Matthew 15:22-28 "And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour."
Mark 5:25-34 "And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague."
These passages have a deep and yet simple meaning if you pay attention. A meaning that we hear often but yet it just passes by like nothing because we hear it often. The first is not about him calling her a dog, it is not about the woman’s daughter being sick. The second passage is not about a woman being bold enough to touch Jesus’ clothing though in that time, in that part of the world it was deemed wrong for a woman to touch a man as such.
They are passages of faith. How many of us here have been in church all or most of our lives? How many of us here have been saved for many years? Could we all say we have the same faith and vigor towards the Word of God as we once did? Have we, or do we know anyone that has grown stagnant in faith of Jesus Christ?
Pastor Hudson and I’m sure all the Sunday school teachers often teach on faith. We must have faith to be saved. We must pray with faith. We must walk in faith. But sadly, the more someone says something, the more we ignore it as “i’ve heard that before a million times.” And it goes in one ear and out the other. But it is not preached often out of lack of topics. It is important. We can do nothing without faith.
Think about it like this. Who is God? We have God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. None are flesh and blood like you and me. What about us. We are, body, soul, and spirit. How about the verse
Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
2 Corinthians 5:8 “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
There are many examples in the Word of God that explain how this world is a world of spirits. God is a Spirit and we, our real selves, are spirits inside these fleshly bodies. If then we be spirits and our God is a spirit, we must believe in and pray in the spirit with faith, how he says to. Without faith in God how he demands it, there is nothing. In Genesis 1:1, God, with his own faith and power, he spoke the world into exitance. In Genesis 1:7 God made man. The entire Bible is a book of faith. Throughout it shows such.
So as far as faith goes,
Hebrews 11:6 says “But without faith is it impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Matthew 17:20 says “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
It took faith and belief on Jesus Christ and the Word of God to become saved through the gospel. Why then, do we have faith to get saved but can’t have the faith to do anything else?
Do we want to be known as those like in Matthew 8:26 where Jesus says “O ye of little faith?” or do you want to accept his words in Mark 11:24 that say “believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”?
I myself have been guilty of praying in doubt and disbelief. God may not always answer how we want and then we have no faith. Don’t be dismayed. Believe even when the answer is no or wait. When you receive no answer in prayer, maybe it’s just not his will for your life or the life of those you’re praying for. Just standfast and keep moving forward in faith. As I mentioned earlier, without faith we cannot please God. We live our lives on Earth without God in view as I mentioned earlier about Him being a spirit, well don’t forget we are also spirits, as when these bodies die one day we will be present with the Lord in spirit until the rapture, and then we will get new bodies, and those of course not saved will remain in spirit in Hell without a body. So, as such, have faith in him as he has created us. Don’t go about your daily lives forgetting who he is and who we are because we are nothing without him. The Bible says in
1Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”
And since we are to have belief when we pray, then walk with God with faith since we are to pray consistently.
Where do the crumbs come into play you ask? Well as I mentioned before We need very little faith to move mountains, but the problem is, we humans are self-willed and try to do everything in our own power. Quit. I tried for many years to stop certain things in my power, no luck, but when I gave it to God, he in his power, helped me overcome those things.
Isaiah 41:10 says “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
It took true faith for me to believe those words and overcome my depression I dealt with for nearly 30 years of my life.
When Pastor Hudson recommended, I write about my depression, it took faith that God will not leave me nor forsake me, to write about what I had gone through and to overcome. It took faith that God’s will is being done for me to publish and share my story with the world, and now I have that story published and 2 picture books and 2 coloring books to top that. It took faith to stand here the first-time last year and give my first devotional even though I was trembling while speaking. It took faith to come to church after my first public prayer at Bella Vista in 2018 which I botched badly and was sorely embarrassed. Faith will keep you grounded on Jesus Christ and the lack thereof will keep you on sinking sand. It takes faith to believe our Baptist distinctives to stand firm on the solid Rock.
For us men here, I know we have faith in the main things, but do we live in faith? Do we live in spirit? Who can say they get in their car each time and pray in faith or just plain have faith God will keep them? This is Albuquerque and the chances of getting in a wreck is high, but do you get in that car with faith or with your own self trust in your abilities to out drive those that can’t? Do you have faith that God will keep the world working and he keeps power going or do you have faith that when you flip that light switch the electric company has your back? Do you have faith in your ability to put one foot in front of the other that you will walk or do you have faith that Jesus will keep your body upright and moving forward as you do as you know you should by moving your legs?
It’s the crumbs that matter in this world beyond the big main things of salvation. After faith of the cross, our daily lives are but crumbs. We must have faith of crumbs and have faith in the tiny insignificant things as well as the big things.
As Jesus said in Matthew 18:3 “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
Yes, this passage is about salvation; however, if you mediated and dig deeper into it, it is talking about child like faith, true earnest faith. We can’t forget that everything is ran by God. He is ultimately in control, and as such, are we to have faith in ourselves even for tiny simple things or have faith in his ability to provide? I could say I know how to do this or that, but who gave me that skill and knowledge? He can also take it away.
Don’t take the honor away from him by taking the faith away from him in all things. I am learning to have less faith in myself and more faith in him. I ask you do the same.
That is all. Thank you.
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