Faith For What?
“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.” Matthew 21:21
Having faith is a matter of understanding something that faith inspires. In every situation faith has a role to play in the life of the believer in Jesus Christ, from the first confession of faith that brings salvation to faith that can move mountains, we all must walk by faith in order to please God.
Now, there is, in the minds of some, the idea that faith is just a matter of parroting someone else’s life experiences, words, or patterns of behavior without the understanding that accompanies it. Sadly, that kind of faith accomplishes very little or nothing, except to inspire distrust and doubt in the heart of the one parroting someone else’s faith when they don’t see the same results their model experienced when they said or did the same things. Why? Because what they did or said was not based on their own faith.
Just as no one can eat to nourish the body of someone else, no one can have faith for someone else. Each person must exercise his/her own faith. And God has given the measure of faith to everyone. The exception to this, as we will see later in this study, is as an intercessor you can stand in the gap and believe God for the sake of someone who is unable to have faith for themselves.
“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3
When our faith, not someone else’s, is employed in what we do and believe, then that faith brings results that are true, discernable and fully realized in the healing, deliverance and provision we sought when we applied our faith to the matter.
The woman with the issue of blood used her faith to press through a crowd to get to Jesus, believing that if she could only touch the hem of His garment she would be healed of the issue of blood that had plagued her for 12 years. And Jesus took notice of her faith and commended her for it and beyond that He healed her.
“But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour. Matthew 9:22
Jesus asked the two blind men who cried out to Him to have mercy on them, if they believed He was able to do this. This is an interesting response, because it does not say anything about healing their sight, but it is clear that Jesus and these men were communicating on the same level of understanding.
They desired to receive their sight and Jesus was both able to and desired to heal them. So, Jesus asks the question, “Do you believe I am able to do this?” And they said, Yes, Lord. In this response, “Yes, Lord,” they affirmed their faith in Him and they acknowledged His authority as Lord to do it. As a result they were healed according their faith.
“Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” Matthew 9:29
The Canaanite woman’s daughter was healed because of her faith that Jesus’s healing power was great enough that any overflow of power, like crumbs that fall from the master’s table, is available for the dogs to eat. So too, even an outcast, non-covenant person had a right to receive His healing power that was available just because she was in His presence. She understood and believed that He is the Healer.
At the very moment she spoke her faith, even as one not a part of the covenants of Abraham, she claimed the power of healing that Jesus brings to anyone who will believe.
“Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.” Matthew 15:28
Blind Bartimaeus, the beggar, sitting by the road, cried out to Jesus in much the same way the two blind men cried out to Him, saying, “Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.” Again as in the previous case He asks this man a question, “What will you have me do unto you?”
In this case the man said, “…that I may receive my sight.” Immediately He was healed and Jesus said, your faith has made you whole. Now, being made whole is a reference not just to healing of a specific malady, but, to completeness of health. His faith made the difference.
“Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.” Mark 10:52
In each of these instances Jesus commended the faith of the one coming to Him for healing. What was their faith? They believed, they earnestly expected to be healed and they trusted Him to be the One to do it.
Their faith was the key to their healing in the sense of their earnest expectation.
This should not be interpreted as a judgment of fault against those whose faith is not as certain as these men. God is gracious, and He understands the frailty of our humanity and the propensity of our faith to be tested by circumstance, feeling, doubt and fear, all of which are very real and tend toward failure to realize the things we desire to receive by faith. But we can strengthen our faith and we will receive the things we need and desire from our Lord by faith with understanding as we learn and experience more and more of His Word,
The more you know Him, the more you will believe Him. The more you understand His ways and His will and the more of His Word you have in your heart the greater your faith in Him will grow. As your faith grows, your expectation will become more earnest and the more you will see the fulfillment of the desires of your heart. Your faith will be rewarded.