“And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed” (Luke 17:14).TEXT — Luke 17:11-19
In human relationships, trust is based on physical evidence. People must have something tangible to hold on to before they can believe and act on a promise or an order. When you transact a business and have made payment, you will require a receipt, which is your proof of payment and what assures you that the goods will be delivered. Your receipt is your faith in the dealer and if he fails to perform, you have something in hand to hold against him before the law.
In the spiritual realm, faith works differently. The lepers had faith in Jesus’ ability to heal them of their disease. This was why they came to Him in the first place; but their unquestioning obedience to the words of Jesus to show themselves to the priests is a clearer demonstration of their faith. They obeyed Jesus without first seeing or sensing any changes in their bodies.
Many people fail to receive their miracles today because they are waiting to see the signs before believing and acting. If we believe so much in the power and ability of God to meet our needs, we will act upon the instructions that we receive to demonstrate our faith even if we do not immediately see or sense the evidence. If you have prayed for something such as healing, a job, a life partner, a child, etc. and you believe, then you must take action to demonstrate your faith. If you say you believe and you still sit still without taking action, then your faith is in doubt.
God’s promises will never fail us and His words will never fall to the ground. When we step out in faith to act on them, they will surely and always manifest.
Thought for the day
Faith does not wait to see before it acts.
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- 2 CHRONICLES 30 – 33