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Reading from Matthew 8:5-13.
In this article, I am not talking about “belief” as in the religious sense. No. The “belief” I will be discussing in this article is “belief” in the form of trust, faith and confidence in something without absolute proof and its application. So the application of belief, is in essence, the demonstration of your trust, faith and confidence in something. That is, to believe.
Have you ever heard the quote, “seeing is believing“? Am sure you must have heard of this famous quote but whether you’ve heard of it or not is not of great importance but what I want to draw your attention to is the falsehood of the statement itself. For if you have to see to believe then there is absolutely no need to believe. The phrases believe and faith are both the same thing and Apostle Paul puts it that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrew 11:1 NKJV.
The English dictionary defined the word “believe” as “to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so”. The phrases you have to pay attention to, are “without absolute proof“. When there is an absolute proof, there is no need to believe. So those who say “seeing is believing” are simply lying to themselves. In fact “believing is having absolute trust and faith in something without seeing physical evidence beforehand“. If you have to see before you can believe, then you have no faith.
The passage we are reading from today demonstrated faith at it absolute best. The Centurion asked Jesus to cure one of his servants of palsy. The illness has subjected the servant to a great deal of pain and discomfort. A man without faith wouldn’t have even considered a miracle healer like Jesus but the Centurion was not just a man of faith. He was a man of great faith and he knows that the only thing that activates faith into action, into doing the things it can do, is its wholehearted application.
So he (The Centurion) went to Jesus for help. He asked Jesus to cure his servant. While Jesus was still thinking, considering his request and the logistics of coming to see the ill servant, he demonstrated what it means to believe in something. He said to Jesus “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.” – Matthew 8:8 NKJV.
He believed in the power of the spoken word in the physical realm and he also believed that if words have so much power in our physical reality, it will have the same power in the spiritual realm where Jesus was operating from. This was why he said to Jesus “only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.“
The Centurion knew that Jesus being a man of power and authority, does not need to come to his house. Only his word of power and authority, spoken concerning the ill servant will be enough. He (Centurion) didn’t have absolute proof that he is right. In fact, he has only heard of Jesus. Christ has never performed any miracle in the presence of the Centurion, yet he had faith in Christ. He believed in his power and the application of his belief cured his servant.
Your miracle will be in the exact proportion to your faith
If you pay close enough attention to what Christ usually says each time he heals someone, you will notice that he never actually takes credit for the miracle. Not once did Christ took credit for the miracles He performed. In the book of Mark 5:34, it is noted that He said to the woman with the issue of blood, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” And also in Matthew 8:13 “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.
If you have time to search the scriptures and study them, one thing will become glaringly clear and that is how Christ always tell the person who has just experience a miraculous transformation that the miracle only happened because of the person’s faith or believe.
In the two examples above, the woman cured of her issue of blood in Mark 5:34 and the Centurion whose faith in Christ brought about the healing of his servant that was suffering from palsy in Matthew 8:13, both were told that their miracles were direct results of their faith and belief. And in the case of the Centurion, Christ went further by stating “as you have believed, so let it be done for you.“
This makes it clear that you are the only one responsible for your miracles. Whatever you are trying to manifest in your life, it shall be “as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” So without overstating the obvious; your miracle will be in the exact proportion to your faith.
If you are struggling to manifest anything in your life, it is not because the thing is impossible, it simply because you have no faith or very little faith. Your faith is probably smaller than the seed of mustard.
Importance of applying your faith
Have you ever bought a brand new bicycle and for some reason you couldn’t ride it, so you end up leaving it in the garage unused? Do you know what usually happens after you leave the bike unused for several months or years? It gets rusty and even weak.
It is like an invisible force have been grinding it down daily, chipping away at its strength and look. The fact is that there is an invisible force that is constantly at work, grinding away at all inanimate things, thereby slowly but surely reducing the object to dust. If you doubt this assertion, lock up a brand new house for ten years or more. Come back after ten years, for a start you will notice dust everywhere in the house, followed by the realisation that most of the appliances in the house are not functioning or malfunctioning. This is the invisible force that is constantly at work on inanimate objects first, then on living and the spiritual things. This invisible force is constantly chipping away at anything that is not put to a good use, be it an object like a car or an individual who stopped improving.
In the same manner that lack of use of a car or bicycle for a long period will render the object weak in functionality, the same way, the non-application of your faith will surely lead to its extinction. This is why it is important for you to constantly apply your faith regularly. If you cannot apply your faith, you will surely struggle to manifest the things you really want in your life.
Applying your faith to the little things
I was brought up in a conservative Christian household. I was really loved. I mean, I was not denied anything that was good for me. Mum loved me, dad loved me, aunties and uncles loved me. In fact, when I first started to notice that not everyone will love me was in my nursery school and it was a great shock to the system. So, am really grateful to my mum and dad for giving me a great and blissful childhood. I will always forever be grateful to them for that.
I decided to state this before I proceed any further because of the over-zealous child abuse fighters out there.
I shall now proceed to the main story. On one particular afternoon, I had a headache, so I quickly run to my mum. On all the other previous occasions, she always asks me to describe the pain and how it made me feel, then she will administer the Paracetamol syrup using a spoon. But on this occasion, after I described the pain I was feeling in my head, she brought out the Paracetamol. It was in a bottle and she said, “do you remember what they taught you on Sunday in Church?” and I said “Yes. It was about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead“.
So she said, “I can give you this Paracetamol or we can pray to Jesus to cure you of your headache. Which one do you prefer?” I said, “let us pray“. So we prayed for approximately between 2 to 5 minutes.
I went off to draw something after this. At around 8 pm, she came and asked me about my headache, to my surprise, I was perfectly OK. No pain to report. I was happy and my mum was happy because she knew in that instant, the seed of faith and belief has been sowed in me and it will grow into something big and when life troubles come my way, I know there is a power greater than I that I can call on.
A lot of times in my adult life, I have simply imagined perfect health in order to restore my health to what I want it to be. obviously, I would not encourage anyone to do this. I have been applying my faith for decades now, so my level of faith is at an advance level now. I have used faith and imagination to manifest several things which are beyond the scope of this article. What I want you to know is that faith works and you should start applying it or you will lose it.
You can start applying your faith little by little and then grow it to whatever extent you want it to be. For those people who want to start applying their faith but don’t know the small things to start with; here are two things to start with:
Headaches: It’s not that am wishing ill health on you but I am writing this on the assumption that everyone experience headache from time to time. When you have a headache. Don’t rush to your Paracetamol tablets. Lay your hand on your head and say “I am connected to the Source and there is only perfect health in the Source. For by His stripes I am healed. I am healed of this headache and my head is functioning perfectly without any pain or discomfort“.
Money: If I say you can manifest £10 million GBP you might struggle to believe it because of your carnal eyes, mindset and limiting beliefs. So pick an amount. Maybe £10,000 or £50,000 GBP. Let’s say you earn £35,000 GBP per year, so if you manifest an extra £10,000 or £50,000, you will definitely notice.
What I need you to do is to log into your bank account, check the balance right now and make a vivid visual recording of your online banking layout in your mind. But pay close attention to where the account balance is displayed.
Now, change the account balance amount to whatever figure you believe is possible while you’re still looking at it. So if for example, you have £1,000 GBP showing as your account balance right now, change it to £51,000 GBP while you are still looking at it. Log out of the online banking. Hold on to the image of the £51,000 as your “true” account balance. Connect your headphone on to the device you’re reading this article with. Lie flat on your bed and listen to the Manifest Your Heart Desires – Audio, while still holding on to the image of £51,000 as your new account balance.
Do this for at least one month and forget about it. When you want to speak, speak of the extra £50,000 in your bank account right now. Speak of it as if it is there already and available to be spent. Plan what you will be spending the money on. Be specific as possible as to how you will spend the extra £50,000 in your bank account right now.
Start with these two things and progress to other things that might require more faith.
A lot of people claim to have faith but they never actually put their faith to a test and when anything that requires them to demonstrate faith shows up in their life, the only thing they can usually offer is pure panic. They panic because their faith has died from lack of use. It died from lack of application. If you claim to have faith and don’t use it, you will lose it.
Jesus Christ made it a point to emphasize the importance of faith and it application. When his disciples panicked because of the strong wind in Mark 4, He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” – Mark 4:40 NKJV and when He healed the woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5:25–34, He also reminded the woman that the miracle only happened because of her faith – “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” Mark 5:34 NKJV.
In these two instances, we see the application and non-application of faith. The non-application of faith by the disciples of Christ led to them screaming, shouting and panicking while the application of belief and faith by the woman with the issue of blood resulted in an instant cure of a disease that has lasted 12 years.
I encourage you to start applying your faith today because the non-application of your faith is similar to you having millions in your bank account while you live in poverty, which is really an unnecessary pain.
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