Faith to Be Healed

Faith to be Healed

Faith to be Healed

William Stout / General

Acting Out Acts – 17 / Faith / Acts 14:1–28

 

 

Acts 14:1–7 NKJV

1 Now it happened in Iconium that they went together to the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of the Jews and of the Greeks believed.

2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren.

3 Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

4 But the multitude of the city was divided: part sided with the Jews, and part with the apostles.

5 And when a violent attempt was made by both the Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to abuse and stone them,

6 they became aware of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding region.

7 And they were preaching the gospel there.

  • After leaving Antioch, Paul and Barnabas went to Iconium
  • In Antioch they had been run out of town after preaching there for a long time
  • They had built a diverse community of believers there
  • But the Jews were not willing to accept the gentiles
  • Now, at Iconium, a great multitude, both of Jews and Greeks “believed”
  • Notice this is the term they most often use for being saved
  • Eventually, unbelieving Jews began to stir up the Gentiles and poison their minds
  • have you ever known someone to “stir up” trouble?
  • These Jews didn’t care about the gentiles at all, but they stirred them up to use them against the Christians
  • But they still “stayed a long time” , speaking boldly
  • The Lord granting signs and wonders by their hands
  • Finally, a violent attempt was made to stone them, and so they fled to Derbe and Lystra and Lycaonia
  • And they were preaching the gospel there
  • the one thing that does not change – they were preaching
  • they may be forced out of one city or another, but they cannot be forced into silence
  • they would rather leave than deny the Lord

Acts 14:8–10 NKJV

8 And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked.

9 This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed,

10 said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.

  • The Place: Lystra. Where they had gone after fleeing Iconium
  • A person who has never walked
  • imagine just how impossible his problem was
  • no possibility of hope for him –
  • And Yet he had “faith”
  • Paul “observed him intently” and “perceived that he had faith to be healed”
  • This man had something that not everyone had
  • Even though he had no evidence to support his hope
  • He, like Abraham, considered not his own body. . .
  • against hope believed in hope
  • this is “faith”
  • The bible said he had “the faith to be healed”

 

You Must have “Faith”

  • The bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God
  • You must believe that He is
  • You must also believe that He is a “rewarder” of those who diligently seek Him
  • Are you Seeking Him?
  • Then you must, I say Must believe that God will “reward” you. He wants to answer your prayers
  • He has already appropriated the provision for your needs
  • He has already put in your the power to prevail in your situations
  • Your are more than a conqueror through HIM
  • But you must believe!
  • That part depends on you.
  • You must train yourself to have faith
  • train yourself- Why would this seem strange
  • we train for sports
  • we train for careers
  • we train for games and activities
  • we train to be in shape
  • We train for just about everything we really want
  • Train yourself to have faith

Mark 9:23 NKJV

23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

John 14:12 NKJV

12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.

Matthew 21:21–22 NKJV

21 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.

22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Luke 17:5–6 NKJV

5 And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”

6 So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

 

John 11:40 NKJV

40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”

  • In all these cases we see faith as a conditional step to obtaining
  • The word “if” is used emphatically
  • Jesus repeated this theme so often in order to “train” the disciples to have faith
  • when they asked why they couldn’t cast our a particular demon, Jesus replied “because of your unbelief”

How to “train” your faith

  • For some people faith may seem to come naturally
  • In the same way that some people are just naturally in physical shape
  • While others may have to work at it
  • We don’t know if this crippled man just had a natural faith, or if he had been reading the scriptures and praying in faith for a long time
  • Either way, if you are not satisfied with the level of faith you have – work at it
  • Jesus criticized his disciples concerning their faith on several occasions
  • having little faith
  • no faith
  • asked how long…?
  • Why would He criticize something they had no power to change?

Steps to increase your faith

 

  1. Put positive truth in your mind and Spirit (Rom. 10:17)
  2. Stop putting faithless words and false belief in your mind and spirit (Phil 4:8)
  3. Use your own words to constantly reinforce and not break down what you are trying to believe (James 3:2)
  4. Speak about and meditate on these positive things (Psa. 19:14)

 

 

Romans 10:17 NKJV

17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

  1. Put positive truth in your mind and Spirit (Rom. 10:17)

Philippians 4:8–9 NKJV

8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

 

  1. Stop putting faithless words and false belief in your mind and spirit (Phil 4:8)

 

James 3:2 NKJV

2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.

 

  1. Use your own words to constantly reinforce and not break down what you are trying to believe (James 3:2)

 

Psalm 19:14 NKJV

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

 

  1. Speak about and meditate on these positive things (Psa. 19:14)
  • Meditate on these things – you might have to make a conscious effort
  • trust your faith and doubt your doubt

He had faith to be healed

  • So Paul, when he decided this person had faith, said loudly, stand upright on your feet
  • and the man leaped and walked
  • this was not just because of Paul’s healing power
  • Paul’s faith and understanding joined with this man’s faith and resulted in a miracle of God
  • People became so amazed they thought that Pal and Barnabas were Gods
  • attempted to do sacrifice for them
  • But they refused

Acts 14:15 NKJV

15 and saying, “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them,

  • They were able to take this opportunity to turn the people’s attention to their need to repent
  • God calls us to turn from these “useless” things
  • how many useless things do we still need to turn from?
  • God calls us to repentance –
  • repentance from sin, and toward HIM
  • So that many people were saved

 

Acts 14:19–22 NKJV

19 Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.

20 However, when the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city. And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch,

22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”

  • So finally, the Jews that had troubled them back at Antioch and Iconium came there looking for trouble
  • they stoned Paul and left him for dead, but the disciples prayed!!
  • And they went right back into that city!
  • And then to the cities of Iconium, Derbe and Antioch
  • Proclaiming the good news
  • So, even thought hey started out with such favor, they had much tribulation
  • Di their mission fail?
  • Did their mission fail in Antioch?
  • Did their mission fail in Iconium?
  • Did their mission fail in Lystra?
  • No, in all these things they were more than conquerors
  • You cannot fail if you remain faithful to Him
  • His Word shall not return void

We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”

  • But God delivers out of them all!
  • So believe Him
  • Press on
  • Don’t back up or back down

 

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