The principle of faith: It holds the key to victory in our Christian walk
In the coming weeks, we will explore various aspects of faith which will open exciting opportunities for application to our lives. In Scripture, all the promises are accessed by faith. As a matter of fact, there is nothing we can do that is of value to us and to God without faith; "without faith it is impossible to please God." Hebrew 11:6 NIV.
Today we will look at six principles critical to faith from Luke 8:41-55 NIV:
1. Faith is born out of a need
In the passage, Jesus and His disciples were met by a distressed man who had a dying daughter. "Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus' feet, pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter was dying." This showed great courage, as this went against societal norms. Even though he was head of the local synagogue, in the hour of his extreme need, Jairus came to Jesus. He reverently and passionately made his request as he "fell at Jesus' feet pleading with him to come to his house." Casting aside all of his pride, this religious leader fell on his face, desperate for one last lifeline for his little girl.
But on the way to help Jairus, Jesus met a woman "who had been subject to bleeding for 12 years, but no one could heal her" v.43. This was a source of suffering for her, but something happened that would change her life forever. This woman, at a low point in her life hears about Jesus and decides to put her trust in him.
2. Faith is specific
Faith is specific to a person - Jesus Christ. Faith by itself has no use unless it is exercised in the right person. "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12 NIV.
Faith is also specific to the promises of God. The Bible says "faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17 NKJV.
3. Faith is practical
For your faith in Jesus to benefit you, you must act. The woman with the issue of blood demonstrated three practical changes that result from exercising faith. Faith will :Change how we speak, change how we see things and,change how we act. She "came up behind him (Jesus) and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped"v. 44. We must always be expecting, anticipating a move of God.
4. Faith cannot remain anonymous
In response Jesus said, "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me. Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet" v. 46-47. Why did Jesus insist on her public confession? It was not the miracle that Jesus wanted to make public, but rather the woman's faith. Jesus wants the world to now that faith in Him makes the difference.
5. Faith revealed is faith rewarded
"Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace" v.48. This is one of only two women in the Bible that Jesus called "daughter". Jesus rewarded her confession by telling her, "go in peace". Paul says in his letter in Romans 5:1 NIV, "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
6. Faith holds on when reason says give up
While Jesus is still speaking to the woman concerning her healing, a servant came from Jairus' house and said, "Your daughter is dead..."v.49. But Jesus quickly reassures Jairus "Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed." V.50. Faith is always in the present tense. Jesus turned his attention to the girl "...and said, "My child, get up!" ... and at once she stood up..."v.54-57.
The Bible is a book of faith designed for us to grow in faith in God through Jesus, the Son. But this happens when we know how to exercise our faith. God designed life to be lived by faith, and our need for faith presents itself when we meet the circumstances of life.
So we pray:
Father God, we thank you that you have carried us to this appointed time to instruct us about faith. Lord we open our hearts, and our minds are alert to You today. Teach us by Your Spirit how to exercise our faith in You because we want to grow in the principles of faith ... in Jesus' Name Amen.