thinking about those who have the fear of not having
enough faith for healing. As I thought about the many
times Jesus healed someone and said, "Your faith has
made you whole," I pondered why faith could have such a
powerful anecdote to one’s misery. I thought it unfair
that someone so bound in hopeless conditions, who had
already tried everything, would somehow have to muster
up enough faith to be healed. The Holy Spirit came to me
in that moment and revealed something as I was reading
the following passage:
approached Jericho, a blind beggar was sitting beside
the road. When he heard the noise of a crowd going past,
he asked what was happening. They told him that Jesus of
Nazareth was going by. So he began shouting, "Jesus, Son
of David, have mercy on me!" The crowds ahead of Jesus
tried to hush the man, but he only shouted louder, "Son
of David, have mercy on me!" When Jesus heard him, he
stopped and ordered that the man be brought to him. Then
Jesus asked the man, "What do you want me to do for
you?" "Lord," he pleaded, "I want to see!" And Jesus
said, "All right, you can see! Your faith has healed
you." Instantly the man could see, and he followed
Jesus, praising God. And all who saw it praised God,
too." (Luke 18:35-43 NLT)
poor blind man had no idea what all the commotion was
and when he found out, he probably had no idea if Jesus
would see or hear him because of the great crowds. The
Holy Spirit suddenly imparted the understanding that
because he could not physically reach Jesus, naturally
he did not have the faith that Jesus WOULD heal him,
rather he believed that Jesus COULD heal him if he could
get His attention. We think that our faith must believe
that He will, when all He is asking is for us to believe
that He can. I saw that all it takes is a tiny mustard
seed of faith. Healing of hope is like that, it doesn’t
take some huge mountain of hope, all it takes is a
glimmer or a response. Lazarus was dead, he had no
faith. All he did was respond when the Lord called him.
Try asking the Lord for the faith to get there.
I saw these written with lines around it like a box.
"Here’s hoping." "Do you want My help?
And He came down to listen to the sons of men. "My"
faith. Whose faith? Yes, it’s yours, I gave it to you.
faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope
for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we
cannot yet see. God gave his approval to people in days
of old because of their faith.
grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of
yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest
anyone should boast.
faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
groaning, "Father oh Father" and I heard Him say,
Lean on Me, the author and finisher of your faith. You
have won a prize and there is going to be a take.
RIDDLE: A bird faith leaves everything up to his Master.
tell you, don't worry about everyday life--whether you
have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn't life
consist of more than food and clothing? Look at the
birds. They don't need to plant or harvest or put food
in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And
you are far more valuable to him than they are. Can all
your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course
to Ponder are summaries of His quickened Words}
PONDER: YOUR FAITH IS A GIFT
one, you concern yourself about whether or not you have
enough faith. Try asking Me for faith. I plant even the
tiniest seed of hope and bring it unto full bloom. This
is not something that you trump up and gather for
yourself. I alone AM the Author and Finisher of your
faith. What you have is a gift from Me, and I not only
gave you the portion you have, but I AM the One building
it within you and I will complete My work as well. So
relax and cast all your worries upon Me.
unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith." (Heb