get into a place where they have to learn about faith and develop themselves before they go into a place to get healed, delivered or set free. A lot of times people get healed in the Holy Ghost meetings, but there is a lack of foundation in people's lives because people are not staying stable after Holy Ghost meetings have gone, and they're left in their church and left in their life and they say, "Well, I thought God changed me." He did, but there was no Word put inside you to stand on, nothing for you to believe in. Everybody has faith.

Everybody has faith in their heart, but what was heard in the Holy Ghost meeting to give you something to believe in and hang on to when there's no more services where there's joy and laughter? There has to be a mixture of the Word and the Spirit together in Holy Ghost meetings. If there is not, they're imbalanced because there's no believing in the hearts of the people that have faith. All we're doing is getting into another form of ritual of having church and playing church, because lives are getting hit, they're being changed, but they're not staying changed, and the Bible says, if you go to a man who is demon possessed and cast them out, seven times worse comes upon him. What happens when you do the same thing to a Christian? He gets set free but he doesn't have any Word to stand on, his life becomes seven times worse than what it was because he doesn't know how to deal with the problem he had already, and the devil just starts pouncing on him with all kinds of other things. So the Holy Ghost meetings are not just good enough to set people free without the Word. We need to have both. We need to see a maturity come into the Body of Christ.

God's trying to pull off layers at a time. He's not pulling off more than what we can handle. Sometimes it takes a year for us to deal with the last layer He took off because how long did it take to get in the mess we're in? It says in Matthew 8:5, "And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, and saying, 'Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.' And Jesus saith unto him, 'I will come and heal him.'" In the natural realm he approached Jesus and said, "My servant is sick, this is what's going on." What was he doing? He was operating in faith, because he was taking action to bring deliverance to his servant. Our actions as well as what we say are actions of faith in our believing. There has to be something where we're going with what we're believing in our actions as well as with what we're saying, because it should be lining up with the Word and with what we're believing.

The centurion was a very smart man because he knew that Jesus could heal him but he knew Jesus just wasn't going to happen to come by where he lived. He knew he was going to have to go get him. Sometimes we know that we're not going to get what we want, we're going to have to get up from where we're at and go to a service where we can see our faith stimulated or so we can believe what we need from God, so God can do something for us, so we can receive what we need from God - that touch to be healed or delivered, or whatever else it might be. If you need faith for prosperity, you need to go to someone who teaches on prosperity because when you listen to a preacher who preaches on prosperity, it'll feel like your mind's being pulled apart and God's just started restructuring your mind in that area. Ninety percent of all the Christians are poverty thinking, and He has to deal with our thinking, not our heart. Our hearts are already in line with prosperity, it's our thinking. What we believe in our heart is not going to line up with our head, because our head's locking us up because we can't think in that realm. It's the same thing with healing - we can't think in the realm of healing. That's why we need to apply ourselves or go to a place.

This man went to Jesus, he went to the place, he went to the answer, he knew the answer and he knew Jesus had the power. He knew Jesus had the answer. You're in faith, you're going to go somewhere. It doesn't matter how long you'll have to sit under the teaching or hearing what the person's saying so you can get the answer, so you can get the deliverance, and this man was determined that his servant was going to get healed. He went there himself. Why should he be going there? He's the boss, but he loved his servant. If you understand the Eastern religion, the boss never went to do the stuff, the servants did. He must have really loved his servant.

Verse 8, "The centurion answered and said, 'Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof, but speak the Word only, and my servant shall be healed.'" Sometimes we don't need the minister to go to our house, we need the Word spoken, because we believe already. We're making demand. We've got the faith. Your father's in the hospital, the preacher can't fly to where your father's at - speak the Word. You just speak the Word. I know there will be results. See what's happening? His faith was speaking out of his mouth. The centurion's faith was in operation. He had faith and he put corresponding action to it. He said to Jesus, "Say the words, my servant shall be whole." According to our faith, according to what we believe, is what we're going to receive.

Verse 9, "For I am a man under authority..." He started qualifying himself where he stood, where his strength was at, why he could believe that Jesus could speak the word, because he lived it in his own life. As an example, when he spoke something people did it. What happens is, we don't have faith, and when someone says something by the Spirit of God, when he says "Be thou healed, be thou whole," we don't have faith in the words coming out of the individual, so nothing really happens. We don't honor the man that is saying or the woman that is saying. The Bible says honor the prophets of God and so shall ye prosper. When they say something, it doesn't mean they're a prophet, it means they're operating under the anointing of God, they're speaking the answer, "Be healed." But he's qualifying himself. He knows that if he speaks it his servant will be healed. You can tell where a person's faith is at because if you ask them, "How do you know you're going to get healed?" They say, "Well, I don't know. I'm just hoping that it will happen." They'll qualify themselves.

With Jesus, people qualified themselves or Jesus found where they were at before He did anything. This man volunteered to tell him where he was at. It says, "For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me, and I say to this man, 'Go,' and he goeth; and to another, 'Come,' and he cometh; and to my servant do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that follow, 'Look at this,' He marveled." Why did He marvel? Because he saw the principle of faith in action. "Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, that many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

"And Jesus said unto the centurion, 'Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.'" What did he believe? What are we really believing? What are we really expecting? What are we really wanting from God? And is the God of heaven really speaking to us? Are we allowing Him to speak to us. Maybe He's really not speaking to us because we're not responding in believing. We only have faith, but no action, which is the believing part. Verse 13, "Go thy way and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the same hour." Jesus did not even say, "Be healed." Jesus said, "As thou has believed, so be it." Jesus said, "Oh yes, your servant shall be healed." He didn't say that. He said, "As thou hast believed." As you have believed, so be it. What are we believing? I think we're believing a watered down gospel. I believe we've been compromising ourselves with the truth, with a head knowledge of faith instead of a heart knowledge of faith with the acts of believing. Because if we're believing, it's going to manifest something. And it's not going to manifest death, it's going to manifest life. It's going to manifest fruit.

The Amplified Bible said in verse 13, "Jesus said, 'Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.' And the servant boy was restored to health at that very hour (moment)." He was restored to health - not halfway. He did not leave a little sickness just to remind him that he was in sin. No, he was completely healed.

God told me, "Faith releases the power." I said "What? Where is that in the Word?" I couldn't find it in the Word, until I looked at the Amplified Bible in Matthew 9:29, which says "According to your faith and trust and reliance [on the power invested in Me] be it done to you." Our faith releases the power. Our faith releases the results. When we believe what we're to receive, what we're going to go after from the Word of God, what happens is we're really not believing. We're just hoping that minister will lay his hands on our head and hoping that something will rub off on us, maybe your hair. Something will rub off on us that will cause us to receive, but what happens is we have to believe even though faith is in our heart, because believing causes us to respond in an action.

The word "believing" is an action, it's a verb. A verb is an action. But the word faith is a steadiness of a present tense, always now. But there's no action until there is a believing. I went to Bible school in 1983, and everybody's confessing, "God's going to give me a Cadillac." And I'm thinking, "I'm driving a car with no reverse. God's going to give them a Cadillac, and I'm just believing for food, and money to pay my bills." And they're confessing this all around me, along with "I'm a prophet of God." I'm thinking, "Wow, everybody's a prophet in this school. Man, what in the daylights am I? I'm nothing. I just barely learned how to read, and I'm thinking to myself, "Everybody's a prophet sitting next to me." Prophet Do-Dad and Prophet Bucket Mouth, Sister Say-Say. She says everything she hears from somebody else. She just says it and thinks she's a prophet. And I'm thinking what's going on with me? I must be really messed up. I must not really know what's going on. I went down to the second-hand store and bought a second-hand coat for two bucks that was a real long coat, and they weren't in style at that time but next year they came in style again. Everybody laughed at me. But I was warm in the worst weather ever in history in Oklahoma. They had four feet of snow that year and I was warm with that long wool coat. And so I thought, "Man, I must be really missing God. I must not have any faith at all. I've read all of Kenneth Hagin's books and I never heard him say this." They said, "I confess God for a Cadillac. God's going to give me a Cedilla. God's going to give me all A's. I don't have to study no more." They were the ones who flunked out. A small book took me three to four hours to read. But I understood what the book said after I got done reading it. Everybody else read it and didn't know what they read. My wife read the same book and she said, "You got more out of it than I did." I said "How's that?" And she said, "I'm a speed reader. We're taught to just read the surface. You read it so slow you can't miss anything." I said, "That's good. That's to my advantage, isn't it?" We receive according to our faith. Matthew 9:20-22 is talking about the woman with the issue of blood, but focus on the man named Jairus who came to Jesus. "While he spoke these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, 'My daughter is even now dead.'" Even now dead! He had no hope, but he believed, because look what it says, "...even now dead, but come and lay thy had upon her, and she shall live." He had faith. He was responding to what his faith was, because he took action to it. So many times we don't see this in the Word of God - we read it and don't catch it. Sometimes we need someone to show us what it's really saying. What were the actions of that individual so we can grab hold of it ourselves because there's always actions to faith if we're in faith. He said, "'My daughter is even now dead. But come, I believe Jesus. If you lay your hands on her she shall live.' And Jesus arose." He knew the faith coming out of this father. "Jesus rose and followed him and so did his disciples." The disciples followed, they wanted to see this. They'd never seen a dead person raised from the dead. They want to see this, because the man said, "My daughter is now dead, but if you lay your hands, she'll live."

Verse 20, "And behold a woman," an interruption on the way to his house, most of us would get irate and mad - "Why is Jesus stopping here? Why is Jesus dealing with this? Doesn't He know my daughter's dead?" "And behold a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind Him, and touched the hem of His garment. For she said within herself if I may but touch His garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned Him about, and when He saw her, He said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour."

Now back to Jairus. "And He cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. And when He was come in, He saith unto them, 'Why make ye this ado, and weep? The damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.' And they laughed at Him to scorn. But when He had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel and them that were with Him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. And He took the damsel by the hand and said unto her, 'Tlitha cumi,' which is, being interpreted, 'Damsel, I say unto thee arise.' And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment."

What happened? This father got interrupted and at another place, Jesus turned to him and said "Be not afraid, only believe," because He knew his faith was dropping. A person that's dead can only be raised up in a certain period of time, believe it or not, a certain amount of hours, and so when Lazarus was raised from the dead, it was a miraculous miracle - three days. But the best way to raise someone from the dead is in less than 24 hours under the unction of the Holy Spirit. But three days? The father was getting concerned because it must have been that some hours have gone by. Jesus turned to him and said, "Be not afraid but believe," because he already had faith. If he didn't have faith he wouldn't have come to Jesus. But the interruption started disturbing his faith, started causing his faith to be weakened, but Jesus give him hope for his faith by what He said. And when Jesus went in there he reached down and touched her by the hand and she arose.

Verse 18 in the Amplified, "Behold, a ruler entered and kneeling down, worshipped Him, saying, my daughter has just now died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will come to life." His faith in his believing is what he was saying by his actions as well. "Jesus, come now. She just died, but if you lay hands on her, she will live." I don't think he just came to him, I think he grabbed him because he was determined. You know what? He wasn't afraid of the twelve disciples. He wasn't afraid of what they could do. He didn't want to lose his daughter.

If we're really in faith and we're really believing, we're not going to be concerned so much about what other people are saying. We're going to go and grab Him and we're going to get the answer. We're going to believe. We're going to respond with a corresponding action. We're going to say, "Jesus, I need Your help. I got myself in a mess financially, but I know if You speak a word that I can be delivered instantly now." "I need healing in my body Jesus and I know that I have faith in You that You can heal me - just touch me with Your power and I'll be whole." It's according to our faith. A person can believe but it doesn't mean that they have to have big faith. Faith as a mustard seed is the measure that we all start out with. You can prove it out by looking at Jesus' life because He always talked about faith as a mustard seed. He always talked about that measure. But it doesn't mean it has to stay at that measure. He'll reach down to that measure where we're at and he'll do something for us.

Healings and miracles are going to start manifesting in a greater realm, but you know what's going to happen? It has to be a foundation of faith put into people for it to start manifesting. I'm expecting miracles to start. A miracle anointing. But you know where it comes from? It comes from the pull of a heart of an individual that's in faith for it to happen. This guy came to Jesus and said his daughter's dead. He made a decision. "Hey, I'm not going to let my daughter die. She doesn't have to die. She can have a long life.' Hey, Jesus can either say no or yes and Jesus never says no to faith. God will move over a thousand people just to reach one person that's in faith.