Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you (Matt. 9:29 KJV).
he words “according to your faith” are very familiar terms in the New Testament. Jesus often spoke these words to those who were seeking to receive something, often healing, from Him. He is still saying these same words to us today.
The scriptures record an interesting interaction between a man with leprosy and Jesus. It says “and, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean” (Matt. 8:2 KJV). The sick man came to Jesus and said “Lord, if Thou wilt”, meaning if is according to His will. In other words, the man said there was just one thing that was kept him from being healed. It was whether Jesus wanted him to be healed or not. Sadly, this if often our perspective of the challenges we face, questioning if God’s “real desire” is to see us well. However, God has a different perspective.
Jesus says that it is not according to His will but according to the faith that is present. Why is it so? Because God has already explicitly revealed His desires for us in the scriptures, that He already wants us healed. His will is no longer the limiting factor for whatever Jesus died for. The very life on Jesus on earth, and His death, were a clear revelation of God’s will to us. He wanted all to be healed, though some did not come to Him to be healed. Our ability to receive is the major limiting factor. Faith is the hands that receive from the Lord. It shall be to you according to what you will believe in your God.
Why is receiving from God no longer limited by His will today but by our faith? ( 2 Pet. 1:3). Declare that “I am growing in my faith and receiving all things that grace has provided for me”.
APPLY THE WORD
What can your faith currently receive? This is God’s instruction to you today “open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it” (Ps. 81:10 KJV). How much can you believe the Lord?
Thank the Lord for making provisions for every need in Christ. Ask the Spirit to strengthen you in faith as He strengthened Abraham.
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