Now Faith

by JR Vezain

What does it mean to have “Now Faith”? I was corrected the other day and said that I need to expand my faith and quit diminishing it by what I claim. The statements I was making such as “I believe I will walk again, whether it is on this earth or the next I’m not sure but, I believe I will walk again.” Now, although you might think this statement is a bold statement and makes the claim of walking again, by not claiming what I originally prayed for shows weakness in my faith! We all know that if we have accepted Jesus as our personal savior that the day we die we will be born again and given a new body in heaven. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us about putting on our new bodies in heaven. So, although by saying “I will walk on this earth or the next” I am claiming truth, but I am diminishing my faith because of course we all know that we will be made new and whole in heaven.
The day of my accident I prayed for healing. I have had many prayer warriors stand in agreement with me. I truly do believe that I will regain my legs and be healed 100%. Trey Johnson brought this to my attention the other day and taught me the importance of renewing our minds and having “now faith”.
Matthew 7:7-8 says “Keep on asking and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
From the beginning I prayed for God’s will to be done and to be fully healed. Not partially healed, not somewhat healed, I prayed to be fully healed! I prayed to be healed that night. I prayed to be healed in three months. I prayed to be healed in six months. Now I am approaching ten months post injury still praying for full recovery and believing in Jesus name that I will receive it.
After 6 months of not receiving what you are praying for it is easier to wonder if it will ever happen. And although I believed, I began wondering if it is God’s will for me to walk. This is a way that Satan lies to us. He begins to sneak in and try to tell us that we won’t receive our miracle on this earth. We have to remember that Isaiah 55:8-9 claims that God’s thoughts are not like our thoughts. And his ways are far beyond anything we can imagine. So, when we don’t exactly receive what we are asking for right when we ask for them, we can’t get discouraged. We have to know that God is working and his ways are higher than our ways, and we must remain patient. We must keep asking and know that we are going to receive at just the right time.
We also must remember that God spoke everything into existence. Psalms 33:9 says “For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.” So the words we speak about ourselves and our situation are what will become. They are very important. And the beginning of words are thoughts. What we think is what we will talk about. Therefore we must control our mind. It is important to start by renewing our minds and letting God change the way we think so that we can proclaim, and command truth upon our lives.
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
By letting God transform the way we think and proclaiming his promises they will come to fruition. So, instead of me saying “I will either walk on this earth or the next” I need to say “Lord your will be done. I know I am healed. My back is strong. My legs are strong. My ankles are strong. I can lock my knees. I am able to take steps. By Jesus’ wounds I am healed. Your timing is perfect so I will remain patient. I believe father. Lord you say in Mark 9:23 that anything is possible if a person believes! I will walk again on this earth because you are faithful and I have asked!”
So, it is a work in progress for me but I have began to let God transform my mind and seek his promises on my life, and within a week of speaking and proclaiming healing on my body I have began to be able to flex my glutes. That’s a huge breakthrough as the glutes and quads are the muscles that will lock my knees and make me able to stand on my own so praise God for that! Hebrews 11:1 describes true faith as believing in the things not yet seen. So, although you may not see your situation changing, you may not see your miracle happening, you may not see any progress, we can all rest assured that faith as small as a mustard seed will move mountains. Don’t weaken, keep believing, keep proclaiming, and know that God is working and will reward faith!
Matthew 8:13 Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour.

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