Faith in Action

Faith is a gift from God.  Faith is action (James 2:18).  Faith obeys the Word (James 2:22).  Faith proves itself by works (James 2:26).  Faith produces wisdom, humility, dependence on God and it endures awaiting Christ’s return.  Faith is critical in our relationship with God (Hebrews 11:16).  Where does faith come from?  Paul tells us in Romans 10:17.  So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”

Faith in action is when the woman with the issue of blood braved the crowd to touch Jesus’ robe.  She believed that if she was able to touch His robe she would be made well.  She had confidence and trust in Jesus’ power to heal.  Jesus told her that her faith made her well.  He said, “Go in peace and be healed of your affliction.”

When the woman had touched Jesus’ robe the flow of blood stopped–it dried up.  She felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.  A person receives complete healing from Jesus.

For twelve years the woman had the issue of blood.  She spent all of her livelihood on doctors but she could not be healed by any of them yet when she touched Jesus’ robe at the hem, immediately her flow of blood stopped (Luke 8:43, 44).  Jesus had healed in an instant what doctors could not heal for twelve years. 

This message here is that “It is better  to trust  in the LORD  than to put confidence  in man” (Psalm 118:8).  The woman had placed her confidence in the doctors and wasted her money but faith drove her to seek the One in whom she could trust.  Finally, she was delivered from the condition that had kept her a prisoner for twelve years.  Praise the Lord!

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