Faith Stops at the Question Mark

Have you ever wondered what makes faith stop working? Yes, we can stop our faith from working. We don’t like to think of that happening, but we often times hinder our faith and sometimes stop it completely (or prevent it from producing). I once heard a pastor say, “Faith stops at the question mark”.  I thought, that’s it!

Faith begins where the will of God is known. The will of God and His Word are the same.  Our faith is based on what we know personally about God’s Word. Therefore, not knowing or being unsure of God’s Word will influence what we believe to be the will of God. This is very true concerning healing. Lack of knowledge of the Word, doubt, or unbelief will cause your faith to be interrupted or stop operating. For example, praying “if it be thy will” will not produce health because you are not convinced that God wants you healed.  Or, to put it another way, you won’t act in faith to receive healing because you are unsure if God wants you to have it.  You must know, be convinced, and fully persuaded that it is God’s will to heal you. Otherwise, you experience what the Bible says in James 1:6-8: “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

Think about it. Have you ever been tossed to and fro in a situation like you had no control?  Well, that is exactly what happens when you do not make a quality decision to believe what God says is yours. So, how do you remove your doubts and questions? It is simple: find out God’s will and choose to believe His will is true concerning you. When you know the will of God and make the decision to act on His will, your faith will begin to produce the desired result! Without any doubt, the will of God is that you be healed, for his Word says, “I am the Lord your God that heals you” (Exodus 15:26) and “by the stripes of Jesus you are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).