Denial is the Easier Thing
Updated: May 21, 2020
Often when I hear Christians speak of faith, it is in the context of denial. Like, "Don't say you're sick. Say you're healed in Jesus' name!" Now, I am all for speaking life and not death into your situation for death and life is in the power of the tongue (Proverb 18:21). But sometimes, one must ask, "Am I speaking life into my situation, or denying it? And in denying it, am I denying God's power to overcome it?"
Take for example the story in Matthew 9. A lame man comes to Jesus and Jesus tells him his sins are forgiven. The religious people almost have heart attacks at the audacity of Jesus to say such a thing. Check out verses 5-8:
5 "Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 6 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” 7 Then the man got up and went home. 8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.
In David Guzik's commentary of Matthew 9, he points out, "Both healing and forgiveness are impossible with man. Yet only the promise of healing could be immediately proven, because though you can't see someone's sin is forgiven, but you can see that they are healed." Wow! Not only did Jesus do the "easier thing" for them since they were filled with great unbelief at his power, but he also forgave the man's sins! Now, imagine if the man were to say, "No Jesus, I have no sins, and I don't need healing, for I believe in God." Would that have been faith or denial? My guess is the latter.
I think sometimes it is easier for us to settle for the "easier thing." I can just deny that I have depression, rather than believe in a God who can help me overcome and live life in spite of my depression. I can just deny my eczema, rather than believe God can heal me from that and all ailments. But the difference between speaking death and speaking the truth and believing God is speaking the truth and believing God! It is saying to the impossible circumstances in your life, "My heart and my flesh may fail, but God is the strength of my heart" (Psalm 73:26).
Let's not live in denial any longer, but live by faith that God can do exceedingly and abundantly above all we can ask or think.