Thomas’ Faith vs. Abraham’s Faith (continued)
The Lord reminds us of Abraham, who “considered not his own body.” We should not consider our body, but rather we should consider His Word. We should look at God’s promises in the Scriptures regarding healing, such as, “Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” Too many times we focus our attention on the wrong thing. We consider our physical body and the symptoms rather than looking to God’s Word.
“According to your faith be it unto you” (Matthew 9:29). We need to walk by faith, not be sight.
We do not deny pains and other symptoms, for they are very real. Instead, we must look beyond them to God’s promises.
Real faith in the Word says, If God says it is so, it is so.
If He says, ‘By whose stripes ye were healed,’ I am healed.
If He says, ‘My God shall supply all your need,’ He does.
If He says, ‘The Lord is the strength of my life,’ He is.
In other words, real faith simply says about one’s self what the Word says.
Real faith is built on the Word. We should meditate on the Word, dig deeply into it, and feed upon it. Then the Word becomes a part of us, just as natural food becomes a part of our physical body when we eat. What natural food is to the physical man, the Word of God is to the spiritual man. The Word builds confidence and assurance into us.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
Kenneth E. Hagin, “New Thresholds of Faith”