The Thought for the Week this week is written by Alison Speirs

by Susie Jean Sharkey


 “Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.”Mark‬ ‭11:22‬ ‭NLT‬‬


Faith


I’ve been reading an excellent book which was loaned to me by Vicki Russell, it is called, “The Real Faith for Healing”.  It is an updated version of a book on faith by Charles S. Price who was an old time Pentecostal minister, deeply used in healing during the first half of the twentieth century in America.
In it he addresses the vexed question of why some people are healed and others are not.  In his consideration of this question he draws a distinction between belief and faith which I found very useful.  His view is that for healing to flow we need the gift of faith to be in operation and that in seeking healing we err if we pursue the healing and not the Healer.  He writes at some length about receiving the faith for healing as a gift from God and gives many examples both from the lives of those who were healed and those who were not.
I found his thoughts and reasoning very convincing and without a doubt he was a man deeply used to minister healing to hundreds of desperately sick souls.  He gives many instances of remarkable touches of God in the book.
At the end of it I came away with a sense of rest that the healing Christ is the same Christ as the one who offers us salvation and who gives us His love.  The one thing that is required of us is that we sincerely seek His face and listen for His voice as His presence is, at the end of the day, all we need and He alone has the divine perfection which places healing within the structure of our lives as He chooses.