2 Corinthians 6:15 YOU ARE A BELIEVER – THE BIBLE CALLS YOU THAT
1 Peter 2:24 By His stripes you WERE HEALED – IF YOU WERE YOU ARE
Kenneth E. Hagin
Faith Bible Study Guide
“Don’t Pray for Faith—
Exercise the Faith You Already Have
Someone said, “I want faith. I’m praying that God will give me that kind of faith.”
Well, you’re wasting your time praying if you’re praying for faith, because faith doesn’t come by praying. In fact, if you are a believer, you already have that kind of faith. Every believer has a measure of the God-kind of faith (Rom. 12:3). The believer must now exercise the measure of faith he already possesses.
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to EVERY MAN THE MEASURE OF FAITH.”
“Faith Is a Gift of God
For by grace are ye saved through FAITH; and that not of yourselves: it is THE GIFT OF GOD.
The faith by which you are saved is not of yourself. Paul is not talking about grace because everyone knows that grace is not of yourself. Paul is saying that the faith by which you are saved is not of yourselves. In other words, it is not a natural human faith. It is a faith given to the sinners by God.
Well, how did God give the sinner faith to be saved? Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Then notice these expressions, “So then faith cometh” and “according as God hath dealt” (Rom. 10:17; 12:3). And notice again Ephesians 2:8: “. . . ye [are] saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”
Paul says that this faith to be saved is given; it’s dealt; it cometh. It cometh by hearing the gospel preached.
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in heart: that is, the WORD OF FAITH, which we PREACH.
This Bible, this message of God, is called the word of faith.
Why is it called the word of faith?
Because the Bible contains words that are spirit and life (John 6:63)
which cause faith to come into even the heart of the unsaved.
The Word of God causes the same kind of faith to be dealt
to our hearts that God used to speak the universe into existence.
Faith is given or imparted to us through the Word.
Hearing the Word brings faith.”
“God gives the God-kind of faith, or causes it to come into the hearts of those who hear the Word of God. When you accept the Word of God reverently and sincerely, and act upon it, faith comes into your heart. ”
*He didn’t short change you – you’ve got all the faith you need!
“A woman came to see me once who was a Full Gospel Christian. A Methodist woman had just been healed of an incurable condition in one of my meetings and had been made perfectly whole. This Full Gospel woman had tears in her eyes and asked me if I would tell her something. She said, “How come God would heal that Methodist woman and she doesn’t even have the baptism in the Holy Ghost yet? She hasn’t even spoken in tongues, but He won’t heal me?”
I answered her, “It’s not a matter of His healing you. God has done all He is ever going to do about healing you. Two thousand years ago He laid your sickness on Jesus and Jesus bore sin, sickness, and disease for you. With His stripes you were healed way back then. But you won’t accept it, and you won’t believe it. You’re trying to get God to do what He has already done for you.
“If you will come to the place where you willingly and gladly praise God for what He has already done in your redemption in Christ, and you will believe it, and confess it, then the manifestation will come. For the Bible says it’s with the heart that man believes and with the mouth that confession is made unto the promise of God” (Rom. 10:10).”
“If you are a Christian,” I told this woman, “you have enough faith to be healed. You’re just not using the faith you already have. You’re not turning your faith loose. You don’t need any more faith. Just learn to exercise the faith you already have. After all, you’ve already believed God for the biggest thing of all—your salvation. The new birth is the biggest thing that can happen to you. It is the greatest miracle that can ever happen in a person’s life. The new birth is much better than being healed from some disease.”
I continued, “You’ve already believed for God’s biggest blessing. Now all you have to do is use that same measure of faith that you already have and just turn it loose. Jesus told us how to turn our faith loose or how to exercise it. He said to say with your mouth what you believe in your heart (Mark 11:23,24). If you believe the Bible, then you already believe that Jesus has taken your infirmities and has borne your sicknesses. If you believe the Bible, you believe He did that nearly two thousand years ago.”
1 PETER 2:24
24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree . . . by whose stripes YE WERE HEALED.
This scripture tells us that Jesus already bore our sicknesses and diseases for us. Therefore, if you say that God is going to heal you sometime, you are not in line with the Bible, which says, “. . . ye WERE healed” (1 Peter 2:24), because “were” is past tense.
If you say, “I believe I’ll be healed sometime,” you are turning your faith loose according to man’s tradition and not according to the Word. But real faith—Bible faith—is present tense. Saying you hope you’ll get healed is future tense.
You have a measure of the God-kind of faith, so use what you already have now!!!
*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.