According to your faith…

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Matthew 9

27 When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” 28 And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” 29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” 30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See that no one knows it.31 But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country.

 

In the context of time, these blind men came to Jesus on the day that he had first healed the woman with the issue of blood and then raised the girl from the dead. When he departed from the girls’ house, two blind men followed Him, wanting Jesus to open their blind eyes. Certainly these men had heard about the two miracles already performed that day and certainly their hopes were raised that Jesus could help them too.

 

When Jesus asked these two blind men if they believed he could heal their eyes, they quickly answered, “Yes, Lord.” While this was undoubtedly the right answer, I want you to consider the next words of Jesus to them and apply these next words of Christ to your need. In verse 29 we read that Jesus touched their eyes and said to them, “According to your faith let it be to you.” Suppose that one believed and one didn’t believe. We have to assume that one would have been healed and one would have remained blind.

 

What if Jesus said to you in your hour of need, “According to your faith be it unto you.”? Would your need be met according to your faith or would your need remain unmet because in your heart you really did not believe God could or would help you? This is a legitimate question. The Bible’s teaching on the need of faith is the primary call from the beginning. Adam and Eve did not believe what God said. Their faith collapsed in the presence of Satan’s lies. Cain did not believe what God told him and then killed his brother. At the end of the book of Revelation we find that those who do not believe are cast into the Lake of Fire.

 

Jesus taught much about faith. We particularly like the teaching about faith as a grain of mustard seed. But today’s question is this, do you believe God can and will help you through your current and next problem? If God is going to act according to your faith, how much is He going to do? If the person next to you sees answers to prayer and you do not, you might need to check your level of faith. Remember John 3:16 ‘…whosever believes in me shall not perish but have everlasting life.” Would your eyes have been opened according to your faith?

 

This Sunday I will be bringing a message from the book of Ruth on the act of hesed. This is a beautiful and wonderful study from this great story and has continued application for us. If you want to read the book of Ruth before Sunday it will prepare your mind for the message.

 

There is no answer yet to the request I mentioned yesterday so please keep this matter in prayer. It would be wonderful to see God intervene showing His power and love to those involved.

 

Thanks for your prayers for my son Justin. He lands in San Francisco some time today. The boys, and Kaitlyn, are ready for him to be home. Overall, Justin taught 17 men in the last two weeks, developed deep friendships and carefully opened God’s word with them.

 

Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

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