"Surely He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:4,5

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I remember back in 1998 when I got my drivers license. I studied so hard for it, and I was so nervous but I passed the first time on my driving test. When the examiner handed me my license I knew I had in my hand the proof that gave me the legal right to drive a car.

I had not changed on the outside, nobody could tell by looking at me I now had legal right to get behind the wheel of a car and drive.  The only proof was my drivers license. I did not walk around remdining myself I now could drive a car, I knew I could because of my drivers license.

When I married in 2010 the pastor pronounced us man and wife. The ring on my finger tells me I am a married man. But if I where to remove that ring I would still be a married man. If I where to remove my ring nobody could know I am married, but I would know because of my decision to say yes to my wife in 2010.

The drivers license and the wedding ring serves as evidence that I have a legal right to drive a car, and I am a married man. But if I lost them, I would still have a legal right to drive a car and still be a happily married man. Because it has nothing to do with material things, but it has all to do with my faith.

Because of something that happened in the past, my driving test and my marriage, I now believe I am able to drive a car and live as a happily married man.

What happened the day you got saved?

The Holy Spirit convinced you of your need to be reconciled to God. The Holy Spirit worked on your mind and showed you your need for forgiveness, then He showed you the love of God expressed in the cross. So you chose by faith to believe Jesus died for your sins. This saved you, reconciled you to God and made you a child of God.

Your faith in something that happened in the past, the death of Jesus for your sins, saved you.

It would be foolish of me to ask my wife to marry me now. We are already married, so I dont have to ask her to repeat our marriage. Yes it happened in the past, but what happened in the past and my choice to believe what happened in the past, makes me a married man today.

My faith makes me a married man, so I choose to live by faith. Each and every day you choose to live by faith. You choose to believe you have a job to go to or a school to study at. Our lives are build up around faith, faith in things that happened in the past that defines who we are today.

It would be foolish of you to ask the Lord to save you now. You are saved, a child of God because of your faith in what Jesus did for you at the cross. Yes it happened in the past, but what happened in the past and your choice to believe Jesus died for you makes you a saved man or woman today. So you would never ask the Lord to save you now, and if I asked you if you are saved you would say "Yes, I am saved".

Isaiah 53:4 and 5 tells us that Jesus died for our sins. Those 2 verses in the Bible is the foundation for our faith in our salvation. They are the reason why we believe Jesus died for us for our sins.

But they are also telling us Jesus died for our griefs and sorrows. What are causing you grief and sorrow in your life? A lack of things, a need of things, things we need from day to day. If you need healing, money, provision, guidance, protection Isaiah 53:4 and 5 tells us the death of Jesus was enough to satitsfy those needs.

So when Jesus died for you He gave you reconciliation to God, He carried all your sins, and He gave you everything you need from day to day in this life. (Isaiah 53:4,5)

So you do not need anything but the death of Jesus in your life.

Your faith in the death of Jesus makes you righteous. It reconciles you to God. (Rom 3:22) But it also guarantees that God will heal you, provide for you, protect you and meet every need.

So why then would you ask God to heal you, provide for you, protect you, deliver you when you would not ask Him to save you because you are already saved?

You are already saved, so you would never ask God to save you. But the Bible says you are already healed, wealthy, protected, provided for. So there is no need to ask Him to save you, heal you, provide for you or to meet your needs. He has already done all of that, you just have to believe.

To ask Him to heal you, provide for you or to meet your needs would be just as foolish as me asking my wife to marry me when we are already married. It would be just as foolish as you asking God to save you when you are already saved.

I know, you do not feel healed. You do not feel wealthy. But when Moses was facing the Red Sea He did not see the solution to his problem in the natural. In the natural he saw the Egyptian army closing in on them, and a large sea in front of them. Moses chose to believe in Gods word more then he believed in what he saw with his eyes. Moses used what we all use every day without being aware of it, he used his faith.

His decision to use his faith the right way parted the Red Sea. His decision to use his faith the right way made it possible for the Israelites to see the greatest miracle known to man, the Red Sea parted and the entire Egyptian army drowned after the Israelites had crossed safely.

If we use our faith the right way, to believe Jesus has died for our sins, we become reconciled to God. Our faith in Jesus death on the cross saves us. But our faith in Jesus death on the cross heals us, provides for us and meets every need.

Should we not pray then?

Of course we should pray, but make a mental note of your own mind when you pray. Do you pray with faith? Or do you pray with doubt?

I know for myself if I am asking there is always a sense of doubt. Its natural for a human being to think that way, we are used to asking for something and we know we can get a no or a yes.

But God has already provided for us, so we dont need to ask Him to heal us or to meet our needs. That has already happened.

Should we not pray then?

Of course we should pray. But when you pray, tell God what is on your mind. Tell Him why you are worried, what you need. And instead of asking Him to give you those things, express your faith by thanking Him that He has already provided those things for you.

Tell Him you believe you are already healed, provided for, every need met because of the cross of Jesus Christ.

That is true biblical prayer. Telling God what you need, and then thanking Him for already giving it to you.

What if He does not give it?

Perhaps it can take some time. He has promised to give it to us, in His timing. And while we are waiting, we are to do like Moses. We are to exercise our faith on the cross reminding ourself that because He gave us Jesus for our sins we can trust Him to meet all our needs. (Rom 8:32)

So make sure you are using your faith correctly. Make sure you are focused on the death of Christ as the source to meet all your needs. Dont focus on the circumstances in your life. Do like Moses did and declear for yourself, "I am healed, I am wealthy, I am delivered, I am free, I am reconciled and saved because Jesus died for me".

You will be amazed of the things that will start happening in your life.