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AwAreness: Radical Faith

Posted in Gypsy Carns on June 12, 2010 by Gypsy Carns

Lots of questions are asked daily around the planet….  “how was your day at work?”…how’s your family doing?…how did your team do this weekend?   One question I haven’t heard much is  …  “how is your faith?”

Faith – what is that?  The bible in Hebrews 11:1 states: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”    So basically, faith cannot be held in your hand or listened to – sort of like our spirit.  You can feel it but you can’t physically see it. 

There are many circumstances of faith in the bible and in every day living – healings, miracles, and just day-to-day living in this world takes faith.  I wanted to point out one instance regarding our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and some of his friends who questioned his actions regarding faith.  Probably one of the more memorable stories from the new testament is regarding Lazarus.  He was the brother of Mary and Martha; he died and Jesus raised him from the dead.  The account is in John11: 1- 44.   Mary and Martha were followers of Jesus.  When He was in their town, Bethany, Jesus would stay with them.  You may recall the story of a woman wiping Jesus’ feet with her hair – that was Mary. 

Lazarus became ill and Mary sent for Jesus.  Jesus replied in John 11: 4 – “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”  Jesus remained another two days in the town he was in then made the journey.  Lazarus died and had been in the tomb four days when the Lord arrived in Bethany.  When Mary and Martha heard Jesus was in town, Martha went to greet Him.  Martha stated: “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”  

Seemingly on the front end this statement shows a lack of faith in Jesus.  Martha had seen His miracles but in a moment of grief doubted Jesus.  I have been in those shoes…. it is not a good place to be…it is a place encouraged by Satan who embodies doubt and fear.  In the next sentence Martha redeems herself – John 11: 22 – “But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” 

As the story unfolds Jesus did bring Lazarus back to life!  He and the Father were glorified by this act.  Martha overcame that moment of fear and doubt with Radical Faith.  A good example for us all.