We know faith is the first gift, along with the Holy Spirit, that God gives to those that receive His Son as Lord and Savior.
Without the element of faith, there is nothing. (Hebrews 11:6)
(Hebrews 4:2 “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”
This is speaking of that generation which died in the wilderness, because they refused to believe God and go into the land.)
Faith, by the Holy Spirit,…..and His Word needs to be “mixed”….then amazing things get done.
Faith is the substantiation of the things of God (Hebrews 11:1)….that which makes them real to us. Faith ever keeps Christ in our view.
But how do we use our faith? In obedience….in receiving the promises, in receiving correction, in receiving direction.
For this is how we know we have true faith….we obey the Lord.
Matthew 9:22 “But Jesus turned Him about, and when He saw her, He said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.”
Here, a woman who had been plagued by an issue of blood for twelve years….spending all that she had to get well…..with physicians….but only grew worse….
…..till she heard of Jesus.
(Every woman who had this issue of blood….was unclean. Leviticus 15:25-26. It was a terrible thing….for she could not give sacrifice, or enter the circle of worship. After twelve years, she felt hopeless. But then she heard of Jesus! And faith led her to seek Him)
Mark 5:27 “When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched His garment.”
Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17), and this woman had heard of Jesus.
(How this should make us earnest, to tell others of our Lord! And what He has done for us!)
Mark 5:28 “For she said, If I may touch but HIs clothes, I shall be whole.”
I love this verse! Here, she has a conference with herself, and decides to place her whole life on Christ Jesus! To come to Him!
Her plan of action….touch His garment.
She did not think she should ask Him for this miracle of healing….she wasn’t anyone important….but she had faith that He could heal her…..even by a touch….and faith leads to obedience of action.
(Some say she crawled up to touch the “hem of HIs garment”! Matthew 9:20. Have we the faith of this woman? Are we mixing His Presence and Word to us, with our faith?)
Mark 5:29 “And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.”
Now I want to stress…..Jesus did not do anything here. He did not touch her. He did not speak to her.
Her faith in Him was the vehicle of blessing…..and it can be the same with us. We can touch Him, by faith, and receive from Him…..what we need.
Was there a conversation between Jesus and this woman? Yes….He would not let her faith be left unacknowledged….
….He would speak to her…only to confirm what her faith in Him had gotten for her.
Mark 5:30 “And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that virtue (in the Greek “dunamis”, where we get our word “dynamite”….means force, miraculous power) had gone out of Him, turned Him about in the press, and said, Who hath touched my clothes?”
The disciples….and we would have, too,…thought this was ridiculous to ask. There is a whole crowd of people jostling Him…..all touched His clothes….what was He saying!
Yet none touched Him in faith…..faith that sought Him out as Christ,….and this is what He was asking about.
Mark 5:32-34 “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.”
Here what Jesus said…..
…”thy faith hath made thee whole”…..but because you are fearful that I would be angry about this faith,…..or take back this blessing….I tell you, go in peace and be whole of your disease!
Her faith in Him…..got a hold on His power for her…..and she was healed….and in that healing was cleansing.
Faith is that substance within us, planted by the Holy Spirit, that makes everything of God real…..it proves to us the value and reality of God and HIs Word….
….and that is before it ever moves out through us to obedience.
But once we have faith, we have to act on it.
For this is what faith is for….for us to put ourselves in the hands of God, and obey what He says, because we know He is God….He is the Creator and Sustainer of the circumstances of my life.
He knows the faith we have in Him….
….sometimes I wonder if He is saddened by our not using it.
Faith is of the Holy Spirit…..it is demanding, and commanding. And always leads us to obey.
The whole crowd touched His clothes…..but only this woman, who had faith mixed with hearing about Jesus…..was healed by touching Him.
How great a gift from God to us is the faith He gives. Let us mix it with His Word….believing in Jesus….and then, in obedience, get what He has for us.