Faith is a Verb

As we continue to explore this critical issue of faith, note that:  Faith may lead to physical healing. On one occasion as Jesus was ministering among the people, a woman with uncontrollable bleeding “came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak , because she thought, ‘If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed’” (Mark 5:27,28). Immediately, her bleeding stopped. And at the same time Jesus knew that power had been released from His body. When He later found out who the woman was, He said, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering” (Mark 5:34). Another time, traveling along the border between Samaria and Galilee, He cleansed ten men of leprosy. To the one who came back to express appreciation, Jesus replied, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well” (Luke 17:19).

I address this subject carefully because, often times, God chooses not to provide the physical healing so desperately sought. Also, this is an area in which there is a lot of abuse in the religious community. That does not negate the fact, however, that Jesus promised, by the power of the Spirit, “Anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12).

There are those who possess the spiritual gift of healing (see 1 Corinthians 12:28). You may be one of those people! The Bible also says, “Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up” (James 5:14,15).

Take, for example, when it came my turn to intercede at a recent prayer meeting. I interceded for  a woman in our church who had suffered for nine months with Polymyalgia rheumatica (PRM), an inflammatory disorder that causes extremely debilitating muscle pain and inflammation. She woke up the next day feeling much better. And now, months later, enjoys complete healing. It wasn’t anything special on my part other than being available and sensitive to the Spirit. She had the faith and God had the power to make her well.

Also, understand:  Faith is a verb. Most people in these modern times interpret faith as a thought process or mental state, passive in nature. This is a far cry from what the writers of the New Testament intended. To them, faith denoted an action.

Consider the Canaanite woman with a demon-possessed daughter who came to Jesus desperate for help. Surprisingly, after her initial plea, the Lord didn’t answer. To make matters worse, the disciples urged Jesus to send her away. The Lord then replied, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” Yet she persistently pleaded “Lord, help me.”  Again, He resisted, saying “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” You’d think that would have driven her away. Instead, she continued “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Jesus then responded, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted” (Matthew 15:22-28). Jesus didn’t draw attention to her persistance, though He certainly could have. Rather, He praised her for faithing  her way into obtaining the healing for her daughter that only God could provide.

I place the key into the ignition and turn it, fully assured that I will receive the desired result, the starting of my car. I can’t explain how it works, yet I believe it’s going to happen. However, I had to insert and turn the key. It wasn’t going to start just by me thinking it. I did my part and the car did it’s.

Faith sometimes leads to physical healing. Embrace faith as a verb. Those desiring Unsearchable Things must live by faith!


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