Have you noticed that faith is a theme found in scripture?? Have you noticed how often Jesus referred to faith and how it connects to the spiritual? It’s a fascinating study. Before you read His word, I encourage you to ask God to show you His themes and His truth. Here are some examples.
Luke 17:1-5 (NKJV)
17 Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. 3 Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you,rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”
5 And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
This passage raises some questions. What is the connection between faith and being a good spiritual example? How can we be bridges to God and all that He is instead of barriers to Him and His way of life and love? What is the connection between faith and forgiveness, many times repeated forgiveness? After hearing these words, why did the disciples ask Jesus to increase their faith? On the surface, the passage was about not being a stumbling block to new believers and being willing to forgive those who hurt us repeatedly as long as they repented.
Matthew 9:27-28 (NKJV)
27 When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”
28 And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”
This is but one example in scripture about the connection between faith and healing. Another example follows. Did you realize there was nothing that these men could do on their own power to increase their faith? So where did that faith come from? Scripture tells us that faith is a gift from God and a fruit of the spirit. This tells us that God the Holy Spirit was at work, granting these blind men the faith that they needed to be made whole by Jesus. The same is true for us. God the Holy Spirit works in us so that we are spiritually equipped to be and do what God has for us to be and do.
Mark 9:23-25 (NKJV)
23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!”
Here a desperate dad looks at himself and sees what he thinks he lacks: adequate faith to deliver his child from the kingdom of darkness. He knows he cannot cast the demon out himself, and he wants to remove any stumbling block to Jesus doing this work. This shows us that anything within Godly parameters can be done as long as the right conditions exist. How totally do you rely upon God to heal or deliver you from demons or a bad life situation?
Pastor George and I pray that these inspired words have a real impact on your spiritual life. May God increase your faith so that you can move forward to be and do what He has for you to be and do.
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