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Willpower Posing as Faith

Many professors of Christ proclaim they are believing for their healing of deadly diseases such as cancer. Why must one believe for something God gladly gives to His children who obey Him? Must I believe for the air that I breathe? What is wrong with this picture?

The problem with this kind of believing is that God wants you to trust and obey Him rather than exert your own willpower. Doing the latter is flaunting your righteousness before God, trusting in yourself and in your ability to trust Him. It is a subtle manifestation of self-willed piety, the very opposite of faith, which is what God wants. Substituting your works for His faith to get what you want is vile, nothing less than sorcery. God wants obedience, not sacrifice.

If you are believing Him for healing, thinking that by such a course you will manifest your healing, you are making sacrifices for what you want rather than obeying God in what He wants. You are not out to honor and obey Him as Lord, despite the appearance that deceives yourself and others. You are only out to use God for your own aggrandizement and to fulfill your desires. This is rebellion, the sin of witchcraft. It is effrontery against God.

We were made for God, not for ourselves. Deny this fact by seeking to save your life and you will lose it. Or, as Jesus said, you can lose your life for His sake and gain it. You who claim to believe for your healing are seeking to get from, rather than submit to, God. You are saving your lives at the expense of His. You have eaten from the Tree of Knowledge and have had your eyes opened to be as God. You are disconnected and dead.

And you are not hearing from God. Believing you are or will be healed is only according to the knowledge of good and evil you have gotten for yourself contrary to the commandment of God not to eat from that tree. It is presumptuousness because God has said nothing to you. You have knowledge, but not of Him, from Him.

All that God requires is that you obey Him. If you obey Him, you don’t have to claim anything; it is automatically yours:

“He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me. And he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will reveal Myself to him” (John 14:21 MKJV).

Will the Lord withhold something good from those He loves?

“The Lord God is our sun and our strength: the Lord will give grace and glory: He will not keep back any good thing from those whose ways are upright” (Psalms 84:11 BBE).

To such as keep His commandments, it is written:

“For all things are yours: whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things coming–all things are yours” (1 Corinthians 3:21-22 EMTV).

But obedience costs your life, and you who claim to believe for your healing are looking to add to your life, not give it up. You will be the big hero when you get back from the hospital and go to church, glowing and demonstrating your righteousness. “Let my light shine,” you say. “God healed me; look at me, look at my shining skin. Now I am here to tell everyone!” You will write your book and make your millions. It is all an ego trip, an investment in self for fame, glory and prosperity.

The Lord Jesus Christ says that you can’t make one hair on your head black or add one inch to your stature. If you cannot do these things, neither can you materialize your healing, no matter how hard you believe. The only viable thing to do is to obey the Lord, which is to commit yourself to Him as your faithful Creator. You are His property, bought and paid for.

“And he said, If with all your heart you will give attention to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His eyes, giving ear to His orders and keeping His laws, I will not put on you any of the diseases which I put on the Egyptians: for I am the Lord your Life-Giver” (Exodus 15:26 BBE).

– Victor Hafichuk and Paul Cohen (June 16, 2008)

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