This morning I was reading in Luke and came across the story of the paralyzed man whose friends could not carry his stretcher through the dense crowd surrounding, Jesus, so they climbed onto the roof of the house, removed some tiles, and lowered his stretcher through the hole they created in the roof down to where Jesus was preaching.
Jesus saw and responded like this:
When Jesus saw their [active] faith
[springing from confidence in Him],
He said, “Man, your sins are forgiven.”
Of course the Pharisees in the crowd objected,
and so Jesus healed the man to show:
24 But, in order that you may know that the Son of Man (the Messiah)
has authority and power on earth to forgive sins”
—He said to the paralyzed man,
“I say to you, get up, pick up your stretcher and go home.”
And he did.
Jesus had/has the power and authority to forgive sin and heal. So as I began to examine this Scripture, I asked myself about the depth of my belief. In the deepest part of me do I believe that Jesus will heal when I pray?
In the beginning of verse 20 Jesus said, “When Jesus saw their [active] faith [springing from confidence in Him], He said, “Man, your sins are forgiven.”
He saw their “active faith springing from confidence in Him”.
Do I have active faith?
What is active faith?
Thesaurus gives these words as synonyms:
- Is my faith “vigorous” “vitally-alive” and “dynamic”
- (which means: fiery, bold, passionate)
Do these words describe my faith? Or is it
- lack luster,
- wimpy, and
Wow! This does put truth to the test. How much confidence do I have in Jesus to heal now? This is a real truth test, and I’m not sure my faith scores very high.
So how do I work on my faith becoming more vigorous? I’d like to share one way I believe my own personal faith has become more bold. Since I was a small child I’ve learned that I serve a triune God~ three persons in one God=Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I am~ body, soul, and spirit~ similar, but not the same.
Father God drew me personally to Himself first, and I came to know Him as my Creator God who is a true loving Father. Like a child I could crawl up in His lap and get a hug anytime I needed it.
Then I came to have a relationship with my Savior, Jesus. I am so thankful to Him for what He did out of love for me. He took on harsh, humiliating, and cruel suffering to pay my sin debt. I could never have stood it, so He did it for me. How much can a man love his brother but to lay down his life for him? Well Jesus did this and more. The physical pain and mental, emotional torture as well were on Him, and He took it for me. I am cleansed of my sin thanks to Jesus! I am so thankful and I love Him!
Next I found that Holy Spirit is indeed a Person, not with a physical body, but He is the third person of the Trinity. He has characteristics like any person does with ability to love, be hurt, and help those beloved ones. Last year I "met" Holy Spirit and found that He really really loves me, and He will never ever leave me. I talk to Him all day long. Our relationship is dynamic and vigorous. He leads me and guides my steps; He also convicts me, so I can become more as Father God designed me to be. He is like the "guardrails" (like the book says) that keep me on my highway to the heart of the Father.
Recently Holy Spirit has been giving me guidance when I pray for people, and then I know what I pray shall come to be, as Jesus promises come true. I'm looking forward to my faith growing more dynamic, and it is Holy Spirit who leads me through this process. How truly complex and amazing is our God! He loves us so much! Have you experienced His goodness in your life recently? How good He is!