When the disciples tried unsuccessfully to cast out a demon that had made a child sick, they asked Jesus ~ “Why couldn’t we cast it out?” Jesus answered them… “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17.19-20). In this and other similar passages of scripture, we learn several highly important spiritual concepts. First, that many diseases are caused by demons. This is why medical science has no idea as to the origin of disease. ~ “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10.38).
Faith as a Seed
Christ’s method of healing of the sick was what He called ‘seed faith,’ and it often included casting out fowl spirits of infirmity. I have been teaching what ‘faith as a seed’ is for many years, but in this little space let’s cut straight to the chase. It is imperative that one understand that the faith that God speaks of, and in this case Christ, is something that contains ‘life.’ Faith is the mother of all creation, the spiritual origin of everything that has life through the Spirit of God … “faith as a ‘seed’.” ~ “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11.3). The faith of God, the faith of Christ, the Bible kind of faith HAS LIFE in it. It is a manifestation of the Spirit of God, that is why it is capable of giving life to the dead and doing all things—because it is filled with the life (power) of God. True faith ‘is full of ‘ZOE.’ The Greek word translated ‘life’ is the word ZOE, which means…“eternal life, abundant life, the life of God.” It does things because it is ‘alive’ with eternal life.
Strength is Vulnerable
So Christ said ~ “So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17.20). The faith we are talking about, the faith of God, which is given to us through the Living Word1 of God, not only is capable of doing things, it does ALL THINGS… ‘nothing will be impossible for you when you learn to develop Faith as a Seed. That is what Christ is communicating. If you want to foment the faith that moves mountains, you have to think of your faith as a seed that contains Zoe-life. Life is capable of doing all things, but it begins as a seed. A seed is vulnerable in the beginning, and if you neglect it, it will die before it has enough time to produce its fruit.
Breaking Demonic Oppression
The last thing time will permit us to mention today is that when you begin to develop Faith as a seed in your life, that Supernatural seed of faith will not only heal you, it will break the demonic power oppressing those around you with sickness. You will speak simple words of faith in prayer to the sick, and they will rise up totally healed and set free. As Jesus said, you will shatter the power of demonic oppression over people simply by speaking words of faith; the blind will see the light of life, the sick will be healed, and the depressed will be set free from demonic torment. ~ “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10.7-8).
And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.
1. Romans 10.17
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