Faith Trusts That Jesus Will
- Date: June 21, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” (Matthew 8:2-3)
- From Faith That Prevails
How much do you trust God? How much do you trust Him when you can't see it and it is absolutely impossible in your eyes what you're perceiving right now in the circumstances for it to manifest, but you stand up and say, "If God's for me, praise God, nobody can be against me"? All things are possible to he that believeth! This is the confidence that I have in Him that if ask anything according to His will, He hears me, praise God! And if I know that my God hears me, I have absolute confidence that I have the petitions that I've desired of Him. Hallelujah! Don't you want to live there every day? We can! But you want to know how it starts? With the next decision. With the next decision. "Well, let me tell you about all the miracles I've seen in the past." They're past! What about your next decision of absolute trust and reliance in God?
Eighth chapter of Matthew, a couple of cool things. We see the healing of the leper who came and worshipped Him. We've talked about how faith manifests itself in a spirit of worship. It doesn't mean you have to always be singing it and verbally worshipping. It's not one of the many type things of the worship services today. People think you haven't worshipped or had a worship service if you don't have people dancing around and banners and lights going on in the back and the band playing. Much of that isn't even worship, that's entertainment; they call it a "worship experience." There's nothing in the Bible about a worship experience; it's worship. It's worth-ship. It's making God the object, it's making Him worth all more than anything else, even hitting the right notes in the band, even the lights and the banners…
"…and [he] worshipped [and he said], if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will…." (Matthew 8:2-3). Praise God! And so we talked about-in the areas of healing-that it is God's will to heal us. Isaiah 53, He sent His son to be made sin with our sin. Isaiah 53 goes in there and says He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; amen? The chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and by His stripes, we're healed. As you read this passage, you see, today a lot of churches will tell us this: Isaiah 53 does not talk about physical healing, it talks about redemption, it talks about soul healing; and you know what? It does [talk about physical healing]! Isaiah 53 is talking about healing us spirit, soul and body. Now, a lot of people don't want the body part of this, but as you read on in Chapter 8, Jesus manifests His power to heal, and it says that He healed them "That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, [by His stripes we are healed]" (Matthew 8:17). So all their theology, all their doctorates are out the window. Let's let the Word of God be true and all men liars.
This is the main point that I wanted to get across. "I will." His power is available to us, His power is present to heal, as we saw Sunday morning in our teaching; and yet, not everybody got healed. His power was present to heal and not everybody got healed; the greatest Bible students in the land were there, and none of them got healed. Do you want to know why? They were too busy going through the Scriptures trying to see if everything was happening the exact way that they would apply it from their understanding of applied exegesis and missed God! You know how much we promote the Word of God. You know our belief in the infallible Word of God that we hold here: God-breathed, inherent. And I want to tell you something: Some of us need to get out of The Book and encounter God! "Well, aren't God and His Word one?" Yeah. "Didn't He take His Word and exalt it above His holy name?" Yeah, that's what the Scripture says. But faith comes by hearing and hearing by an encounter, an audience with God, and many of us have become content in our study and our knowledge, and we haven't stayed on our faces until we've encountered God. We've not come into the presence of God and said, "I will not turn you lose until you've blessed me."