| Written by Andrew and Jamie Wommack |
I think one of the biggest breakthroughs I experienced in receiving from God was understanding that faith is governed by laws.
I used to think healing was just an arbitrary decision the Lord made about each individual based on some unknown criteria. We just had to believe as best we could, but we never knew if it was enough for the Lord to grant our request. But nothing could be farther from the truth.
The Lord showed me there are laws governing how faith works and therefore how we receive from the Lord. We can depend on faith just as surely as we can depend on natural laws, but we have to know what those laws are.
For example, electricity has been around since creation. I’ve read that a typical thunderstorm produces enough electricity to power a large city for a year, but mankind only recently learned how to harness that power. It wasn’t God who kept people from having all the benefits of electricity that our modern lives have; it was their ignorance of those laws.
Likewise, all of God’s best has been available to us since creation—and especially since the new creation that comes through faith in Jesus (2 Cor. 5:17). Healing, prosperity, joy, peace, and everything Jesus provided is available to everyone, every time, but we have to know the laws that allow His power to flow.
Take the woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment as an example (Mark 5:25-34). She came behind Jesus in a large crowd and received her healing just by touching His clothes. Jesus felt power go out of Him, so He knew someone had touched Him in faith, but He didn’t know who it was. That means He hadn’t sized her up to see if she had done everything just right. No! There are laws that govern faith, and when those laws are put into action, God’s power just flows.
It’s like turning on lights. You don’t plead with the electric company to turn your lights on. They generate the electricity, but the power to turn the lights on has been placed in your hands. You have to flip the switch. They won’t do it for you. In a similar way, the Lord said in Isaiah 45:11, “. . . concerning the work of my hands command ye me.” It’s God’s power, but it’s at our command through learning and implementing His spiritual laws.
The Lord has already provided all He is going to provide through the death and resurrection of Jesus. By His stripes you were healed (1 Pet. 2:24). We’re already blessed with all spiritual blessings (Eph. 1:3). The power has already been generated, but it’s at your command. You aren’t the power source just as you aren’t the source of power for your lights. You could put a lightbulb in your mouth, and it will never come on. But a lightbulb also won’t come on until you flip the switch. Likewise, God’s power doesn’t flow until we flip the switch of faith.
The woman with an issue of blood put a number of spiritual laws into effect that caused her to be healed without Jesus’ knowledge: (1) She heard of Jesus (Rom. 10:17); (2) she acted in faith (James 2:20); and (3) she said, “If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole” (Mark 5:28). This last one is a major spiritual law.
Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Faith is voice activated. All the promises of Psalm 91 are dependent on us speaking out our faith (Ps. 91:2). The Lord created everything by words (Heb. 11:3). Words are the parent force of everything, and everything will respond to words, whether positive or negative. I’m telling you, understanding and applying these truths can change your life.
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We love you,
Andrew and Jamie Wommack