“And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God…And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk…And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.”
– Acts 3:2-8, 12, 16
This is a story that is not a mystery to the body of Christ. It’s one that we almost certainly hear all preachers cover at some point within the year, and perhaps more than once a year it is referred to in some manner. Most of the time, when we hear it referenced we are immediately taken away by the fact that someone who had been sick, downtrodden, and seemingly cursed from his mother’s womb for so long, yet he still was able to receive such a healing. Truth be told, if it is handled properly it has within it the ability to shout a church real good. I know for a fact that I’ve shouted at the mention of it a few times. However, when God gave it to me to read for this topic there was a different scent that my spirit was drawing in on. It wasn’t on the fact that he got the healing, who administered the healing process, or even the place the healing took place. My spirit kept pulling on me to continue reading. It wasn’t until verse 16 that my spirit felt fire ignite, but this fire was unfamiliar to me. It was so because it was one I’d never experienced, being that most of my spiritual fire experiences are related to a breakthrough of some sort. However, this fire was one that quickened me to take a seat for an impartation of spiritual wisdom. This same wisdom I want to impart to others.
Verse 16 says, “And his name, through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” This blew my mind when I first read it due to the fact of how confusing it sounds when reading it. So, I went back and read it again, and again, and again, then God spoke. He told me that I was missing the point of wisdom. Quick note: If you haven’t realized this yet, the majority of this article’s focus will be centered around verse 16. The point of wisdom is the first part of the scripture. “His name” is referencing the name of Jesus, but the next part is what blew my mind. “Through faith in his name” is where enlightenment comes. I asked God for clarification on this matter. What does it mean to have faith through his name? He told me to look up the definition for through. As I was reading them I came across one that gave me that same ignited fire that I had just experienced. “Continuing in time towards completion of a process or period; from beginning to end of an experience or activity, typically a tedious or stressful one.” Then I heard stop, that’s the definition to use. Now I have a question: what’s the difference between “by faith” and “through faith?” So, I had to look up the meaning of by, which is the identifying agent performing an action. Now, I’m confused. What does all this mean Lord?
This is what He gave me, “By faith is the act of doing something to achieve something greater, through faith is the process of suffering or enduring something until completion.” You missed it! Let me bring it back full circle for you. Most of the time whenever I hear someone preaching about faith, I always hear them use “by faith.” How do you please God? The answer is “by faith.” How do you receive the promises of God? Of course, “by faith.” How do you get God to respond to your situation? The answer is “by faith.” However, when God starred teaching me the difference between the two He said something so simple, yet it made a wealth of sense. He said, the reason why most people give up and never reach the promises for their life is due to their inability to distinguish the difference between by and through. Watch this. My assignment is to simply help us on this faith journey so that we can reach our expected ends in the Lord. Are you still watching? God told me to tell you that “by faith” is simply an activation of the promise. It does not give you access to the supply or provision of the promise, but it simply gives you a means of being able to access the supply (watch this) when when a demand has been placed on it. So, how does one go about putting a demand on the supply? I’m glad you asked. A demand on the supply can only be made “through faith.” Lost yet? Don’t worry, because God is about to learn us all something new today. Keep watching.
He told me to give you this example. Imagine when you decide to open up a new banking account. You go to the bank and open the account, and they inform you that your new bank card should be received within five business days. When you get the bank card it has a little white strip going across the top informing you that in order to gain access to the card you have to first activate it. Once it has been activated, you now have the ability to retrieve supply from your account through the ATM machines available; however, there is a huge factor that determines whether or not you are able to access the supply. What’s this factor y’all? Right! It’s a or several deposits. Have you deposited anything to withdraw from? In life, most of the time the way we go about getting our deposits made is by working and sacrificing our time for someone else’s money to benefit our lives and lifestyles. This in turn gives us the foreknowledge to know that if I have worked, then I have earned a deposit. Once there is a deposit, I can now place a demand on what’s rightfully mine and have my demands met.
In the Kingdom of God, once you have decided to give your life over to Him, He takes it upon Himself to establish an account with your name on it. Once that account has been established, He says you don’t have to work to earn the supply; however, you do have to endure in order to access the supply. Why? Your endurance is what places a demand on the supply. Say what? Basically, you do not have to physically labor in order to earn the deposits that have been made into your kingdom account, because God already told us that He supplies all our needs according to His riches and glory by Christ Jesus. However, in order to access His riches and glory there is a need for suffering and endurance. Why? The suffering and endurance will create the need that God must fulfill, thereby granting you access to His supply. Somebody still doesn’t get it. Okay, let’s try this another way.
When you decide to accept Jesus into your life and live your life as a believer, God takes it upon Himself to create a kingdom account for all your needs. However, he does not requires you to physically work and labor for the provision or deposits that he places in the account. Why? He is the supplier of all your needs, thereby voiding out your efforts of work to be the testimony of how you got the promise. He says, I don’t want your effort and work, but I want your endurance and worship. Why? Simply on the merit of you choosing to bank with Him positions you in the line of fire for the enemy, who is responsible for afflicting your entire life as a means of getting you to forsake and cancel your bank membership. Therefore, your endurance of the suffering that he brings your way will create the needs that I must fulfill. If He takes your job, then I must pay your bills. If he takes your car, then I must give you a better one. If he destroys your house, then I must construct and furnish your new home. If he attacks your family, friends, or anything around you, then I must restore order and possibly replace what he thinks he has repossessed. Why do I assume responsibility? I am the bank that you chose to bank with, and my allowance of the enemy to touch and gamble with your stuff entitles you to my stuff, as long as you endure it. So, your endurance creates the need, but how do I get the release of the supply? Worship. Worships let’s the enemy know that although my life and stuff went belly up, my trust and total confidence is still in my bank, The Bank of God. As a result, ImGod begins releasing things to you as He begins to rebuild your life according to His purpose. This is what through faith look me like.
I’m getting ready to close now, but before I do let’s recap. “By faith” is the activation of promise of supply, and “through faith” is the access to the promise of supply. “By faith” activates, while “through faith” anticipates by means of participating. In other words, there are some things that God will give you simply on the merit of you releasing your faith, but when it’s time for an unlocked destiny, a life changing breakthrough, or an impartation of the kind of power that chases devils out-breaks chains-looses bondage-and breaks curses off people, that only comes by “through faith” or suffering for a while. Just in case you still need a little reassurance that “through faith” is the way to access God’s supply let me give you a few examples. Job was the richest of the rich of his time. The enemy attacked and took mostly everything he had. Job suffered, endured, and eventually worshipped and got back everything the enemy stole, times two. The woman with the issue of blood was more than likely very wealthy. She spent all she had trying to get healed of an issue. She continued to endure and suffer for 12 years, heard of a man named Jesus and chose to believe on him. Her act of worship was bowing before him to just touch the hem of his garment, and Jesus told her that as a result of her faith she was made whole. Come here Lazarus! You all know him. He was the friend of Jesus, and his sister came to inform Jesus that he was on his dying bed. You know what happened. They waited for Jesus to show up, and eventually he ended up dying. Jesus showed up, spoke to the corpse and it found a grove.
Can I close this thing out now? I think I can. Shout I Still Believe! What I’m trying to show you is that if you lose anything or suffer anything as a result of your obedience to God and doing/living the way He called you to, then you are in the perfect position for Him to show up and show out on your behalf. Shout I Still Believe! It’s not just because you are going through, but it’s because of your mindset and attitude as you go through. That’s where the scripture comes into play: When the enemy comes in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard (Isaiah 59:19). Shout I Still Believe! That scripture signifies God’s hand of deliverance coming to assist, deliver, stabilize, strengthen, preserve, and establish His people who seem helpless in the eyes of the enemy they face. It’s His reassurance of His promise that He shall release His vengeance and give us the victory in everything that we face.
Can I go higher? Reach brother! I think I will! Shout I Still Believe! That’s when you make up your mind, without wavering and without faulted, that He Is that He Is. Additionally, He is a rewarded of those who diligently seek him. So, in pain I Still Believe! In sickness, I Still Believe! In disappointment, I Still Believe! In abuse, I Still Believe! In setbacks, setups, set downs, and any other type of set that is being used as an attack against me, I Still Believe! Shout I Still Believe! I Still Believe that He is God all by himself and He doesn’t need any help from me. I Still Believe that He is my glory and the lifted up of my head! I Still Believe that He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end! I Still Believe that He is the omnipresent, omnipotent, everlasting, and soon coming King! I Still Believe that He is the deliverer of His people! I feel my help coming now!
I’m going higher! Shout I Still Believe! I Still Believe that He is Jehovah Jireh, my provider! He is Jehovah Rophe, my healer! Jehovah Nissi, my banner! Jehovah Shalom, my peace! Jehovah Rohi, my shepherd! Jehovah Tsidkenu, my righteousness! Jehovah Mekadesh, my sanctifier! Jehovah Shammah, ever present with me! Shout I Still Believe! If all that is too much to remember, He gave us a quick way to get His attention. He gave us a name that every knee must bow to and every tongue must confess to. He said in case you’re in a severe situation, and your mind is playing tricks on you to the point where you can’t think of anything else, simply shout Jesus! There’s power, in the name of Jesus! There’s healing, in the name of Jesus! There’s liberty, freedom, deliverance, and salvation, in the name of Jesus! There’s righteousness, in the name of Jesus! As a matter of fact, Excuse Me, let me call his name real quick: JESUS! JESUS! JESUS! JESUS! JESUS! Why you calling him? I need thee ole, I need thee. Every hour I need thee! Oh bless, me now, my savior! I’ve come to thee!
What are you saying to us Kean? If you are one of the select few people who are suffering as a result of your obedience to God, going through the fire as a result of you taking action on His word, enduring hardship after hardship as a result of your doing His will for your life, then get yourself ready! The Bible says, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory (1 Corinthians 14:17).” I’m trying to tell you that what you’re going through is called through faith, and it must complete not only the period of time allotted for it but it must also work to bring you to your expected end. How do I know this? All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are the called according to His purpose. So, instead of complaining about the suffering and complaining about the hardship or fire, position yourself at the feet of God. Once you’re there start asking, God what purpose is this working for me? What purpose are you bringing me into? What purpose do I need to shift my focus to? Now, you have put a demand on God to grant you access, thereby His release of the supply that He has reserved just for you. If you believe Shout Yes! Yes! Yes! No go through it and go do it, Through Faith! Be blessed and stay encouraged!