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Thursday, December 10, 2009

According To Your Faith

And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
For she said within herself, if I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
Matthew 9:20-22

Let’s examine these statements. When I first encounter them they do not offer any sense of truth when examined from the contents of our natural environments. Here’s why, from a natural perspective there is no power available in the hem of a garment that can resolve my most pressing issues. I just can not comprehend it. When I visit this story in the book of Matthew from the natural it has no life. Come on this woman has been sick and bleeding for 12 years. To encounter it for one year would be extremely challenging.

Notice what she says to herself. “If I can touch the hem of his garment” It is in this piece of the statement that she becomes free from the fallen or natural state of her condition. In her heart she becomes convinced, by faith that the power of God had rested in His presence. Of course we know who is wearing the garment. If you don’t know it is Jesus the Christ.
It is according to our faith weather of not we will overcome the challenges that are present in our daily lives. I chose this particular piece, even though there are many witnesses to choose from, this one kind of lines up with the statement Christ makes in Matthew 19 starting in verse 24. It reads; and again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
Believing in the power of God outside of the state of our natural realm presents enormous challenges. This so called faith can only present itself in the context of which God intended for it to be. Unfortunately in our fallen state it becomes challenging because of our inability to touch the tangible aspect of what is hoped for. This is the key element used by Satan to hinder us from receiving the gift of God through our Lord Jesus the Christ and the Holy Spirit of God. The power of God begins with the blood of Jesus and rests at the right hand of the Father in the presence of Jesus. If there is failure in receiving this truth then the power of God can’t and will not work in our lives.
Often the breath of our experience can only be born from what we believe in our hearts. Lets not get it twisted the power of God is available to us. Our belief in the presence of God can only be manifested by our faith. It is what it is. If we suppose the theological arguments and religious tangibility of the existence of God then we begin to rob ourselves of His power. There is no coincidence that the world centers all of its religious activity from Jerusalem. It is there where the King of Glory will assume His eternal Kingdom. (Revelation 21; 10) and reign for ever and ever.
Our hardship occurs when we become more accustomed to believing what is interpreted by those who are anti Christ. Take for instance the statement by Ms Oprah Winfrey that suggests there are many ways to heaven. This insinuates that the word of God from the bible concerning the Christ is not true. It is foolish to present this as valid because it was only one way out of the presence of God and there is only one way in. Remember by witness of the universe our God and creator. Has order. He shows us by way of scripture what He has intended for man to be redeemed back to him. The order is predicated on His sacrifice. Of His only begotten son. That’s it. Nothing else can substitute it. Nothing. This can only come by faith.(Romans 5:15)
As believers we must rely on the promises of God. It is by faith that our lives become whole and complete as we return back to the creator. It is foolish to present the notion that when we live in this natural state that we are succumbed to that state forever. The reality is by faith, which encompasses the power of God, can we benefit from all that he has made and present it as glorious in His sight. He wrote the script. In order for it to be played out in the fashion of what he intended we have to enter into his presence by faith. As he witnessed to the women with the impossible challenges let it be done According to your faith. Without it we become less than what God had intended for us to be. Remember that His intentions were for us to be complete in him. (Colossians 2:10)
And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
Mark 10:52