~A Living Faith~

A LIVING FAITH -Karina's Thought

 

Few days ago one of my close friends asked me to meet. She wanted to share her business problems and it was giving me an idea to write something. She really got a very hard time and situation in her business. She faced a problem that came consecutive. One problem has not been solved, there is another problem was waiting behind.  Even worse, she felt so difficult to find the way out for any of their problems. She felt like in the middle of very tight wall where there is no a loophole at all to get out and seems there is no one could help. Began to desperate, chaotic, lost its direction and hope, and sadly she starts thinking to try the ways that not supposed to do.

My beloved readers, whether you have experienced the same situation with my friend? I do believe that we all have experienced the same situation or maybe even heavier than my friend. In the life that getting difficult day by day, the problem increasingly feels closer to us and easily hit our lives.  One question arises, when the world goes against us, when all the circumstances aren’t like what we expected, when we feel like giving up because there seems to be no hope anymore, where would we go? In a weakened state, confused and lost its direction, we could easily be tempted to take the wrong roads that not solve the problem but instead will add a lot of our problems list. So where would we go and what would we do?

This time I would like to ask you to learn from one of the Bible story. Let’s take a look at the story of a blind beggar named Bartimaeus who met Jesus in Jericho. This encounter brought the great restoration in his life. Because his condition is blind, he cannot work. So to survive he became a beggar on the roadside. One day Jesus was passing not far from where he begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47) Bartimaeus was just a blind beggar. For many people there, he was considered too contemptible, impolite, and improper shout to Jesus. Then the people rebuked him. But he did not give up, falter or desperate and not stop shout to Jesus; Bartimaeus even lift up his voice. He realized that it was a great opportunity. He still did not care what people said to him. His faith encouraged him to strengthen his hope. He convinced and trusts that God’s power and miracle will works on him.

Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Verse 48)

Then finally Jesus stops and said to the disciples to call Bartimaeus. He immediately took off his robe and hurried toward Jesus. Then Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?”  The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”(Verse 51)

There was something interesting from bartimaeus’ answer. He did not ask for the wealth, honorable status in the eyes of the society, an abundant blessing and so on. He did not say “God restore my whole life so I can live well today.” He did not complain to Jesus because he was not valued and despised by many people. He really knew that the base of his problem is blindness. If he could see, he would not need to become a beggar again and be able to work normally for life. With eyes which functioned very well he could get his life back, retracing gradually to get a better life. He could try to use his talents that he had to live worthy. Then Jesus healed him with a word, Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. (Verse 52)

What heals bartimaeus? Let’s take a look to Jesus’ words, “Your faith has healed you.” Yes! Faith heals Bartimaeus’ blindness. When I ponder this part, I got something important lesson from Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus has a living faith where there is power of trust and hope in it and has a spirit to seek and find. He knew where and to whom he should seek. His faith does not depend on human logic, which did not depend on what people say. He knew his faith is not located on the people opinions but merely a connection or relationship between himself and God. Bartimaeus hold fast to it. We do not know how long he suffered blindness and should be outcasts as beggars on the streets. When he met Jesus, he believed that he found the right person who will bring a restoration in his life. His faith moved him to trust that Jesus will and be able to heal him.  He did not remain silent; he proved his faith with action. He did not care and affected by people who rebuked him, he still shouted to Jesus. This is an important lesson that we can get from Bartimaeus. Faith must be accompanied by actions.

You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. (James 2:22)

Faith can move God to do miraculous things in our lives. Faith is required in order to receive a blessing and a miracle from God. However, this is become a problem. In our daily lives, it is so easy for us to say that we have faith, but in practice oftentimes we have not show that we have faith. How big and strong our faith will be seen through our reaction when we faced so many problems. Whether our faith, trust and hope still remain strong when we have not seen God’s help and we still have not get the answer of our prayers. Holy Bible reminds us so precisely about faith,

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)

Faith plays an important role in order to be successful accepting miracles from God to answer every of our problems. Although the problems that afflict us seems having no way out, there is no solution, as if we trapped in the big and tight wall, faith always be able to move God’s hand to do something to restoring us and there is nothing impossible. As Jesus said,

“…Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”(Matthew 17:20)

To those friends who are currently facing hard problems like my friend, allow me this evening to encourage you to learn from Bartimaeus. Let’s imitate what he did. Though outwardly he was blind, but his spiritual eyes are not blind. He has a living faith accompanied with full of hope, trust and not based on what he see. Bartimaeus could not saw Jesus made miracles, he only heard from people who talk over about Jesus. But he really believes that Jesus will make a miracle to him.

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. (Romans 10:17)

We might physically could not see and find the ways out for our problems, we might see that everything seems so dark and closed tightly, but let we see every problems with our spiritual eyes. Do not remain silent and just waiting. Our God is omniscient. God knows everything about our lives, both difficulties, suffering, and our needs. But God wants us to act! Bartimaeus action was one thing that attracted the attention of Jesus. Bartimaues has the living faith because accompanied with action.

In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (James 2:17)

 With a living faith come to our God, shout to Him and we will see what God’s response.

This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. (Psalm 34:6)

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.(Psalm 34:17)

Let us realize, fully trust and instill in our hearts and minds that there is no bigger problem than God’s power because our God is so great,

For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. (Psalm 96:4)

Bartimaeus experienced a touch of God not only because God’s power works on him but he has great living faith. His mindset knew rightly how God’s personal is which have love, compassion and can do any miracle things. If God willing to heard and answered bartimaeus’ shout, God also will hear and answer our shout. Through a living faith, let us feel the touch of God, feel the power of God working resolve all the problems of our lives. Is like a plant which always needs fertilizer to grow and live healthily, as well as the quality of our faith. We must continue to fertilize our faith by maintaining our relationship with God to remain intimate through prayer, comprehend and ponder His word every day. Always ask for strength from God so that we can change our mindset from “See first then believe” to “believe first and then see” Just because we live by believing, not by seeing. (2 Corinthians 5:7) Amen.

Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible. Corrie Ten Boom

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Karina – Living by Faith

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46 thoughts on “~A Living Faith~

  1. Hi Karina
    Thank you for sharing Bartimaeus story. I like what you said about his faith being active. His faith was so strong, so strong that it translated into action! He was able to articulate what he wanted from God. That really spoke to me as well. His faith in God gave him his eyesight so I was thinking to myself what my faith in God is doing for me???? Is my faith in God strong so strong that it translates into action? I have faith in God great…..but what things am I doing to show my faith? A really challenging post Karina!

    Rolain

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    • Dear brother Rolain,
      First of all, thank you so much for reading and commenting my post.
      By the way, actually, what you thinking about faith, it was become my pondering as well. Could I show my great faith in God in the midst of hard situation. But, as I said we have to make intimacy with God. Just because through that way we could get strength to show how our faith is 🙂 brother, once again thank you for your comment and thought on my post. Have a blessed day 🙂

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  2. Karina – what a wonderful message. Filled with tenderness and love – and still saying so much we all need to hear, see and remember: “Whether our faith, trust and hope still remain strong when we have not seen God’s help and we still have not get the answer of our prayers”

    “Rabbi, I want to see.” Your words help me see through my tight walls. Thank you.

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    • Dear Brother Paul,
      You are welcome 🙂 Thank you so much for reading. As always, your comment was encouraging me so much. Thank you brother Paul. Many blessings to you and have a great Monday 🙂

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  3. Thank you for such a wonderful, inspiring reminder of looking to Jesus. Your post reminds me of conversations my daughter and I have been having. You mentioned your friend acted out of fear. Sometimes Christians ‘step out in faith’ either out of fear, believing they are trusting in God, or they ‘step out in faith’, having faith in their faith and not necessarily in Jesus. For those who feel the need to be in control, their ‘active’ faith needs to rest in Him… to “let go and let God”. On the other hand, for those who tend to be passive and love the advice of “letting go and letting God”, they need to hear your encouragement through the story of blind Bartimaeus, that they need to have a more active faith. Bartimaeus could have sat still, believing that if Jesus wanted to heal him, He would without having to be asked. If Bartimaeus had done that and remained passive, Jesus would have passed him by. Sometimes an active faith looks passive when it is resting in Jesus, but a true faith is never truly passive. Thank you, Karina!

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    • Dear sister Rene,
      Well, I got another important thought to ponder through your comment 🙂 indeed, your thought here become my further study about Bartimaeus.i just hope and pray that my post will be useful and be a blessing to those people who have a faith crisis. Dear sis Rene, thank you very much for great comment. It was so useful for me 🙂 Pray for your day and activities. Blessings in Christ.

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      • I believe your post has been and will be useful for everyone, but especially for those facing a crisis of faith. I am blessed that my comment blessed and motivated you. Iron sharpens iron, right? I praise the Lord for bringing brothers and sisters like you into my life that help sharpen me. ❤

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        • Dear sis Rene,
          Amen and Amen! thank you so sis. Yes you are so true. Iron sharpens iron 🙂 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.( 1 Thessalonians 5:11) Many love and blessings to you,sis.

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  4. Karina, what an inspiring post! Not too long ago I also wrote a post about blind Bartimaeus’s. But your post today has highlighted other things to me, most especially, and again, the need for us to be specific in prayer. Even though it was glaring that Bartimaeus needed to see, Jesus still gave him the option to choose what he wanted. How amazing is God in His demonstration of love to us!

    And I love what you said about the need for INTIMACY with God, because without Him giving us that strength to step forward in faith it be frightening and impossible for us.

    Thanks for the encouraging word today. Have a wonderful week! Bless you 🙂

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  5. Thanks Karina we need to hold onto God’s Truth not Satan’s lies through those who seek to condemn and to deceive us hoping to hurt us or manipulate us into doing what they want.

    We are all blind without The Holy Spirit and deaf, we see and hear only what we want and so we mess up because unless it’s God’s way it is a dead end and leads to suffering and heartache for us and others.

    I recently seen a word Picture that said when God closes a door we should not try to keep it open but we need to be sure it is God and not man seeking to close the door, trying to stop us from sharing God’s Truth and He will show us this if we ask Him.

    You made a very good point in that we are to ask and believe so we can receive, Jesus puts it this way…….

    Matthew 7:7-8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

    I have a link for you Karina about not giving up, I hope you will be blessed by the Story, it was sent to me years ago by e-mail, I give thanks when Christians share God’s Truth, I give thanks for you.

    Don’t give up – http://alifeofhopeandjoy.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/dont-ever-give-up/

    Christian Love Always dear Karina – Anne.

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    • Dear sis Anne,
      Thank you so much for your great insight and Bible verses. Also thank you for sharing a story link. I will soon visit to that blog. Thank you and keep be blessed, sis 🙂

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  6. Your writing reminds me of the words of the apostle Paul in James 2:18.
    “But someone will say [to you then], You [say you] have faith, and I have [good] works. Now you show me your [alleged] faith apart from any [good] works [if you can], and I by [good] works [of obedience] will show you my faith.” (Amplified)
    And need God’s grace to continue to live in faith.
    Thank you for your blessing words 🙂

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  7. What an encouraging reminder and great perspective. We often do not see what we really need in the midst of trials – to see from God’s perspective. I love your blog and am grateful you found mine, too!

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  8. Excellent post !! I am reminded of the following verse that places faith at the top of God’s list… Hebrews 11:6… But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (NKJV)
    Blessings in Christ, bruce

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    • Dear brother in Christ,
      I must admit that I have missed that important bible verse. Thank you very much for remind. I will add this bible verse to my post and if you don’t mind I will link your blog to mine 🙂 Thank you and blessings in Christ.

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  9. I can relate to your friend. I to had problems with a small business that I had in the past, that I actually had to close it eventually. It was problems amongst more problems. it’s been said that if anyone’s gonna start a small business of their own, they have to be willing to struggle through the first 2 tough years of their customers recognizing their business and returning. I wasn’t able to go past even the first year. Wonderful post! Thanks for reminding me about Bartimaeus as well. I hadn’t read about him in awhile.

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    • Dear Sf
      I am so sorry heard about you business problems and eventually you had to close it. Talk about running a new own business, yes I agree with your opinion. indeed, the most critical time in making a new business is in first 5 years. It will so difficult in every aspect of business. But well you know, as we all know, if we surrender everything to God and have “a living faith” we don’t have to worry or fear just because God will and can do anything 🙂 once again thank you for you lovely comment. Many blessings to you.

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  10. This is such a wonderful post! I’ve heard different viewpoints on Bartimaeus’ story, but what really struck me about your post is that even though he couldn’t see physically, he still saw with spiritual eyes. He had to believe what he heard about Jesus, and he had faith enough to call out to a man he couldn’t see. Sometimes our vision hinders us from truly seeing God in our lives. Great insight and very encouraging 🙂

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    • Hello dear,
      Thank you so much for taking time reading my post 🙂 Yes your comment was so true. Many times our vision hinders us to seeing God and He wants from us. Thank you for up lifting comment, sister. Many love and blessings to you.

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  11. You are so right, faith and love are two of the very most important things to our Lord. That’s why the “Royal Scripture” says to love God with all our heart, mind, and soul and to love others as we love ourselves.

    In these two commands, the entire spirit of God’s law is covered.

    The True Light

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