Put Your Faith to Work (4)

Put Your Faith to Work (4)

 “Thy faith hath made thee whole.”                                            Lk 17:19

Let’s look again at the ten lepers Jesus healed. In the final stages of their disease the flesh literally began dropping off their bodies. But notice, Jesus didn’t lay hands on them or pray for them. He didn’t even address their leprosy. Instead He commanded them to go and show themselves to the priest. How odd. To some of us it might even seem ridiculous. But before God will do the miraculous, sometimes He’ll ask you to do the ridiculous. Indeed, when He tells you to do something it may not seem like it’s even related to what you’re praying about at all. When that happens, you have a decision to make: doubt Him, or obey Him. Instead of discussing the issue endlessly, just do what He’s told you to! Sometimes God will give you “a word” and it looks like it’s not working—but it is—even when it doesn’t look like it. The faith that God responds to does not require explanations. “And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed” (v.14 NKJV). Note the words, “as they went.” The Bible says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord” (Ps 37:23 NKJV). When God tells you something, step out on it. Try to imagine this: while they are walking, their toes are growing back. As they move in obedience to His word, a stub turns back into a finger. Don’t stop now. Keep walking. “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it” (Php 1:6 NKJV). Rise up in faith and declare, “I’m coming back!”

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