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Just Because Something is Present Doesn’t Mean God Is Not

Over the weekend I watched a teaching by Phyliss Moore, Co-Pastor of Faith Life Church and she told the story of a friend who has a brain tumor. She told her that she was going to have to stop thinking about it because if she didn’t it would consume her. When she said that immediately God showed me Jesus walking on the water. At the time, the Lord was in the midst of a storm. Yet Jesus continued to walk in the presence of rain and hurricane-like winds which lets us know that just because the tumor or whatever condition or situation may be present or persists, does not mean Jesus is not walking on and/or coming through that situation. In other words, just because you're experiencing does not mean that we you’re not healed.

What happens is that people have a tendency to go to the doctor where tests are run. If the tests comes back and shows that cancer, a tumor, cyst, or whatever is present, they’ll immediately agree with what they see and lose hope. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The presence of sickness doesn’t negate that healing is in operation.

You can have a disease, condition, tumor or symptom – something that can be readily seen and/or tested in your body but that doesn’t mean that God is not healing you. It just means that the thing is still present but so what? What does that mean? Satan is still active in the earth but that doesn’t mean that the Holy Spirit is not. The devil and his people are still here but that doesn’t negate that so we.

Galatians 5:16-18 puts it this way,

‘Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.’

Both the Spirit and the flesh are present. One doesn’t negate the other.

Romans 7:15-20 says,

‘For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me…. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.’

Both good and evil are present but that means absolutely nothing! In fact it proves that just because the flesh is present doesn’t mean that God’s Spirit is not. Just because good is present doesn’t mean that evil will exit. Both are on the scene. We just have to choose which we’re going to engage with.

Again, Jesus walked on water in the midst of a storm. Matthew 14:24-30 says,

But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

At first I thought that perhaps the storm had calmed when the Lord walked but verse 30 proves that it had not because Peter saw the boisterous wind. Again, just because the storm was there didn’t mean that God’s power wasn’t in operation.

What God wants us to see is that just because our situations seem to not have changed outwardly doesn’t mean that He isn’t moving inwardly. Just because something may be in your body doesn’t mean that God’s healing power isn’t in operation. We’ve just been trained to believe that because it is that we’re not when in fact we are! And if you’re having a hard time understanding this, that’s okay. This is faith. Faith doesn’t make sense. It’s illogical but this is what it means to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Cor 5:7). Just because you see something on an x-ray or have a symptom does not mean that the healing power of God isn’t present. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb. 11:1). All you need to do is get out of the habit of thinking that you have to see everything because there are times when you won’t. In fact, this is what the enemy does.

He provides grand illustrations and illustrious displays of power and pain. He’s a master at it but again, THAT. MEANS. ABSOLUTELY. NOTHING because we walk by faith and not by what we feel in our bodies or what the arch enemy of our soul shows us. Because again, the absence of one does not negate the other because eventually the high winds of that sickness will subside. How do I know? Because the winds eventually ceased.

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

The enemy cannot keep the healing power of God away. You just need to remember that God prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemy. Just because a polyp, cyst, tumor or sickness is present does not mean that God hasn’t invited You to the dinner table of healing. All you have to do is get comfortable eating in the presence of your enemy.

Pray this with me: Heavenly Father, I have seen the x-ray and I am experiencing the symptoms. Both of which have led me to believe that I am not healed. But just as Jesus came walking through that storm, I thank You that Your healing power is active in my body and that the winds of this sickness are subsiding. In Jesus’ name.

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