…she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord help me.” And he answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O, woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was instantly healed.
Matthew 15: 25-28 (ESV)
Faith in Christ Jesus cannot be contrived or faked, but its powerful influence will never be denied to those who sincerely believe in him and diligently seek after him. Faith is truly a profound phenomenon that transcends our worldly sensibilities. It miraculously marshals all of God’s power and rich resources strategically, on our behalf, in equivalent proportion to our faith. He simply won’t deny our faith, because it brings confirmation to his eternal purpose to establish an intimate loving relationship with each of us.
It is, without question, God’s nature to honor our faith, for our faith brings glory and honor directly upon Him. Faith whole-heartedly justifies our belief in God and trusts that our Lord, Jesus Christ is exactly who he says he is in the scriptures and that he will do everything he promises he will do, for he loves all his children and treasures our fellowship above all else. And as our faith spiritually unites us with him, he begins replacing all our doubts and fears with hope. Faith draws power as it taps into the very essence of God’s nature.
When we exercise our faith we step from this world directly into the phenomenal Kingdom of God
And as we walk in truth and love, the essential ingredients of God’s Kingdom, we are no longer enslaved by the world’s deceiving spirit, but freed and empowered by the Holy Spirit for Jesus didn’t say to the gentile woman that his pity or compassion had healed her daughter; he instead credited her great faith for the healing. Her faith empowered the healing through him. He knew the woman had ample faith; he was merely drawing it out.
It’s a matter of belief, not stature or status and is, therefore, no respecter of persons.
As we cultivate faith within our hearts and minds, the more Christ-like we become. And as we begin to live each day more virtuously, the more sensitive we become to his wise counsel and the more authority and empowerment we are granted.
Dear heavenly Father, no lustrous words, deeply religious thoughts, or heroic actions are needed to garner true faith, for it grows in strength within our hearts as we diligently seek to know you fully. Draw it forth from us as you did the woman. Let it be manifest in our lives. And as we face new challenges grant us full access to your spiritual treasury and your storehouse of blessings. Amen.
A F Fischer