Evan W. V. Grant
YOU SAY, “I JUST CAN’T TRUST GOD.”
GOD SAYS FOR YOU TO TRUST IN HIM WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND LEAN NOT TO YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING (Prov. 3:5).
God will not ask you to do anything you cannot do. A sinner will not ask his baby to do the impossible. God is better than a sinner.
A sinner can say he cannot trust God while you are trying to help him get saved. You should be better than a sinner. If a sinner can trust God with his soul which is worth a million dollars, you should be able to trust God with your ninety-eight cent body.
What would people think, and how would your wife feel, if you were to tell everybody that you meet that you had a wife but could not trust her? How does God feel when you tell sinners you cannot trust Him? How does the sinner feel?
Your child trusts you; he does not worry all day for fear you are going to drop him.
God trusts you with a billion dollar salvation and you dare not trust Him with your ninety-eight cent body!
You trust the condition of your car. Hundreds of things may go wrong with your car; but nothing can go wrong with God. One wrong move of the driver can kill you. God makes no wrong move. You trust a highway map and road signs; why not trust Psalms 34:19? You trust a thirteen-year-old colored girl to operate an elevator. She may let you fall; God will not. Everytime you accept a dollar bill you are trusting Uncle Sam. He can go broke; God never can You trust your chair or bed to hold you up. They may break down; God will never. Whoever thought of someone who would trust doctors, drug stores, and nurses more than the Almighty! God never gives the wrong prescription! Trust James 5:14.
The sparrows do not lose sleep for lack of trust in God.
The middle verse in the Bible is, “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man” (Ps. 118:8).
YOU SAY YOU BELIEVE IN WAITING UNTIL DOCTORS FAIL.
GOD SAYS, “BUT SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD, AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED UNTO YOU (Matt. 6:33).
Jesus healed ALL without telling even one to wait. God delivers us from ALL our afflictions, regardless of size (Ps. 34:19).
Seek God before your condition gets bad. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. He even wants to keep you from sickness (Ps. 105:35; 91:10).
Why not wait until the Lord fails and then go to the doctor! Many doctors will not admit failure until after you are dead. Their methods are continually changing; God never changes.
You should always go to the best physician you can find; use the best remedies. Jesus is the best Physician; He offers the best remedy (James 5:14).
YOU SAY YOU MIGHT GET TURNED OUT OF THE CHURCH.
GOD SAYS IT IS BETTER TO OBEY GOD THAN MAN (Acts 5:29).
I do not want to be in a church that Jesus cannot get into. A blind man was turned out of the church after he was healed (John 9). Like many to-day, the parents dared not acknowledge that Jesus did it, afraid they would be turned out too. Many think more of public opinion and their church than they do of Jesus. That same spirit crucified Jesus because He made people well.
Be healed and go back to your church and set it on fire. If they will not receive your testimony, shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them (Matt. 10:14; II Tim. 3:5). There are many churches that believe in the full gospel. God holds you responsible for supporting a church that denies the power of God.
YOU SAY YOUR FRIENDS MIGHT LAUGH AT YOU.
GOD SAYS WHEN THEY DO FOR YOU TO REJOICE AND BE EXCEEDINGLY GLAD, AND LEAP FOR JOY, BECAUSE THE SPIRIT AND GLORY OF GOD WILL REST ON YOU (Matt. 5:11-12; I Peter 4:14). The disciple is not greater than his Lord.
Your friends will not laugh at you; for the ones who laugh at you are not your friends; neither are they God’s friends.
Unless you come forsaking ALL, you cannot be His disciple (Luke 14:25-33). You may win your friends; you owe it to them to prove all things. Your actions may be the means of their being saved or lost.
YOU SAY YOU ONLY WANT HEALING, NOT SALVATION.
GOD SAYS HEALING IS THE CHILDREN’S BREAD (Matt. 15:26). Jesus forgave sins before healing bodies (Mk. 2:5).
Your iniquities will separate you from your God so that He will not hear you (Isa. 59:2). When you are under condemnation, you do not have faith (I John 3:21-22). It is only when we keep His commandments that He promises to heal us (Ex. 15:26; John 15:7). God is a jealous God and will not give His glory to another. He does not build up the devil’s kingdom. His promises are on conditions.
God says, “Because he has set his love upon me I will deliver him” (Ps. 91:14), “Let my people go that they may serve me” (Ex. 7:16), “. . . sin no more lest a worse thing come upon you” (John 5:14).
To the Christian He says, “only believe”; to the sinner He says, “Repent and believe the Gospel.”
YOU SAY, “I HAVE DONE ALL THAT I CAN DO.”
GOD SAYS FOR YOU TO CEASE FROM YOUR OWN WORKS AND TO ENTER INTO REST (Heb. 4:10).
You have nothing to do but to trust and obey. It is a finished work; Jesus bore it all (Matt. 8:16, 17). Who told you that you could heal yourself? When you are through trying, God begins to do the work. When you come to the end of your strength, you walk out into God’s strength.
Don’t be like a man who was riding in a wagon with a farmer. The farmer told him to lay down his load. He replied, “It is enough for you to carry me, without carrying my load, too; I will just hold it.” Jesus is carrying you and your load. Cast your care on Him; He careth for you!
Relax in faith. If you were on an operating table, you would not try to operate on yourself. The more you tried to help the doctor, the more you would hinder him. Rest in the Lord; He loves you more than you love your child (Isa. 49:15).
YOU SAY, “I MIGHT GET THE WRONG SPIRIT.”
GOD SAYS THAT HEALING IS THE CHILDREN’S BREAD: ASK HIM FOR BREAD AND YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A STONE OR A SERPENT (Luke 11:11). He gives you power over ALL the power of the Devil (Luke 10:19). God will not allow you to be deceived as long as you sincerely love Him and prayer-fully read His Word. A Christian has no time for fortune tellers, stargazers, palmists, clairvoyants, horoscope peddlers, spiritualists, psychics, mind-readers, nor any other of the devil’s children.
Any cult which denies the virgin birth and divinity of Jesus is of the spirit of anti-Christ (I John 4:3).
Healing is not hypnotism, mesmerism, nor magnetism. It is the virtue of Jesus Christ working in our bodies to deliver us from afflictions and disease. Hypnotism wears off, leaving the patient as bad or worse. My healing that God gave me has lasted about twenty years.
Healing is not “Christless Science,” but Christian sense. Christian Science, falsely so called (I Tim. 6:20), denies the reality of pain, sin, the devil, hell and the curse. It denies the virgin birth, resurrection, and the second coming of Christ. What healing Christian ( ?) Scientists may have is natural healing. A sinner doctor may help you to be healed naturally by helping you to discard your fear, worry, and resentments. But that is not supernatural divine healing such as Jesus did.
Healing is not suggestion, psychiatry, nor therapy. Mental suggestion could never cause the blind to see. All these cults would not fight us so hard if we were of them. If what we have is of the devil, then the devil is converted and has more mercy than many preachers.
Can the devil open the eyes of the blind? (John 10: 21). Jesus told that group of religious leaders that they were committing the unpardonable sin by saying that He was using the power of the devil to heal. Jesus told the clergymen that when the man picked up his bed and walked that it proved that Jesus could forgive sins (Mk. 2:10). They said it proved that He was of the devil.
Jesus said that His miracles proved that He was from God (Jn. 10:25). Nicodemus had more wisdom than many preachers, although he had never been born again. He said, “For no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him” (John 3). He said that no man can do a miracle in His name and lightly speak evil of Him (Mk. 9:38, 41). While the clergymen were saying that Paul and Silas were of the devil, the demon-possessed girl knew that they were servants of God (Acts 16). Jesus said that Satan would not come out until a power stronger than Satan bound him (Luke 11:22). When John the Baptist wanted to know if Jesus was really the Christ, Jesus sent Him proof by telling him that the blind see, the deaf hear, and the lame walk (Matt. 11:5). That should be enough proof for every John today.
The Bible tells us that the devil afflicted people and Jesus healed them (Luke 13; Acts 10:38). Now, many ministers tell their members that Jesus makes them sick, and if any healing is done, they say the devil does it. They have it exactly backwards. I can show dozens of Scriptures stating that Satan does not heal; I challenge anyone to show one .line where Satan heals sickness or disease.
This sermon comes from the book “Gift of Faith”
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