“When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
-Jesus makes it clear that without faith it is impossible to please Him for the just shall live by faith. Additionally, faith without works is dead & works without love is impractical. Jesus also reveals that through faith one is forgiven (Lk 5:20), healed (Lk 8:48), saves (Lk 7:50) etc. Interestingly; Jesus healed the paralysed man not because of his faith but the faith of those who accompanied him. The faith of other is also significant for our wellbeing & it brings us encouragement (Rom 1:12). We are called to have faith in Christ for ourselves & on behalf of others, & remember to intercede for them for His love & mercy endures forever.
Faith is a substance of things hope & evidence of things not seen. Through the death & resurrection of Christ; our Christian faith was founded & always gives us the hope of eternal life with Christ. Towards the end of apostle Paul’s life; he was proud to have fought the good fight, finished the race & kept the faith awaiting his crown of righteousness for him & for all who long for His appearing (2 Tim 4:7-8). Faith is a race; which began when God predestined us for good work before the foundations of the world & ends in eternal life with Him. On the flip side; when one looses faith there is nothing left to live for & one dies in the spirit awaiting physical death. Henry Ford once said that “those who walk with God, always reach their destination.” As Gods’ sons; we are reminded that without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is & that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Heb 11:6). The Holy Spirit fills us with this gracious gift of faith as He wills so that we may live by faith & not by sight (2 Cor 5:5-7). We have comfort that by grace we have been saved through faith & that not of ourselves but it is the gift of God (Eph 2:8-9). Faith has been equated to sonship & grace through which we are led by the Spirit in good works for we are no longer under a guardian which is the law; but under grace & have received abundant life now which transcends to eternity with the Father (Gal 3:25).
Teach us Jesus to seek You diligently with all our hearts, souls, minds & strength. Cover us with Your precious blood loving Father, forgive us our sins & save us from all the snares of the evil one. Heal all the sick Jesus, those who have been afflicted by cancer, diabetes, HIV, stroke, ulcers, arthritis, leukemia, malaria & all other diseases including depression, for by Your stripes we are healed. Many do not know Your Jesus & others have lost faith in You, welcome them all into Your kingdom Lord; for Your mercy is everlasting. Fill us with the gift of faith Holy Spirit so that we may see You in all things & perform many signs for the glory of Your name. May Your goodness & mercy follow us Lord all the days of our lives & we shall dwell in Your house forever. Amen
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