Faith in God is more than faith in His promises. It is also faith in His commands.

Faith in God is more than faith in His promises. It is also faith in His
commands.
On one occasion, Jesus spoke to a man who had suffered with an infirmity for
thirty eight years, “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.” John 5:8. Immediately the man
was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked.
In Acts 3:2-8, a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb, was carried
and laid daily at the gate of the temple which was called “Beautiful” to ask alms of
them that entered into the temple. Peter and John were about to enter the temple one
day, when this man asked an alms. Peter said,
“ . . . Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name ofJesus Christ of Nazereth rise up and walk.” Acts 3:6
Peter took the man by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his
feet and ankle bones received strength, and the man leaping up, stood and walked,
and entered the temple with Peter and John, walking, leaping, and praising God.
God’s command is not always a simple test of faith, it may be a test of
obedience as well.
In John 9:1, Jesus met a man who was blind from his birth. He made clay and
anointed the eyes of the blind man with it, and gave the man a command: “ . . . Go,
wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way
therefore, and washed, and came seeing.” John 9:7.
The blind man’s eyes were opened when he obeyed the command of Jesus.
Healing, or a deliverance of any kind, may be down the road of obedience.
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be
healed. . . .” James 5:16.
Secret sins can destroy faith and hinder a person from receiving healing and
other deliverances as well. In my ministry many people come to be prayed for but
receive nothing until they become humble and willing to confess their faults,
according to the scripture.
Many people have wronged others and have been unwilling to confess that they
have been wrong. With such rebellion in their hearts they cannot have real faith for
deliverance. God promises that if these faults are confessed, both the sin and the
sickness shall be taken away.
One day, Jesus cursed a fig tree because it produced no fruit. “ . . . No man eat
fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.” Mark 11:14. Apparently
there was no change in the appearance of the tree at the moment. But the next day
when Jesus and His disciples passed again that way, Peter was amazed, and said to
Jesus . . . “Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst, is withered away.” Mark
11:21. In this short time it had “dried up at the roots,” and was withered away. Many
diseases are healed in the same way. The “root” of the disease is cursed in the name of
Jesus, and no matter what the disease may be, whether goiter, cancer, tumor, or some
other sickness, IT MUST EITHER PASS FROM THE BODY, OR
DISINTEGRATE INTO THE BLOOD STREAM AND BE CARRIED AWAY. It
is easy to understand how a person could be truly healed, and yet continue to suffersome discomfort during the time this process is taking place. The suffering may even
be more acute for a short period of time, than it was before, as this dead foreign tissue
is being separated from the body and carried away. At this point many cast away their
confidence because they do not recognize what is happening, and give testimony to
the fact that they are not healed. Fear, loss of faith, and acceptance of Satan ‘s
suggestions in regard to the case, opens the door for Satan to replace the very thing
that had been cast out by the power of God. The healing is lost before any of its
benefits are recognized.
Although many cases of cancer are healed in this way, I have known many
instances of cancer disappearing instantly.
God has no set pattern whereby He heals or brings other deliverances. He
performs miracles in the way that brings most glory to His name. You must learn,
Student, and be able to teach others, to ACCEPT DELIVERANCES JUST AS GOD
GIVES THEM. If it is instantaneous, shout the praises of God and go on your way
rejoicing. If it is gradual, thank God for your healing, or deliverance, just the same,
and look forward joyfully to the time when you will be fully restored to health. If God
has cursed the root of a disease, as He did the fig tree, DON’T LET YOUR FAITH
WAVER, AND TEACH OTHERS TO HOLD STEADY, KNOWING THAT IT
IS FAITH THAT MAKES ANYONE WHOLE. But if God has commanded you
TO GO, TO DO, OR TO SPEAK, do not think that time alone will mend matters
— BE OBEDIENT TO GOD, AND THE VICTORY WILL COME!
MEMORY WORK FOR THIS LESSON
Revelation 12:9
Isaiah 14:12-14
James 4:7,8
I Peter 5:8
II Corinthians 2:9, 11
Romans 8:1
James 4:3
I John 3:21,22
Matthew 7:12
Luke 6:27
Proverbs 11:25
I John 5:14,15