power of faith in Jesus

In this blog, I want to talk to you about the power of faith in Jesus and faith’s ability to heal. There are two examples of great faith in the Bible that fascinates me. One is the story of the woman with the issue of blood. The Bible does not name her, but her story verifies that she was a woman of extraordinary faith. The other is the story of Blind Bartimaeus. Despite people telling him that he did not matter, he was tenacious.

Today’s ministries teach healing, and most agree that healing comes by having faith in Jesus. But it seems that today, many believers have more trust in the power of the Healthcare Industry than trust in Jesus. I believe this is one of the reasons believers depend so much on Healthcare insurance and so little on God. Almost everyone in America uses some type of medication, including me. I believe God’s will is to heal His people by the power of faith.

The Bible says Christ was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes, we are healed. If God said He healed us, then why are we, myself included, still sick? I have asked God this question numerous times. Today, I will share with you what I believe to be a revelation from God and the answer to my question regarding why Christians are not experiencing healing on a larger scale.

The Optimism of Faith

The Holy Spirit desires that we be more aware of the awesome power of faith and its ability to heal. Consider how the woman with the issue of blood received her healing. There are two accounts of her story. We find the first account in the book of Matthew. It reads: “And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.” (Matthew 9:20-22).

I remember how I sought healing from my crack cocaine addiction. One day, I went to the cemetery to visit my brother’s grave. While at his gravesite, I thought, “If only I God would hear me, me, I know He will heal me.” I had prayed for healing many times, but I didn’t think God ever heard me.

Then I remembered, as a child, how my mother would tell me that God is in all living things. And there, right in front of me, was a huge oak tree, and it was alive. Looking at the tree, I said to myself, “I’ve got You now God, and You can’t walk away. So you might as well listen to what I have to say.” I poured my heart out, not withholding anything. That very day the healing process began for me. My healing was not immediate, but my desire to smoke crack disappeared. Today, my healing has manifested. I no longer crave crack cocaine.

When You Trust God, You Believe God

Mark’s version of the story of the woman with the issue of blood is more methodical. It sheds more light on the power of faith. It reads: “Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction” (Mark 5:25-29).

The Bible does not tell us what she heard concerning Jesus. Perhaps a friend or a neighbor told her that Jesus could help her with her dilemma. One thing is certain, whatever she heard, she believed it. Her faith energized her confidence and gave her the strength to pursue her healing.

Be Tenacious

healing comes by faith in Jesus

“Now they came to Jericho. As He [Jesus] went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’

Then many warned him to be quiet, but he cried out all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.

And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. So Jesus answered and said to him, ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ The blind man said to Him, ‘Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Go your way; your faith has made you well.’ And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road” (Mark 10:46-52).

This is the kind of unshakable confidence that gets God’s attention. Bartimaeus displayed tenacious faith. It didn’t matter to Bartimaeus that he was getting in the way of others who no doubt wanted Jesus to do something for them as well. When they told him to be quiet, the power of faith compiled Batimeaus to yell louder. Deep within, Bartimaeus believed if he could get Jesus’ attention he would heal him. In the end, Blind Bartimaeus was no longer blind, for he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.

Faith Heals

Let’s talk about their serious situations and how Jesus healed them. The woman with the issue of blood had a life issue, and Blind Bartimaeus had a sight issue. When they received their healing, Jesus told them both, “Your faith has made you well.”

The woman with the issue of blood was in a predicament that affected her life in multiple ways. This woman was hemorrhaging all day, every day. She was probably cold and weak all the time from blood loss. It would have been difficult for her to walk across the street, let alone walk across town, to find someone that she heard could help her. To add to her dilemma, according to Jewish Law, the woman was unclean. The law says: “If a woman has a discharge, and the discharge from her body is blood, she shall be set apart seven days; and whoever touches her shall be unclean until evening. Everything that she lies on during her impurity shall be unclean; also everything that she sits on shall be unclean” (Leviticus 15:19-20).

Count the Cost

Great faith goes to great measures. Healing is a gift from God to everyone who believes. The level of healing experienced is dependent on the level of faith of the believer. When you possess the power of great faith, nothing is impossible. When you ask God for healing, your faith must not doubt. I believe the reason we do not experience healing is that we dilute our faith with doubt.

James 1:6-8 says, “…ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let, not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”If there is something that prevents you from receiving your healing, ask God to show you where you are doubting. Then do what the woman with the issue of blood did. That is, talk yourself into doing the impossible, and against all odds, you will accomplish the impossible. Great faith overcomes impossible odds.

By Eric Dunbar

Once addicted to crack cocaine, my story is not unique but inspiring. I have been a professor of faith for most of my life. Before you inquire about my credentials, let me explain. I don’t mean professor as in “teacher” but professor as in “squatter.” For most of my life, I have been trying to occupy what I had never fully possessed, namely, faith. You see, my trust was in God long before I used drugs. To this day, I cannot tell you what happened to cause me to be addicted; it just happened. After a lifetime of serving God, somehow, I became a crack cocaine addict. I grew up in the church. I was born with talent. I started playing the organ for local churches at the age of eight years. I cultivated strong confidence in God early in life. From the time I was five until I was eighteen years old, I can’t remember ever missing a church service. I started playing keyboards in a popular R&B band at the age of nineteen years old. Midlife When you’re young, life is all about having fun, and I was indeed having a lot of fun. Playing in an R&B band exposed me to the rigors of nightlife, leading me to deviate from the church. I started experimenting with all kinds of drugs. At first, it was marijuana, then pills, and soon, I was using cocaine. All the while, I still attended church, although not as often. When I was married, my infrequent music revenue was inadequate to raise a family. So I left the band and found a job. I have always had confidence in God, but I didn’t know how to implement my faith. When my first child was born, I renewed my faith and got heavily involved in the church. A few years later, my pastor inspired me to begin a cell ministry in my home, where I faithfully worshipped God and held Bible studies every Tuesday. About seven years into my marriage, I slipped back into drug use. This time cocaine was my choice drug. Soon after, I learned to cook cocaine, converting it into a rocky substance called crack. That was the beginning of a life of trouble. I had become a slave to the drug; crack cocaine was now my master. Confident Expectation My wife threatened to leave if I didn’t control my addiction. Nevertheless, I remained confident that God would deliver me. But my wife insisted that I seek help. I wanted to save my marriage, so I enrolled in the Narcotics Anonymous Twelve Step Program. I completed the required thirty-day classes, and I went home drug-free. Fifteen days later, I was once again smoking crack. My crack smoking eventually led to my wife divorcing me. I lost my family, possessions, and everything dear to me. Life had become challenging, and I was near depression. My parents taught me that faith believes, so I understood the principle of faith. I had faith that God would liberate me, so I continued to pray that God would soon rescue me from this evil that had come upon me. One day I opened my Bible, and my eyes fell on this scripture: “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). “I don’t go to church anymore,” I said to myself, so how can I hear the word of God? Then I thought to read the word aloud to myself. The Bible was now my best friend. I read the word to myself. The word of God came out of my mouth and went back into my ears. Alas, I was hearing the word of God. I still craved crack cocaine and got high whenever the opportunity presented itself. But for the next two years, I mostly stayed to myself, reading the Bible aloud, quoting scriptures, and praying. Believing Faith Speaks After two years of practically being alone with God, my craving for crack cocaine was gone. My confidence in God rewarded me with freedom. I learned that believing faith speaks. No longer did I profess faith, but I now possessed it. Faith is having confidence in the things we hope for. Although they are not visible to our physical eyes, we believe that God is working our hope into physical existence. It is the bridge linking us to the spiritual realm and makes God a touchable reality. When we trust God, it guarantees that God’s promises and Biblical revelations are true. We cannot detect these revelations and promises of the word of God with our physical senses. However, by trusting God, we have the confidence that our expectation will come to pass. Faith is the quintessence that the things we hope for become so concrete that even belief itself becomes a definitive reality of those things that are not yet visible. Your faith becomes so tangible that you believe you possess those things in the spiritual realm.

6 thoughts on “The Power Of Faith And Its Ability To Heal”
  1. This is another excellent example to learn from. Thank you for this one. I have experienced some of this in my life. I suffer from diabetes (and depression often tries to attack me), It is now affecting my vision and other things. I do now however, totally believe that God will heal me, because I am now a stronger follower and believer in the power of His might. I trust God. He is my Rock!!! Thank you once again for this post. It is inspiring!!!❤️✝️💯

  2. Hey, my brother here’s a little info for you. Find out in the scripture what it means to be whole, very very important. Matthew 9:12 says When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.

    1. Thanks for replying to this blog. What you say is very true my friend. That is why we have to tell those who depend wholly on healthcare that Jesus is the Physician of physicians. He gave His life for all to be made whole by His power.

  3. Thank you for this word. It reminds me that I must not let up in my pursuit of God during this relaxed period of being quarantined. I desire to be made whole and I know that can only happen by faith in Jesus.

    1. Amen. Thank you for your reply. It is encouraging to know that my blogs are not in vain. Speak what you believe and not what you see. Let your desire be unto you according to your faith.

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