Your Faith has Made You Whole

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Focus Passage: Mark 5: 24-34

In this passage, a woman who had suffered for twelve years with an illness, reached out in faith to touch Jesus’ garment as He passed by in a large crowd. She had said to herself, “If I can only touch His garment, I will be made whole.” Then, as Jesus looked to find her, she came forward, fell down before Him, and told him what she had done. Rather than rebuke her, Jesus declared to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you whole.”

Are we to understand from Jesus’ comment to the woman that if we can just have strong enough faith, we can be healed? Conversely, if we are not healed, does that mean we did not have sufficient faith, or that we had some miracle-blocking doubt regarding complete healing? As I was reading this passage in Mark, I became acutely aware that for much of my life, I mistakenly believed these self-condemning doctrines about healing—indeed, I had received much teaching that reinforced that conviction. Yet, it became apparent in my spirit that this teaching was in error, as I read the following statement in the commentary notes in my Bible:

“Faith itself does not heal—it is the proper object of that faith, Jesus, who heals.”

Her faith had made her whole because she had properly focused it solely on Jesus. Although I had always understood that Jesus is my Healer, suddenly it became abundantly simple and clear that I still partially placed “faith in my faith”, rather than fully on Jesus Himself. How much more could I surrender to the outcome of any illness that would befall me if I did not carry the burden of my healing; rather, if I could completely come to Him with that burden; He— without fail— would make the weighty issue of my sickness light (Matthew 11: 28-30).

One Reply to “Your Faith has Made You Whole”

  1. Hi Maryann, thanks so much for this. This is so important, and to remember that God is sovereign.
    If God chooses not to heal, that means He will us the strength to go through.

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