Summary: It has always been at this point in people’s lives where faith seems to "fail" for them. For some unknown reason, they feel as if faith has "let them down" and not "done what it was suppose to do" for them.
The Faith Factor
Part 5 : Having Authority in Faith
It has always been at this point in people’s lives where faith seems to "fail" for them. For some unknown reason, they feel as if faith has "let them down" and not "done what it was suppose to do" for them.
In this next message, we are going to look at some of the reasons WHY faith looks that way to some people . . . and I repeat that word . . . LOOKS . . . that way to some people.
The scripture I wish to share with you comes from Mark 5: 24-34:
24 "And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.
25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
30 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?
31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague."
In my time of ministry, I have seen many people see and read these verses from GOD’S word and absolutely just not understand what it was saying.
And truthfully, I, myself take a lot of the blame, for I may have not really taught enough on this for these people to understand it. So, today, we are going to really take a closer look at this in hopes that you might be able to take hold of faith, and really use it for those circumstances of your life that trouble you.
Let’s first look at the THREE key players in this scenario . . . (1) a large crowd of people; (2) JESUS; and (3) a very sickly woman.
The large crowd of people are those that were hungry for GOD. These people wanted to know more about what GOD was all about and how to have eternity with HIM.
And what a better way to have those questions answered than hearing them from the voice of GOD, HIMSELF, in human form . . . known as none other than the one and only JESUS CHRIST!
If you want to learn about GOD, where is a good place to start? Simple enough . . . GOD’S word of the Bible. In this treasure house of knowledge, you can find answers to some of life’s most difficult situations . . .
Wait a minute, Reverend Sam . . . don’t you mean ALL of life’s situations?
YES . . . I do . . . I like to make sure someone out there has noted this to know it as well . . . for it is with NO DOUBT, that GOD’S word has answers for ALL of life!
I know it can be a bit overwhelming and hard to believe, but when is the last time you searched GOD’S word for an answer you needed?
Now, I am not talking just thumbing through the pages and glancing here and there . . . I am talking about really getting down and digging deep into GOD’S word and asking GOD to show you where you need to look.
JESUS promises you in Matthew 6:33:
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
That tells me that if I have a need, a question about life, or even a major problem, all I need do is seek the Kingdom of GOD, and HIS righteousness, and HE will supply the answer for me!
THE PROBLEM STARTS WHERE THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH CHRISTIANS TAKING THE TIME TO REALLY READ AND STUDY GOD’S WORD FOR THEIR ANSWERS!
THESE SAME PEOPLE GET MAD AND UPSET BECAUSE LIFE IS NOT GOING THE WAY THEY WANT IT TO GO!
THESE SAME PEOPLE GET AGGRAVATED TO THE POINT OF NO LONGER WANTING TO GO TO CHURCH!
THESE SAME PEOPLE GET IRRITATED ENOUGH TO ACTUALLY QUIT PRAYING TO GOD WHEN THE ANSWERS DON’T COME ALL BUT INSTANTLY!