When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee (Mk. 2:5 KJV)
Jesus was teaching the crowds when a paralyzed man was suddenly lowered from the roof by his friends and laid right before Jesus. They had attempted to bring the man in through the door of the house, but they could not get through because of the crowd. They did the unthinkable. They unroofed the house and lowered their friend on his bed, certainly to the surprise of the onlookers. The scripture says “when Jesus saw their faith.” So faith can be seen.
The New Testament teaches us extensively about faith because it is the mother virtue that birth all others in the believer. In fact, even love, the greatest of all, is born through faith. There are two intricately linked dimensions of faith, as closely connected as the two sides of a coin. They are believing and living or acting. The scriptures did not say Jesus saw their hearts, what they had believed, though He certainly could read the hearts of men. He saw what they did as a result of what they had believed. This action is what is called faith.
Believing is receiving and accepting the Word of God in your heart. When you do, it meddles with your spirit and becomes part of you. The Word you have believed starts showing up in the way you speak, act and interact with others around you. In other words, the Word you have believed now becomes your manner of life. This duo, believing the Word in the heart and expressing it out is what is called faith. This expression can be in your daily life of holiness, love or even authority to perform miracles. Faith births the Christian life by uniting us with Christ to allow Him to express Himself through us. The just shall live by faith!
Can someone walk in faith without first believing the Word of God in the heart?
APPLY THE WORD
One of the greatest problems I have seen as a minister in the walk of faith today is that many call “faith” what is clearly not faith at all. Faith is not a human mindset, heart-set or some emotional response. It is a heavenly deposit. You cannot manipulate your heart to believe God. This is why faith is an impartation from the Word of God by the Spirit. Pay attention and nourish your heart in the Word to grow in true faith.
Ask the Lord to help you grow in your walk of faith.