What would it take for you to take a risk of faith? What would it take to get you out of your comfort zone and into an adventure of faith? These are the questions that have been running through my head as I’ve been reading the fourth diary in Mary DeMuth‘s and Frank Viola‘s brand new book The Day I Met Jesus: The reavealing diaries of five women in the gospels.
The fourth diary is of a woman with a flow of blood. Her story is found in Mark 5:25-35. She had been bleeding for 12 years and because of that she was an outcast as a ritually impure. Then she heard Jesus was coming and she knew that if she only could touch his robe she’d be healed. She managed to do that and she was healed due to the power of God and her own faith, as Jesus put it.
Frank Viola writes “Contrary to popular conception, faith isn’t something mental. It’s not hope, hype, wishful thinking, or natural expectation. Faith is a specific kind of trust in God that’s built on an internal knowing. This is why Paul writes, ‘Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God’. Faith is the channel by which Jesus’ power can operate.”
Is your faith channel open for Jesus’ power?
Do you trust God unswervingly?
Do you believe in the power of God in your life?
This woman’s faith, willingness to take a risk, and her determination challenges our comfy life styles. Jesus was taken by this woman’s faith, she was the only woman in the New Testament Jesus addressed by the name of Daughter. Wouldn’t you like to hear this words from Jesus “Daughter, you took a risk of faith, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed! Be healed of your plague” (Mark 5:34, MSG).
What would it take for you to take a risk of faith?
How could you live boldly for Jesus today?
Could you stake your whole life on Jesus?
I am so humbled yet encouraged.
Increase my faith, Lord.
May Jesus’ power operate in my life today and always.
Enable me to always trust you unswervingly.
Give me everything it takes to stake my life on Jesus.
Show me how to live boldly for you every day of my life.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Is your faith channel open for Jesus’ power? Are you ready for a risk of faith?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you stake your life on Jesus!