God Expects Something of You
. . . they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. — MARK 16:18
As I was preaching one time in Pasadena, Texas, a man and his wife brought to the meeting their little girl who was afflicted. This eight-year-old girl didn’t have much use of her body, and was even unable to feed herself. As I laid hands on her and prayed, I knew the power of God went into her, but she didn’t seem to be any better. She was still helpless.
After the service, the family stopped to get some hamburgers before driving back to their home in Beaumont, Texas. When they ordered their food, they got a hamburger for the little girl. Ordinarily, the mother would feed her because the girl couldn’t even handle a fork and had great difficulty swallowing. The mother would pinch off small bites of whatever she was eating, put it into her daughter’s mouth, and coax her to swallow. But this time, to their utter amazement, the young girl reached for the hamburger and said, “Give me that.” Then she started eating the hamburger! At this point, she was at least seventy to eighty percent better.
But because the mother and father didn’t walk with God, this poor little girl lost the healing she had received. When the parents backslid, they said, “Well, she wasn’t one hundred percent delivered, anyway.” You see, they expected God to go ahead and complete the healing, but He was expecting something of them. He expected them to do their part, and their daughter paid for their decision not to believe.
Many times, God will initiate a healing, and a person will begin to feel better. And if that person will continue walking in faith, he or she will become perfectly well. But by backing up in their faith and even denying what has already occurred, many times people lose the whole healing.
Confession: I will walk on with God and let the full manifestation of my healing come into being. It will come as I continue to believe.
Source: Health Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin. Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications. Copyright © 2002, 2007 Rhema Bible Church aka Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.
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