Faith Can Be Seen

  • Mark 2:3-5, 11-12 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven…. “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” He got up, took his mat and walked out…
  • Acts 14:8-10 In Lystra there sat a man who was lame. He had been that way from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk.
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:8 … your faith in God has become known everywhere.
  • Romans 1:8 I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.

Jesus saw their faith. It’s not that they were saying they had faith; it’s that it could be seen. The faith you have can be seen in how you handle crisis, in difficult circumstances, etc. It is heard through conversations and is seen in actions. Faith is what qualifies you to receive God’s promises. It is what pleases the Father and it comes with rewards (Hebrews 11:6).

In his letters to different churches, Paul wrote to some of them about their faith. He even said to the Thessalonians: “ your faith in God has become known everywhere.” It was possible to see their faith in action. May yours be reported on as well!

How faith can be seen:
  1. What comes out of your mouth reveals your level of faith and what’s in your heart (Luke 6:45). What you say usually reflects whether you believe that your circumstances are bigger than God or vice versa.
  2. Faith or lack thereof is evidenced in how you react to bad news or adverse circumstances. One of the fruit of the Spirit is peace and when your heart is settled on God, you can have perfect peace even in the middle of a storm.
  3. You can see people’s faith when they are pressing in, refusing to be denied. Others will raise the white flag in total surrender and defeat forgetting that Jesus has already triumphed over Satan (Colossians 2:15).
  4. What and who you listen to testify to your faith. Make sure you’re listening to the Lord, good biblical teachings, or people that confess the Word.

Call to action:
Choose to spend time in the Word and with God daily so that, if and when a crisis comes, the promises of God will be well established in your heart and people will be able to see your faith at work and give glory to your Father.