Extreme Faith- True Faith

Mark 10:46-52: 46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

 48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

 49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

   So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

   51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

   The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

   52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.”

Mark 5:24-34: “A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

 30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

 31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”

 32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

Notice in both of these instances Jesus says that the person’s faith had healed them.

Matthew 17:20 ” He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Extreme faith is true faith. Jesus said if you have faith “as small as a mustard seed” it can move a mountain. Imagine what you could do if you had a lot of faith! 🙂 A mustard seed is very, very small. In fact, I believe it is one of the most, if not the smallest seeds you can plant. True faith is faith in God, not anything else (Mark 11:22). According to Matthew 17:20, the amount of faith you have isn’t an issue. Mike Donehey said in a concert once: “Christianity is not about how much faith you have, it’s about who your faith is in.” All real followers of Christ already have at least faith as small of a mustard seed because if not they would never have come to Christ. You must direct your faith to God. He is the source and the object of a Christian’s faith. True faith is not something you can get by yourself. It is the work of God. All true Christians have a certain level of true faith. The Bible says, that faith can move a mountain. True faith is a gift from God that expresses His love for us. It should not be uses for our own selfish desires.

Something I have realized is when you pray, you are demonstrating faith. You kind of have to believe you are actually talking to a God that can hear you. If you just believed you were talking to the clouds, what would be the point of praying? When you praise Him you are demonstrating faith. Otherwise, you’d be lifting praises to nothing. It really doesn’t make sense to pray and praise if you don’t even have faith the God can hear you.

I think it’s crucial that Christians surround themselves with people of the same faith. In other words, spend time with your Christian friends. We are to help build each other up and strengthen each other’s faith through the power of God. Not only does our faith build us up, it builds other people up.

Jude 1:20: “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.”

I have read many stories of martyrs for Christ. I own a couple of the Voice of the Martyrs books. These Christians had a lot of faith. They were willing to die for Christ! They truly believed that they would enter into Heaven as soon as they took their last breath on this earth. It takes a lot of faith in order to be willing to die peacefully for Jesus Christ.

I hope this blog encourages you and builds you up. Have faith in God. That’s the only real hope we have.

 

“To believe when all means fail is exceedingly pleasing to God and is most acceptable. Jesus said to Thomas, “You have believed because you have seen, but blessed are those that do believe and have not seen” (John 20:29).

Blessed are those who believe when there is no evidence of an answer to prayer—who trust beyond hope when all means have failed.

Someone has come to the place of hopelessness—the end of hope—the end of all means. A loved one is facing death and doctors give no hope. Death seems inevitable. Hope is gone. The miracle prayed for is not happening.

That is when Satan’s hordes come to attack your mind with fear, anger, overwhelming questions: “Where is your God now? You prayed until you had no tears left. You fasted. You stood on promises. You trusted.”

Blasphemous thoughts will be injected into your mind: “Prayer failed. Faith failed. Don’t quit on God—just do not trust him anymore. It doesn’t pay!”

Even questioning God’s existence will be injected into your mind. These have been the devices of Satan for centuries. Some of the godliest men and women who ever lived were under such demonic attacks.

To those going through the valley and shadow of death, hear this word: Weeping will last through some dark, awful nights—and in that darkness you will soon hear the Father whisper, “I am with you. I cannot tell you why right now, but one day it will all make sense. You will see it was all part of my plan. It was no accident. It was no failure on your part. Hold fast. Let me embrace you in your hour of pain.”

Beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love. When all means fail—his love prevails. Hold fast to your faith. Stand fast in his Word. There is no other hope in this world.”- David Wilkerson

-Austin

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About Austin Coons

20 years old. Follower of Jesus Christ. Studying Pastoral Ministry at Moody Bible Institute.

Posted on April 21, 2012, in Bible and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. So important to have faith. Thanks for sharing.

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