When Jesus Saw Whose Faith?
Daily Devotional for September 11th
And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. Mark 2:4-5
This world is full of hopeless conditions and we often doubt if they will ever find freedom. Family members bound with drugs are some of the most hopeless conditions. Loved ones who cannot forgive that person who did them wrong. They continue the rest of their life and never get over the hurt. Not only are they pulled into the devil’s horrible pits, but there seems to be no words; no amount of prayer; nothing can shake them and awake them from the condition they are in. Do you realize you can change things for them?
The four men in this scripture not only had someone they loved who had a dire need, they had persistence. A blocked door did not discourage them. A covered roof would not even stop them. They stopped at nothing to bring that person to Jesus who could deliver. Do you give up on a promise at the first closed door? If a person’s deliverance doesn’t come easily, do you give up on them? How many hopeless cases or outcasts are still in their condition because we have not persisted in bringing them to Jesus?
The verse says when Jesus saw their faith! Does Jesus move in someone’s life through no faith on their part? Absolutely! Jesus will move on someone’s need if you will be persistent and believe! Your faith is always effective in someone else’s deliverance. When a person cannot believe for themselves, we must carry them to Jesus. Faith does not give up on someone. The worst thing we could ever do is look at someone’s problems and give up hope that they will never be changed. Your faith must be persistent. It was not this man’s own faith that caused Jesus to deliver him; it was the faith of the four men.
Is your friend or loved one still in Satan’s shackles because you have allowed a closed door to prevent you? Jesus said He would give unto the church the Key of David that can open and no man could shut. The faith of four men brought deliverance to a hopeless condition. The lack of faith on the sick of the palsy did not prevent Jesus from touching Him. Jesus saw the faith of four men; friends who loved this man! Jesus moved on their faith and delivered the sick of the palsy.