Faith Examples

Mark 5:25-34 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well. Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’” And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”

 

This is a beautiful example of a “faith healing”. No one touched this woman; there was no prayer for her to be healed; she simply recognized what she had to do to receive her healing and she reached out to receive it! Jesus said that it was her faith that had made her well.

I love what the Amplified Bible says about this woman in Mark 5:28: For she kept saying, If I only touch His garments, I shall be restored to health.

This woman had tried every doctor around; she had spent all that she had on medicine and yet she only grew worse. Her faith was challenged to the maximum! The Amplified Bible says that the reason she came to Jesus was because she had heard the reports concerning Him. (Mark 5:27) She knew that the Healer was close and she wasn’t about to let tradition or negative doctor’s reports or lack of money stop her from getting what she knew Jesus would give her. Her faith spoke out that if she could only get to Jesus, touch His garments and receive that healing virtue that would flow from Him, she would be restored to health. Her faith spoke and acted on what she believed in her heart!  She kept speaking what she was believing!

The Amplified Bible says that Jesus recognized that the power had gone out of Him and He turned around to see her and then spoke to her about what had just taken place.

Mark 5:34 And He said to her, Daughter, your faith (your trust and confidence in Me, springing from faith in God) has restored you to health. Go in (into) peace and be continually healed and freed from your [distressing bodily] disease.

Faith, trust and confidence in God, restores a person to health. Have you reached out to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment and trusted Him to bring healing to your body?

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages).

Hebrews 13:9 Do not be carried about by different and varied and alien teachings;

What worked in Bible days still works today because Jesus Christ never changes! He is always the same. If faith worked to bring healing into a person’s life in Bible times, it will still work today because He never changes!

When Jesus stopped to minister to the woman with the issue of blood He was on His way to the synagogue ruler’s house to minister healing to his daughter. While the woman with the issue of blood received her healing, Jairus’ daughter died.  They came to him and Jesus to report of her death and this is what Jesus said to him:

Mark 5:35-36 While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

Fear always stands in the way of faith! Jesus reminded Jairus that he needed to stay focused in faith for his daughter to be able to receive her healing. Are you troubled by someone that you love who needs healing but only seems to get worse? Here are two examples of situations where healing was sought after, but the people only got worse…..until Jesus arrived on the scene! Jesus told Jairus, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” Sometimes we get caught up in how bad things look when we should be looking at how big God is and that His power to heal knows no boundaries; and is not limited to how impossible things look.

Mary is a perfect example of the power of God knowing no limitations:

Luke 1:26-38 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. “And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. “Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. “for with God nothing will be impossible.” Then Mary said, “behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Mary was told by an angel that she would have a son and His name would be called Jesus! But there was a slight problem here; Mary had never been with a man to be able to conceive a child. But the angel told her to look past her limitations and see the power of God in her life to do what He had said He would do! He also told her to look at what God had done for her cousin, Elizabeth, who had been “called” barren! Elizabeth had a word curse spoken over her; people had called her “barren”. She was pictured as hopeless; no chance of things ever being different for her. Yet, here was a perfect example for Mary to see where God had done something for someone else and, since He is no respecter of persons, that He would do the same for her. She had a choice to make; would she believe and receive, or would she say that it was impossible for God to do something outside of the realm of her understanding? God always gives us a choice; we can either believe and receive or doubt and do without! Notice that Mary’s faith in God spoke as an action to bring into existence that which He had promised. She said, “Let it be to me according to your word.” That needs to be the voice of our faith as God speaks His promises to us. “Lord, let it be to me according to Your word”! It is then that the “nothing is impossible with God” becomes a reality in us…..personally!

Elizabeth later prophesied to Mary about the promise that she had believed would happen to her in Luke 1:45:

“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

Believing is seeing it before the manifestation of the promise! Mary had not given birth to Jesus yet; she didn’t even have the outward appearance of being “with child”; she didn’t look pregnant and hadn’t felt the movement of a child within her. All she had to go on was what had been told to her by the Angel of God. The message gave the promise; her part was to believe and receive; God’s part was to fulfill the promise. Many times we want to do both parts, and then we are disappointed when the “impossible” part is not realized. Could it be that we have fallen short on our part by not fully believing? God will do His part; we can be assured of that!

We see a perfect example of that is Zacharias in Luke 1:11-20. He also had a visitation from the Angel of the Lord who gave him a promise from God, but Zacharias didn’t believe the message because he couldn’t see that God was the God of impossibilities and not limited by his human abilities.

Luke 1:20 “But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.”

God blessed Zacharias with the promise, but Zacharias was not able to speak about it until it was fulfilled. His unbelief limited what God really wanted to do in his life and even though he received the promise his unbelief caused hindrances in the way the promise was fulfilled. When we do not believe God we limit Him from having the freedom to move in our lives as He desires.

It is said of the Israelites in Psalm 78:40-42: How often they provoked Him in the wilderness, And grieved Him in the desert! Yes, again and again they tempted God, And limited the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember His power; The day when He redeemed them from the enemy.

It is later said in Psalm 78:56, 57 Yet they tested and provoked the Most High God, And did not keep His testimonies. But turned back and acted unfaithfully like their fathers; They were turned aside like a deceitful bow.

God was not pleased with them because of their unbelief. The writer of the book of Hebrews instructs us to not be like the Israelites who had an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God. They could not enter into the Promised Land, His land of rest for them, because they did not mix faith with the Word that He had given them.

Hebrew 4:2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.

It takes faith to receive what God has promised. There are more examples in God’s Word of people who were healed by faith; received provision through their faith; did great and might exploits by faith, but unless we spend time in God’s word meditating and saturating ourselves with that Word we will not be bold in faith to step out and believe that we are no different from them. God has not changed; He is still the same God as He was in that day and He still does the same miracles that He performed for those people in our own daily lives.

Today I want to challenge you to believe God! Believe Him for what He has promised in His Word and for what He is speaking to you personally! Begin believing for the little things so that when your faith is challenged for something big, you will have the foundation of strength that you need to receive His promise for the bigger things!

Father, I thank You for showing us through Your Word that You are a God who provides for whatever need Your children have. Thank You for showing us that faith believes, speaks and receives whatever it needs as Your grace provides. I thank You for still being the same God as You were in Bible days. You still perform miracles in our lives when we believe You for them. Help us to grow in our faith, Lord! I pray for my friends this morning who may be experiencing a “faith challenge” in their lives. Father, open their eyes to see what You would have them to do in receiving their provision. Make Yourself real to them at their point of need, Father, and reveal Your desire for their wholeness to be manifested through their faith! Thank You, Father. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

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The Power of God!

Romans 1:16, 17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ! Why? It is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.  Please notice that in order to receive God’s salvation you must believe! Faith is the vehicle that brings God’s salvation into your life.

This is such a power-packed couple of verses.  Let’s look at a few of the Greek words in this scripture to get a good understanding of what the Word is saying:

Ashamed – Epaischunomai – the feeling of shame arising from something that has been done.

Gospel – Euangelion – “good news” of salvation; not only the promise of salvation, but it’s fulfillment by the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.

Power – Dunamis – energy, power, might, great force, great ability, strength. Dynamic; dynamite.

Salvation – Soteria – deliverance, preservation, soundness, prosperity, happiness, rescue, general well-being. The word is used both in a material, temporal sense and in a spiritual, eternal sense.

Believes – Pisteuo – to trust in, have faith in, be fully convinced of, acknowledge, rely on. It expresses reliance upon and a personal trust that produces obedience. It includes submission and a positive confession of the Lordship of Jesus.

Righteousness – Dikaiosune – the character or quality of being right or just; right actions. It is used to tell of that gracious gift of God to men whereby all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ are brought into right relationship with God. It is unattainable by obedience to any law, or by any merit of man’s own, or any other condition than that of faith in Christ.

Okay, so now let’s think about what Paul is really saying in these two verses. He is not feeling any shame towards the good news of Christ, for it is the might, strength and great force of God resulting in deliverance, preservation, soundness, prosperity, happiness, rescue and general well-being of everyone who places their trust in Him and is fully convinced that He will do what He has promised. It results in acting out that trust and speaking positively of the Lordship of Jesus Christ in their life. The picture that we see here is of a person understanding that salvation is all-inclusive of whatever he needs for the well-being of his person; spirit, soul and body. It is placing trust in Christ Jesus as Lord knowing that He has purchased the salvation that you may need and you are willing to obey Him whatever the cost in order to receive what He died to give you.

Jesus, when He began His ministry, gave it’s description in Luke 4:18,19:

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”

He preached the gospel, the good news, then He demonstrated by healing those who were oppressed of the devil with sickness and disease and demonic possession.

The good news of salvation to the person who needs to be spiritually re-born would be forgiveness of sin. It means that in order for the person to receive that salvation he must place His trust in Jesus, confess Him as Lord and receive His forgiveness.

Romans 10:9, 10: that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

The good news of salvation for someone who is sick would be that God heals and Jesus purchased that healing for him through the stripes that He took on His back in the crucifixion.

Matthew 8:16, 17: When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.”

The good news for salvation for someone in poverty and lack would be that Jesus became poor that he might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8:9: For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

There is a promise in God’s Word for every need that we have. It has been purchased for us through the covenant that Jesus sealed with His very own blood. It’s a matter of getting into God’s Word, finding what applies to your life and believing it in your heart, confessing it with your mouth and acting on the promise to receive it. Sometimes we must “war” to receive it. If a sick person stands on God’s word for healing he will have to fight in faith to stay firm until the manifestation of the healing appears. It is a real battle against fear, symptoms of illness, pain, others who may not support you in believing and a negative doctor’s report. But Paul told Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:12 that he should “fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life”. A good fight is one that you win and it is a fight of faith to “lay hold” on eternal life. It is a faith fight that gives us the victory!

1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Father, I thank You for providing for whatever we have need of in our lives. I thank You that the blood of Jesus purchased our redemption, full and free, and provides salvation for the total man; spirit, soul and body. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for dying for us, for shedding Your blood that we might experience life. I pray for my friends this morning, Father, that You would show them the scriptures that apply to their needs, Father, that they might trust You to bring the provision that they have need of. Thank You, Lord, for meeting their every need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Power of The Lord Was Present to Heal Them!

Luke 5:17 Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.

Jesus had a ministry of teaching, preaching and healing! Everywhere He went the power of God was present through His teaching and preaching to heal people. He walked and talked God; He then ministered through the power of the Spirit whatever was needed to make a person whole! The power of the Lord was present to heal them! If they needed forgiveness of sin to heal them spiritually, the power of God was present to do that! If they needed deliverance from demonic oppression, the power of God was with Him, present to deliver. If they needed physical healing, the power of God was there to flow from Him touching them in their infirmity and healing! It was the power of God working through Him that brought the healing virtue into people’s lives.

Matthew 4:23-25 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. Great multitudes followed Him—from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.

Acts 10:38 “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

When Jesus’ disciples were sitting under His ministry they saw first-hand how the power of God worked through Him. He explained it to them in this way:

John 14:7-11 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.”

Jesus acknowledge that the Father who was in Him was the One who did the works through Him. He expressed to His disciples that they could know that it was the Father within doing the works by hearing Him speak and watching Him work. He went on to tell them that those who follow after Him that believe in Him would do the same works that He did and greater works.

John 14:12-14 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. “If you ask anything in My name I will do it.”

Mark 16:17,18 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; “they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Mark 16:20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.

This past weekend I had the privilege of sitting under the ministry of Reverend Hazel Forrester. She is my Pastor’s mother and a mighty woman of God, who at the age of 87, is still out preaching, teaching and healing; following in the footsteps of Jesus! The power of God was present to save, heal, deliver and set free through her this weekend. It was a very special weekend for me! What an honor and privilege not only to sit under her mentor-ship this weekend, but to be included as a minister beside her helping her pray for the sick and oppressed. She has touched so many through her years of ministry. It was awesome to glean from her wisdom and watch how she followed the direction of the Holy Spirit in ministry. I learned so much from spending this time with her and under her anointing received healing and wholeness from the Lord, for the power of the Lord was present to heal! There were three of us ladies who accompanied her to North Carolina for the revival where she was ministering. We were all blessed to be a part of her ministry this weekend!

God is so awesome! Whatever you have need of, His power is present to provide the healing to make you whole! We saw many miracles this weekend and all three of us came back home changed!

 

Father, I thank You for the privilege of sitting under Sister Forrester’s ministry this weekend. I thank You that she lives what she preaches and that her love for people compels her to seek You for Your power to flow through her to heal. Thank You for the privilege of helping her pray for the sick and oppressed this weekend! I am changed because of her taking the time to teach and instruct as she ministered. Father, I pray for those who may be reading this blog who need a healing touch from You today. I pray that they will reach out and receive from You whatever it is that they have need of. You are still present to heal through Your members of the body of Christ. Thank You, Lord, for flowing Your power through your children to save, heal, deliver and set people from from the bondage of the enemy! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

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