A paralyzed man had four friends who carried him on a mattress and let him down through the roof of a house where Jesus was preaching. Mark 2:5 makes an amazing statement: Jesus saw their faith. What did He see? The men took an extreme measure because they saw in their spirits healing for their sick friend that did not yet exist in the natural.
Jesus said: “…when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:8)” Faith that can be seen is the kind of faith for which Jesus is returning.
Can I tell you that most believers do not operate in faith? They confess what they see, what they feel and what they hear; they complain and doubt. But they never step out into the unknown and show that they believe what God says is true.
Yet, nothing ever happens in the kingdom of God without you and me acting in faith. It took faith for the men to climb up onto the roof of the house carrying their friend. It took faith for the paralyzed man to believe they would not drop him on the way up. It took faith to risk looking foolish before all the people and to believe that Jesus would make their efforts worthwhile.
You need to embrace God’s promises for your personal life. However, you won’t know that you’ve embraced them until your faith can be seen, until you step out into the unknown realm. Faith is bringing the (unseen) heavenly realm down here into the (seen) earth realm. Faith is the believer’s medium of exchange. It’s the deed that buys you real estate in heaven.
When you have faith, you see with spirit eyes what can’t be seen naturally. But your faith becomes seen when you walk it out. As believers, we are called to walk by faith and not by sight. People who don’t walk in faith do not understand a faith walk. They criticize it; they make fun of it.
If you are a believer, yet you base all your decisions on what you see with your eyes, you are deceived. Everything that is not of faith is sin.
You must learn to stand with God alone. As you walk it out, act it out, speak it out, God’s Word will not return void and it will produce fruit in your life.
You can’t expect the truth you receive in a Sunday service to sustain you. You must stay in the Word. Study to show yourself approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed. Faith comes by hearing and hearing and hearing… the Word of God.
Here’s another important point. Unless your faith is tied to the purposes and plans of God, it will never produce life for you. We may want things for ourselves, but it’s not to further the kingdom of God. Ask yourself: Why am I believing God for such-and-such? …Is this going to fulfill God’s purpose or just mine? He wants to heal you, but so that you can go out and give testimony to others, so they too can be healed.
Faith opens up your spiritual eyes to see so you’re able to move in a dimension of great power. It’s like Elisha in 2 Kings 6, who saw by faith that the hills were filled with the host of heaven. He did not fear the natural enemies they faced (and neither did his servant once Elisha prayed for his spirit eyes to be opened) because he had already seen the outcome. If you HAVE faith, it then becomes SEEN as you walk it out. If you can see it, you can have it.