Mark 16:17-18 “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well." (NIV)
I have to admit that I do not do well in my daily life appropriating the promise of this verse. I believe it, but I do not consistently live it from a position of faith. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” A deadly snake bites me and I scream, complain, and run for the first medical facility. While I am waiting in line to be treated, I realize I have not yet prayed and entrusted God with my condition. If I truly believed God, my first response would be to give it to Him, pray, and walk by faith knowing that I am fully in God’s hands. Matthew 21:22 says, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." Do you go for medical help? Of course - God has provided tools for use in all aspects of your life – medical help being one of them. Can God heal you without going to the medical clinic? I have had several instances where I believe this has happened, but God still works with all He has put into your life. The important thing is not whether God will heal you without using medical assistance - but does your faith move you to placing your circumstances fully into God’s hands for His work and care? I want to live in the abundance and fullness of God’s promises to me. 2 Peter 1:4 says, “Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” Our desire should be to experience all that God has imparted to us. The physical realities of your world can easily consume your faith. Each day can be a battle to keep your eyes on Jesus and not the currents of the world. Peter, without considering his circumstances, darted (walked) across the water to be with Jesus. It was not until he realized his physical circumstances and took his eyes off of Jesus that he began to sink. The same is true for you. The more your focus is on Jesus, the more you trust Him with your life. Trusting Jesus with your life allows you to live in His constant presence resulting in a greater manifestation of God’s work in you.
Hebrews 12:2 “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith.” (NIV)