Let’s Talk About Faith Healing – Part 2 | Luke 8:40-56

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Weak faith will be rebuked, but never denied!

Introduction

Luke 8:40-56 ESV  Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him.  (41)  And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus’ feet, he implored him to come to his house,  (42)  for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. As Jesus went, the people pressed around him.  (43)  And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone.  (44)  She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased.  (45)  And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!”  (46)  But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.”  (47)  And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed.  (48)  And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”  (49)  While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.”  (50)  But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.”  (51)  And when he came to the house, he allowed no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child.  (52)  And all were weeping and mourning for her, but he said, “Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping.”  (53)  And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.  (54)  But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.”  (55)  And her spirit returned, and she got up at once. And he directed that something should be given her to eat.  (56)  And her parents were amazed, but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.

  • So we have here two stories of healing… the story of a woman who pushed past the crowds to just be able to touch Jesus, and the story of a man who invited Jesus into his home to heal his sick daughter.
    • And what I would like to suggest is that what we have here is two stories of healing… and in these two stories we see two very different levels of faith.
  • In the story of the woman with the issue of blood we see great faith… she did everything she could to just TOUCH Jesus! Believing that just a touch would heal her…
    • And Jesus told her “Your faith has made you well.”
      • We talked about this story two weeks ago, that her great faith was applauded!

Luke 8:48 ESV  And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”

  • Because this woman had enough faith to reach out and touch Jesus, she was healed.
    • But what is faith, I hope you all remember…
    • Faith is not “belief in something”
    • Faith is not “Believing in the unseen just because”
    • Faith is not “Well my granddaddy raised me to believe so I do”
  • Faith as described biblically is:

Hebrews 11:1 KJV  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

  • Faith is not some kind of mystical feel good belief… faith is substance… faith is evidence.
    • Look, I have no idea when this building was built. I did not see it be put up…
      • But I have 100% faith that a crew of construction workers and contractors put built this building…
        • Why? BECAUSE THERE IS A BUILDING HERE! There is substance and evidence that at some point someone built a building here… therefor I have faith that there were builders that built this.
      • I have faith that Leonardo DaVinci painted the Mona Lisa…
        • Not because I saw him paint it…
        • But because there is a painting called the Mona Lisa from his time period… and it has a signature on it… Leonardo DaVinci!
      • I have faith that God created the universe because I can look at all of creation and know there must be a creator! Amen?!
    • So the woman with the issue of blood had faith, she heard the stories, she saw the miracles… and she acted on what she saw… she had faith enough to push through the crowds and be healed.
    • But then there was the man named Jairus…
      • Now Jairus had faith… but it wasn’t nearly as strong as the woman’s faith. Yet the end of the story is the same… his daughter was healed.
    • And this church, is why we are talking about faith healing.
      • Because there is this teaching going around that God will heal anyone and everyone if only they have enough faith.
        • And if they do not get healed, well then it is because they do not have enough faith…
        • You just need to BELIEVE harder… that’s the problem.
      • And look church, they teach this through the Bible, but they do it by hand picking Bible verses and taking them out of context.
      • They love to talk about the woman with the issue of blood, who’s faith made her well, but you won’t here these faith healers talking about the man named Jairus, because he was of little faith, yet still his request for his daughters healing was granted!
    • Faith healers have it right: Great faith can lead to great healing! BUT… sometimes so does weak faith.

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Point One: Weak Faith Will Not Be Denied

  • My first, and only, point this morning is that weak faith will not be denied.
    • But before we get into this, let’s talk about this title slide…

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  • We talked about this title slide last week, but let’s talk about it once again…
    • The tree represents eternal life, it represents life with God, it represents perfect peace, and love, and fellowship with God, it represents joy unending, it represents an end to pain and sickness and tears…
      • The bridge, that is what requires faith… you have to cross it to get to the tree… it represents Christ Jesus.
      • Under the bridge is a canyon of death and despair, and fear and pain.
    • Now the question is… does Jesus care about HOW you cross this bridge?
      • Some may cross it with great faith… sprinting to the other side, doing cartwheels down the bridge!
      • Others may take there time, cautiously holding on tight to the ropes, taking each step very calculatedly. Such people have weak faith.
    • So then… does Jesus prefer one type of person to the other… the answer, biblically, is yes… there is a better way. Jesus desires you to be the person of great faith. He desires you to be the person who fully trusts in Him and runs to Him.
      • BUT! While I think He desires that, what I think is really important, and scripture backs me up on this, is that either way AT LEAST YOU ARE GETTING ACROSS THE BRIDGE!
    • Now you are not going to hear a lot of preachers talk about this, because honestly God’s desire is for everyone to have great faith.
      • But I am going to talk about it today because there are many people who teach that WITHOUT great faith God will not move in your life. AND THAT IS A LIE!
    • WEAK FAITH IS NEVER DENIED IN THE BIBLE!
      • It is rebuked, yes, but never denied…

Matthew 14:25-33 ESV  And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.  (26)  But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear.  (27)  But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”  (28)  And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”  (29)  He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.  (30)  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”  (31)  Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  (32)  And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.  (33)  And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

  • Notice what happened there? Peter had little faith, JESUS SAID SO! “O you of little faith!”
    • What did Jesus do? Rebuke him for his little faith.
    • What did Jesus not do? Leave him to drown.
  • Just think about it for a moment, the only human being besides Jesus Christ who ever walked on water was then immediately rebuked for his little faith!

Matthew 8:23-27 ESV  And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.  (24)  And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.  (25)  And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.”  (26)  And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.  (27)  And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

  • The men are in the boat with Jesus… they are afraid the storm will kill them, even though Jesus Christ the creator of all is in the boat with them.
    • What did Jesus do here? He rebuked them “Oh ye of little faith”.
    • What did Jesus not do here? Leave the storm raging!
      • And what’s really interesting about this story is that I believe there was no threat from the storm at all, Jesus wasn’t going to die to a storm, He was destined to die on a cross!
      • YYet Jesus calmed the storm anyway, He calmed the storm simply to relieve the fears of His disciples.
    • What I am trying to say here is that weak faith will not be denied… because at the end of the day weak faith is still faith!
    • And that is what I think we see in this story in Luke… I think we see a weak faith, but a faith that is not denied…

Luke 8:41-42 ESV  And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus’ feet, he implored him to come to his house,  (42)  for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. As Jesus went, the people pressed around him.

Luke 8:49-56 ESV  While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.”  (50)  But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.”  (51)  And when he came to the house, he allowed no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child.  (52)  And all were weeping and mourning for her, but he said, “Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping.”  (53)  And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.  (54)  But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.”  (55)  And her spirit returned, and she got up at once. And he directed that something should be given her to eat.  (56)  And her parents were amazed, but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.

  • Let me run you through the timeline of events here…
    • Jesus shows up to a crowd expecting Him.
    • This man named Jairus shows up and tells Jesus His daughter is sick and asks Jesus to come heal her…
      • Notice that Jairus had faith, at least SOME faith in Jesus… faith that he acted on by seeking out and petitioning Christ.
    • Now while Jairus is talking to Jesus this event takes place with this woman and the issue of blood.
    • After that is all sorted out a group of people show up from Jairus’ house and say “Don’t worry about it Jesus, she died already”
    • Jesus goes anyway and says “Do not weep, for she is not dead but is sleeping”.
    • And Jairus and his friends and family respond to this statement by laughing out loud at Jesus!
      • Talk about little faith, there faith in Christ was so little that they LAUGHED at Him!
      • They weren’t the onlyone to laugh at God, remember Sarai in Genesis… God told her she would get pregnant after DECADES of trying, now being very old, and she laughed!
      • But Sarai did get pregnant! Good thing she did, because Jesus came from that line of birth!
      • And so Jairus laughed… his faith was so little… but it was there, and it was not denied.

Luke 8:53-56 ESV  And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.  (54)  But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.”  (55)  And her spirit returned, and she got up at once. And he directed that something should be given her to eat.  (56)  And her parents were amazed, but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.

  • Weak faith will not be denied! This is a huge blind spot in the ministry of faith healers…
    • Now you don’t hear sermons about this very often… because no minister or pastor want’s to encourage weak faith.
    • It is God’s desire that our faith would be strong, and mighty, and unflinching. And that is the kind of faith that I want to encourage!
  • But ignoring the reality of peoples weak faith does not help that faith get stronger…
  • Look at this… all of the stories I read today about weak faith, they all end in the same way!

Matthew 14:32-33 ESV  And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.  (33)  And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Matthew 8:26-27 ESV  And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.  (27)  And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

Luke 8:55-56  And her spirit returned, and she got up at once. And he directed that something should be given her to eat.  (56)  And her parents were amazed, but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.

  • Look at how all three of these stories of Weak Faith end….
    • They end with a miracle happening, and those with little faith having their faith increased…
      • They Worshiped Jesus saying “Truly you re the Son of God”
      • They marveled saying “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
      • They were, very simply put, amazed.
    • You see the problem with teaching that weak faith get’s denied, or that your level of faith is what determains the level in which God answers your prayers… the problem is twofold.
      • First, very simply, it’s not very biblical… it is VERY hard to come to that conclusion biblical when you look at ALL of scripture and not just one or two out of context scriptures…
      • But second, teaching that weak faith is denied has the opposite effect of what is intended… that kind of teaching leads to peoples faith getting weakened, dyeing off, falling away.
        • I have never meet someone who went to a faith healer for prayer, ended up not getting healed, and as a result they dove into scripture and prayer and fasting to strengthen their faith.
          • No, the opposite happens…. They strive to build fake faith, this feel good belief kind of faith…
          • And when that fails they end up concluding either God is not real or that miracles are not real.
            • I have seen it happen, it’s not good!
          • On the contrary, when someone with even the smallest amount of faith is healed, the end result is a deeper relationship with Christ, an amazement and wonderment at who He is, and a stronger faith.
        • By the way, pro tip, if you are wondering how to grow your faith it is very simple…

Romans 10:17 ESV  So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

  • If you want to grow in faith, read God’s words, the word of Christ… listen to what it says and do it, then marvel at how it comes true… you see when it starts coming true you start to have evidence that God’s promises are true… you start to see substance that God’s word is true… and as you get that evidence and substance your faith grows, because Faith is the evidence of things hoped for and the substance of things unseen.

Conclusion – One of the Most Powerful Prayers You can Pray

  • *Call up worship team…*
  • In conclusion I want to teach you one of the most POWERFUL PRAYERS you can ever pray, if you pray it honestly you will be astonished at the results.
  • Pray this with me, just repeat after me:
    • “Lord I believe…”
    • “Help my unbelief”
    • “Lord I believe”
    • “Help my unbelief!”

Mark 9:20-23 ESV  And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth.  (21)  And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood.  (22)  And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”  (23)  And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”

  • Look how weak this man’s faith is! His son is possessed with an evil spirit that causes him to have seizures and such… and he says “If you can, Jesus, heal him”.
    • If you can?! The man is not even sure if Jesus can heal his son… he is not even sure if Jesus has it in Him, the man says to Jesus “if you can do anything to help us please do it!”
    • Jesus responds “If you can! All things are possible for him who believes”
  • Now look what the guy prays, it’s so beautiful, it’s so simple, its so powerful, it’s so honest…

Mark 9:24 ESV  Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”

  • And you know what Jesus did in response to that prayer, He cast out the spirit.
    • Because that is weak faith, but at least it is honest faith amen!
  • Let’s have some honest faith this morning as we do a little alter call…

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I believe Help me in my unbelief call.