What Faith Can Do
Do you have a problem in your life that seems like it will never get better? Maybe it’s been going on for weeks or months or years, and you see no improvement. Perhaps it’s even getting worse. Maybe you’re starting to feel hopeless that things will ever be better or wonder whether God even cares. All of this must have been true for the woman in Mark chapter five who desperately needed healing.
For twelve years, she had been suffering. After such a long time, not only did she feel badly from the blood loss, but she was most likely weary of the daily struggles. On top of the daily struggles, she was shunned by society for being unclean. This woman was without support or encouragement…and I believe due to her circumstances, she felt quite alone.
Can you picture this woman alone, broke, and needing healthcare? I am sure she felt things could not have possibly gotten any worse. She was at rock bottom…then she met Jesus.
We all know the story: She touched Jesus’s robe and, immediately, she was healed. She was free of her burden. Free from ostracism. Free from despair. When she found Jesus, she found hope. Though the power of Jesus came out of Him and healed her, He said to her, “Your faith has made you well.”
What Is Faith?
“Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].” Hebrews 11:1 AMP. Faith is putting all of our hope in what we believe God can do but that our eyes have not yet seen. By faith, we put all of our eggs in the Jesus basket. That’s what the hemorrhaging woman did. She put all of her hope in being healed, and, to that end, she stepped out, in faith, risking however little she had left because she knew He could heal her. She believed. She believed in the power of Jesus.
How Do We Become Women of Faith?
Do we need mounds of faith before God will move? Do we need to become an Abraham or a Samuel overnight? Absolutely not. All it takes is just a little faith. “He answered, ‘Because of your little faith [your lack of trust and confidence in the power of God]; for I assure you and most solemnly say to you, if you have [living] faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and [if it is God’s will] it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 AMP. For reference, a mustard seed is only between 1 and 2 millimeters long. It’s not about the size of our faith because our faith is not about our efforts. It’s all about the power of Jesus and what we believe He can and will do in our lives.
Many times, we don’t see God move because, even though we ask for things, we don’t truly believe God will make it happen for us or that we are worthy enough for God to answer our prayers. We believe the lies that say that we aren’t good enough or loved enough for God to move on our behalf, so we pray half-hearted prayers. And, you know what? God knows this. He sees our hearts. God knows our motivation and our intentions.
When you pray, when you seek God, check your heart. Take a moment to reflect on your intentions and motivations for what you are seeking. Remind yourself of the hemorrhaging woman. She had bold faith. This woman knew that all she needed to do was believe and touch the hem of His robe, and she would be healed. That’s some faith! This was not a half-hearted attempt but a total belief in the powerful one. Because she had nothing to lose, she took a significant risk moving through the crowds to reach Jesus, and the results were miraculous.
I love what came next, “Then He said to her, “Daughter, your faith [your personal trust and confidence in Me] has restored you to health; go in peace and be [permanently] healed from your suffering.” Mark 5:34 AMP He called her daughter. Jesus identified her as a daughter of the King. Her belief and love for Jesus healed her physically, mentally, and spiritually. I love that Jesus met her in the midst of everyday life.
My Prayer for You
What about you, my friend? What or who are you placing your faith in? What is the next step you need to take to put your faith and hope in Jesus Christ?
Today, I pray you will choose to believe that God can and will do all that you ask of Him. May Jesus multiply your faith. May He bring you a friend in Christ to partner with you in your journey. A sister-in-Christ who will strengthen you and pray with you and support you. And, if you are in need of a friend to walk with you on your journey, I am here for you. I want you to know that YOU are not alone.
Lift up those powerful prayers, step back, and watch the power of Jesus work miracles in your life! Miracle-after-miracle, your faith will be made more robust each day as you realize the powerful truth that nothing is impossible with God.
YOU are a daughter of the King.
Keep on shining!