When we believe we accept something as true or real in such a way that it affects what we think and how we live. In order to please God we must believe without a question what He says about Himself and what He will do. This belief is often referred to as faith.
Hebrews 11:6 NKJV
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
There may be times in our lives, no matter how much faith we think we have, that we are nagged by doubt and have a sense of hopelessness. Like the father in Mark 9:24, we should ask God to help us with our unbelief. Each new trial that we face is an opportunity for our faith to grow.
Mark 9:24 NKJV
“Immediately the Father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’ ”
If we have even a small amount of faith anything is possible. Jesus compared a mustard seed to faith.
Matthew 17:20 NKJV
“So Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from hereto there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.’ ”
Luke 17:6 NKJV
“So the Lord said, ‘If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.’ ”
God can use all the things that we go through to show us something special about Him and to draw us, and others, closer to Himself. During our hard times and our trials we must never stop believing in God. Wonderful and miraculous things can be done with even the smallest amount of faith. We must believe without a question what God says about Himself and what He can and will do.
“Lazarus, Come Forth!”
John 11:25 NKJV
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.’ ”
A friend of Jesus, a man named Lazarus, became very sick. His sisters, Mary and Martha, sent word to Jesus about their brother. They knew that Jesus loved them and they thought that He would come right away to heal their brother. Jesus explained to His disciples that Lazarus was sick but it would not lead to death. He also told His disciples that God would be glorified through it. Jesus knew that death would not be the final result. However the disciples did not understand what Jesus was talking about.
John 11:1-4 NKJV
“Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”
When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
Jesus did not go to Lazarus immediately. He stayed where He was for two more days. Then Jesus told His disciples that it they were going to Judea again. The disciples questioned Jesus about going back to Judea because the Jews there wanted to kill Him. Jesus told them that Lazarus was asleep and that they were going there to awaken him. The disciples thought that Jesus meant that Lazarus was asleep as in taking a nap or resting. Finally, Jesus told them that Lazarus was dead. Jesus was going to go and raise Lazarus from the dead, which would demonstrate in an undeniable way that He was God’s Son.
John 11:5-6 NKJV
“Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.”
Four days after Lazarus had died Jesus arrived to find Lazarus already placed in a tomb and the mourners with Mary and Martha. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming she ran out to meet Him a couple of miles away. Martha told Jesus that if He had been there that her brother would not have died, however she knew that whatever He asked God for He (God) would give Him (Jesus). Martha knew that Jesus was God’s Son and that after a person died if they believed in Jesus they would live again in – that they would be resurrected in the last day. Because Martha believed without a question what Jesus said about Himself and what He could do, she also knew that Jesus could do whatever He wanted to. She knew that Jesus could raise her brother back to life just like He had done to other before.
Luke 11:17-27 NKJV
“So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
Jesus stayed where He was and Martha went back to the house to get Mary. When Mary saw Jesus she fell down at His feet crying and said the same thing that Martha had said.
Luke 11:28-29 NKJV
“And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, “The Teacher has come and is calling for you.” As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him.”
Jesus was moved with compassion and He asked where Lazarus’ tomb was. They took Jesus to the tomb and Jesus instructed them to roll away the stone from in front of it. Because of their belief in Jesus, Mary and Martha were about to see God’s power in a way that they had never seen before. Jesus lifted up His face to heaven and began praying out loud. After He finished praying, with a loud voice, He cried, “Lazarus, come forth!” At the sound of Jesus’ voice, Lazarus was made alive again ad he came out of the tomb, still wrapped in grave clothes. The people that had followed Mary and Martha to Jesus and the tomb were instructed to unwrap Lazarus.
Luke 11:38-44 NKJV
“Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.
Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”
And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.” Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things”
“If You Can Believe, All Things Are Possible…”
After Jesus had been on up on a high mountain with Peter, James, and John, He came back down to where the others disciples were. There was a great multitude of people there with them. One of the people in the crowed, a father, came to Jesus and told Him that he had brought his son to the disciples to be healed, but they could not heal him. The son had several problems. He had an evil spirit living in him causing him to be unable to speak. The evil spirit also caused the boy to have seizures. During these seizures the evil spirit would try to kill the boy.
Mark 9:17-22 NKJV
“Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.” He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”
Jesus questioned the father about how long the boy had been that way. After listening to the father Jesus told him that all things are possible to those that believe. The father said that he did believe, and he asked Jesus to help him with any unbelief.
Mark 9:23-27 NKJV
“Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.”
Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and commanded it to leave the boy’s body. The spirit cried out, then it came out of the boy. When this happened the people that were standing around watching thought the boy was dead. Jesus took the boy’s hand and helped him up. The boy was alive and well!
“Go Your Way; Your Son Lives”
John 4:46-49 NKJV
“So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.” The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!”
Jesus returned to the city where He changed the water into wine. While He was there a royal officer in the king’s army heard that Jesus was there. The officer (the nobleman) went to Jesus on behalf of his son, who was very sick. The boy was so sick he was about to die. He asked Jesus to come with him.
John 4:50-54 NKJV
“Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!”
Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household. This again is the second sign Jesus did when He had come out of Judea into Galilee.”
Jesus told the father to go his way and that his son was alive. The officer believed Jesus and he went on his way. On his way home, the officer was met by his servants. They told him that his son was alive and well. Because of this miracle the boy was healed and the family received salvation – they believed in Jesus as God’s Son.
“Go Your Way; And As You Have Believed, So Let It Be Done For You”
Matthew 8:5-13 NKJV
“The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.”
One day Jesus went to the northwest corner of Galilee to the town of Capernaum. In this town was a centurion, an officer in authority over 100 other men. This centurion was well like by the Jews in that area because of the things that he had done for them and the way that he treated them. This centurion had a servant who had became very ill and was about to die. When he heard that Jesus was in town he sent some of the Jewish elders to Him to ask Him to come and heal his servant. When the elders had told Jesus about the centurion, all that he had done for them and about his sick servant, He went with them. The centurion found out that Jesus was indeed coming to his house he sent some other friends out to give a message to Jesus. The centurion told his friends to tell Jesus that He did not have to come to his house, all He had to do was say that his servant would be healed. The centurion did not feel that he was worthy of Jesus coming into his house.
The centurion was a man of authority and he knew what authority meant. He acknowledged that Jesus had authority over life, death, sickness, and health – he knew that all Jesus had to do was say that the servant was well and he would be well.
Authority: the right to control, command, or make decisions; power to enforce obedience; the rightful and legitimate exercise of power.
Jesus was amazed at the centurion’s faith and because of it the servant was made well instantly. As we put our faith in Jesus and believe on Him we too recognize the authority that Jesus has. Jesus has the right to control, command, and make decisions concerning anything and everything about us. He possesses the same authority as God.
“Do Not Be Afraid; Only Believe”
One day when Jesus arrived in Capernaum He was greeted by a multitude of people who were waiting for Him. As Jesus was speaking to the people a man named Jairus approached Jesus. His twelve year old daughter was very sick and about to die. Jairus asked Jesus to come with him and lay His hands on his daughter and she would be made well.
Luke 8:40-42 NKJV
“So it was, when Jesus returned, that the multitude welcomed Him, for they were all waiting for Him.
And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him.”
Jairus was an important man in Capernaum. He was one of the rulers of the synagogue, and his job was supervising the worship services that took place in the synagogue. Like many of the Jewish leaders, Jairus was very aware of Jesus’ miraculous powers. Jairus was a desperate man. He had a great need and he knew that his only hope was in Jesus.
As Jesus was on His way to Jairus’ house they were approached by some people from Jairus’ house and told them that the girl had died and not to trouble Jesus any longer. When Jesus heard what the people had to say, He told Jairus not to be afraid and to believe.
Luke 8:49-50 NKJV
“While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.” But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.”
Jesus did not want Jairus to believe the report that the people gave him, instead Jesus wanted Jairus to believe in Him and not to be worried about what he had heard. After this Jesus allowed only three of His disciples (Peter, James and John) to continue with Him to Jairus’ house. When they arrived at Jairus house there was a lot of commotion. The people were crying (very loudly) over the girl’s death. Jesus asked the people why were they causing such a commotion, and that the girl was only asleep.
Luke 8:51-54 NKJV
“When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.”
And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead. But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.”
The people laughed at Jesus because of what He said and they made fun of Him. Jesus then made all of the mourners get out of the house and He went into the room where the girl was laying. Peter, James, John, and the girl’s parents went into the room with Jesus. Then Jesus took the girl by her hand and told her to get up. Immediately upon hearing the words of Jesus, the girl arose and began to walk around the room. Her parents were amazed.
Luke 8:55- 56 NKJV
“Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat.
And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.”
“Your Faith Has Made You Well”
Luke 8:43-47 NKJV
“Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’” But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.”
While on His way to Jairus’ house, Jesus was surrounded by many people. There were so many people that they were bumping into each other. Some were even trying to reach out to touch Jesus as He made His way through the crowd.
There was a woman who was very, very sick. While at home she thought about the things that she had heard about Jesus. She believed that Jesus could make her well. She left her house and began to look for Jesus. It didn’t take her long to find Him because of the large crowd of people.
It was so hard for her to even get close to Jesus, with all the pushing and shoving going on. But the woman was determined to get to Jesus, even if she could only get close enough to touch the back of His clothes. She truly believed in her heart that she only had to touch the hem of His garment and she would be made well.
The woman did what she set out to do – she reach through the crowd and touched Jesus. When she did Jesus immediately stopped. He had felt healing power leave His body and He knew that someone had been healed.
After Jesus found out who had touched Him, He told the woman that it was her faith that had made her well!
Luke 8:48 NKJV
“And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
“Arise, Take Up Your Bed, And Go To Your House”
Matthew 9:2-8 NKJV
“So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house. Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.”
Jesus had been away from His home town of Capernaum for many days ministering to people. When He returned the people in the town found out that He was back and they crowded around the house where He was. There were so many people that came to see and hear Jesus that you could not even get in the house where He was speaking.
There was a paralyzed man in this town that had friends who were concerned about him. The friends believed that if they could get their paralyzed friend to Jesus he could be healed. So they placed their friend on a mat and they picked him up by the corners of it. They then carried their friend to Jesus. When they arrived at the house where Jesus was speaking they could not get into the house because the crowd was so large. They were determined to see Jesus. They decided that in order to get their friend to Jesus they would have to take him onto the roof and lower him down into the house through the courtyard opening.
When Jesus saw the faith of the man and his four friends, He declared that the man’s sin were forgiven and He ordered the man to get up and walk. The man’s friends were overjoyed when he did exactly what Jesus told him to- he got up and began to walk. He was no longer paralyzed. Jesus had healed him because of faith.
“What Do You Want Me To Do For You?”
Mark 10:46-52 NKJV
“Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.” And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.”
As Jesus approached Jericho a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, sat by the road. Bartimaeus heard voices off in the distance. As the voices grew closer, they sounded excited. He asked those standing around what was going on. They told him that Jesus was coming. Bartimaeus had heard about Jesus and His power to heal. He wanted to see and he knew that Jesus could restore his sight, if only he could get His attention.
Bartimaeus began to cry out to Jesus, even when those standing around told him to be quiet. Finally, Jesus heard him and He stopped in His tracks. Jesus told Bartimaeus to come to Him. He did and Jesus healed him.
Thank-you for giving me Your Word to stand on when things seem hopeless. With You, O Lord, all things are possible. By the power of the Holy Spirit, cause the things that I believe about You and what You will do to effect what I think and how I live. May each new trial that I face be an opportunity for my faith to grow and may I diligently seek You. Let everything I go through show us something special about You and draw me, and others, closer to You.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.