As far as prosperity and abundance go, though I still believe it is our faith that activates these promises, I feel there are certain other acts we must do in order to bring forth the financial overflow we may need or the abundance we desire. We must be good stewards of what God has already blessed us with. If we are not good stewards of our tithes and management over our money, I do not feel He is going to bless us with more. It simply does not make sense to my feeble mind why God would give you more of something when you cannot take responsibility for what He has already given you.
However, as for health and healing, this is what God showed me this morning. Throughout my studies of God's Word ... through the Bible and teaching tapes, etc. ... I have always concluded that it is our faith which activates God's promises. If we believe for healing, we shall be healed. If we believe for good health, it shall be ours. It is not to say we will not suffer in the flesh as others do, but I believe that during this time of suffering if we will declare His promises and walk towards what we believe, then it shall be ours. This is not to say if you can neglect your body and abuse it God will grant you this desire because as with abundance, I do not feel He will. Why should He bless you with good health and healing if all you are going to do is continue to abuse and neglect your body. I do, however, believe we do not have to pray 'for God's will' when we declare wholeness in our bodies because it is God's will to heal us. It is everywhere throughout the Bible where God healed people based on their faith. He would say things as, "Go, your faith has made you whole" and "Because of your faith, you are healed". It was His promise of that day and it is still His promise of today. God's word has not changed, and as stated in Isaiah 55:11, His word shall not return to us void.
When contemplating all of this during my study time this morning, God gave me a clear example of how it works. As I stated before, faith is the key that activates God's promises. Look at it as this ... God's promises are products on the shelf of a store. In order to purchase those products, we have to expend our money, which is our faith, in order to receive the benefit of the products. It is the same with our faith and His promises. In order to benefit from God's promises, we have to purchase them with our faith. How much of His promises we can purchase is based on the amount of faith we have, just as how much we can purchase of the products is based on how much money we have. It simply became so much clearer to me this morning, and I felt so led to share it with you.
Activate your faith today and claim the promises God has for you. He is standing before you with open arms and promises He so desires to give you ... won't you active those promises today!