"Don't be afraid! Just go on trusting and she will be made well." - Yeshua - Luke 8:50 (CJB)

Trust - the key to Healing

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When Jesus (Yeshua) said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid! Just go on trusting and she will be made well." ( Luke 8 v50 ) he was pinpointing a key fact about healing; it depends upon trusting.

The Complete Jewish Bible translation is so helpful because it captures the meaning of the Greek present continuous tense in "go on trusting" so much better than the usual "believe."

Trust must be continuous; it must be maintained until the healing promised is manifested.

Trust is more than mere (intellectual) belief in a statement; it is stepping out in dependence on what you believe.

I believe that substituting "Trust" where you see "Faith" or "Believe" enhances the strength of many familiar and underrated Bible quotes. (The Hebrew "emunah" carries the implication of faithfulness more than just belief)

If you trust in something you will be prepared to step out because of the trust you have. Consider Peter walking on the water. He was able to emulate Jesus until common sense kicked in and overcame his trust. But he cried out to Jesus and he rescued him. Remember this if you find yourself wavering, and also remember Mark 9:14-27 - “I do trust - help my lack of trust

Two Gentiles received healing because they trusted - Matthew 8 v5 & Luke 7 v1the Centurion and Matt 15 v21 and Mark 7 v24 the persistent mother of the child with a demon who argued her case.

Mark 5 v21 & Luke 8 40-56 the woman who touched Jesus' garment because she trusted that it would heal her and was commended by Jesus. Mark 6:56 - and all who touched him were healed. They trusted too.

Mark 6 v5 Jesus unable to do miracles in his own town because hardly anybody trusted him enough to ask.

Mark 10:46 - blind Bartimaeus - “faith has healed you”

Mark 11:22 - faith for miracles - does not doubt

Luke 17:11 - ten lepers healed as they went - The ten were still lepers when they set off but they were healed while they trusted Jesus and did what he said. One may assume that if they looked at their skin, decided it had not worked and stayed where they were, they would not have been healed.

Luke 18:35 - blind beggar - "your faith has healed you" -

John 5:1 - Healing at the pool - "pick up your mat." The man had to trust that Jesus had healed him and get up - not lay there and see if he felt healed.

Acts 3:1-10 - Peter & John heal in the name of Jesus. As above; the beggar had to trust that he could get up. Also, Peter had to trust that what he declared would happen, and open his mouth. He would have looked foolish if nothing happened.

Review all the heroes of faith in Hebrews and consider how they all exercised trust, beyond mere belief, by acting.

Consider also James' argument about "faith apart from actions is barren" James 2 v18

Trusting Prayer

( also declaration - speaking to the mountain)  Mark 11:22

"Have faith in God," Jesus answered. "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, `Go, throw yourself into the sea' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (NIV

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He responded, "Have the kind of trust that comes from God! Yes! I tell you that whoever does not doubt in his heart but trusts that what he says will happen can say to this mountain, `Go, throw yourself into the sea!' and it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you are receiving it, and it will be yours." - (Complete Jewish Bible)

 

"if it is God's will. "

If you are not convinced that it is God's will to heal, how can you satisfy these requirements?

1 - that you do not doubt in your heart but trust that what you says will happen

2 - that whatever you ask for in prayer, you believe that you are receiving it?

You cannot have this kind of trust if you are praying, "if it be thy will."

If it is God's will (Jesus' will) was only questioned once in the Bible and the answer was yes! Matthew 8:1 - the man with leprosy said "Lord if you are willing...." Jesus said, "I am willing...Be clean"

How do you build up and maintain enough trust?

By (continually) looking at the Word of God - not at your symptoms or listening to common sense or medical opinion.

Do you realise how much of the Bible, especially the Gospels and Acts, are about healing? Try highlighting everything about healing; you will be surprised. Then read it all regularly.

Are you Tempted to give up on trusting?

1Corinthians 10:13 CJB

No temptation has seized you beyond what people normally experience, and God can be trusted not to allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear. On the contrary, along with the temptation he will also provide the way out, so that you will be able to endure.

See Healing Toolkit for recommended reading.

 

Updated 17/12/13

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