“…as you have believed, so let it be done for you...,” (Matthew 8:13).“Live by faith, not by sight,” (2 Corin 5:7).
The woman with the defective “flow of blood,” (Luke 8:48) first believed then received. She lived by faith, not sight. Think about it? She had a 100% failure rate. If she was going by experience, then she had no reason believe to be healed. Even if she sought Yahweh before in the temple, she was not healed, and so, had a 100% pragmatic reason to believe it was not God’s Will to heal her. God told Jacob to let Him go. Thus, that was God’s will, right? God gave the Canaanite woman a, ‘no’ answer, and He went has far to give a correct (redemptive historical) theological reason for the no. Thus, it was God’s will not to heal her daughter, right? Elijah’s prayer for rain failed 6 times, thus, God said no 6 times. thus, it was God’s will not to answer Elijah’s prayer, right? God told Moses He was going to wipe Israel off the face of the earth; thus, it was God’s Will, right?
Again, she first believed then received from God. It was not first received then believed later. Hebrews says, that you must believe God is. Good for you if you do this, I bet even the demons believe that God “exists.” But do the demons believe God will reward them with salvation and resurrection, and healing and victory over their enemies and riches and lands and all sorts of goodies?
Hebrews 11:6 also says, AND believe God rewards, FAITH. James 5:15 says, if you have faith, you will be healed, and that you will be forgiven of your sins. Here, God is rewarding faith with healing and forgiveness. Do you believe God is a rewarder and giver to faith? God rewards faith for both natural and spiritual realities. It is a certainty. Both those promises are made certain, for both are ratified in the blood oath of God in Jesus’ blood. Did you take time to see what God rewarded faith in Hebrews 11?
Some disobedient persons live by sight. They will say, “Well, I don’t see this this when I pray. I don’t see it in history. I don’t see it in others.” Yet, this is empiricism, which is the starting point for atheism. It is the starting axiom for all human philosophy. It is Satan’s axiom. Such people outdo the Pope for being a dual epistemology with Scripture. They make the Pope look good in regards to respecting the Scripture. LOL. HAHAHAH. They need to come out of the closet and just say, “Sola empiricism”, and “To David Hume be all the glory.” They might actually believe God exists. But, who cares? In order to “please God” they must yield and submit to God’s description of reality; they must believe He rewards faith. But since this is not yielding to empiricism, their true master, they will not do it.