Faith is very important for Christians. It is important for salvation. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:8-9, For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. Faith is also necessary to be pleasing to God. Hebrews 11:6 tells us, But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
Recently, we have been studying this topic of Faith in our midweek Bible study on Wednesday evenings. In one of our studies, we saw in Mark 5 an incident in the life of Christ that clearly identifies the importance and power of faith. A man named Jairus sought out Christ on behalf of his 12-year-old daughter who was at the point of death. As Jesus was traveling to his house to heal his daughter, a woman, who was very sick, came to Jesus seeking healing for herself. She had sought out traditional medical treatments for her illness. She had seen many doctors, had suffered from their treatments and had spent everything she had, all to no avail. Finally, she came to Jesus. Because of the large crowd, she came up behind Jesus to touch the hem of His garment. Immediately, she was healed! Sadly, as the Lord was speaking to her, messengers from Jairus’ house approached with the news that his daughter had died and indicated that he should no longer trouble the Master. Of course, Jesus went on to the house and raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead.
There are many encouraging truths we can learn from this encounter. First, faith is important and powerful. To the healed woman the Lord said, Thy faith hath made thee whole. When Jairus received the news that his daughter had passed, immediately the Lord said, Only believe. To both of the individuals who sought the Lord’s help, faith is what motivated them and faith was what moved the hand of God on their behalf.
Another very important truth is the fact that we should not wait until the last moment to seek the Lord’s help. Remember, bringing our needs to the Lord should be our first response, not our last resort.
Let the words of this chorus be our challenge.
Only believe, only believe.
All things are possible, only believe!
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God bless you!