The Strength of Faith from the words of Jesus       

02 Jun 2023

Ten examples of when Jesus attributed Faith to saving and healing

        o After ‘seeing their faith,’ Jesus said to the paralytic man they had brought to him, Have courage, Son, your sins are forgiven. And he was healed (Matthew 9:2; Mark 2:5; Luke 5:20)
        o Jesus stood in the boat, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Silent be still. The wind ceased… Then he said to the apostles, Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith? (Mark 4:39-40)
        o Your faith has saved you. Go in Peace – Jesus said to the woman who washed and perfumed his feet. He further explained to the apostles…her many sins have been forgiven; that’s why she loved much. But the one who is forgiven little, loves little (Luke 7:44-50)
        o Have courage, daughter, your faith has saved you – and the woman who suffered bleeding for 12 years was healed (Matthew 9:22; Mark 5:34; Luke 8:48)
        o Let it be done for you according to your faith – and the eyes of the two blind men who asked for mercy were opened (Matthew 9:29)
        o Woman, your faith is great. Let it be done for you as you want – and the gentile woman’s daughter was healed from her torment from a demon (Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:24)
        o Everything is possible for the one who believes – Jesus said to the father whose son was mute and suffering convulsions. The father said, I do believe; help my unbelief! Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and commanded it to, come out of him and never enter him again, and it did (Mark 9:14-29)
        o Go, your faith has saved you – Jesus said to the blind beggar, Bartimaeus, and immediately, he could see (Mark 10:52; Luke 18: 42)
        o Get up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you – said to the Samaritan, the only one of ten men with leprosy –who were healed by Jesus – who returned to say thanks, and give glory to God (Luke 17:11-17)
        o For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, move from here to there, and it will move – Jesus explaining to the apostles the need for faith when healing after they failed to remove a demon from a boy with seizures (Matthew 17:14-20)

A Faith in God is our foundation and our source of protection on earth. Faith also keeps us aligned with Jesus Christ, who provides the measuring stick of truth amidst all the deception, and a lighted path back home to God and Salvation. The strength of Faith is noted many times in the Bible via Jesus’ instructions and teachings, as well as in the many healing testimonies.

Eight lessons on Faith that I picked out from the examples above include:

        o Associating with others who also have faith is important
        o I’ve heard this one a few times: Fear and Faith don’t mix. If we are afraid or have fears, than we are not trusting God to take care of us
        o The more sins that we repent, the stronger our love will be for God
        o Bringing God into our lives, ‘opens’ our eyes
        o Whether Jew or Gentile…Our Faith in the Heavenly Father or lack thereof will be known in the Heavens no matter what your background, color, creed…
        o Faith protects us from evil; and is essential in the removal of demons and in keeping them away from us
        o Faith is measurable, and a strong faith can heal; can move mountains—as long as it is according to God’s will
        o When you call out to God, call out for mercy; and always give thanks!

My thoughts on faith…

   • Faith is more than:
        o Talking about God in certain circles
        o Sitting in a church pew on Sunday
        o Tithing 10% of your earnings
        o Making sure your children get confirmed
        o Hanging a cross on the wall

   • I am not downgrading those aspects of our faith, but it is important to know that Faith can be further developed by:
        o Trusting Christ without a doubt to guide and protect you and your family
        o Maintaining a 365-relationship with God where you speak to him daily
        o Loving God with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength
        o Loving your neighbor-despite inequities (Rebuke the sin; not the person)
        o Loving and caring for your family
        o Repenting sin
        o Forgiveness


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