Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Simplistic Faith; Part 2

Hello Everyone,

I have been meaning to add more on this topic for quite a while and have let time get the best of me. My original post on "Simplistic Faith" was way back in August, WOW!!!. To be honest I have been struggling with writing this post since then. I've had this in draft form since October. LOL.


There is  a story in the 5th chapter of Mark that I really think can help us understand this concept of Simplistic Faith. I don't typically write about stories like this but it came to mind when I was asking myself what tonight's post should be about. When we first come upon this story in scripture it is right after Jesus calms a storm and crosses the Sea of Galilee, a few times. It is also just after Jesus cast the demon out of the farmer and into the pigs that ran of the side of the mountain. As you can see, Jesus has been ministering in many miraculous ways leading up to this time in "His Story."

This story actually shares with us two miracles and both apply to "Simplistic Faith".  The First part of this story involves a man names Jairus and his daughter. The second part is about a woman who has had a severe bleeding issue for 12 years, many would call this a hemorrhage today. Both of these stories teach us just how much "Simplistic Faith" can effect our circumstances. On the one hand with Jairus, we have his daughter on her death bed and on the other we have this woman who's been in severe pain for most of her adult life. Here is what these two have to say about faith...
Jairus' Story
...“My little daughter is dying,”...“Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.” Mk. 5:23 NLT 
Woman's Story
...“If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” Mk. 5:28 NLT
The result...
Woman's Story
 "Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition." Mk. 5:29 NLT
"And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.” Mk. 5:34 NLT
Jairus' Story
"Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around!..." Mk. 5:41-42 NLT
The reality of these two stories in scripture is that these two characters showed a huge amount of faith. They believed 'wholeheartedly' that by simply touching Jesus' hand or robe that their circumstances could change and the result of this faith truly did change the circumstances each character was facing. I know that in the world today we can't actually touch Jesus' hands or his robe but I believe we can have faith like this today. 

It's hard sometimes to have this faith in something as simple as a touch, but the end result can be the same for us as it was for the two people I have shared about today.  We can change our circumstances in life if we place our hope in the right place. God has so much in store for each of us. All he asks in return is that we love Him and believe in His unending power. 

I will leave you this this scripture for now...
"You don't have enough faith," Jesus told them. "I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it would move. Nothing would be impossible." Matthew 17:20 NLT
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Stand Strong and continue to believe the teachings given to you... (2 Thes. 2:15b NCV),


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