Matthew 12:13 NKJV

Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other.

In this passage, Jesus is ministering to a man who had a hand that was withered. The miracle was performed because of the anointing on Jesus but the man had to act in faith to get it. Jesus gave a command. The hand did not begin to be restored until the man did what Jesus said. He stretched out a hand that could not be stretched out. He could have said, “I can’t stretch it out. Can’t you see that it is withered?” Instead, he believed in the anointing that was on Jesus and he took a step of faith that resulted in him receiving God’s healing mercy. Sometimes our restoration will require us to step out in faith and do what we could not normally do. In 2 Kings 5, we have record of a leper being told to go under the water in Jordan seven times for his healing. It sounded crazy but it worked. The leper had his body restored. So if we hear God giving us instructions that don’t seem to make sense, we need to shut our minds up and just do what the Lord tells us to do. Without faith it is impossible to please God.

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