The Real Faith
Kenneth E. Hagin
“Two Kinds of Truth
Thy word is truth. — John 17:17
Praying to the Father, Jesus said, “. . . thy word is truth.” There are two kinds of truth: truth based on what God’s Word says and sense-knowledge truth based on what our physical senses tell us.
It is all right to walk by sense-knowledge truth as long as it does not contradict Bible truth. But living in the natural as we do, we get so accustomed to believing what the outward man tells us that it is difficult to switch over and walk by the truth given in God’s Word.
Years ago I prayed for an elderly man who had suffered from rheumatism for many years. After I laid hands on him and prayed, the Lord healed him. About eight months later, as I was walking to town, I happened to see him as he was staking his cow out on a vacant lot.
When he started to straighten up, he grabbed his back and could scarcely move. Finally he straightened up and said, “Oh, my, my, that rheumatism has come back on me.
I said, “Brother, I thought God had healed you.”
He replied, “Well, I thought “He had, too, but I guess He didn’t. The day before yesterday, while I was milking the cow, a pain hit me in my hand. Then it went up my arm, into my shoulder, and down my back. Since then, my arm has been stiff. It hurts. My back hurts, too. I get down and can’t get back up. Until then, I hadn’t had a symptom or pain since you prayed for me last January.”
I asked him how long he had had rheumatism before that and he said, “Nearly 30 years.”
“At any time during those 30 years was there ever an eight-month period when you didn’t have any pain or symptoms?” I asked.
“No,” he said. “I had to take something every day for the pain. I went to doctors in the different cities around here, but no one could really cure it. I could only take something for the pain, to help me get by a little.”
“Isn’t it strange, then,” I said, “that these symptoms and pains disappeared when hands were laid on you in the Name of Jesus, and for eight months you had no more pain. You
“You see, the Lord really did heal you. I’ll tell you exactly what happened. The minute the first pain struck your body, you said, ‘I thought I was healed, but I guess I’m not,’ and you opened the door for the devil to come right back in again.”
I talked with him a while, teaching him that if the pain came back he was to resist it because it was of the devil. The Bible says, “. . . Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). I prayed for him again, and all of his symptoms left.
During the remaining four years that I pastored there, he never had any more rheumatism.
“It was the teaching of the Word that helped this man regain and keep his healing. I had prayed for him and had gotten him delivered, but he had lost his healing. The teaching of the Word instilled faith in him and showed him the difference between Thomas’ faith and Abraham’s faith — between the faith that is based on physical evidence and the faith that is based upon what God has said.
Most people who are untaught in the Word are seeking someone who can pray the prayer of faith for them. The prayer of faith may deliver them temporarily, but unbelief eventually will annul the effects of that prayer. This is what happened to the man with rheumatism. The prayer of faith temporarily delivered him from rheumatism, but unbelief eventually nullified the effects of that prayer.
Notice I couldn’t get him healed the second time on the same basis I did the first time. I got him healed the first time without doing any teaching at all. (He had just gotten back to God after having been backslidden many years.) I just laid hands on him and prayed. But the second time I prayed, I had to teach “him first before I could get him delivered. That time, when his faith started functioning, he took hold of the healing that was his all the time, and that time it lasted.”
“Someone once said to me, “Brother Hagin, I appreciate your tapes so much. I received healing last year through the prayers of an evangelist, but then I lost it. Since listening to your tapes and the teaching of the Word of God, I’ve received my healing again and I’ve maintained it.”
Many people are like the man who said to me, “I thought the Lord healed me, but I guess He didn’t. I believe if God ever does anything, it’s done. If God heals you, you are always healed and you won’t lose it.”
However, in the Book of Revelation, we read that Jesus appeared in a vision to John on the Isle of Patmos, giving him a message to one of the churches. It was “. . . hold that fast which thou hast . . .” (Rev. 3:11).”
*Galatians 3:5 says, “Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?— just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
This scripture says that a way to get a miracle is through FAITH!!
Galatians 3:1,2 has even greater audacity to say, “O foolish Galatians! Who has BEWITCHED you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? 2This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Galatians 3:1,2 is BEFORE Galatians 3:5. Paul is rebuking Christians back then for being BEWITCHED! He asked them HOW GOD WORKS MIRACLES AMONG YOU – THEN HE GOES ONTO SAY THAT IT IS THROUGH THE HEARING OF FAITH!
Check the miracles of Jesus – everyone of them involved the individual and their faith. Some may debate about this – but even at the pool of Bethesda and Jesus moving by WORD OF KNOWLEDGE – He still asked a CRIPPLED SICK MAN WHAT HE WANTED.
Let us move by the wisdom of God and not by the doctrines of men or the lies of the devil! We are well able to believe God and walk in His healings and miracles.
*ALL MINISTERS ARE ACCOUNTABLE FOR TIME INCREMENTS TO BE MET. ALL PREACHING MUST BE COMPLETED BY TWENTY MINUTES BEFORE THE TOP OF THE HOUR TO ALLOW FOR THE WORKING OF THE WORD.
**IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT BEFORE YOU PREACH YOU SPEND 30 MINUTES – SITTING IN A CHAIR – SAYING THE FOLLOWING – OUT LOUD:
*I THANK YOU LORD – ACCORDING TO 1 JOHN 2:27 – I HAVE AN UNCTION TO SPEAK. ACCORDING TO MARK 16:17-18, “WHEN I LAY HANDS ON THE SICK THEY RECOVER.” *I HAVE HEALINGS, MIRACLES, SIGNS, WONDERS, WORKING OF MIRACLES, WORD OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE GIFT OF FAITH MANIFEST THROUGH ME.
*ACCORDING TO JOHN 14:16 THE HOLY SPIRIT IS HELPING ME TO MINISTER. I DO NOT DO IT IN MY OWN STRENGTH.