For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
The Scriptures are the power of God to everyone that believeth. My copy of the Scriptures consists of 3,566,480 letters, but they would remain in the ‘dead letter’ bin unless given life by the spirit of belief. Belief causes walls to fall down flat; lions’ mouths are closed; mountains are moved out of their place; violent seas are calmed; fiery trials are quenched; bitter waters are made sweet, false prophets are exposed, etc.
If God is going to shake open the prison bars that hold us captive, there must first be belief in his Word! God tells us what happens when we do not believe…but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
Satan’s purpose has always been to destroy all belief in the Word of God. David reminds us we can limit God by unbelief. Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. And again, during the ministry of Jesus, the Scriptures remind us, And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
But what happens when we do believe the Words of God? Read it. It is a great testimony.
There was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death. Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die. Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.
The nobleman knew of Christ’s miracles, but this appears to have been the first, at least it is the first time recorded, in which Christ healed a person that was not physically present. Has not Jesus still the same power today? Can he not heal either our bodies or souls, though not visibly present? Believers, never allow his bodily absence to lessen your faith, either when praying for others or for yourselves.
What is your faith? Is it only a name, a theological model or a confession that you have been taught to utter? If you have acknowledged Jesus as Lord and Savior that is real faith, but it must go farther. You must believe all of the Word of God as written! Are you ready? Let’s go farther.