Your Measure of Faith
God has given us a special measure of personal faith to conquer every challenge that comes our way.
Matthew 15:28 says: Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
When Jesus finally released the Canaanite woman’s miracle to heal her daughter, she said, “Great is your faith”. He never said, great is my power, or how great faith is in general, but that her particular and personal faith was great. Each one has a measure of faith that is unique, personal and in-transferrable. But it is however imitable because the Word of God urges us to imitate the faith of our pastors or shepherds. That particular faith can be applied to everything we do and not just to deliver us out of problems, but also to reach your dreams and desires. Don’t let them call you vain, proud or materialistic when you use your faith for something else besides divine healing or provision to pay off a debt. We can also use our faith to ask God for things that aren’t of a debt matter. Sometimes you might be in need of resources for a special dream such as opening up a business or traveling with your family. Ask God for your greatest desires even if they’re not concerning a problem or crisis. Change your manner of believing to renew your faith and you’ll see even greater results in the process. The church should be filled with people greatly blessed by God, giving Him all the Glory and all the honor because He delights in fulfilling your desires and not just in solving your problems.
Every person uses their faith according to the measure they have and the circumstances they’re facing. The Canaanite woman simply asked for healing for her daughter, Solomon asked for wisdom, nonetheless had he been sick no doubt he would have asked to be made whole. That’s why we should never copy someone else’s prayer, but instead we should pray according to our own needs and according to the desires of our own heart. If I had been in her place and Jesus would have told me let it be done according to your faith, than I would have probably added to the wish list a loving husband that would provide for her and make her happy! If God always tells you to ask your heart’s desire, then don’t be coming to Him with false humility and begging like a death-starved creature….get your wish-list out and start asking and believing with all your heart!
However the conversation with the centurion soldier was different because Jesus tells him that He’d never seen the level of faith that this man had, meaning that Jesus was looking for it, but He hadn’t found it yet. In fact the Word of God says that when he returns will He find faith here on Earth. In other words, because He gave us that faith, He’s meaning to find it. Just tell Jesus to search no longer, because He can find it in you!
By your Faith
Habakkuk 2:2-4 says: “Then the Lord answered me and said: "Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it because it will surely come. It will not tarry. "Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.
This passage of scripture might confuse us a bit because it says that the vision might take a while, but then it encourages the reader to wait for it, because it will surely arrive and not delay. What this means is that everything that you wait and expect in faith will not take long, but it will surely come. The people of Israel’s unbelief turned a 40 day journey into 40 years. Our faith can literally shorten the amount of time needed to conquer a situation. It can either extend the crisis or shorten it, depending on the level of faith we are willing to exercise into it. What normally take years can quickly be reduced to months. However what normally takes months can also be increased to years. It all depends on what you believe!
This passage of scripture also says that the Just shall live by Faith. Not by general faith, but by their personal one expressed day-in and day-out in every circumstance they face. We also find another important revelation, if we live by Faith, then it also means that we can possibly die from the lack of it. I’m not necessarily referring to a physical death, but you can die in your hope, your dream and your spirit. Peter for example, by his faith he walked on water and a few minutes later he nearly drowned because of a lack of it. Changes in levels of faith can manifest immediately, in seconds, however it’s necessary to pay close attention and hear the word of the Lord. Learn to use it to produce life and not to fade away in depression and anxiety.
According to Your Faith
Matthew 9:27-30 tells us of another miracle: “When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, "Son of David, have mercy on us!" And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to Him, "Yes, Lord." Then He touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith let it be unto you." And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, "See that no one knows it."
In this passage of scripture, once again we see Jesus talking about our personal faith, referring to a blind person. He emphasizes that we receive according to what we believe. Now one thing I notice here is that they never asked to have their sight restored. All they asked for was mercy and it manifested thru a miraculous healing. Mercy can be received in different ways. Whenever you ask for some, make sure you do it in faith believing that you will receive it. Don’t be coming to Jesus like the complaint department of a Department Store. God sees our Faith, more than our tears. Sure if you’re broken and in distress, it’s ok to cry, as long as your understand that that’s not the key to receiving though. Cry all that you want, but then go: “I know that you’ll bring it to pass, because I believe it with all my heart.” Imitate those women that walk into a shoe store, trustingly believing that they’ll get what they want, never having to cry and beg for a pair of shoes. I really admire those women that get the shoes they want, even if it doesn’t fit them. They try them on convinced that they’re going home with them, regardless of the pain or the blisters they might feel later. Ask the Lord to teach you how to use your faith with a smile on your lips, because you’re fully convinced that He want to bless you!
Mark 5:33-34 says: “But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction."
The Word of God speaks to us of a woman that suffered 12 years with an issue of blood, spending all she had trying to cure that disease. This means that she had to be a woman of wealth otherwise it would never bother mentioning this point about her life. This leads me to understand that every time you receive a healing miracle, you also get a miracle in prosperity because you no longer have to spend on hospitals, medication, doctor’s visits, etc. but you can now get a steady job and start prospering again. Therefore, when we come to Christ, immediately a process of inner healing and financial prosperity begin because you no longer have to squander your money away in liquor, cigarettes or your mistress, but you can save and provide for your family in a new way. I have thousands of living testimonies of people that prosper spiritually, physically and financially after coming to the feet of Jesus.
Jesus also mentions the faith that this woman with the issue of blood had, which was pivotal in her healing. He also mentions all she laid on the line by touching him, since according to the law in that day in time she was unclean and therefore banned from contact with other people. She was bold and courageous daring to touch Jesus, at the risk of being stoned to death. But that didn’t stop her. She must have focused first on her miracle then on dealing with the consequences. Her attitude, doesn’t only teach us to be bold when using our faith, but also of taking on our problems one at a time, since we can’t solve them all in one shot. Her faith and courage got her the results she desired, because Jesus not only healed her, but He also saved her. It’s almost as if He would have said, “Don’t you worry, you won’t be punished for you did not touch a man, but you touched God Himself, and that is never against the law.”
She had faith. She proved it throughout the 12 years she searched for her healing, until she found the one that could really give her what she desired. No matter how long you need to wait, remain steadfast in your faith because God will surely answer. We all have Faith, however the question is do we really have the courage to use it? Do you really have the determination for that start-up or for that College degree? It is one thing to believe, but another to have the boldness to take on what you say you desire. The woman with the issue of blood believed to get her healing, facing all odds against her, yet exercising the courage to do it! She’s a great role-model to follow.
Don’t let your Faith falter:
Luke 22:31-32 says: And the Lord said, "Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren."
Jesus prayed so that Peter’s faith wouldn’t fail him. He didn’t criticize nor condemn him for the weakness he would exhibit, but He prophesied His future in the Kingdom. We should do the same thing with those that draw or fall away from our congregation, regardless of the reason. Let’s just raise our hands and prophesy that once that person returns, they will serve the Lord more than ever before! We must learn to intercede as Jesus did, because everything happens for a reason. In Peter’s case, he returned renewed, with a new view in life, able to see the others as bretheren and not as rivals or competition before the Lord. This was thanks to his own personal and unique faith, different from that of all the others, because each and every one of them had their own measure of faith for their own personal challenges.
Romans 12:3 says, “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”
God has given everyone a measure a faith, specific enough for each circumstance and situation we face. Believe it and start using it! Believing isn’t the same as having faith, just like walking isn’t the same as having legs. Faith means using your legs for something. Faith means being bold and courageous to launch out and take on every challenge that comes your way!
God gave everyone a measure of faith, Abel, Enoch, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, David, Samson, even Rahab the harlot. Each one had their own measure of faith, specially designed for their circumstance. When God created us, He made us with a body, soul and spirit. He gave us individual talents and a personal measure of faith, designed to conquer our own challenges and circumstances. No one can ever say that they can’t get out of any circumstance, because ever since the Father made us, He also gave us the Faith, the will and the capacity to overcome every situation in life. We should see it this way: The measure of our problems is directly proportionate to the measure of faith He gave us, reason why He promised to never give us more than we can bear. I don’t know what size difficulty you’re facing, but one thing I can assure you is that you already have more than enough faith to overcome it, because God has already given it to you!
The Faith He gave me right from the first time He thought of me, wasn’t to be a famous Basketball player, but to be a servant of His and of His children, and I use or channel it to overcome every challenge that comes with that assignment. God gave you Faith, now just have the courage to use it. Draw night to Him and go, “Lord, thank you for the measure of faith you gave me. Please teach me how to use it every problem, situation or dream that comes my way. Thank you Jesus!”