Yahshua healed many people, and usually said something to the effect of, "Your faith has made you whole."
So what is faith? Is it simply believing? Is it an emotion? If I have a weak moment of doubt, is it all over? I hope not, because in the last 6 weeks, I've had some moments of doubt. My husband would literally get two inches from my face, and say, "By His stripes we are healed. You are healed. There is no scar!" I needed that from him, and I'm very thankful for it.
I've been trying to figure out what faith really is. I did some word study, and went over to Brad Scott's website, Wild Branch Ministries. Be sure to check out his free four part article on faith.
Here is my humble understanding of faith, after much prayer.
The world gives us a picture of many religious roads, all of which lead to the same god. I think there are many roads, but they all lead to different gods. How do we know what god a person is heading towards? By identifying the path they are on. Each god has certain requirements, and if you are fulfilling their requirements, you are on their path.
YHVH's path is heading in an opposite direction from the other paths. What identifies his path? TORAH! Who completely embodies torah? Yahshua the Messiah! How do you know you are on YHVH's path? You follow Yahshua and keep torah.
Faith is defined by what you do.
So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (Jas 2:17)
Faith is obedience, and trust. The idea of trusting a father is also implied in the Hebrew word. Do your children worry about whether they will eat dinner or not? Or do they show up at the table and expect a plate of food to be put in front of them? Hopefully they say thank you lol!
The same goes for us. YHVH promised to care for us and heal us. He wants us to rely on Him for everything. Will we trust Him as a little child, expecting to be taken care of, with no questions? Will we show that YHVH is the god we trust by following HIS path and doing what HE says?
I have had to say out loud that YHVH is the only God that can heal me. He is the only God that promised to heal me, and I'm going to show I have faith by obeying torah and thanking Him ahead of time for healing me.
YHVH, help my unbelief! You are the one and only true Elohim!
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