And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them. And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day. – Luke 5:17-26
I read this passage last night, and was convicted by it. I had just been praying less then an hour before that God would increase my faith and give me a stronger dependence on Him. The truth is we all are fully dependent on God, whether we are rich or poor, old or young, we all need Him for each and every breath. The fact is we don’t want to believe it. It makes us feel weak to think that we couldn’t breath without the help of God.
When I read this passage I normally focus on the man who was sick, Jesus, and the Pharisees, but when I read it last night what stood out this time was that the scripture that said “When he (Jesus) saw their (the sick man’s friends) faith, he said unto him (the sick man), Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.” Jesus was touched when He saw the strong faith of the sick man’s friends.
There is one two other passages that come to my mind as I write this, the first is Matthew 8:5-10
And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
In this passage the centurion said to Jesus “Speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” The scripture says Jesus “Marveled” and He said “I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”
In verse 13 Jesus says to the centurion “Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.” and it goes on to say “And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.”
In Luke 17:5 the disciples asked Jesus to Increase their faith. Jesus replied “If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.”
“If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed” all that could happen. Does that mean that sometimes our faith is so small that it might no even be as big as a grain of mustard seed.
Jesus continually rebuked His disciples for their little faith. He said “Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew 21:21-22
In this second passage (Mark 9) the father of a boy who was demon possessed boy asked Jesus to help them Jesus replied “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” (Mark 9:23-24)
I think what we need to pray more is “Lord increase our faith”.
Jesus told the man “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”
Think of how much God must have in store for you, if you just had faith as small as a mustard seed. Jesus said if you believe “All things are possible to him that believeth”. Jesus said in John 15:5 that without him we can do nothing. but with Him working through us, we can do all things, because “With God all things are possible”
God is all powerful, He is always faithful,
He never fails us.
So we pray “Lord increase our faith in You! help us to rely on You more and more every day!”