Time To Work That Faith Muscle!

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Romans 10:17 Amplified;  So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).

Where does faith come from and how do we use it? If faith has purpose, what is it? In Romans 12:3, we are told that each of us is given a measure of faith, so we know that we each have faith, right? Some of us have used our faith to believe in Jesus as our Redeemer, our sacrifice for sin. We believe in what He did on the cross “by faith” we are saved. It’s not by being good or doing good, it’s when we use our faith to believe. That is every Christians first exercise of their faith and often it is the only time they exercise their faith,

There was a woman that came to Jesus who had an issue of blood, remember her? She’s talked about in each one of the gospels, but I found her story first in Matthew 9:20-22. It’s a short two verses that seem to explain a lot about exercising our faith.

20 And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. 21 For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” 22 But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.

We know a few things about this woman from the gospels. First of all, she was a woman of means because she had spent all of her money on doctors and only grew worse. Secondly, she had heard reports about Jesus and the miracles He had done among the people. News travels mouth to mouth when there are no newspapers or television, so I’m sure all of her friends were talking about Him, each time she went to the market she heard about Him. So much so that she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.”

Lastly, she put her faith into motion. She went and pressed through to crowd of people. Look, this woman was not well, she’d been bleeding for 12 years. I’m pretty sure she was weak to say the least, but she was determined to not let her feelings deter her from reaching her destiny. How long she pushed toward Him isn’t known, but her persistence paid off and she got what she had come for. The coolest part of this is found in Mark 5:30; And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”

You see, Jesus knows when someone touches Him by faith! Not only had she received His power to heal, but He felt it leave Him as she reached out to touch Him. You may be waiting on Him to heal you, but let me assure you of this one thing, everything Jesus ever needed to do for your healing was done when they whipped Him (Isaiah 53:5). Your confidence must come from hearing and reading the Word, then reaching out to receive it. If all you can do is lift your arm and touch His robe, then do it. He’s waiting on you.

In my spirit I hear this old song my mom used to sing; “Reach out and touch the Lord as He passes by. You’ll find He’s not too busy to hear your hearts cry. He’s passing by this moment your need He’ll supply. Reach out and touch the Lord as He goes by.” Whatever you’re needing He’s made provision for it, reach out and take it. Don’t allow the enemy to rob you of what is rightfully yours by trying to convince you that you’re not worthy. You became worthy when you believed on Jesus to be your personal Savior. He’s all that and more to you today, He’s only waiting on you to reach out and touch Him.

Father, I extend my faith to touch You today. I lift my hands up and worship You as everything I need, You’ve provided. I’m thankful for the blood of Your Son that made a way for me to access all I would ever have need of, so I come to You boldly to obtain favor in my time of need. I reach up to take my healing. I reach up to take my provision. I reach up to take my wisdom. I reach up to take my peace and protection. I reach up to take my success. I love You so much, Father! Today, I not only exercise my faith for me, I exercise my faith for my friends who read this, those who are in desperate need of an answer. Father, show them great and mighty things that they know not of. Reveal Your great grace and mercy to them as they reach out in faith as well. It’s in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen

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