I Believe, Help My Unbelief

Imagine you had a successful ministry that saw you healing the sick and casting out demons everywhere you went. Then one day a father brings his son to you, the boy has a seizure right in front of you, and you can’t heal him. How would you react? Would you;

(a) conclude that it’s not God’s will to heal all the sick?
(b) tell the father that God can heal but He is not going to heal your son right at this moment – maybe in eternity?
(c) speculate that the son has some unconfessed sin in his life?
(d) declare that the boy is healed even though he is still writhing on the ground?
(e) be puzzled?

If you chose (a), then you’ve built a theology based on your experience that is contrary to the promises of God (Acts 10:38, 1 Pe 2:24). If you chose (b), then you’ve joined the ranks of those false comforters who say things like, “God used to heal in the Bible, but now He’s on a break.” If you chose (c), then you’re saying sin can stop the power of God, which it can’t – otherwise no sinner could get saved. If you chose (d), the father would think that you’re nuts. If you chose (e), then your reaction is the same as the disciples’ when they were confronted with this situation.

Perhaps you are familiar with the story of the man who brought his troubled son to the disciples for healing (Lk 9:37-43). It was an intense encounter for the boy was afflicted with a demon that threw him into convulsions and made him scream and foam at the mouth (Lk 9:39). The disciples tried to drive out the demon but failed. So Jesus stepped up, rebuked the demon and healed the boy.

Have you ever wondered why the disciples were not able to heal this boy? After all, they were the same disciples who had previously gone from village to village driving out demons and “healing people everywhere” (Mk 6:13, Lk 9:6). They weren’t rookies; they were seasoned ministers of the gospel. It was because they had been successful elsewhere that they were puzzled when they failed on this occasion:

Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” (Mt 17:19)

Jesus’ answer to their question may surprise you. It may also answer questions you have about why more people aren’t healed today. So why did the disciples fail to heal this boy? Contrary to what you may have heard, the answer has nothing to do with their faith. Indeed, the disciples had faith to heal and deliver. They had performed many miracles and could not have done so without faith in the name of Jesus (Acts 3:16). So what was the obstacle in this case? In his book God Wants You Well, Andrew Wommack identifies two clues from the story:

faith_or_doubt1. Jesus rebuked the disciples for their unbelief

In response to their question, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” Jesus answered:

“Because of your unbelief…” (Mt 17:20)

We tend to think of faith and unbelief as opposite ends of the same pole, but according to Jesus it’s possible to believe and doubt at the same time:

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.” (Mt 21:21)

Of course it’s important to have faith, to believe. As Jesus said to the boy’s father, “everything is possible to him who believes.” But the father, like many of us, wanted God to take responsibility for the healing. “Lord, help us!” Yet Jesus said, “If you have faith, you can heal him.” We think healing the sick is God’s job, but He wants us to do it (Mk 16:18). Look at how the father responded:

“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mk 9:24)

The father is saying he has faith, but he also has unbelief. Unbelief nullifies faith. Wommack says it’s like having two teams of horses hooked up to the same wagon and pulling in different directions. One team negates the other. If you have faith in God’s word (“by His stripes you were healed”), but you’re also putting stock in the contrary word of doctors (“you’ll be dead in a week”), then your mountain’s not going anywhere. Your unbelief is canceling your faith.

2. Jesus said even little faith was enough to get the job done

“Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Mt 17:20)

After identifying the problem (“your unbelief”), Jesus assured the disciples that their faith was not the issue. Even if their faith was the size of a little mustard seed, it would be sufficient to move mountains. The real obstacle was their unbelief. Jesus called them an “unbelieving and perverse generation” (Mt 17:17). He was saying, “you had faith, but it was undermined by your unbelief.”

little_faithNote that some translations interpret “unbelief” as “little faith.” So Jesus’ answer in verse 20 begins, “Because of your little faith.” But this is a poor translation that makes Jesus sound like He’s contradicting Himself. The Greek word for unbelief (apistia) in the passage above is the same word used by the boy’s father when he says, “help my unbelief.”

Some translators equate unbelief with little faith, but Jesus clearly says that little faith is not the issue. If little faith can move a mountain, it can surely heal one small boy. It’s not about the the size of your faith (we all have the same measure as Jesus anyway), but whether your faith is handicapped by doubt and unbelief. Pure, childlike faith, untainted by grown-up unbelief, is what moves mountains. Pure faith is strong faith.

Why was unbelief a problem for the disciples in this case?

In his book You’ve Already Got It, Wommack identifies three different kinds of unbelief. There’s unbelief that arises from ignorance (“I didn’t know God heals the sick”); unbelief that arises from bad theology (“I don’t believe God heals the sick any more”); and unbelief that arises from our natural senses (“look at the size of that growth!”). What kind of unbelief undid the disciples? Wommack speculates that they may have been unnerved by the sight of a convulsing, frothing child. A seizure in a child is not a pretty sight, especially if there’s a demon behind it. Natural unbelief is fueled by what we see and hear. We get a bad report, x-ray or scan and believe the worst. We’re now walking by sight rather than faith (2 Co 5:7). Even if we have faith, our unbelief will send us to the Internet looking for reassurance and hope. We may be declaring the promises of God over our situation but at the same time we’re feeding our doubts by heeding our circumstances.

How do we deal with unbelief?

Starve it!

And He replied to them, “This kind (of unbelief) cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.” (Mk 9:29)

Unbelief that arises from ignorance and bad theology can be corrected by showing people the truth (Mk 6:6), but overcoming natural unbelief may require prayer and fasting. If the Internet is fueling your doubts, then stay off the Internet! If your “faith sense” is dull because of your natural appetites, then curb your appetites. If your body is telling you what to think and believe (“I’m hurting – I’m not healed at all”) then deny your flesh by going without food. Your flesh needs to learn that it is not in charge – you are! By fasting for a time you are telling your five senses that there’s more to life than bread (Mt 4:4); you’re saying that you prefer to live by the spirit.

Three months ago I had the opportunity to pray for a man with a life-threatening head injury. I boldly declared that Christ has provided for his healing and recovery. Using the authority given to me as a believer, I commanded life and the complete restoration of his damaged brain. My faith felt strong, yet as soon as I finished praying I had the following thought; “When he dies, you’re going to look foolish. It’s this sort of praying that gives Christians a bad name.” Whether this was the devil or the voice of reason I’m not sure, but my spirit reacted violently. “No! I will not accept that.” I hadn’t yet read Wommack’s book but my spirit knew that unbelief was not welcome in my mind. So I sent that thought packing and from that moment onward I felt complete peace. I just rested in what Christ had done and what we had received by faith. I didn’t even sense the need to pray for him again. And three days later the doctors declared that the man would recover.

Here’s Wommack:

“Your prayer and fasting doesn’t move God. Neither does it move the devil. Fasting and prayer moves you. It affects you… You don’t have a faith problem. What you have is an unbelief problem. Instead of trying to build bigger and bigger faith, we need to stop feeding unbelief. (God Wants You Well, p.121,124)

Fix the right problem

Today there is much emphasis on faith and getting more faith. This sort of teaching will leave you thinking, “I’m not healed because I lack faith.” Like the disciples we pray, “Lord, increase my faith” (Lk 17:5), and Jesus responds, “Your faith is not the problem – even little faith will get the job done” (Lk 17:6, my paraphrase). Why is our faith not the problem? Because it’s His faith. Paul said he was justified by the faith of Jesus Christ and now lived by the faith of the Son of God (Gal 2:16,20, KJV). He understood that his faith was a gift from God (Eph 2:8). If you think there’s something wrong with your faith, it’s like saying God gives faulty gifts. When Peter healed the crippled man outside the temple, he gave all credit to the faith that comes from God:

“By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through Him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.” (Acts 3:16)

When there’s a problem, a strategy of the devil is to get your attention onto fixing the thing that’s not broken. If Christ lives in you, then there’s nothing wrong with your faith. But you might have a problem with unbelief. God is faithful and His will is to heal every sick person every single time, but unbelief will limit the power of God in your life. So stop worrying about your faith – you already have enough to move your mountain – and apply the hammer of God’s word to your unbelief.
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- Does God give and take away?

Comments

  1. Wonderful post, Paul. I’d really appreciate if you post more of your experiences when healing people, those testimonies would really help me and perhaps other readers too.

  2. Brandon says:

    This post in my opinion is one of your best and probably my favorite. It really helps make sense of the faith / belief / healing issue. I had suspected for a while now that people often confuse belief and faith together but didn’t know how to put the language to it.

    • As I see it, most people confuse belief and doubt. All over the internet, they say belief is the problem, but they think this, because they are trying to increase their faith and belief, while there is the presence of unbelief, which doesn’t work. And because it does not work, they conclude, that faith and belief are the problem, because having faith, while there is a presence of unbelief, causes an INTENSE CONFLICT. Because of this, they shut the door on faith. But they lose so much in doing this, instead of trying to understand why, when unbelief is present, to try to believe or increase their faith, does not work, which does not mean, that faith is the problem.
      There is a time for everything, and when unbelief is present, then the answer is to fast and starve it to death, and NOT to try to increase our faith. The “need”, to increase our faith, already shows, that we lack faith that our faith, is good enough. We doubt the faith we have. Like Paul said, you can not fix something, that was never broken.
      However, this does not explain, how unbelief, came into our minds, to begin with. How did this doubt arise? I am not sure yet, but most certainly know, that trying to believe, while it (unbelief) is present, only strengthens it, and causes more conflict. Faith always builds, and unbelief is not something, that we want to build or add more to. We want it to die and end. So fasting and starving it, is the answer here, and not increasing our faith, which does not mean, that faith does not have its place, but just not, when unbelief is present. Or should I say, the desire to increase our faith, does not have its place there. It is like the devil , came in the middle of the night, and whispered in our ears, you have lost your faith, and you need to get it back again. Then we strive to get it back, causing more stress and more doubt, and more unbelief.
      But if faith is a choice, then that does not mean, that it is necessarily there, hidden under my unbelief.. So then, how do I know, that under my desire to increase my faith, that my faith is there or still in tact. Like everything else in life that you desire, you just have to have faith, that your faith is still there.
      Thanks Paul, your insight here is definitely needed in this time, and must have come from above.

  3. Hey bro, I just wanted to let you know that I’m still with you. I’m really beginning to see things differently. Thank you for your help and prayers and please keep speaking words of life (and praying for me if you don’t mind). Thank you!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Paul – I was with you until the mustard seed. Jesus said LIKE a mustard seed and you’ve done what many do and assumed ‘the size of’. But Jesus didn’t specify what likeness He was referring to. It wasn’t necessarily size. Given that some manuscripts use oligiopistia in Mat 17, which means small, weak or puny faith, so say that puny faith is the problem and then say that the smallest faith will work doesn’t make any sense to me. However, In Mat 13:31 Jesus explains the characteristics of a mustard seed when used as an example of the Kingdom. It’s about how it is planted, nurtured and transforms into a tree, notwithstanding it’s small size prior to planting. It does not mean a seed left unplanted and unchanging. So your picture of someone holding the seed is, I feel, rather confusing when compared to what I feel Jesus was thinking. Were it merely the size of the seed, Jesus could equally said grain of (lifeless) sand. But He didn’t. What do you think?

    • Does Jesus use a mustard seed as an illustration in Mt 17 because it is small or because it grows? Some quick thoughts:

      1. In Mt 13:31 Jesus says the seed grows, but in the next verse He adds that it is less than all the seeds. So referring to Mt 13 it could be either way.

      2. In Mt 17:20 Jesus speaks of moving mountains; in Luke 17:6 He speaks of moving trees. In the latter it was a direct answer to the disciples’ request, “increase our faith.” Jesus doesn’t but says that seed-sized faith is enough. In the next breath He tells them the story of the servant doing “what he was told to do.” He’s saying, you have faith, you just need to put it to work. The problem is not that they lack faith but that they’re not putting it to work.

      3. If the problem in Mt 17 was that the disciples needed to nurture their faith, how are we to account for the fact that they had already used that same undeveloped faith to drive out demons and heal “people everywhere” (Mk 6:13, Lk 9:6)?

      I agree with you that faith needs to be nurtured, but I prefer the word “exercise”. We need to learn to walk by faith and that’s going to be difficult when you’re still walking by sight (as I believe the disciples were doing in Mt 17). But the larger point is that we don’t live by our own faith but His. We have all obtained a “like precious faith” (2 Pe 1:1). I don’t believe we have faith as small as a mustard seed. Indeed, Jesus’ point is that size is immaterial. Even if we did have seed-sized faith, it would still be enough to get the job done because it’s His faith.

      Short version: Faith is strong when it’s not compromised by doubt and unbelief. His faith is perfectly fine. We have it, so use it.

      • I thank God for you link. God has been dealing with me on Mattthew 17:20 and only today after a whole months effort, self i might say, God has given me ubderstanding. I gyess you could say i came to the end of myself this morning in prayer. I thank God for you.

  5. I believe Unbelief is what is killing Christians today in the church. Due to unbelief there are so many doctrines out there to justify it. Most people put their experiences above Gods word which is not acceptable. thank you for the post

  6. Richard (Maryland USA) says:

    WoW Paul – God is soooo good. A few of us here in the US meet monthly to share the Grace Gospel of Jesus Christ. At our last meeting there was great concern due to some of us were not seeing the BIG blessings (healing and financial breakthroughs) manifested in our lives. After that meeting I began to pray daily for God’s understanding on how to receive these blessings. This morning while praying I suddenly began quoting John 15:7 and then later this morning I opened your blog on “I Believe, Help My Unbelief.” God answered my prayers through you with this article. Keep up the wonderful work that God has entrusted to you.

  7. Holyghost Property says:

    Good article, but it is full of half-truths. God is not impressed with little faith and neither was Jesus. Remember how many times he scolded the disciples for little faith by saying “Oh ye of little faith”?? So then how can we say that little faith is enough? Hardly so! Little faith could not stop the storm when the disciples were in the boat, little faith could not feed the 5000 hungry people, and I could go on and on. Guys, mustard seed faith is NOT LITTLE faith. Come on! Why would Jesus tell us all we need is a little faith when he rebuked little faith over and over and over? A mustard tree is no little tree. Jesus was referring to the image in the seed. It’s not about the size of the seed but what is contained in it.

    • Dr Mr Property, Jesus never rebuked anyone for their faith, He consistently rebuked unbelief. On the five occasions that “little faith” (oligopistos) is found in the Bible, the issue He is addressing is unbelief. Unbelief commonly takes the form of doubt, fear and worry, as indicated in the following.

      - “Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you DOUBT?’” (Mat 14:31).
      - “He replied, ‘You of little faith, why are you so AFRAID?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm” (Mat 8:26).
      - If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not WORRY… (Mat 6:30-31)

      Your theology will perversely encourage unbelief because who knows whether they have enough faith to feed 5000 or silence storms? No. It’s much simpler than that said Jesus. Even a mustard seed of faith – “which is the SMALLEST seed” (Mk 4:31) – will get the job done. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through Him that moves mountains. Stop doubting and believe.

  8. Can unbelief be old baggages (former wrong beliefs, traditional values, habits) we still carry with us even after receiving the Truth that comes through faith in Jesus Christ? These are not easy to discard. So, is it through washing of the Word of God that we can rid of these unbeliefs?

    • savedByGrace says:

      Hi Rocky,
      Unbelief can be brought about by lack of confidence that the result can be achieved. Because if one is 100% sure and have 100% confidence that the result can be achieved, his heart pumps at a normal rate and he does not waver or lean to the right or to the left when put to task.
      Before the bell for Round 1 is sounded, the opposing boxers are oozing with confidence believing that the opponent will be knocked out. As the match progresses, fear can be seen through the eyes of the weaker boxer while the eyes of the stronger boxer glitters with expectation of a definite knockout. The weaker boxer by now lacks the confidence and his belief of a win turns into an unbelief – wishing to last at least until the Final Round.
      How to discard unbelief? Fight as many matches as you can. The Word of God will give you all the logistics, the armaments needed but you have to punch and continue punching, each time claiming ground by the blood of Jesus. In your winnings you do not only win others to Christ but you also overcome your own fear and unbelief.

  9. Has anyone ever been hit with the venom of Hades whenever they tried to fast? What is the secret to avoid this?

    • brushing your teeth and maybe swishing some mouthwash…? lol

      seriously tho, just remember what Jesus said in Mark 16:17-18 – we will drive out demons, pick up snakes, and no poison will harm us ;)

  10. “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy and compassion on whom I have compassion” You can’t twist God’s arm with your faith. Or do you think like Job that God is answerable to you? Some are vessels of wraith.

  11. Ashok kumar Ganesan says:

    Dear Pastor,
    I really believe that GOD has pointed out this message to me. It is wonderful. I was struggling a lot with “Unbelief” and thinking that I have “Faith” problem. Also, my confusion regarding Fasting also got cleared. Thank you so very much. GOD Bless you, your family and your ministry.

    Ashok

  12. in a message by joseph prince, he describes how the word “doubt” in matt 11:23 in the greek is the word diakrino, and goes further into it by disecting the word. dia meaning “through” or “through the channel of/by the way of” and krino meaning “to judge, investigate, or even condemn”. his conclusion? those who do not diakrino (judge themselves/condemn themselves) in their hearts (in the light of romans 8:1 and His finished work), whatever they believe WILL COME TO PASS. still learning on this though. i want to know more because my dad is currently going through a lot of back pain and i want to heal him so bad and know i can. i guess my question is, is it my unbelief? blessings.

  13. donavon freeman says:

    i wonder …..if it is as simple as my faith will heal me….why didn’t paul tell timothy that instead of telling him to drink a little wine for his “often” infirmities….also paul said i left trophimus in miletus sick..the same paul that raised a dead man back to life without the dead man’s faith…whose faith raised that dead man..pauls?why was timothy pastor of the church that supposedly taught faith healing often sick himself?these questions always bothered me…love this (sight) though..i know it’s site but i used sight as a play on words meaning i’m beginning to see clearer…anyone have ideas???

    • Donavon, good answers to your questions about Timothy and Trophimus have been written by my friend Cornel. I encourage you to check them out.

      • Hi paul,I did read the thoughts left by Cornel concerning my question..but he didn’t answer my question.He said it’s not rocket science,meaning we should be able to grasp the concept of what he’s saying easliy.In other words he was saying that, because Timothy went on different missions that Paul said(because Timothy couldnt figure it out on his own)
        it’s the water!Stop drinking it.But here’s the thing Paul told Timothy to stay in Ephesus that you may make sure that that no other doctrine creeps up in the church( I Tim,1:3),,so he wasn’t traveling drinking all kinds of different water from different towns.
        2.Lets say it was the water that was polluted…Just because the water was bad in all these towns that Timothy went to wouldn’t automatically mean sickness for the unknowing Timothy.If that is the case then the snake that bit Paul should have killed the unknowing paul due to it’s poison just as the impuriteis in the water Cornel said made Timothy sick..It is rocket science sometimes when it comes to why God does what he does and not as simple as we think..so my question still remains

      • I think Cornel provides some good ideas regarding why Paul said what he said to Timothy, etc. Regarding the larger issue, why are some healed and some aren’t, I agree, it’s a mystery. I don’t know. I have prayed for people who have been healed and others who’ve left in the same state they arrived. I really don’t know why. But I would argue that healing is far less mysterious than many Christians think and I am CERTAIN that Jesus died for our healing, that it is always God’s will to heal, and that Jesus experienced 100% success. Since I am certain of these things, I pray for the sick and, as I say, some get healed.

  14. Paul, I would like to thank you for teaching me about God’s grace. I have been taught about religion, tradittion and law for soooooo many years. So, now that the Holy Spirit has opened my eyes I am devouring anything that speaks of Him and the finished work of the Cross. In my local ministry. I am telling everyone about this new and living way of thinking and in doing so, I often refer them to your blog as a great place of reference. So, Thank You!! I appreciate you……

  15. I still have confusion with prayer and fasting… my question is… is fasting while asking your petition to God is unbelief?

  16. Thank you for sharing! You have really blessed me!!
    I’ve lived 24 years of my life as an atheist and having relationships of broken trust. I’ve recently come to the faith – I’ve been praying, fasting, reading the Word, and researching. The persistent thought “If I can’t present solid evidence for my faith, how can I witness to others?”, really hid the truth of my own unbelief. It has been a stumbling block preventing me from having childlike trust in Yahuweh’s Word. I realise that the fearful and unbelieving will burn in the lake of fire (Rev 21:8). In my actions and words, I’m like a zealous believer, but my heart is constantly pricked with doubts. I hope these doubts do not make my faith of non-effect and make me an unbeliever.
    Thanks to you I understood that I should just stay away from worldly proofs and engross myself in the Word, taking a leap of faith that doing His will is better than breaking it, and believe that He will indeed come and reward every unnoticed service.
    Yahuweh bless you my friend.

  17. Jasmine Khan Domingo says:

    This helps me to understand. Thanks!

  18. This post is over 2 years old but still relevant today. THANK YOU for breaking this down and giving me the motivation to continue to work towards casting down my unbelief, daily!

    P.S. “Your prayer and fasting doesn’t move God. Neither does it move the devil. Fasting and prayer moves you. It affects you… You don’t have a faith problem. What you have is an unbelief problem…..” The best way to put ALL of this in to perspective! JESUS!

    Kim

  19. Forget moving the mountain. It isn’t going anywhere. Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Then the mountain won’t matter any more

  20. I found this post when researching 2 Timothy 4:20. Paul left (left behind) Trophimus sick (ill) in Miletus. Paul is in prison (dark cold hole in the ground) about to be beheaded for the gospel. His last words through the power of the Holy Spirit are here in 2 Timothy. It is a book filled with the suffering for the gospel of Christ and Paul is asking Timothy who had “frequent ailments” to suffer with him, for the Gospel. Suffering is a key word in 2 Timothy. My question is – if God heals every child of God who has faith, which is empowered by Christ in us, then why are all of the people Jesus healed or those who the apostles healed, or the apostles themselves….dead? Why weren’t they healed? Why did they die?

    Every person who claims they need to believe more or have enough faith or that God heals every person who has enough faith, will, in fact, at some point get sick and die. If I truly believe I have to believe more to be healed, then how is that not legalism? Sovereign God can only move if I let him. How do you resolve these questions in your own mind? Or, maybe we are not allowed to ask them? At some point we have to die to be absent from the body, to be present with the Lord, many times this is through illness, correct? I guess I have a LOT of questions.

    • Hi Liz, I like questions too. I can’t promise you answers (and since I can’t this post may help), but I have written a post on why people still die.

    • chrisvanrooyen says:

      Hi Liz
      Life and death are like Grace and works for preservation of salvation.
      Church leaders who themselves have no belief have Lorded their faith over the flock.
      They do not really believe in the power of the cross and transfer this to the flock by telling you that you have to work to preserve your salvation they are fearful that grace will cause the flock to fall into sin.This may be with good intentions but feeds the lie.
      It is the same with life and death they are afraid to preach the truth that you were dead are now alive and will never die if you believe in Jesus , they believe that they will have people committing suicide as a result, or becoming complacent.

      I can assure you that Jesus is what he say,s he is , when he said that he was the Resurrection he meant it. When you take on his identity you also take on this, it is not optional.

      We continue to be arrogant and place our definition of life and death over what God,s definition is. We still do not believe God,s first warning to man and the results.

      We know that Enoch was taken by god, If this is true and he never died then that makes God a liar.

  21. Jarette Sibley says:

    Awesome word Man of God! I needed to read this today and I am truly thankful for the revelation

  22. Cheryl Grover says:

    Hi, I desperately need direction. My Dad has stage 4 lung cancer from smoking. I heard words of knowledge on the 700 club specific to him. Story is too long to share but I have no doubt about this. My Dad felt the warmth inside when he watched the episode. Gifts of the Spirit are totally foreign to my Dad. He said “I don’t know if God just healed me or not, but I felt the warmth inside”. He has felt peace since. I thought when God healed someone like that the results were immediate or shortly after. Why is there no evidence? My insistence that God has healed him is causing anger from him towards me and disturbing the peace he received. He continues on with symptom mgt treatments that would damage a healed body. xrays are taken frequently but no one has said the cancer has disappeared. If I were in his shoes, I would have stopped all treatments the day I believed God healed me and ignored any symptoms and clung to what God had spoke to my spirit. Especially when my prognosis is 3-6 mos of miserable treatments before death arrived. Can someone lose a healing, that other men of God spoke out in a word of knowledge that they saw God doing, because of disbelief. Can my belief heal him or does he need to believe?

  23. Cheryl Grover says:

    If God intended to heal all the illnesses then why do people like evangelist Steve Hill, the one who sparked the 5 year revival in Brownsville, Fl., still die. He died from cancer at the age of 60 a week ago. He has seen God perform many healings and is faith filled and does not doubt. Why does God’s healing gift seem so random. Although I believe God intended to heal my Dad, I fear my Dad’s unbelief may have changed that. Why my Dad and not Steve Hill. If Steve had received that Word of Knowledge he would still be here. The belief that God will heal anyone who has faith and casts out unbelief does not appear to be true. Maybe he intends to take some home through illness like he did Elisha, who saw twice as many miracles performed in his ministry than Elijah did. He received a double portion and yet died from an illness. I just want to understand God better, not argue.

  24. Cheryl Grover says:

    One more question, why would God allow me to hear specific Words of Knowledge that applied to my Dad and then not follow through. Words of Knowledge, as I understand, are when godly men, while praying, speak out what they see the Lord doing. So, they saw God healing my Dad. They said God is healing you completely right now. That should mean RIGHT NOW not next week. But he is not better on xray so radiation continues. It has been 12 days since the Word of Knowledge was given. He eats, breaths, and sleeps better so there is hopeful evidence of healing but my Dad says it is because they treated him for bronchitis and the radiation must have shrunk the tumor pressing on his esophagus. I have kept a journal of everything that has happened in a Word Document. It is about 10 pages long. I would love to email it to you so you could see the details of why I believe so deeply these words of knowledge were for my Dad. I can’t put it all here. Let me know if you are willing to help.

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