Some things have to be believed before they can be seen…

The Bible says “Faith can move mountains” (Matt 17:20)…

So what exactly is faith?

It is when a person believes in the certainty of things that cannot be seen.

In order to be a believer and a Christian, faith is something which is absolutely necessary.

God will reward all those who cannot see Him, and yet still show a strong desire to find Him.

When we talk about faith it is referring to someone who is certain about something without actually seeing it.

As Jesus indicates, the more faith you have the more you can achieve.

So Jesus said to them,

“Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you (Matthew 17:20).

So nothing would be impossible for the man who had faith.

But it can be argued that if we have faith then we should be able to achieve anything we wish.

But as John points out this depends on God’s will…

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask ANYTHING according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, WHATEVER we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him (1 John 5: 14-15).

If God’s will allows it then we can do amazing things with our faith.

But we must always remember that faith will never allow us to change God’s determined will.

However, we should always remember that without human faith many of the events in the Bible would not have happened.

The Bible even tells us that without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God, for whoever comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who DILIGENTLY seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).


Read Matthew 9

Jesus as authority over both Life and Death…

He alone has the POWER to Heal the incurable and raise the dead (Matthew 9:18–26)…

After a stretch of non-miracle narratives in Matthew 8-9, Matthew recorded a flurry of miracle activity in 9:18-34.

And verse 18, we now learn about the ruler of the local synagogue, Jairus, whose daughter was at death’s door.

Not all religious leaders were hostile toward Jesus.

We do not know the attitude of this synagogue ruler before his daughter’s illness and death, but desperation can soften even the strongest critics.

This man, like all the rest of the seekers in Matthew 8-9, was at the end of his resources.

He had no place to turn except to the king.

The official showed reverence for Jesus.

Recognizing Him as a prophet from God, the official knelt before Him.

His request revealed great faith.

To this point, Jesus had performed all of His healing miracles on people who were still living.

This is the first instance in Matthew where He ministered to a dead person.

The official’s confidence in Jesus is evident in his bold assertion that Jesus’ touch would bring her back to life.

It was exceptional that this ruler should seek help from Jesus; most of the Jewish leaders would have feared the scorn and contempt of their associates for doing so.

Jesus honored his faith by starting out with His disciples toward the ruler’s home.

Then there was another interruption!

This time it was a woman who had suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years.

Jesus was never annoyed by such interruptions; He was always poised, accessible, and approachable.

The problem was (for this woman) Medical science had been unable to help her; in fact, her condition was deteriorating (Mark 5:26).

In her extremity she met Jesus—or at least she saw Him surrounded by a crowd.

Believing that He was able and willing to heal her, she edged through the crowd and touched the fringe of His garment.

True faith never goes unnoticed by Jesus.

He turned and pronounced her healed; and instantly the woman was made well for the first time in twelve years.

In verse 23, the narrative now returns to the ruler whose daughter had died.

When Jesus reached the house, the professional mourners were wailing with what someone has called “synthetic grief.”

He ordered the room cleared of visitors, at the same time announcing that the girl was not dead but sleeping.

Then the Lord took the girl by the hand and the miracle occurred—she got up.

It didn’t take long for the news of the miracle to spread throughout the district.

After that Jesus departed from the ruler’s neighborhood, and two blind men followed Him, pleading for sight.

Though dispossessed of natural vision, these men had acute spiritual discernment.

In addressing Jesus as Son of David, they recognized Him as the long-awaited Messiah and rightful King of Israel.

And they knew that when the Messiah came, one of His credentials would be that He would give sight to the blind (Isa. 61:1).

When Jesus tested their faith by asking if they believed He was able to do this (give them sight), they unhesitatingly responded, “Yes, Lord!”

Then the Great Physician touched their eyes and assured them that because they believed, they would see.

Immediately their eyes became completely normal.

Man says, “Seeing is believing.” God says, “Believing is seeing.”

Jesus said to Martha, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see?” (John 11:40).

The writer to the Hebrews noted, “By faith we understand …” (11:3).

The Apostle John wrote, “I have written to you who believe … that you may know …” (1 John 5:13).

God is not pleased with the kind of faith that demands a prior miracle. He wants us to believe Him simply because He is God.
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Thursday, Oct 13
God Calling
by Two Listeners

THE SCULPTOR’S SKILL

“Then touched he their eyes, saying, ‘According to your faith be it unto you.’ ”
— Matthew 9:29

Lord, we believe, help Thou our unbelief. Lord, hear our prayers and let our cries come unto Thee.

Along the road of praise, as I told you. Yes! I will indeed help your unbelief, and in answer to your prayers grant you so great a faith, such an increasingly great faith, that each day you will look back, from the place of your larger vision, and see the faith of the day before as almost unbelief.

The Beauty of My Kingdom is its growth.

In that Kingdom there is always progress, a going on from strength to strength, from glory to glory.

Be in My Kingdom, and of My Kingdom, and there can be no stagnation. Eternal Life, abundant Life is promised to all who are in it, and of it.

No misspent time over failures and shortcomings.

Count the lessons learnt from them but as rungs in the ladder.

Step up, and then cast away all thought of the manner of the making of the rung.

Fashioned of joy and sorrow, of failure or success, of wounds or healing balm, what matter, My children, so long as it served its purpose?

Learn another lesson.

The Sculptor who finds a faulty marble casts it aside.

Because it has no fashioning, it may regard itself as perfect; and it may look with scorn upon the marble the Sculptor is cutting and shaping into perfection.

From this, My children, learn a lesson for your lives.

Now unto Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
(Jude 1:24-25)
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