Faith versus Foolishness │© Fola Daniel Adelesi

One of the most asked questions in the Christian world today is about people not being able to know when to say it is well as a result of faith or claiming it is well when they are actually dying in some problems. Should we express faith when we are sick or in trouble or should be ‘realistic’ and tell people what exactly is the problem?
I believe that this will answer the question and show us some wisdom regarding expressing faith and talking about troubles or challenges. I will draw my reference from the Bible using a woman I have written about a number of times. I think she did something really smart and that’s one of the things people have read and also misinterpreted to start acting outside of faith but they say it is faith.
The Bible gives us an account of the woman’s life. She did not have a son but was nice to the man of God (Elisha) by being a host to him any time the man of God was passing by. For that act, the man of God prophesied that she was going to have a son. It happened and one day, the child was with the father in the field when he complained he had headache. The father asked the servants to take the child to the mother. When the child got to the mother, he died.
Interesting, the mother only requested tools that will help her travel fast to get to the house of the man of God. She didn’t tell her husband the problem because she knows the husband does not have the solution. She simply said it is well. She left hurriedly to see the man of God.
“Please run now to meet her, and say to her, ‘Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?'” And she answered, “It is well.” 2 Kings 4:26. This was what she said when the man of God saw her afar off and the man sent his servant (Gehazi) to meet her. That answer he gave was to the servant of the man of God.
You also need to note that when she eventually got to the man of God, what she said was different! Here’s her word in front of the man of God:
Now when she came to the man of God at the hill, she caught him by the feet, but Gehazi came near to push her away. But the man of God said, “Let her alone; for her soul is in deep distress, and the LORD has hidden it from me, and has not told me.” Verse 27.
Immediately, the man of God gave instructions that will help bring back the dead child. Note that she said to every other person ‘it is well’ but when she got to the person who could help her, she stated what the real problem was.
When people are asking you what is wrong, you don’t have to tell them your problems if they can’t help you. But when you get to the presence of those that can help you, it is important to say exactly what the problem is. The woman was not saying it is well to the man of God. She mentioned her problem.
You will also note that she didn’t just carry the child in her arms within the house and saying it is well. She stepped out of the house. The real faith of the woman was not in her confessions alone. She said it is well and she backed it up by action! She went to the place where the wellness was going to be perfected. Even the Bible makes a powerful statement in James 2:20 ‘But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?’ In verse 26 it says ‘For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.’ NKJV.
You can’t say you have faith and not take action. You can’t be sick and claim to have faith why lying in the same room. To prove that you have faith you need to get up from that room. The faith you are exercising in that context is for healing so you must get to the hospital, know what went wrong and then narrow down your faith to that particular ailment. That way, the faith is more focused and more powerful in dispelling the ailment. The doctors will give you what they need to give you but you know that it is not the drugs that brought down the ailment. It was your faith.
Some people say how can you use drugs when you have faith? Well I have seen several people who used drugs but never got well! They still died! That tells you the drug guarantees no healing. Some people will have faith and will respond miraculously to treatment! This has to be so because you are now using curative faith.
For me, I use the preventive or the proactive faith. I keep saying I can never be sick. I keep saying that I have divine health and I have never been restricted to hospitals on the account of being sick. And it will never happen to me. Why am I saying this? I am saying what I want because what you say is what you get.
So where is the problem for many people? You need to know the difference between the preventive or proactive faith and the curative faith! With preventive faith, you are not sick. Nothing is wrong with you but you profess having divine health all through your life. If you ever fall sick, you have to note that you are already sick so what you want to engage is the curative faith. You will go through every necessary treatment while still confessing that you are well.
This goes beyond being sick. It extends to other areas of our lives. Your personal protection needs faith on the preventive level and can be engaged on the curative level. If you are not under attack, you keep saying you are covered in the blood of Jesus. Nothing is permitted to go wrong. but I also heard of a brother who was kidnapped. In that case you have to engage curative faith. He managed to send a message to his wife who then called other church members and the pastor. They prayed and he was released by the kidnappers.
There are so many issues we can touch on as far as this is concerned but the most important is what the Bible has already told us. Faith without works is dead! Don’t be foolish. While professing faith, take the right action.

Fola Daniel Adelesi
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