Faith Comes From…?

9th June

So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.”

Romans 10:17

Does faith just happen when we feel like trusting in God or when we know something will happen for certain? Well it takes takes a lot of faith to believe that when you are about to sit on a chair, the carpenter has made it well enough, that when you do sit on it, it won’t break. Or how about when you sleep? You have enough faith to know that when you close your eyes, you will wake up in the morning..!

Although these examples might seem trivial, the point is, is that faith is not built in what you think you know will happen but faith is built in belief of the one that makes things happen. Like the two blind men discussed yesterday, they didn’t have faith just because they saw themselves with open eyes, but rather because they knew Jesus could heal them. Their faith was found in Jesus Christ and what He could do. Yet how can we build our faith and trust in Jesus?

By hearing about Him in His word. The writer of Hebrews wisely writes that our faith is increased when we start hearing about the Good News of Jesus Christ audibly. Why? Because the word of God is powerful. It encourages our souls to hear about Christ’s victorious triumph on the cross where He defeated death and sin, or the numerous stories where Jesus healed the sick, delivered the oppressed and possessed, raised the dead to life, and spoke mighty words of hope, love, justice, liberty and acceptance. Yet the word of God and the Good News of JESUS is so much more than words but is the power to save lives.

When we pray in faith, yes let us believe that what we are praying for will come to pass, but rather than the faith be in what we are praying for, let it be found in the power of Jesus’ Name. Let our faith come from hearing about the Good News of Jesus. If your faith is increased by hearing the Good News of Jesus Christ, then go and tell others of Him too..

Because Of Your Faith, It Will Happen..

8th June

““Do you believe I can make you see?” “Yes, Lord,” they told Him, “we do.” Then He touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” Then their eyes were opened, and they could see.”

Matthew 9:28-30

Today’s story, found here in Matthew 9, is so encouraging, both as a confirmation of God’s compassion and mercy on the sick and the simplicity of His miracles. When Jesus laid His hands on the two blind men, He didn’t ask them if they had obeyed the law, if they had been baptised, if they give tithes or if they have been members of a local church for more than 10 years. He simply asked “do you believe I can heal you?” That is God’s only requirement for miracles to take place… Do you have enough faith to believe that I (God) can heal you?

These two blind men were sure of Jesus’ mighty power… they probably had heard of His miracles, heard of His compassion and were desperate for a touch from the Son of David. In fact in the previous verses Jesus had just a healed a woman with the issue of blood and raised a young girl from the dead. So as these two faith filled men followed Jesus they cried out to Him for mercy. Jesus turned around to them, laid His hands on their eyes and healed them… why? Because of their faith.

There is no special formula, no list of requirements, just simple faith to believe that when they asked Jesus for something, it will happen. When we pray for God’s will to be done, we simply just need to have faith knowing that God can do exceedingly more than what we are even asking Him to do. Faith is simply believing in hope, what we know is truth, and being sure that although we might not be able to see what we are asking for, it will come to pass according to God’s Holy and Perfect will if we believe. Let us believe for healing, even if it seems too big to ask for, because we are not trusting in the circumstances but have faith in NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES…JESUS CHRIST!