“I am willing be cleansed” (Matthew 8:3)
“Go your way: and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” (Matthew 8:13)
“Daughter, be of good cheer, your faith has made you well. Go in peace” (Luke 8: 48)
“According to your faith, let it be to you” (Matthew 9:29)
“O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” (Matthew 15: 28)
“Be quiet, and come out of him.” (Mark 1: 25)
“Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” (Luke 13: 12)
“Go show yourself to the priest.” (Luke 17:14)
“Go your way, your son lives.” (John 4:50)
“Rise, take up your bed and walk.”(John 5:8)
“Go; wash in the pool of Siloam.” (John 9:7)
“Little girl, arise.” (Luke 8:54)
“Young man, I say to you arise.” (Luke 7:14)
“Lazarus, come forth!” (John 11:43)
The above words were spoken by Jesus when he healed the sick, rebuked demons or raised the dead. Before these miracles could occur faith was demonstrated, followed by the spoken words of Jesus Christ and the application of his hands; and obedience to his words.
When these miracles are closely examined it revealed that even though faith was a motivating factor it did operate on its own. Something else was required in order to make faith come alive. What is this important factor?
Definition of Faith
The Webster dictionary defines faith as a strong belief or trust in someone or something. The bible gives a deeper meaning of faith which says; “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
So according to both definitions, faith is the complete trust in something or someone that cannot be seen. It therefore requires faith to believe in God because we cannot see God.
Likewise it also requires faith to believe that you are physically healthy when in fact your body is riddled with a disease.
There are many people who are sick and are believing God for their healing. Some have received their healing while others have not. Why is this so? Some people will say that those who have not been healed are due to their lack of faith or their faith is not strong enough. Is this theory really truthful?
The bible tells us that all of us have been given a measure of faith and this measure is as small as a mustard seed. This ‘little faith’ as Jesus called it, is enough to remove mountains.
Therefore none of our faith is greater than the other person since we all have equal amount of faith. It therefore tells me that it is how each of us uses our ‘little faith’ that will make it effective.
Even though our faith is tiny we can make it do great things when we give it life. How can we give life to our faith?
Giving Life To Your Faith
According to James 2:20, faith without works is dead. Therefore in order to make your faith come alive you have to accompany it with works. In order to understand the type of works that need to accompany faith we have to return to the beginning of creation.
God created the heaven and the earth in the spiritual realm first (Genesis 1:1). He could not see them but he believed that they were there. This was faith. So each divine day, the Lord spoke or called forth the physical elements of the heaven and earth into existence. (Genesis 1:3-25). He spoke and they appeared.
Thus his spoken words were the application of works to his faith which caused his faith to come alive and the miracle of the heaven and earth appeared.
Similarly on the sixth divine day, God created, in the spiritual realm, male and female in his image and likeness and gave them authority and dominion over the earth. (Genesis 1:26-31). He could not see them but he knew they existed. Once gain faith is demonstrated.
Afterwards the great God Almighty humbled himself and came down to earth and bent down on the ground. Then with his two hands he formed man from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7). This was the application of works to allow his faith to come alive.
Therefore this is the great example that God has set for us to follow. God knew that our faith is not strong enough to accomplish anything so he made it easier for us.
The Lord guaranteed our healing in the spiritual realm in the Garden of Eden (faith) and it was further assured with works at the cross of Calvary. (Genesis 3: 15; Matthew 27:46 – 55)
Application of Faith in your Life
Even though your faith is as small as a mustard seed, it can accomplish great things when it is accompanied by the spoken word of God. For faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God so speak the word of God over your life. Faith must also be accompanied by humility and obedience to God.
Finally apply your faith physically with your hands by anointing yourself with oil; exercising healthy habits and obeying the doctor’s advice.
It is also important that you fast from all selfish desires by giving to the needy, sharing your bread with the hungry, clothing the naked, releasing the bonds of wickedness, undoing the heavy burdens, freeing the oppressed and breaking every yolk.
All of these things are classified as works and they must accompany your ‘little faith’ in order to make it come alive and achieve miracles because faith without works is dead.
‘But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith without works and I will show you my faith by my works.’ (James 2:18 NKJV)
Additional references: Matthew 17: 20; Romans 10:17; Matthew 8:26; Matthew 13:31-32; Isaiah 58: 1-9
Let’s talk it over
Was there ever a time that you were believing for a particular thing to happen in your life and just when you were about to give up, not only did it work out but it worked out even better than you had imagined?
Can you recall ever being sick, you got medication but in the end you realized that only faith in the Divine could have made you whole again?
Thanks in advance for your participation.