Propped Up by Faith
Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. Matthew 8:13
The Healing and prosperity gospel is propped up by faith. One of the reasons traditional christianity has failed so miserably in this area is that they don’t believe in healing and prosperity—they have no faith for it. They don’t prop it up by their faith. If your faith isn’t holding it up, the prosperity gospel can’t exist.
Christians can go on being christians—live and die and go to heaven—and that’s just fine, but prosperity will never exist in their life and healing will never exist in their lives. Because, prosperity and healing is only propped up by your faith. The whole message of prosperity, the whole message of healing, is only propped up by your faith.
Regular christianity is propped up by traditional thinking. Once you’ve got the traditional thinking settled it doesn’t go anywhere. It’s propped up by tradition. It’s very powerless. Jesus even said as much.
Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, Mark 7:13
But here we are talking about prosperity and healing—which are in the Word of God—and are very effectual when you prop them up by your faith.
1. An object placed beneath or against a structure to keep it from falling or shaking; a support.
2. One that serves as a means of support or assistance, or to sustain.
To support by placing something beneath or against; shore up.
What is going to support or sustain prosperity or healing in your life? Your faith. Not God. That’s the problem with people who wait on the sovereignty of God or the grace of God to somehow come down and help them in their situation. He’s not going to! He’s not coming. Nobody likes it when I say that. But, it’s the truth. God’s not going to heal you. God’s not going to help you. God’s not going to prosper you. Why not? Doesn’t He love me? Yes, He loves you but everything He does He does by FAITH!—your faith.
Prosperity and healing is propped up by your faith. If you don’t apply your faith to it, then there is nothing there. It doesn’t exist. You are waiting on an answer that doesn’t exist.
Have you ever seen a second floor porch that is supported by a beam? The beam holds up the porch. It props it up. If you take the beam away, what happens to the porch? It comes tumbling down.
Without the propping up it all comes tumbling down.
Everyone is in the same situation. You can be going along, doing your job and believing for healing and prosperity. Doing just fine and all of a sudden you stop. You stop doing your confessions, you stop praying in tongues, you stop meditating in the word on healing and prosperity. You stop propping it up with your faith. Guess what happens. Here comes sickness. Here comes lack.
Who’s propping it up. Your faith. What did Jesus say? Be it unto you as you have believed. Get it?
Now this is good news if you take it in the right way. You can prop it up! You are not limited in the degree of how much you want it propped up. How much health and wealth do you want. It’s not up to God. It’s up to you.
The Spirit of God says, “It is not My will or plan that people be healed or prospered apart from their faith.”
Sounds kind of rough doesn’t it? Listen. The opposite side also must be true. If it is God’s will that you have healing and prosperity that is propped up by your faith—that’s His plan, that’s His will—so it’s not His plan or His will that you have prosperity and healing apart from faith.
…for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Romans 14:23
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 John 2
Some people will say that God can—prosper them or heal them—if He wants to. No. He already said what He wants to. He wants you to believe His word. He want’s you to use your faith.
He said for you to resist the devil and he will flee from you. You do the resisting of the devil and the devil does the fleeing. That’s God’s plan. That’s God’s will. That’s God’s way. So, taking this on the opposite side, it can’t be God’s plan for the devil to flee from you unless you resist him. Right? Because, God said you have to resist him. He said the devil will flee if you resist.
When people separate God from His word they’ve taken an unfortunate step into traditional thinking that makes the word of God of no effect.
Be it unto you as you have believed. Not as I’ve believed. Who does the believing in your life? You do. So when you have people, who—as an act of their own traditional thinking—have nothing to do with prosperity or healing, what’s going to happen to them? No prosperity. No healing. Do you think God stays awake at night worrying about it? No, they’ve chosen unbelief.
All Scriptures Contain Faith
Every scripture has enough faith—contained within it—to bring itself to pass. You are not trying to work up something. You are simply extracting the faith that’s already in that word, putting it in your spirit, and allowing that scripture to bring itself to pass in your life. It’s what you do with it that counts.
For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, 2 Corinthians 1:20
You can take your bible and find thousands of promises in it. Prosperity scriptures? Healing scriptures? Yes.
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 1 Peter 2:24
The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. Proverbs 10:22
These are out-right promises of God. Guess what happens if you don’t believe it? It—the promise—won’t be done unto you. It will just stay in that book and you will live and die without it. Sorry. In a way, that is God’s will too. He truly wants you to get the faith out of that word necessary to have it in your life, but, if not, it is not His will that you get that blessing outside of His word and faith in His word.
All the promises of God have faith in them, and the kind of faith, and enough faith to bring it to pass in your life. It’s what you do with it that counts. But I am telling you that without the word of faith, without the scriptures, without your faith propping up prosperity and healing in your life, you won’t have it. It may be God’s will that you have it, but it’s also God’s will that you don’t have it apart from faith.
Faith is the method that He created for everyone.
Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all… Romans 4:16
This is God’s method, so that the promise would be guaranteed to everyone. Not just people who were born into prosperity, not just people who were born with good health and good looks, but, available to everyone. This is God’s method.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
Without faith it is impossible to please God. Does your bible say that? Is it possible to please God apart from faith? Is He pleased by you being healed and prospered apart from faith?
I made my decision a long time ago that when I see something in the word that doesn’t line up with my traditional thinking, guess who gets to change? Me. My thinking changes.
I used to think, God is a good God and He wants everybody healed and everybody prospersous. But, how many people did Jesus heals apart from faith? Did he just walk down the street and say, “your healed, your healed, your healed! Even though you are an ignorant unbeliever and don’t listen to anything I say, be healed anyway.” Did he do that? No.
He wasn’t even the one who incited the healing when the Centurion came up to him and took healing from him. The Centurion took healing from Jesus. He took it. You can take healing and prosperity from God and it is His will that you do. Or, you can take nothing from God and sit there in your little stinky unbelief and your rubbish thinking and never get a single thing from God. Both are His will—because His word is His will. But, it’s all up to you.
Say, it’s up to me!
There are christians out there who don’t believe in healing and prosperity and they are waiting on something to happen. They are waiting on the sovereignty of God, the grace of God, and the prayer chain to do something. Nothing will happen.
God says, Faith pleases Me. Without faith it is impossible to please Me (God) for he that comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. What pleases God? Believing He is AND He is a rewarder of you.
Just believing that God exists, doesn’t please Him. The devil believes God is. Do you think the devil is pleasing God? No. You have to believe God is AND that He is a rewarder of you. That’s what pleases Him.
The prosperity and healing gospel is propped up by your faith. If it’s not propped up by your faith it doesn’t exist. It’s not even there. It’s as if it was a vapor that completely disappeared from off the face of the earth.
You are the barometer of your own success or failure. Not me. Not your mom or dad. Not your neighbor. Do you want success, prosperity, and healing to exist in your life? If you don’t prop it up with your faith—that comes by hearing the word—it won’t exist. It won’t be in your life and stop crying to God about it!
It’s far better to have the scriptures in your life. It’s far better to have the word of God doing things for you, than to have it not even exist.
Andrew J Hemstrought