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FAITH

In Matthew 9 we read a number of accounts of different people who were healed by Jesus.

I want to draw your attention to three of them.

In every one of these accounts we read, and learn, something about faith.

The first story recounts the healing of a man who was paralised. His friends brought him to Jesus. In verse 2 we read the following: "Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, 'Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven....Get up, pick up your bed and go home.'

Notice it says Jesus saw their faith.

Faith can always be seen in some way.

We either speak words or we perform an action that expresses what we believe.

James 2:17 says: "Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself."

That simply means faith always finds an expression in what we say or do. 

So faith can always be seen.

The next account we read about in Matthew 9 tells us about the healing of a woman who had an issue of blood for 12 years.

She came up behind Jesus and touched the fringe of His cloak, for she said, "If I only touch His garment, I will get well." (Her faith could be seen and heard!)

Jesus turned to her and said: "Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well."

Here is the next thing we learn about faith: we receive from the Lord through faith.

If the woman didn't believe she would be healed when she touched Jesus she would not have been made well when she touched His cloak. 

Jesus didn't say it was her touching Him that healed her, but her faith.

The last story we read about is found in verses 27-31.

It tells the story of two blind men who cried out to Jesus: "Have mercy on us, Son of David!"

When Jesus entered the house they followed Him and Jesus asked them: "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They answered, "Yes, Lord." Then Jesus touched their eyes and said: "It shall be done to you according to your faith."

The last thing we learn about faith is that it is done to us according to our faith.

That could be very positive or very negative, depending on what we believe.

If we believe the Word of God we receive from Him what He has promised in His Word.

But if we believe negative things and live in fear of certain things happening to us, chances are very good that we will also receive those things we believe.

Let us recap what we've learnt:

Faith can always be seen in some way.

Everything we receive from the Lord we receive through faith.

It is done to us according to our faith.

Meditate on these three lessons about faith. Ask the Lord to give you revelation concerning each lesson and to show you how to put it into practice in your own life.