Acts 14:7 And there they preached the gospel. 8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked: 9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, 10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.
Faith is a way of living above what we see and feel. Faith is the victory that overcomes the world. Faith is also an ACT. Here in this passage of Scripture from the Book of Acts we see an example of this. Paul preached the Gospel and a cripple man who never had walked, never knew anything else but being cripple, and who had no past experience to draw hope from to walk heard the Gospel.
Paul perceived he had faith to be healed yet he was still a cripple. You can have faith to be healed and not be healed. He did not lack faith or a belief in healing. Faith for anything comes by hearing the Word (Romans 10:17) and this man heard the Word being preached. Nothing was possible to change his condition until he heard the Word. Paul spoke the Gospel and the man had faith to be healed. Apparently, the Gospel must contain more than hearing about salvation because he heard something that deposited faith for healing into him. The man didn’t lack faith to be healed but he lacked acting on his faith or belief.
We sometimes substitute our belief in healing, our mental agreement that it is a truth and God’s will for the actual hearing of God’s Word. The Word of God is extremely important to hear on a regular basis in order to be full of faith for healing. The very same faith that is used for receiving salvation will also receive healing. How does faith come for salvation? Romans 10:17 tells us, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” How does faith come for healing? The exact same way, by hearing the Word:
Acts 14:9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed.
Luke 5:15 But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.
Luke 6:17 And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases.