F F Bosworth
THE BASIS OF OUR FAITH
When we base faith on our improvement, or are affected by
our symptoms or by what we see or feel instead of by the Word
of God alone, just to that extent ours is not real faith.
To be occupied with what we see or feel is to exactly reverse the
condition God lays down for us to follow.
“Every one that …looketh upon it, shall live.”
This simply means that every one who, like Abraham, occupies himself with God’s promise so that he is no longer affected by symptoms “shall recover.”
It means,the Word of God (not what we see or feel) shall be the basis of
Our looking unto the promise of God is a good reason for looking to God for mercy. Then there is no time to stop looking until God withdraws His Word.
Note that it was by continuing to look unto the promise of
God that Abraham experienced the miracle.
To be occupied and influenced by symptoms instead of God’s Word is to question
the veracity of God.
Instead of making God a liar, Jonah, from within the fish, gave the name “lying vanities” to the symptoms and circumstances that seemed to stand in the way of his
expecting God’s mercy.
Realizing that it was symptoms and not God that was lying to him, he said, “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.”
God never refuses to give mercy, but many “forsake” it by observing their symptoms. The symptoms are real, but become “lying vanities when they say to
us that God is not plenteous in mercy to all that call on Him.
Abraham’s faith was not based on anything he saw.
You must see to it that yours is not.
All that Abraham could see was contrary to what he was expecting. After Isaac was born,
Abraham had a prop for his faith.
Through Isaac, “all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.” With his eyes upon Isaac, the channel through which God was to fulfill the rest of His promise,
it was easy to believe.
So God tested his faith, by telling him to offer Isaac, to destroy the channel.
This did not daunt Abraham.
Real faith thrives on a test.
Since he still had God’s Word for it, he was ready to remove every visible encouragement to his expectation and yet continue to be “fully persuaded.”
God had to halt him or he would have offered Isaac.
This test was God’s way of perfecting his faith, not of destroying it.
If, after coming to God for healing, He finds you more encouraged by your improvement than by His Word, He may find it necessary to test your faith. This is to teach you the glorious lesson of believing His Word, when every sense
Faith has to do only with the Word of God.
*These words are searing. These words are straight forward. Think though of a doctor’s voice when he gives you your diagnosis. He is straight to the point. This doctor – F F BOSWORTH – is straight to the point so that you and I can live.
I went to a doctor once. He gave me a sobering diagnosis. In the midst of it he recommended diet, exercise, and some other things. A friend came to visit me.
With flowers, a teddy bear and a big smile she said, “Dana – do what they are telling you to do – BUT MAKE SURE THAT YOUR FAITH IS NOT IN THOSE ACTIONS – BUT SOLELY ON THE WORD OF GOD”. Through that smile and that teddy bear she told me the truth of what I needed to do. She set out a gauge to make sure my faith was high and in the right place. THOSE WORDS CHANGED MY LIFE!! PRAISE GOD! THE TRUTH IS SETTING US FREE!!
*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.