The word of God tells us in Hebrews 11:1 that “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”.
I love the kind of faith that’s not nailed down in the present or glued to the past but looks forward to the future with longing and desire for something more.
A faith that refuses to accept that our present circumstances are as good as it gets. A faith that enables the mind to believe that there is a better day ahead and that the best is yet to come.
This is the kind of faith that we must cultivate in our lives.
It’s the kind of faith that is always looking ahead that is never satisfied with what we have but is always reaching for something greater.
But there is something to be said about faith that compels you to set aside your present concerns, pleasures and pursue the greater blessing that has yet to be revealed.
This was the attitude of that woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5:21-32
Her past said “you’ve been sick a long, long time”; “you’ve spent all your living on doctors and remedies”;’ you’ve seen over and over again that your circumstance is hopeless”; your life has no happy ending” .But she refused to listen to the voice of the past.
Her faith said, “If I can just get to where Jesus is, there is still hope”.
The bible tells us that there was a great multitude pressing in on Jesus that day and I can just hear the voice of her present circumstances declaring to her that there’s no point, there’s now way she was going to get Jesus’ attention and how useless her efforts were. Besides, Jesus was busy and was surrounded by so many people, but her faith said, “If I can only touch the hem of his garment…”
The scripture tells us that she came in behind him, pressed her way through the crowd to obtain the healing that she longed for.
The only way to acquire God’s promise in your life is to press your way into it. You’ve got to press for whatever you need; it doesn’t come by accident and it doesn’t happen by chance.
The promise is yours but you must be determined to pursue it. When you do, you will receive from God just like that woman did and will hear “your faith has made you whole”.
Pastor Vanessa Dover