“Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.'” Luke 18:42
“Then he (Jesus) said to him, ‘Rise and go; your faith has made you well.'” Luke 17:19
“Jesus said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.'” Luke 7:50
“Then he (Jesus) said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.'” Luke 8:48
“When Jesus saw their faith, he said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven.'” Luke 5:20
As I was reading my Bible yesterday, all these jumped out at me and the common word: faith. People were healed by Jesus because of their faith. People’s sins were forgiven because of their faith.
This is only a sampling of the amount of time Jesus talked about faith. We all believe in God based on faith alone. We can’t see Him. We can’t physically touch Him. We can feel and hear Him but not like we can feel and hear our spouse or our dog. His presence is spiritual only.
I think our lesson for our time is the same as in Jesus’s: faith is paramount to knowing and accepting Jesus. It’s the key to everything else.
Even when Jesus was present on Earth some believed and some didn’t–because of faith.
This is what we teach our kids, right? If you believe you can do something, you can. If you believe anything is possible, it is. I think some forget the crucial element: “All things are possible with God, Jesus said.” Mark 10:27
We must keep the faith even when it’s the last thing we want to do. Faith alone must remain when everything else is gone all around you.
“They should always pray and not give up…cry out to Him day and night.” Luke 18 1 & 7
BSF’s study of Isaiah talked a lot about how God is faithful. But what about us? We must be faithful to God as well. It has to go both ways as in any relationship. We must be faithful as God is faithful.
If we pray and believe and have faith, God will be there; He will accomplish His will; He will answer.