Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

And This is the Victory that overcometh the world, even our Faith

1 John 5:4 “For whosoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith”

Faith is defined in our Bibles as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1).  And it is the substance which makes real the things of God.   By it you “see”, we are given light or enlightenment for our path. (Ephesians 1:14-19)By it we are given “hearing” , for the Scriptures open up and you hear the voice of God to you through them.   By it we are given “power” for the life we live, for God’s heart responds to faith in Him.  By it we are given peace–peace with God.(Romans 5:1)

It is evidence, for it proves itself again and again by saving us in the time of fear, doubt, and temptation; proving God’s faithfulness.

Mark 5:24-34 “And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.      And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,   And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had,  and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,    When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.     For she said,  If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.     And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.   And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him , turned him about in the press, and said,   Who touched my clothes?     And his disciples said unto him,  Thou seest the  multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou,  Who touched me?     And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.     But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.       And he said unto her,    Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.”

This “Virtue”  here is  “Dunamis” in the Greek, a word from which we get Dynamite.  It  is “force,  miraculous power” and certainly it was.

But the thing I want to point out was….It wasn’t anything that He did for   He gave no command concerning her.   He did not pray for her,   nor did He touch her personally.  She touched Him, by faith, in the belief that touching the hem of His garment would be enough.   It was!

It was her faith, and the dilligent use of the means–her going and reaching out to His hem as he walked by–that caused this Virtue to come out of Him.

The Power was His,  the faith hers,  which brought His virtue to come out of Him.

I believe this is important to us, because we can touch Him in just the same way today.   Without some special manifestation from Him.   But our faith drawing , what we need from Him.

By the exercising of our faith, this virtue will be granted to us.

Also notice, He was “thronged”, or crowded.  There were a lot of people pushing up against Him.   But virtue only went out of Him to her.

It is also true that though she had faith that He could heal her,  yet she mistrusted His goodness.   She trembled when He asked for her to come forward…because that is what He was doing when He said,  “Who touched my clothes?”   Coming forward was  hard, but look what it gave her?

A personal word from the Lord,  “Daughter (to make known to her, He knew she was of the house of Israel. Those to whom He was sent.), thy faith hath made thee whole; (giving her the key to future actions where He was concerned);  go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. (If it was healed why did He repeat this   “Be whole” again?   Because He was showing her that He would have spoken on her behalf, had she asked Him.)

Faith is that which makes the things of God, Real.  Real to us.   We call it Spiritual Reality.      And if God is real to you ; what lies ahead is a whole new viewpoint.

She knew He could heal her, but she never expected He would help her….Faith broke through the barrier of fear and brought two miracles.   She was healed, and she was seen and blessed.

Let your faith be encouraged by looking to Jesus Christ.


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