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Sep172018

Running by Faith

“The Bible says I will run and not grow weary,” I told my doctor. “I’m a runner, so I’m going to run.”

He looked at me—a person who had had already undergone foot surgery, X-rays, a painful cortisone shot, and now, custom orthotics—and said, smiling, “You can bike and not grow weary. You can swim and not grow weary.”

He was being patient with me. He and I both had seen my X-rays; the unnatural curvature of the bones had had years to move and to set in that position. He tried his hardest to convince me that I’m not cut out to be a runner. My feet were not runner’s feet.

But I knew in my heart that God’s Word is true, regardless of the shape of my bones or the tightness of my tendons. If God says that I can run and not grow weary (Is. 40:31), then it has to be true. I decided that I would believe Him and His Word.

My doctor is a good doctor and a Christian. I had no doubt that he wanted the best for me. But he was working in the knowledge that he had. He didn’t know what God’s best for me was. That’s what I love about teachers like Andrew Wommack—they understand that God’s best is far greater than the world’s view of what’s best. Andrew teaches that it’s God’s will for us to be healed. It takes a lot of guts to teach something that flies in the face of so much religious doctrine and so many excuses as to why Christians are
still sick.

But it’s amazing to me that people can still fight this truth when there is so much evidence in the Bible that it is always God’s will to heal. In his book God Wants You Well, Andrew says, “In the Gospels alone, there are seventeen times where Jesus healed all of the sick that were present. . . . Jesus did heal them all, and He hasn’t changed” (p. 81). Hebrew 13:8 tells us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (New Century Version).

What this means to me is that it is forever God’s will to heal. So, even though I sat in that doctor’s office with valid foot problems, it didn’t mean that I had to stay there—or stay seated! If I truly wanted to, I could run.

Which leads me to the next point: once we know it’s God’s will to heal, we must act on that knowledge. Knowing something but not doing anything about it is useless. On the Gospel Truth broadcast, Andrew says, “Sometimes we’re afraid to act because it’s just not traditional; it’s not the way that other people are telling you to do it. . . . You’ve got to get beyond that. . . . You’ve got to start using your body as a weapon against the devil and start acting healed to the degree that you can.”

So, I ran by faith. I left that doctor’s office with nothing noticeably different about my feet. But my heart knew the truth: by His stripes, I’ve been healed (1 Pet. 2:24). I signed up for another 5K shortly after that visit. Now, I run regularly (well, regularly-ish), and I take care of my feet. With each step, my feet continue to grow stronger. Sometimes the familiar symptoms try to come back, but knowing who I am in Christ Jesus and speaking out His Word inevitably overrides the symptoms. And then I run another mile and another mile . . . (or I run home to the water faucet!).

Written by Jill M. Smith

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Reader Comments (2)

Hello Andrew,
Thank you for all you do and for your ministry, it has been a blessing to me. I have been going through your "You've already got it" study guide and I have a question about Mathew 17:14-20 and Mark 9:17-19. I am not trying to prove you wrong about anything, I just need some clarification. On page 297 paragraphs one and two, you indicate that Jesus was talking to his disciples and had called them "O faithless and perverse generation!" When I read this it felt in my spirit to be rather harsh if he was talking to his disciples. These are people who gave up everything to follow Jesus and had already been healing many people and although were not perfect seemed to be trying to do their best. If these were mine or your students and had already been healing many people and had failed this one time, would you call them faithless and perverse? According to Mathew 17:14-17 Jesus answered the man that brought his son to Him to be healed or maybe it was the crowd He was calling faithless and perverse. In Mark 9:19 it says "He answereth HIM (the man who brought the boy), and saith, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you?" After the boy was healed then the disciples came to Jesus and asked why they could not cast out the demon. It seems like Jesus calmly answered them at that time. Please let me know what am I not seeing here.
Thank you,
Scott Ayars

October 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterScott Ayars

@Scott

We are so glad that you have been able to study and have been blessed by Andrew's "You've Already Got It" teaching! Thank you for reaching out to us for more clarification. To answer the question that you have, we want to encourage you to read Andrew's commentary below on these scriptures:

"Note on Matt. 17:17:

What an indictment against the disciples, and what a different response than most 'Christians' give as an explanation of why we can’t do the things the Lord told us to do! Jesus called His disciples 'faithless' and 'perverse.'

The Greek word that was translated 'faithless' is 'APISTOS.' 'PISTOS' is the Greek word for 'faithful' and when 'A' is added as a prefix, it completely negates the word. So 'APISTOS' is the complete opposite of faithful. This word was translated 'infidel' twice (2 Corinthians 6:15 and 1 Timothy 5:8) and 'unbelieving' five times (1 Corinthians 7:14-15, Titus 1:15, and Revelation 21:8). It means '(actively) disbelieving, i.e. without Christian faith (specially, a heathen); (passively) untrustworthy (person), or incredible (thing)' (Strong’s Concordance). The Greek word 'DIASTREPHO,' which was translated 'perverse,' means 'to distort, i.e. (figuratively) misinterpret, or (morally) corrupt' (Strong’s Concordance).

This clearly shows that the Lord expected His disciples to be able to cast this demon out of this boy. He had already given them power against all unclean spirits, to cast them out (Matthew 10:1). They had the power and authority to use that power. They just didn’t believe in the face of Satan’s opposition.

Today most churches would not take the approach Jesus took here. Most churches don’t even attempt to cast demons out of people. They believe all our problems like this child had are natural or chemical. They are even more faithless and perverse than these disciples. If someone came to the average church pastor with a child who had demonic problems like this, the pastor would ask them if they have been to the doctor or psychiatrist. That’s faithless and perverse.

And even those ministers who believe we can cast out demons would, as a whole, go out of their way to console any believer who tried to cast a demon out but failed to do so. They would never 'condemn' anyone or make them feel that any problem is their fault. That’s not what Jesus did.

The Lord intended His church to meet the needs of people. But most churches only proclaim the power of the Lord to save from hell. That’s a wonderful thing and more than we deserve, but it’s a far cry from what the Lord really called the church to do. We were commanded to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out devils (Matthew 10:8). Because most churches don’t demonstrate God’s power for our present needs, many people don’t believe the Lord is able to meet our eternal needs.

Lord, help me (us) to believe and manifest Your power to our generation.

Jesus went on to express His knowledge that He wouldn’t be present in His physical body on the earth for long. And what would happen when He was gone? We don’t have to guess. All we have to do is look around and see what’s happening. As a whole, the body of Christ is not manifesting His power to the world.

Note on Mark 9:19:

Jesus was not pleased with His disciples’ inability to cast out this demon and heal the boy. I’m sure He’s not pleased with our inability to do it either. See my notes on Luke 9:41."

- Andrew Wommack's Living Commentary

Scott, we hope that you have found this information to be helpful! If you would like to read more of Andrew's notes, you can visit his free Online Bible Commentary here: https://www.awmi.net/reading/online-bible-commentary/. Happy studying! God bless! - AWMI Team

October 11, 2018 | Registered CommenterSite Admin

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