Scripture: “For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.” (Acts 17:28)
As God’s offspring, we are created in His image. Our bodies, souls, and spirits comprise of His image in both males and females. The expression “in him” means by him; by his original form of us, and continually sustaining us. No words can better express our constant dependence on God.
He quickened us with His own life. Literally, it is His breath that entered our nostrils and has given us life. Every breath that we take and every move that we make is by his power. Our strength is derived from him. He keeps us as in the hollow of His hand and compasses our paths. We are supported by Him with all the comforts and blessings pertaining to life. The life that we live each day, we live unto God by faith.
FAITH IN GOD
Faith is defined as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”; (Heb. 11:1). Biblical faith is believing in the one true God, without actually seeing Him. It is the highest standard required of man, as it pertains to God’s Kingdom. Those who seek God are pleasing to Him, and He rewards those who are diligent in seeking Him; (Heb. 11:6).
MUSTARD SEED FAITH
For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he said shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith; (Mark 11: 23-24 KJV).
A mountain is a metaphor signifying a seemingly impossible task. The point that Jesus is making in this Scripture, is that even mustard seed faith can overcome mountainous obstacles. A measure of faith has been given to every man, (Rom. 12:3), and faith the size of a mustard seed is able to produce desired results. Having faith in God moves God, producing miraculous results.
COMMUNICATION WITH OUR CREATOR
Prayer is how we communicate our needs and desires to God. God is Omniscient, therefore, He is well aware of our physical, spiritual and mental needs. Our prayers are faith based on our relationship with God. The more time we spend in communion with Him, the more we begin to trust Him to provide for every need, and our prayers begin to align with His will. If we ask anything according to His will, it shall be done.
ASK, SEEK, KNOCK
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened; (Matt. 7:7-12; Luke 11:9).
This is a Kingdom promise that has a *condition attached to it. God invites us to come with our prayer request. Knock on the door of heavens courts, and the door will be opened to you. Jesus is the door; (John 10:7). He is the only way to the Father. We’re invited to come boldly before the throne of grace, *in the name of Jesus, the Son of God; (John 14:13-14).
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us, and if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have what we asked of him; (1 John 5:14-15).
THOSE WHO SOUGHT JESUS
There are several parables in the New Testament that introduce us to people who received healing, even though they were outside of the covenant. Those who sought Jesus in faith believed that He could heal them, and they received what they believed.
As I examined the Scriptures, I understood that every miracle Jesus granted happened immediately. Here are four examples:
- The woman with the issue of blood touched the hem of His garment, and immediately her bleeding stopped. She sought the Lord, touched Him not only with her hand, but with her heart, and because of her faith she was made whole. (Matt. 9:18-22)
- Two blind men received their sight. They were following Jesus, seeking their miracle. He asked them “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They answered, “Yes, Lord.” He touched their eyes and said “According to your faith it will be done”; (Matt. 9:27-30). Their sight was restored.
- A man with a withered hand received restoration immediately; (Mark 3:1-6). Jesus said to the man “Hold out your hand.” He did as told, and it was restored. A command was given and the man obeyed. He received the blessing, even though he wasn’t seeking the Lord. It seems that He was in the right place, at the right time.
- Blind Bartimaeus, sitting by the roadside as Jesus was passing by, began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus called him to come. He jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He replied, “I want to see.” Jesus told him to go, his faith has healed him. Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus; (Mark 10:46-52).
HERE ARE THE CONNECTING FACTORS