Aug 12, 2009

Faith Part 3

Let's view The Gospels one of the best sources in the bible to find JESUS acknowledging and rewarding faith in others.
Know this JESUS is the best example of faith and faithfulness as the Author and Finisher of faith.
Matthew 9:21 The Message Bible
She was thinking to herself, "If I can just put a finger on his robe, I'll get well." Jesus turned--caught her at it. Then he reassured her: "Courage, daughter. You took a risk of faith, and now you're well."
This one had faith operating within herself and it expressed itself in action, JESUS had many people touching him but recognized this woman who had a chronic disease or medical condition.
Another reading says this: The woman spent all of her means upon phsicians and remedies, only to be pronounced incurable. But as she heard of the Great Healer, her hopes revived. She thought, If only I could get near enough to speak to him, I might be healed. She saw him walking and got close enough and heard that healing came from a touch of his garments, and fearful of losing her one chance for relief she pressed forward, saying to herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
Christ knew and knows every thought of her mind and in your mind and mine, and he was makinghis way to where she stood. He realized her great need, and he was helping her to exercise faith.
As He was passing, she reached forward and succeeded in barely touching the border of his garment. That moment she knew that she was healed. In that one touch was concentrated the faith of her life, and instantly her pain and feebleness disappeared. Instantly she felt the thrill as of an electric current passing through every fiber of her being. There came over her a sensation of perfect health.
You got to look at this. She wanted to express her gratefulness to this Mighty Healer, who had done more for her in one touch than the physicians had done in twelve long years. With a grateful heart she tried to withdraw from the crowd. Suddenly JESUS stopped and looking round He asked, Who touched Me?
Peter told JESUS the whole multitude is touching you.
JESUS said somebody has touched me. JESUS said for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me, he can distinguish the touch of faith from the casual touch or the careless crowds.
Christ knew that this person touched him had deep purpose and he asked for the disciples and the people to gain the lesson that faith brought the healing power. The woman's trust must not be passed by without comment. GOD must be glorified by her grateful confession.
Christ desired her to understand that He approved her act of faith.
I hope you got something powerful lessons out of this Faith series.....
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