Friday, February 20, 2009
Healing With Faith
In Luke chapter 18 we have what we would call a overview of the entire ministry of Jesus. In the beginning of this chapter is the story of the woman and the unjust judge. Someone had done something against her and she had gone to the judge, not unlike many people who are seeking justice today. But this woman soon found that she wasn't getting what she had came for. So she made a decision to pester the living daylights out of the judge until he gave her what she had asked for.
That is what we call "faith that never gives up." It's an attitude. It's a mentality. It's a way of thinking. It's a lifestyle!
With this type of mentality, attitude etc, when we see the word "faith" in the dictionary, our picture should be out beside it!
With this "never give up attitude" this woman wore the judge down until he gave her what she wanted just to get rid of her!
Another similar story about faith that never gives up is found in
Matthew chapter 15. A woman that had a daughter who was possessed by the devil came to Jesus. She wanted her daughter delivered! The disciples told her to go away because she was loud and persistant and wanted to see Jesus. The disciples said go away, Jesus won't see you.
But...because of her persistence, she made it past the disciples to the Master. Jesus said to her, "I wasn't sent to you, but to the lost sheep of the household of Israel." She wasn't a Jew, but a Gentile. Jesus went on to say, "It's not right to take healing and cast it to the dogs." Jesus was comparing this woman with a dog! Most folks would have given up right there and accepted the "religious lie" that God's will for you is to stay sick, bound, etc. If you or I said something like that to someone, we would never be allowed to minister again!
This woman didn't get mad. She understood exactly what Jesus was saying and responded, "But aren't the dogs at the master's table allowed to eat the crumbs that fall to the floor?" This woman knew Jesus was the master, and in her persistance to have her need met, she was actually worshiping Him from the depths of her heart. Jesus was working out of her old nature and getting her over into His faith nature. When Jesus heard her response He said, "O woman, great is your faith!"
Two times in the Bible Jesus refered about people with "great faith." Once to a Gentile woman and once to a Roman centurion. Neither of them was a Jew, or as we would say in our culture today, a member of the house of God! Their faith in what God could do was so great that Jesus could not do anything but respond to their faith and do what they asked of Him.
When the woman persisted, Jesus said "Woman, great is your faith." He healed her daughter. She had faith that never gives up.
If you and I want our prayers answered, we need to have this kind of spirit that this woman had when Jesus healed her daughter. We need to have the kind of spirit like the woman that went before the unjust judge and found justice for her wrong--a spirit that no matter what it takes, we are going to hold on and stand in faith, because the devil is not going to defeat us!
We need to have a faith that never gives up attitude. No matter what we see in the natural, we believe the miracle starts the moment faith is released. We may not see it until next week, next month or even next year, but until we do, we are going to hold on and never give up in Jesus' name!