For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith [ Romans 12:3]
Acts 14, tells us that Paul was preaching in a city called Lystra, and he noticed a certain man who was crippled from his mother’s womb: “And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked. The same heard Paul speak: who steadfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked. Acts 14:8-10
When the man heard the Gospel from Paul, it imparted faith to him, but the impartation of faith alone did not bring him healing. He was still crippled, even though he had received faith. His faith was so tangible that Paul noticed it; he perceived that the man had faith to be healed.
It is the same predicament that many faces today in the body of Christ. They have faith, yet they are burdened by the adversities of life, living as victims. Their problem is that they are not using their faith. Faith has to be used. It is like money in your account, wallet or in your pocket; it will not do anything for you just because you have it; you must put it to use.
The Bible says, “…Faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (James 2:17)
That means faith without corresponding actions or faith that is not used, is dead. Imagine if the crippled man had argued and hesitated when Paul told him to stand up; he would have neutralized his own faith. But the moment he acted on the Word, his faith was activated and a miracle ensued.
The issue oftentimes is not that God’s people do not have, but it is that many are not using their faith. Faith must be active and not passive. Use your faith today.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for imparting faith to my spirit through your Word. I use my faith today by my actions and verbal expressions, in line with your infallible and eternal word in Jesus’ Name. Amen
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