FAITH 2

(This is a continuation of Faith 1 from last week)

Finally, the deed was done and even sooner than she expected, she was well. The smell went, the flow stopped, the dizziness seized, all weakness left. Overjoyed she wanted to melt away unobserved, only for the Jesus to stop even in the midst of the crowd asking for who had touched Him.

Finally, the deed was done and even sooner than she expected, she was well. The smell went, the flow stopped, the dizziness seized, all weakness left. Overjoyed she wanted to melt away unobserved, only for the Jesus to stop even in the midst of the crowd asking for who had touched Him.

Twelve years of hiding had made her want to melt away, but Jesus’s insistence and her complete healing gave her a further boldness to come out and confess that she was the culprit.

Jesus looked at her and told her that her faith had made her whole, which is the highest form of healing. It means that she was now like someone who had never been ill. Everything would be restored to her, including her finances (she went on to write a book and make a film about her life).

The most important part of this story for me is that Jesus did not say His almightiness made her whole or His divine nature made her whole. It was her faith.

There two definitions of faith we will look at. One is the dictionary faith which is belief and trust in and loyalty to God. It further goes on to say the firm belief in a thing even in the absence of proof. Complete confidence.

The bible says Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Substance, is the tangible matter of which something is made of. Therefore faith is the tangible matter of which something you have never seen is made of.

So for example, you have faith that when you start a new job, you will be paid at the end of the month even though you have not worked there before. When you get on the plane you believe that you will land safely at your destination even though you don’t know who is flying the plane or the state of maintenance the aircraft is in. When you go and eat out you are confident to have not eaten poison and so what you have eaten will not harm you.

Those who follow Jesus should have faith that He will do all He says He will do in the manual for living that He left for us.

The fact that BIL believed and trusted she would get her healing through Jesus was what made her get her healing. Please don’t quote me on this. Could this be the reason why some people get their healing and some people don’t? It may be in some situations.

The Manual for Living tells us that if our faith was the size of a mustard seed (apparently, this is a really tiny seed), it is enough for us to move a mountain. I have written before about being a mountain mover. I am sure you can remember.

This is the beginning of yet another year. The years seem to come by so quickly. There are circumstances and issues we have lived with for years and years and we believe that is the way it will always be. Have some faith, this is the year to be whole.

Change may not come with a billboard saying “I am change”, and it may not just drop in your lap. You will find it when you go looking for it. Usually, when you are tired of where you are, truly tired.

When you search and do your investigations don’t take too long to zero in on a course of action. Try not to ask too many people’s opinions because they will all give you their own take on it, which may not be the right take. Don’t be swayed by too many doctrines.

Of course, it is clear that Almighty was in on the deal from the very beginning. How come BIL spotted Mary in the doctor’s clinic when she was dying and still recognised her when she had been healed. From before the beginning of time, Almighty knew there would be a purpose for this story to be told just as I am telling it. The purpose is among many other, to help someone reading to have faith or increase in faith. I hope you catch my drift without my saying so much.

BIL set her goal and made sure it was a smart goal. She drew up a project plan and followed it despite many obstacles. I am sure in her biography BIL wrote how so many of the obstacles turned out not to be obstacles after all but stepping stones.

Is this the first goal BIL will set concerning this issue she? Most definitely not! The story I read stated that she had done all kinds of things and visited many different doctors in the quest of finding a cure. She had exercised faith in the past and even when things did not work out as she hoped, she did not lose her faith.

This is an aside, faith is like trust. We have trust in something and then that thing fails us. I once spoke to someone who put it so well. He said, ” hey if Trust fails you build it again”. If we all abandoned where trust has been broken and refuse to build trust up again, what a tedious life it would be. A life without trust? Things don’t always happen the way we plan or want but we cannot throw in the towel every time something does not work.

Again a little irrelevant here but it may help someone. A lady once described getting a divorce because your spouse cheated on you, as going out to give the person who threw a stone that broke your kitchen window the key and ownership to your house then storming off never to return. My own thoughts! Maybe what you should do is fix the broken window with reinforced glass so it is not easily broken in future.

At the time BIL did not know Jesus was Almighty’s son, (even though we know now when we read the story) and we have no record that Jesus knew her. However, when BIL encountered Jesus, He accepted her even though she only came to Him because she needed something. (By the way, this story is in the Manual for living)

This story is a true story and Jesus is still alive today, healing the sick and preparing a place for us with Almighty. He has all the answers to all problems if we will only ask Him. If you surrender your life to Him, will you still have some problems? Probably, but He will be right there to show you out of those problems. In fact, the Manual for Living says there are many problems that man has, but Jesus delivers him from every single one.

If Jesus was ready to do what He did for BIL who He did not Know at the time He will do the same for you if you surrender to Him now. He does not care if you are only coming to Him because you need something. He is not a human being and does not judge why you want to be friends with Him.

Invite Him in to be your friend and believe that He has come in, then see how He will transform your life.

Do you already have a relationship with Him, go for it, your faith will make you whole.

I hope you have enjoyed reading but more importantly that you have let the post minister to you.

 

 

 

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Faith 1

There was once a lady very many years ago who had been very ill for twelve years or thereabout. Her illness was not only physical, it was also psychological and most especially social.

Her condition was blood-related. She was bleeding non-stop at a time and in a society that did not allow women who were bleeding to mingle with people whether in public or not.

The fact that the ailment was blood-related made her very weak as her blood count was low. She was disorientated, nauseous from time to time. She was dizzy and passed out from time to time, which meant that she could not go out, even if her ailment did not make it taboo for her to mingle.

She had initially been a very wealthy woman but in the past twelve years, she had depleted her wealth in seeing doctors and other healthcare providers (both mainstream and homoeopathic). She was not in the frame of mind to make more wealth even if she could delegate the business to others.

Indeed she had delegated some aspects of her business and she had been duped many times.

Her family members had abandoned her because she had become a nuisance. They loved her but practical living made it impossible to consider her anything but a nuisance. The extended family never really knew her but tolerated her because, in the days when she had money, she was generous. However, now that she did not have money and was not of much use. They abandoned her.

Some family members and some friends initially helped her run errands but all melted away as the illness persisted.

She could not go to any house of worship because her condition meant she could not mingle. She could not keep her ailment a secret because her not being able to mingle led people to find out what her problem was. No religious ministers could come to her home to minister to her because if she could not come to them, they could not come to her. I hope you catch my drift? She was caught in a catch 22 situation.

Even her servants and workers had deserted her not only because of the social stigma and also not only because she could no longer afford their services but also because there was a terrible smell around her. At the time it was difficult to have that kind of ailment and not smell.

Whichever way you sliced it she was a very, unhappy, confused, distraught, financially poor woman, to use a few adjectives. She had tried what she considered to be everything. She had contemplated suicide many times but something always stopped her at the last minute.

She, however, saw Mary, who she had last seen at a doctor’s clinic a couple of years earlier. Mary had been very ill and had been sent home to die as the doctors felt she was at an advanced stage of an incurable illness.

When our lady saw Mary (let’s call our lady –blood issues lady-BIL), she surreptitiously followed her in order to find out what had happened to her to transform her life. How had she been healed? Mary noticed BIL following her and motioned to her to meet her behind a dumpster, as they could not be seen chatting together openly.

Mary then told the story of a man who could heal all manner of ailments in different ways. Mary said He had healed her instantly by merely telling the ailment to leave her body and the ailment obeyed.

Mary told her many different instances that this man she called Jesus had healed different people with different types and stages of illness. Mary said she followed Jesus around now because not only does He heal, He also taught and His teachings brought life changing illumination.

While Mary was talking something was building up in BIL and she became convinced that this was the solution she had been waiting for. She was not sure exactly what was going to happen but she knew this was her chance to be healed and turn her situation completely around.

BIL was ready to meet this man but immediately thought of various challenges that could stop her. The anti-social nature of her ailment for one. Another thought was the finances to get her to the gathering. What about the clothes to wear? Could she just walk up to this man? How would she bypass his protocol team?

BIL knew of many men, who said they were men of God, who did not even really heal people but they were great orators. They had such big security and protocol teams that even people without a social stigma could not get close to them let alone someone like her. There were countless reasons why BIL should not bother, however she had completely run out of options and had to believe this would work

Mary told her when Jesus was going to be at another gathering and invited her to attend. BIL made up her mind to attend, she was convinced by the evidence (even though it was not much of an evidence, the story of one person. Many could argue that it was the medication Mary was taking at the time that did the job).

BIL planned to go, did not discuss it with anybody, because she did not want to be convinced to do what she knew she needed to do. She knew she had to defy all the odds. She set her goal, which was specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.

On the appointed day she stealthily left home to her appointment with destiny. While she had been ill, she had acquired many skills that she did not really know how they would come in useful to her. For example, she had acquired the skill of stealth, (because she could not go anywhere openly) which was now standing her in good stead to change her life for the best.

The appointed day dawned like any other day but she had completely convinced herself that this was the day. In the time between her meeting with Mary and now she had found out as much as she could in her situation about this man Jesus. Your day of change will dawn like any other day.

BIL realised that her desire to be healed far outweighed her initial worries about the possibility of not being able to get close to Jesus. BIL had spent all her time trying to find out more information about Jesus. She completely focused on Him and even though her investigations came up with some negative things they were mostly positive things. Having weighed everything she came up with her final decision to go for it.

When she came out to attend the event she was a little anxious but tired of her current state. As she got nearer she got more confident especially as she saw a crowd around Jesus. She was convinced she could do her deed of touching his clothes without being seen.

In all her investigations and her finding, she concluded that all she needed to do the deed, was to touch the hem of His robe.

BIL threw all caution to the wind and moved close in all the scrambling, she did not care what would come of her at that point. She was going to touch the hem of His robe that day, even if that was the last thing she was going to do as a free person.

Faith 2 will follow shortly.I know you have a lot to do and I don’t want you reading such a long piece. Have a good week.

FAITH 1

There was once a lady very many years ago who had been very ill for twelve years or thereabout. Her illness was not only physical, it was also psychological and most especially social.

Her condition was blood-related. She was bleeding non-stop at a time and in a society that did not allow women who were bleeding to mingle with people whether in public or not.

The fact that the ailment was blood-related made her very weak as her blood count was low. She was disorientated, nauseous from time to time. She was dizzy and passed out from time to time, which meant that she could not go out, even if her ailment did not make it taboo for her to mingle.

She had initially been a very wealthy woman but in the past twelve years, she had depleted her wealth in seeing doctors and other healthcare providers (both mainstream and homoeopathic). She was not in the frame of mind to make more wealth even if she could delegate the business to others.

Indeed she had delegated some aspects of her business and she had been duped many times.

Her family members had abandoned her because she had become a nuisance. They loved her but practical living made it impossible to consider her anything but a nuisance. The extended family never really knew her but tolerated her because, in the days when she had money, she was generous. However, now that she did not have money and was not of much use. They abandoned her.

Some family members and some friends initially helped her run errands but all melted away as the illness persisted.

She could not go to any house of worship because her condition meant she could not mingle. She could not keep her ailment a secret because her not being able to mingle led people to find out what her problem was. No religious ministers could come to her home to minister to her because if she could not come to them, they could not come to her. I hope you catch my drift? She was caught in a catch 22 situation.

Even her servants and workers had deserted her not only because of the social stigma and also not only because she could no longer afford their services but also because there was a terrible smell around her. At the time it was difficult to have that kind of ailment and not smell.

Whichever way you sliced it she was a very, unhappy, confused, distraught, financially poor woman, to use a few adjectives. She had tried what she considered to be everything. She had contemplated suicide many times but something always stopped her at the last minute.

She, however, saw Mary, who she had last seen at a doctor’s clinic a couple of years earlier. Mary had been very ill and had been sent home to die as the doctors felt she was at an advanced stage of an incurable illness.

When our lady saw Mary (let’s call our lady –blood issues lady-BIL), she surreptitiously followed her in order to find out what had happened to her to transform her life. How had she been healed? Mary noticed BIL following her and motioned to her to meet her behind a dumpster, as they could not be seen chatting together openly.

Mary then told the story of a man who could heal all manner of ailments in different ways. Mary said He had healed her instantly by merely telling the ailment to leave her body and the ailment obeyed.

Mary told her many different instances that this man she called Jesus had healed different people with different types and stages of illness. Mary said she followed Jesus around now because not only does He heal, He also taught and His teachings brought life changing illumination.

While Mary was talking something was building up in BIL and she became convinced that this was the solution she had been waiting for. She was not sure exactly what was going to happen but she knew this was her chance to be healed and turn her situation completely around.

BIL was ready to meet this man but immediately thought of various challenges that could stop her. The anti-social nature of her ailment for one. Another thought was the finances to get her to the gathering. What about the clothes to wear? Could she just walk up to this man? How would she bypass his protocol team?

BIL knew of many men, who said they were men of God, who did not even really heal people but they were great orators. They had such big security and protocol teams that even people without a social stigma could not get close to them let alone someone like her. There were countless reasons why BIL should not bother, however she had completely run out of options and had to believe this would work

Mary told her when Jesus was going to be at another gathering and invited her to attend. BIL made up her mind to attend, she was convinced by the evidence (even though it was not much of an evidence, the story of one person. Many could argue that it was the medication Mary was taking at the time that did the job).

BIL planned to go, did not discuss it with anybody, because she did not want to be convinced to do what she knew she needed to do. She knew she had to defy all the odds. She set her goal, which was specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.

On the appointed day she stealthily left home to her appointment with destiny. While she had been ill, she had acquired many skills that she did not really know how they would come in useful to her. For example, she had acquired the skill of stealth, (because she could not go anywhere openly) which was now standing her in good stead to change her life for the best.

The appointed day dawned like any other day but she had completely convinced herself that this was the day. In the time between her meeting with Mary and now she had found out as much as she could in her situation about this man Jesus. Your day of change will dawn like any other day.

BIL realised that her desire to be healed far outweighed her initial worries about the possibility of not being able to get close to Jesus. BIL had spent all her time trying to find out more information about Jesus. She completely focused on Him and even though her investigations came up with some negative things they were mostly positive things. Having weighed everything she came up with her final decision to go for it.

When she came out to attend the event she was a little anxious but tired of her current state. As she got nearer she got more confident especially as she saw a crowd around Jesus. She was convinced she could do her deed of touching his clothes without being seen.

In all her investigations and her finding, she concluded that all she needed to do the deed, was to touch the hem of His robe.

BIL threw all caution to the wind and moved close in all the scrambling, she did not care what would come of her at that point. She was going to touch the hem of His robe that day, even if that was the last thing she was going to do as a free person.

Faith @ will follow shortly.i know you have a lot to do and i don’t want you reading such a long piece. Have a good week.