Faith pleases the Lord; He doesn’t want us trying to work out everything in our life, trying to depend on our own ability. He doesn’t want us worrying about things; He wants us to learn to trust Him. He wants us to receive His grace through faith. Matthew 9:20-22 tells of a woman who knew how to receive the grace of God. It says, “A woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, "If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well." But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, "Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well." And the woman was made well from that hour.” The Scripture is clear; it wasn’t because it was God’s will (it’s always God will to heal), it was because of her faith. Jesus wanted to teach people to live in the kingdom through faith. In Matthew 9:27-29 we see how Jesus teaches two blind men to receive their healing through their faith. Jesus says in verse 28, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They (the blind men) said to Him, "Yes, Lord." Then He touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith let it be to you."” Notice the emphasis of Jesus when He says “according to your faith.” The Lord gives us license to believe Him for great things!
Sometimes demons are directly the source of sickness. In the account in Matthew 9:32-33, the demon is cast out of the man and healing came as a direct result. It says, “they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed. And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying, "It was never seen like this in Israel!"
In Luke 7:36-50 Jesus is invited to a Pharisee’s house named Simon. When a woman began to wash Jesus’ feet with fragrant oil and her tears, Simon saw a sinner because of her past, but Jesus saw a woman full of love because she knew she had been forgiven. This story is a beautiful example of the Gospel. After Jesus said her sins were forgiven, He said, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” It is through faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ that we are saved; it isn’t by our works
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan