Faith that Works
Most of us-Christians this days, will never believe except we see sign and wonders. Christ’s early disciples too, never believed that Jesus rose from the dead. Why? It is because they did not have faith and were too stubborn to believe those who had seen him alive- Mark16:14; Mathew 28:16-17. We - Christians of these days, never saw Jesus Christ in person but yet we believe in everything he said. More
Faith is a supernatural gifts of God to believe without doubting. Faith centres round the act of believing. Most of us lack faith because we have doubts in our minds. It could also due to our bad motives or intentions.
Let’s see what the scriptures say about having faith. “When you ask, you do not receive it, because your motives are bad”- James 4:3
“Abraham believed God, and because of his faith God accepted him as righteous”-James 2:23; Genesis 15:6, Isaiah 41:8, 2 chronicles 20:7.
“So it is with faith: if it is alone and includes no actions then it is dead”- James 2:17
“When you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all. A person like that, unable to make up his mind and undecided in all he does must not think that he will receive anything from the Lord”-James 1:6-8
Our Jesus Christ once told his disciples:
“I assume that if you believe and do not doubt. You will be able to do what I have done to this fig tree. And not only this, but you will be able to say to this hill, “Get up and throw yourself in the sea and it will. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer”-Matthew 21:21-22.
“Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks will receive, and anyone who seeks will find, and the door will be opened to him who knocks”-Matthew 7:7-8
“I am telling you the truth: whoever believes in me, will do what I do-yes, he will do even greater things, because I am going to the father. And I will do whatever you ask for in my name, so that the father’s glory will be shown through the son. If you ask me, for anything in my name, I will do it” John 14:12-14.
“If you had faith as big as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, “Pull yourself up by the root and plant yourself in the sea! And it would obey you”-Luke 17:6
Let’s see the demonstration of faith in action. A woman, whose daughter had an evil spirit in her, heard about Jesus and came to drive the demon out of her daughter but Jesus answered, “I have been sent only to the lost sheep of the people of Israel”- Matthew 15:24. At this the woman came and fell at his feet, “Help me, sir!” she said-Matthew 15:25
Jesus answered, “It isn’t right to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs”- Matthew 15:26. That’s true sir, “she answered, “but even the dogs eat the leftovers that falls from their masters table”-Matthew 15:27
Jesus said to her;
“You are a woman of great faith! What you want will be done for you”- Matthew 15:28. Again Jesus said to her, “Because of that answer, go back home, where you will find that the demon has gone out f your daughter”- Mark 7:29.
What happened when she got home? She went home and found her child lying on the bed. Why? It is because the demon indeed as gone out of her.
There was a woman who had suffered terribly from severe bleeding for twelve years- and had been treated by several doctors, all to no avail. She heard that Jesus, was going to Jairus’s house-an official of the local synagogue. What then did she do?
So she came in the crowd behind him, saying to herself, “If I just touch his clothe I will get well”-Mark 5:28.
What happened to her? She touched his cloak, and her bleeding stopped at once and she had a feeling inside herself that she was healed of her trouble. At once Jesus knew that power had gone out of him, so he turned round in the crowd and asked, “who touched my clothes”-Mark 5:30. The woman had realized what had happened to her and came out trembling with fear, knelt at his feet, and told him the whole truth.
Jesus said to her, your faith has made you well, Go in peace, and be healed of your trouble”- Mark 5:34
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