“Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen.”Matthew 21:21
I’ve read and heard this verse more times in my life than I could possibly count. In that time I was certain I fully comprehended the words Jesus was saying. However, in truth I was only reading it in its most basic form. But in November 2014, during a season of absolute desperation and searching the scriptures for hope, I was lead to this verse again. It was then I finally read past what was there on the surface, and discovered what it was really conveying.
Yes, yes. I know. Faith was last week’s topic, the gift of healing is this week’s focus. But you see, it takes faith to allow us to operate in the gift of healing, as it does for any gift of the spirit, for that matter. And that is the very revelation I received upon reading the verse above in a new understanding. Not a revelation in that if I have faith in The Lord and do not doubt, can I do greater things than He. No, that much is a given and I already had that down for some time.
In fact, upon coming to this verse at that time, I remember feeling frustrated that He was implying that I didn’t have faith in Him to do what I was so desperately asking of Him, when I knew I did. I didn’t have the slightest waiver in my faith in Him or even that He would answer my prayer. So I couldn’t understand why He would show me this particular verse.
….It’s because it wasn’t about faith in Him. It was about faith in me.
My revelation was in understanding for the first time that Jesus wasn’t saying if I have faith in Him and do not doubt, can I do greater things than He; He was saying if I have faith in myself and do not doubt, greater things will I do. Not faith in my human self of course, but in my spirit self, the one that’s connected to the Holy Spirit.
Read the verse this way:
“Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if YOU have faith and don’t doubt, YOU can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen.” Matthew 21:21
He’s saying that I must have faith and not doubt that I can do this. That the whole reason I can is because of the authority I have to do so that He has given me. The authority that comes from Jesus in me.
If you think about it, there’s no other way operating in the gifts of the Spirit could work; through Christ that lives in me. And there in lies the key to having these gifts. It’s in accepting who we are in Christ and Who He is in us, as well as the power and authority that comes with it.
This beautiful epiphany came to me while I was desperately praying for healing for someone precious to me. Admittedly, I was in a spiritually weak place. Driven by emotions, I was begging God to heal my friend, even though I knew I didn’t have to beg Him ever for anything. But it was exactly in that weak state that He chose to meet me there, giving me a rhema word in opening my eyes to the authority that I possess. It gave me a fresh perspective on how I need to filter every aspect of my life— through Christ Who lives in me.
I don’t know that I have the gift of healing, but the scriptures say we can ask for and have any or all of the gifts of the spirit— and I do ask. I do know though, that any gift is only going to be as effective as my faith in myself because of the One who lives in me.
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Heather Whidden loves Jesus, is married to her best friend and is mother of 3 blessings. She is a professional photographer and has a heart for ministry. She loves spending time with her family and friends, writing, reading, and traveling. Time and people is what she values most. You can read more about her here.