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The health and well-being of a person’s Faith makes an impressive difference in their life. Depending on the condition the person finds himself in, we see some remove mountains, while others are being drawn into an abyss of defeat and destruction by light breezes.

And this happens everywhere, even in the church of the Lord Jesus. We will always be able to see the symptoms of these two states of Faith: the healthy and the unhealthy.

Healthy faith turns deadly things into possible things, but an unhealthy faith does the opposite, turning the calm into a storm, and something reversible into a lost case.

Healthy faith reduces the worst problems down to nothing, but an unhealthy faith magnifies the most simple, non-threatening problems to make them seem great. We have two biblical examples for this:

In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live.’” Then he turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord, saying, “Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what was good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. And it happened, before Isaiah had gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Return and tell Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord. And I will add to your days fifteen years. I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake, and for the sake of My servant David.” 2 Kings 20.1-6

And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the LORD, but the physicians. So Asa rested with his fathers; he died in the forty-first year of his reign. 2 Chronicles 16.12-13

Do you see the difference?

Hezekiah’s sickness was deadly, and Asa’s disease was severe but reversible!
What determined Hezekiah to live another fifteen years and Asa die from a disease in his feet was the health of their Faith. Hezekiah’s “healthy Faith” did not let him lose his dependence on God, but Asa’s “unhealthy Faith” pushed him into the hands of man, because he trusted doctors more than God!

Friend, how is the health of your Faith?

May God bless you abundantly!

Bishop Macedo
Bishop Macedo

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