Note: This is Sarah’s explanation of the chart she drew and talked about at the end of her testimony. To listen to Sarah’s testimony in full, click here.
When we begin with prayer, simple and concise, asking God to give us the desire to grow closer to Him, asking Him to help us cultivate a desire to read His Word, He answers. He wants every single one of us to experience life. He is faithful in the smallest things! He sees the sincere heart with which we ask, and He is willing and eager to grant our request. The combination of prayer and reading the Bible is powerful, so powerful that it is inevitable that we will start to experience changes in our hearts and minds almost immediately. It’s not something that we have to do of ourselves, its the power of God transforming us! Day by day, as we are persistent in our prayers and searching of the Scriptures, we will be transformed to be more and more like Jesus. God will transform our insides, but He also wants to show us physical, tangible proof of His love.
When we choose to continue being faithful in prayer and reading our Bibles, daily experiencing the power of God, we start to see miracles. Real, 21st century miracles. We start to realize that we aren’t just lucky and that things don’t happen by coincidence. We receive the ability to recognize miraculous events and answers to our prayers. So many people say faith is believing without seeing, I think that’s only half of it. Yes, initially it takes a little faith to start talking to God in prayer, but once we start to see God working in our lives, our faith grows because we SEE the the miracles, we experience transformation in real time.
So here’s the thing that so many people miss. Action. Once we have this belief, this solid faith that Jesus is real and that He is working in our lives, what are we doing with it? Are we using our faith, or just holding on to it? We need to take action, stepping out and doing something with our faith. I believe this to be the second most crucial step in the process of salvation, second only to prayer. When we begin to act on our faith, reaching out to others, finding the ministries we were created for, we begin to experience ultimate healing. The kind of total transformation we were looking for when we first started praying. The healing that enlightens our minds, mends our hearts and prepares us for heaven.
See, when Christ returns, He will make us totally new, but why wait to start the process? We have early access to the tree of life, a personal connection to THE HEALER. Here’s the most beautiful thing of all, we have all been given a measure of faith, enough to begin the journey towards ultimate healing today. The only thing we have to do is claim it. Jesus said to the woman who washed His feet with her hair, “Your faith has liberated you. Go in peace.”