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#BlindFaith

I. The importance of faith.

Heb 11:6 Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to him, for he who comes to God must believe that he exists, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him. (WEB)

It pleases God when we believe Him and take Him at His word.

Ro 3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? (KJV)

Ro 3:3 For what if some were without faith? Will their lack of faith nullify the faithfulness of God? (WEB)

What does it matter what people around you think or say? This does not stop God from being Who He is! He continues to hasten His Word to perform it. You’ve got to be convinced of His promise/Word for your situation.

Mt 9:29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” (WEB)

II. The simplicity of faith.

Do I think these things can happen today? Emphatically, yes!!!

Why don’t we see more “miracles” now? You tell me…

We try to understand things with our minds. But, when what we see does not line up with “thus saith the Lord,” what are you going to do? I’ve seen people go in circles, like a dog chasing its tail, because they could not grasp a spiritual law or concept. God did instill curiosity in us to explore, but when the answer is not in the realm of our natural ability to comprehend we need to just ACCEPT IT as fact and go on.

Three times Jesus is recorded as saying,

Mr 10:15 Most certainly I tell you, whoever will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child, he will in no way enter into it.” (WEB)

Lu 18:17 Most certainly, I tell you, whoever doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a little child, he will in no way enter into it.” (WEB)

Mt 18:3 and said, “Most certainly I tell you, unless you turn, and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. (WEB)

We need to be childlike in our faith which is built upon the WORD (Rom. 10:17). This is how our faith pleases Him.

III. Seeing their faith.

When we believe, it is evident. It can be seen by others

Mt 9:2 Behold, they brought to him a man who was paralyzed, lying on a bed. Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, “Son, cheer up! Your sins are forgiven you.” (WEB) 

… and then he was healed shortly afterwards.

Four men let a sick man down through a roof: Mr 2:5

Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” (WEB).

He, too, received healing. Also found in Lk. 5:19.

Ac 14:9 He was listening to Paul speaking, who, fastening eyes on him, and seeing that he had faith to be made whole, (WEB)

What do you think happened in this case? 

When you read these accounts you will find they all received in accordance with their faith. 

IV. Blind faith.

     – Faith is not blind. Faith sees, i.e. Abraham (Rom. 4:20). Faith believes. Faith acts.

Great Faith

Jesus noticed a couple people with “great” faith. Neither were of God’s Chosen People! Faith does not depend on your ancestry or heritage.

     – a Roman centurion in Mt 8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to those who followed, “Most certainly I tell you, I haven’t found so great a faith, not even in Israel. (WEB) Lk; 7:9 

He was a man of authority who recognized that when Jesus said it, it would come to pass.

     – a Canaanite woman claiming crumbs from the Master’s table in Mt 15:28 Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Be it done to you even as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that hour. (WEB)

She was persistent and would not take no for an answer. 

Heb 11:1 (WEB) Now faith is assurance <hupostasis> of things hoped for, proof of things not seen.

Just like Abraham who saw his body, yet didn’t look at its limitations.

Strong’s #5287. upostasiv hupostasis, hoop-os’-tas-is

means{substance: or, ground, or, confidence}

The Amplified Bible describes it as the confirmation or the title deed. You know, that you know, that you know. I own this.

What do you need from the Lord?

According to your faith be it done unto you.

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