Monday, April 5, 2010

The Universal Law of Faith

As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.

"Who touched me?" Jesus asked.
When they all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you."

But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me."

Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace." – Luke 8: 42-48

Here’s the thing that slapped me in my face.

"Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."

Let’s break down this story so that it is properly and sufficiently broke. A woman has been constantly menstruating for twelve years before the age of tampons…

Not fresh.

She also believes that through Jesus she can be healed. So here’s what happens.

First she believes. That is the key. Without faith we cannot take action. What would you do if someone gave you a rickety, dusty old chair to sit in. Would you sit down? Probably not, because you think that it might break under you. You’d hesitate. This is a simple illustration of what we do when we don’t believe. Doubt stops us in our tracks.

Second, she seeks him out. She hears that he is going to be in her town and she finds him. This is the first proactive step. We must take action to achieve what we believe we can achieve. It doesn’t get done if we are just sitting around and waiting for it.

Third, she has to fight through the crowd. The crowd represents the obstacles that stand in the way of our purpose. Sometimes the obstacles are like the crowd. They are other people in our way trying to block our path. But often times we are our own obstacles. This manifests as fear. When we live in fear we create barriers and walls that separate us from the best we can be.

That’s no bueno.

Breaking down those walls and maneuvering through the obstacles takes perseverance. The woman in the story had to duck, dodge and push her way through, but she wasn’t going to give up until she reached him.

The last thing she did was take a leap of faith. This is when she touched his cloak. Think about the audacity she had to have to do this. She was a lowly “unclean” woman and she dared to reach out and touch a man who she believed to be a great prophet at the very least, if not the Messiah. But she risked public ridicule and rebuke because she believed that just touching him would heal her forever.

The result is interesting… the power flowed from him naturally. Jesus didn’t will it to happen. He didn’t decide to heal her; but rather, her faith was so strong that His power moved automatically.

This suggests to me that faith is a universal law of some sort, like gravity. If you believe in something and do the work that you can do to make it happen, it will happen.

As a good friend told me today, “faith is something you really have to work for.” It doesn’t come easily.

But when it does come… it is beyond magical.

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 1-3; Luke 8:26-56


  1. One thing that I'm wondering about is what was on the minds of all the other people who were trying to get something from Jesus. There were a large number of people pressing him and crowding him, and from a spiritual perspective, Jesus felt nothing, and the multitude did not receive any of his power.

    I wonder if that is how many of us are interacting with Jesus. Sure, he's right there with us, we might be seeking him, we might even be pressing ourselves up against him, but if we lack faith, we're not getting the power that's available to us. To put it more optimistically, we should just stay pressed to Jesus with an ever-increasing faith, then we can receive the blessing waiting for us.

  2. Whoa... great point kof... Having that faith is the key.

  3. Hey man of God, great post and an excellent analogy of faith.

    You make an interesting point of how virtue flowed from Jesus naturally without will. I believe the same is true for all Christians who know who they are in Christ. Simply operate in who they are as kingdom citizens. The blessings of God flow out of us daily.

    I believe this is what operating in your true authority is all about.
    Your sister in Christ

  4. Great post my brotha! I couldn't agree more with your explanation of Faith. True Faith is only made real through belief, action, perseverance and love. Something that I think is rarely discussed for being such an important part of our spiritual journey and relationship with God and the universe God created. This is one of my favorite passages by the way, but you already know how I feel about

  5. @Nicole Thank you. I believe the same thing about operating in true authority... that's the goal right there.

    @Kieran I agree man. Faith needs to be discussed more... and balancing the two extremes of it being some mystical magical phenomenon beyond our reach, or it not existing at all... in the middle lies some focus, hard work, and some magic from the man upstairs.


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