Faith That Makes Us Well

Luke 18: 40-42 So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, 41 saying, "What do you want Me to do for you?"
He said, "Lord, that I may receive my sight." 42 Then Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." 43
And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying
God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
 
Faith
makes God's miraculous works possible. Without faith it is impossible
to please God (Heb 11:6). Blind Bartimaeus exhibited faith in way that
few of Jesus' followers did. When he heard that Jesus was coming he did
three things that are important to strong faith. From him we can learn
our to build a strong faith to see God do amazing things.
 
First, Bartimaeus was Proactive in his faith.
When people told him that Jesus was coming he cried out, "Jesus, Son of
David, have mercy on me!" He didn't sit around and wait for something
to happen; he cried out to God with a sense of desperation. Wouldn't
you do the same if you were blind from birth? Let's not wait until God
is a last resort, but instead seek Him first. Be proactive and go to
God with your needs.
 
Second, Bartimaeus was Undeterred.
When people told him to be quiet, he got even louder. What people said
was of little consequence to him. Many times people, often in the name
of God, will try to persuade us to change our behavior. They will tell
us to be reasonable, not cause a scene, or remind us that God is an
orderly God. While all of these are true, none of them apply to faith.
If you are seeking God for a miracle then don't be deterred - press on!
 
Finally, Bartimaeus Asked for What he Wanted.
When confronted by Jesus, Bartimaeus didn't beat around the bush. He
asked directly for what he wanted. When we go to God, we need to ask
him for exactly what we want. God already knows plus He is capable of
answering any need, so don't hold back. If it is not in your best
interest, He will show you over time.
 
Faith can make us well in both our physical and spiritual lives. If we will come to God in Boldness (Heb 4), He will hear our prayers. In the process, He will also refine our faith and make it stronger.

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