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Dare to Believe
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe ,
all things are possible to him that believeth (Mark9:23).
We are going to review that we can only experience God’s salvation
when we believe. Notice the story of Zacchaeus who had climbed
up a tree to see Jesus pass along the way, “And Jesus said unto him
(Zacchaeus ), This day is salvation (soteria) come to this house,
forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.” (Luke 19:9). Jesus
brought salvation to this man’s house! What is salvation? It means
rescue or safety both physically and morally; it also means to be
delivered!
Let’s start from the very beginning of belief; the Bible first uses the
concept of “a believer” as it describes our father Abraham, who
believed in the LORD ; and he counted it to him for righteousness” (Gen
15:6)! We can begin therefore with this example to learn that the act of
believing causes “the righteousness of God” to come upon the believer!
The ancient nation of Israel needlessly suffered; Paul teaches that essentially
they did not obtain what they should have, because they did not believe. The
Apostle details Israel’s foremost unprofitable skepticism, “the word preached
did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it” (Heb
4:2). In other words they did not believe the things that they heard! Because
they did not believe, they could not obtain the thing that they hoped for. They
did not even believe even after witnessing miraculous events with their very
own eyes!
What about you? Do you believe? Jesus set-up everything so that we cannot
receive salvation (soteria) from Him until we really believe, “if thou shalt confess
with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised
him from the dead, thou shalt be saved (sozo – a form of soteria.) ” (Rom 10:9).
Jesus made it clear, you must first believe ; and, if you do, then you will be saved!
This is so clear and unmistakable! From it we learn that belief always precedes
salvation (soteria). Let me share an example that may bring out what I am trying to
convey: if we were to attend some great Christian crusade of the past; let’s say one
of Billy Graham’s crusades of the 1980’s. Let me ask a question, “Who would have
been saved during the Christian crusade?” The scriptural answer is simple; whoever
believes will be the ones who are saved, “ and shalt believe in thine heart . . . thou
shalt be saved (Rom 10:9)! The point is that we must all believe God for
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Dare to Believe
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe ,
all things are possible to him that believeth (Mark9:23).
ourselves! I cannot believe for you; nor, can you believe for someone else! When
you think about it, this concept of believing for oneself is very powerful because it
reveals that the Kingdom of God operates equally in every individual according to
his or her own beliefs! Politics, race, religion, beauty, intelligence all have nothing
to do with the one who believes! Believing is the thing that you and I are supposed
to do! God does not love some person more than another; instead, He always reacts
to the individual that believes!
Let’s study a Biblical example of belief in action. We will certainly gain some important
knowledge from this example, “And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat
into the ship, so that it was now full. 38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep
on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we
perish?” (Mark 4:37-38). Now let’s carefully notice Jesus’ reactioin! Did He get up and
pray the following religious sounding prayer? “Dear Heavenly Father, we know that you
know all things; we know that you are here in this greatly troubled lake. And dear LORD,
if it is your will, we ask that you will somehow act and act quickly since there is a great
deal of water in the boat. And if not most high God please give us grace to go down like
true men. Far be it from us to try to understand the mysterious ways in which the LORD
works! And if we go under then let our drowning somehow be to your great glory! And
LORD you know that we put our fate into your hands. Amen!” Was that the prayer that
Jesus prayed during the storm? Obviously not! Instead, what did Jesus really do? It says
that “he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind
ceased, and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:39). Jesus simply believed that His words
were sufficient to calm the storm! There comes a time when true believers must simply
believe and act according to their belief! When was the last time that you stood up during
your storm and said, “Peace, be still?”
God wants people who actually believe! Believing is the only thing that God would not do
for us! The simple truth is that God simply will not believe for you! Does anybody here
want to really believe? Do you realize the fact that Christians are characterized as,
“believers?” Believing is what we are supposed to do! Do you have anything wrong with
your health? If you believed in Jesus for your salvation, you can also believe in Him for
your healing, “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases” (Ps 103:3).
Notice that the God who forgives your sins is the same God who heals your diseases! He
told Moses, “I am the LORD that healeth thee” (Ex 15:26). Incredibly, many people have
sufficient faith to believe for salvation; however, they somehow get lost and do not express
that same belief for their healing! However, this Bible study is not about the topic of
healing; rather, it is about believing!
Notice the amazing story in the Book of Luke, “And it came to pass on a certain day, as he
was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come
out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was
present to heal them ” (Luke 5:17). We learn that the power of God was present to heal
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Dare to Believe
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe ,
all things are possible to him that believeth (Mark9:23).
them however there is no evidence that anybody was actually being healed! What is the
deal here? The scripture plainly says that the power of God is present to heal them; but,
nobody was being healed. Let’s continue with the story, “And, behold, men brought in a
bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay
him before him. 19 And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in
because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling
with his couch into the midst before Jesus. 20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto
him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee ” (Luke 5:18-20). Jesus did not heal because they
ruined the roof of that house; Jesus healed them because they all believed that Jesus would
heal their sick friend on the stretcher!
I believe in divine healing! There are several instances in my life where I have been healed
by the stripes of Jesus Christ! But the skeptical may ask, “Well, if you believe in divine
healing, then why don’t you go down to the hospital and empty out all of the beds of sick
people?” There really is an answer to this seemingly ponderous question! You can answer
back, “You believe in salvation don’t you? You believe that God wants everyone to be
saved don’t you? Well then why don’t you go down to the nearest jail and save everybody
inside?” They will immediately answer something like, “Well, you simply can’t force
them to believe on Jesus!” By the same token, you cannot force everybody that is sick and
in bed to really believe in the Divine Healer! And, if the individual will not believe then he
simply won’t experience any divine healing. On the other hand, “Jesus said unto him, If
thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23). Receiving
healing is certainly one of, “all things” that are possible through Jesus! The point is that
like believing for salvation, your believing must start with your own self!
Notice there is a difference between wanting and believing! Faith is the element that
accesses the blessings of God! Faith is not natural; instead, faith or believing is
supernatural! When you are in a boat during a violent storm your first reaction is to say,
“Oh God, we are all going to die!” Faith empowers the individual to say, “Peace, be still!”
Notice a very special and quite unique woman from the masses who, “ said within herself ,
If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole ” (Matt 9:21). This woman realized Jesus’
power and she believed and even spoke to herself concerning her belief, “If I may but
touch his garment, I shall be whole ” (Matt 9:21). Her mouth actually spoke out the thing
that she believed, “for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matt 12:34).
The woman actually believed that she would be healed. She said, “if I can but touch Jesus’
garment!” Notice Jesus’ words because they reveal a great deal concerning this specific
healing. Let’s notice the things that He did and did not say,
“Daughter, you have suffered so very much over these past twelve years; therefore,
because of your great suffering, you are made whole;”
“Daughter, since I am the LORD, I make you whole?”
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“Daughter, because I have a great love for you, you are therefore made whole;”
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Dare to Believe
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe ,
all things are possible to him that believeth (Mark9:23).
Jesus did not say any of these commonly believed concepts! Notice what is actually
recorded, “Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole ” (Matt 9:22).
We need to understand the answer to the question, “What made the woman whole?” What
did Jesus say is the thing that made her whole? He said, “ thy faith hath made thee whole”
(Matt 9:22). Did Jesus or did the woman’s faith make her whole? We are either left to
believe in Jesus’ words or we are left to assume something else that we may have learned
along our religious education! Notice also that the woman did not say within herself, “If it
is God’s will to heal me, then when He passes through town He will come by my house and
heal me.” In reality, Jesus didn’t even know of the woman’s intentions! Notice that He
said, “ Who touched my clothes?” (Mark 5:30). This means that even though it is God’s
will to heal, it our individual responsibility to contact him through our faith in order to
receive our own healing! Notice Jesus’ reaction to the woman’s faith, “Jesus, immediately
knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him ” (Mark 5:30). This means that there
is a supernatural virtue within God that believers can tap into. The example teaches that
through faith we can actually draw out our needs from Jesus!
Just like that woman, no matter who you are, you can through belief get on Jesus’ priority
list! If Jesus even had a list of things to do that day, that woman certainly was not on His
list! Instead, Jesus was heading for Jairus’ house. Jairus came to Him and said, “My little
daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she
may be healed ; and she shall live. 24 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed
him, and thronged him. 25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve
years” (Mark 5:23-25). Remember that the woman with an issue of blood appeared
unannounced and with out an invitation on Jesus’ way to heal Jairus’ daughter. Can you
imagine how busy Jesus is, even now? This ought to be greatly encouraging to you! This
means that Jesus is never too busy to respond to our faith!
Jesus interrupted His busy schedule on that day because of the woman’s faith! This
indicates that God always moves in the direction of faith! Jesus is always looking for faith!
Notice that He said, “Who touched my clothes?” (Mark 5:30). The point is that Jesus did
not anticipate a person to draw out healing from Him along His path. He realized that virtue
(the power of God) had gone out from Him! Further, we have learned that it is faith that
made the withdrawal. This means that Jesus is always on the lookout for an individual who
exercises faith! We must realize that it is faith (belief) that God is looking for in humanity,
“without faith (belief) it is impossible to please him” (Heb 11:6). To receive virtue or the
power of God out of Jesus, we must first exercise belief in our hearts!
Have you ever heard that in order to receive a miracle from God, it must be His will? Sure,
we all have. Notice that Jesus settled a growing argument on the same issue concerning
God’s will. The scribes came to Jesus’ disciples one day in some kind of dispute
(argument) . A man spoke, “I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they
could not ” (Mark 9:18). We must realize here that just because Jesus’ disciples could not
cast out the demon from the child, that actual fact of their inability all by itself did not
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Dare to Believe
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe ,
all things are possible to him that believeth (Mark9:23).
mean that it was not God’s will to release the child from that demonic possession! It is
always God’s will to release a demon possessed person from the power of the fallen world!
Notice Jesus’ reaction to that situation, “ O faithless generation (This means that the issue
was an issue of faith!) , how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring
him unto me” (Mark 9:19). Here Jesus identified faith (believing) as a central issue!
As that story continued the man asked Jesus, “ if thou canst do any thing, have compassion
on us” (Mark 9:22). Now remember, the man was talking to God! He asked God, “ if thou
canst do any thing!” He had heard about Jesus; therefore, it was obvious that Jesus’ will
was to heal the sick. But in the mind of the man, demon possession, that is a really, really
big problem! Notice that the man even made the problem worse by asking, “ if thou canst
do any thing!” If you carefully examine this statement, you will discover that it actually
conveys skepticism, “I am not even sure that you can do anything!”
Now compare this man who had a demoniac son with the woman who had an issue of
blood. She said, “If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole ” (Matt 9:21). Do you
see the differing levels of belief being expressed? Notice the two statements: “if thou
canst” as opposed to, “If I may!” There is clearly a difference in the words, “if you can”
and “if I can.” It was the “if I can” individual who supernaturally drew out the virtue from
Jesus. The woman concluded, “I will be made whole!” There is a real difference here in
the belief of these two people. Do you ever take your problems to Jesus and say: “If you
can;” “If you are willing;” “It is all up to you;” instead of saying in your heart, “If I can . . .
I shall be made whole!” The question is not, “if God” but, “if you!” If you can believe,
then Jesus will perform, “If thou canst believe , all things are possible to him that believeth
(Mark 9:23). We learn from Jesus’ reply to the man of the demoniac child that believing is
the most important element! Ultimately, Jesus worked with that mans belief in order to
heal the child, “straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I
believe ; help thou mine unbelief ” (Mark 9:24). Essentially Jesus told the man your belief
is sufficient material from the spirit realm for me to work in this situation.
Jesus meets us at the point of our faith! The centurion told Jesus, “speak the word only,
and my servant shall be healed” (Matt 8:8). In other words he was asking Jesus, “Can you
work with me in this fashion?” And Jesus said, “I can work with that!” Jesus meets us at
the location of our faith!
When you eventually need something in the natural realm, you need to learn from the
Biblical expressions of belief! However, wherever, in whatever fashion your faith can be
mustered, then do that thing! The woman said in her heart, “I’m going downtown even
though I am not supposed to mix with the crowd. And, when I can touch Jesus’ garment, I
will be made whole.” Touching Jesus’ Hem became the woman’s point of faith! Because
of the woman’s illness she was enjoined by the law to remain separate from the people;
nevertheless, she stepped out on her faith!
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Dare to Believe
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe ,
all things are possible to him that believeth (Mark9:23).
On the other hand remember the disciples, “Master, Master! We are all going to die!”
Now how did that request work? Not too good. We will remember that the LORD
asked/rebuked them, “Where is your faith?” In actual fact, Jesus expected them to react in
faith without doubt. He elsewhere said to Peter concerning walking on water, “O thou of
little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt ?” (Matt 14:31).
James wrote, “ let him ask of God , that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and
it shall be given him . 6 But let him ask in faith , nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is
like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed” (James 1:5-6). Now notice that
James continues to make a powerful statement; and, if we carefully examine his statement,
then we will learn that the exact opposite of his statement is also true, “ For let not that
man (the doubter) think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord .” (James 1:7). Reason
teaches us along with other Biblical statements that the exact opposite of that statement is
also true, “Let the man (the believer) expect that he shall receive whatever he asks of the
LORD.” We all remember Jesus’ expression, “when ye pray, believe that ye receive them,
and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24). If we wish to receive, we must ask of God;
however, we are required to ask in faith, believing !
Since we go by the label, “believers,” then we need to live up to our description! We must
continue to grow in belief! Whatever I have today is what I have believed for yesterday.
Everybody say, “I am a believer in the word of God and God is working in me!”
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