What Kind Of Faith Do You Have?

Posted on Apr 21 , 2014 in Faith

What Kind Of Faith Do You Have?

© By Brad L Hodges

Matthew 8:5-10
5 When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him,
6 “Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.”
7 Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.”
8 But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.
9 I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.”
10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!

Faith is an elusive term by default. It’s very existence denotes certitude, it depends on an invisible occurrence to manifest itself.

Atheists mock it, agnostics think it’s impossible to know what it is, believers struggle to define faith but yet know exactly what its meaning is in the depth of their spirit.

The Bible does not hesitate to denominate it;

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see – Hebrews 11:1 (NIV).

Or tell us what not having it means;

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him – Hebrews 11:6 (ESV).

When someone accepts Jesus Christ as their personal savior they yield the vision of the world and put on the spectacles of The Holy Spirit;

For we walk by faith, not by sight – 2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV).

Jesus himself told us how powerful faith can be;

And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours – Mark 11:22-24 (ESV).

I have not personally seen faith that visibly moved mountains yet, but I suspect the Roman officer in the opening passages could have, if his focus had not been on having his servant healed by Jesus. Even Jesus marveled at the level of this mans faith.

I certainly have faith because it is what led me to accept Christ as my Savior, but could I move mountains with it? Would I even want to or is that a metaphor for what I already had when I stepped out of the complacent abyss of the world, into the unknown and blinding light of Jesus?

That took mountain moving faith as a broken, mere mortal to heed the still, small voice and step into the blinding light not knowing what lay beyond. I don’t need to test it any further by attempting to literally move a mountain as that would be folly in the face of the immense glory and grace I discovered on the other side of the light.

What kind of faith do you have? Can it move the mountains of your humanity aside so you can humbly step into the light of Christ and guarantee eternity?

Faith enough to certify immortality with Jesus is nothing less than mountain range moving conviction.

God loves us all so much that all we have to do is accept Him by attainable mountain moving faith that leads to eternal life;

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life – John 3:16 (NIV).

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