Faith was a fundamental part of Jesus ministry as he walked among men. The emphasis on trusting and believing God was for the edification his disciples and the throng of people that followed him. The weight he placed on faith was central to his teaching. Even after his death faith remained a common thread in the ministry of his disciples. This is a principal that is critical to our spiritual growth and in our relationship in Christ. Faith is so essential to our wellbeing that when Jesus prayed for Simon Peter during the intimate last supper in the moments leading up to his death. He did not pray that Simon Peter would do great miracles or that he would get that explosive temper under control,, not even for himself; but that Simon Peter’s faith would not fail. Knowing the test that Peter would face as the time of the crucifixion came near; Jesus knew it was only by faith that Peter would overcome Satan’s attack. Peter would experience a particularly difficult testing and trying of his faith as he would deny Christ. Not once but three times. This is a test that would break him or strengthen him depending on his response to this perceived failure. And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
So why was faith such a big part of Jesus ministry? Hebrews 11:1 tells us. Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. We do not have to see it to believe it! We know there is air even though it is not visible. We see the results of its existence in every aspect of our lives. We know that without it we cease to be. So it is with faith. Faith is the thread that connects us to his very presence. Without faith there is no relationship. Without faith there is no manifestation of his power. It is faith that activates power. It is a sure confidence in God who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. Ephesians 3:20-21
In every miracle that Jesus performed he made it clear that faith was the active power.
- The woman with the issue of blood- Mark 5:33-35 (NKJV)
But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”
- The blind – Mark 10:52(NKJV)
Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.
The Paralyzed- Luke 5:19-21 (NKJV)
And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus. When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”
Whatever your need, whatever your situation you can determine the outcome according to your faith, according to the power that works within. Today is a good day to activate the power within you.
Prayer: Father increase our faith day by day.