Abraham is called the father of faith, by faith Abraham went out when he was called; in (Genesis 12:1-3) God called him; in Hebrews 11:8-10 says “by faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed, and he went out, not knowing where he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. And then by faith he offered up Isaac in verses 17-19 which says “by faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac and he that had received the promises offered up his
only begotten son. Of whom it was said, that in Isaac shall your seed be called. Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, for where also he received him in a figure”.
Jesus declared to people, “your faith has made you whole”; the woman with the issue of blood (Luke 8:43-44) “and a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any. Came behind Him and touched the hem of His garment, and immediately her issue of blood stopped”. She was acting on Malachi 4:2 which says “but to you that
reverence My name shall the Son of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings (the hem of His garment)”. Faith must be based on the word of God, and then acted upon.
He desires people to have faith in His word alone; we can only see the power of God if we have faith. Faith can move mountains, heal the sick and is the means of entrance into the kingdom. God is seen through the eyes of faith.
Jesus commented on His disciples lack of faith; their failure to even try to rebuke the storm (Mark 4:35-40) which says “and the same day, when the even was come, He said to them, let us pass over to the other side. And when they had sent away, the multitude, they took Him even as He was in the ship, and there were also with Him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship so that it was now full. And He was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow and they awake Him, and say to Him, Master, care You not that we perish? And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, peace be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And He said to them, why are you so fearful, how is it that you have no faith”?
Jesus makes note of Peter’s little faith (Matthew 14:22-31) after the feeding of the 5000 men plus women and children, Jesus sent His disciples to go to the other side while He sent the multitude away. And after He sent the multitude away, He went up into a mountain apart to pray, but the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves for the wind was contrary. And the fourth watch of the night, Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. The disciples were afraid, thinking it was a spirit, but Jesus spoke to them, saying, be of good cheer, it is I, be not afraid. And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be You, bid me come to You on the water. And He said, come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water to go to Jesus, but when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid and began to sink, he cried out Lord save me. And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to hem, O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Jesus calls faith that begins to look at the circumstances, little faith.
Jesus warns Jairus when the runner came to say that his daughter was already dead, “fear not, believe only and she shall be made whole” (Luke 8:50). You see Jairus had professed “my daughter lies at the point of death, I pray You, come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she shall live” (Mark 5:23); and even though they were delayed by the woman with the issue of blood, after
hearing that his daughter was dead, he had to refrain from saying any negative thing. The results was that Jesus after putting out those that doubted from his house, went in and raised her from the dead. You must remember that the devil will send someone your way to get your faith, if you let him; but the Bible says in I John 5:4 “for whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world, and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.
Jesus said about the Cananite woman who had the daughter that was vexed with a devil, that she had great faith, even though she was not under the covenant (Matthew 15:21-28), she came to Him and asked Him for mercy on her daughter, but He answered her, that He was not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. She then worshipped Him, saying Lord, help me. He said to her it is not fit to take the children’s bread and give it to the dogs. And she said, truth, Lord, yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters table. Then Jesus answered and said to her, O woman, great is your faith, be it so to you even as you will, and her daughter was made whole from that very hour. She did not get offended when He called her a dog, and was willing to take the crumbs.
Love is what activates faith; it is the beginning of faith and at the same time, the ultimate expression of faith. The good news is that “the love of God has been shed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Love is a fruit of the Spirit, who allows us to live the life of faith. Only by virtue of the indwelling Spirit does faith find expression in love.