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Here is a third spiritual principle I think about when I read this scripture.

1) A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2) So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3) Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. 4) Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. 5) When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”  (Mark 2: 1-5)

The writer says, “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

The paralytic’s faith is never even mentioned in this story.  We can assume the paralytic believed in Jesus and that is why he would want to be carried to where Jesus was.  So he could be healed.  But we don’t know this from Scripture.

It doesn’t say he begged his friends to carry him to Jesus.  The writer doesn’t tell us anything about this paralyzed man…except that he was paralyzed.  So the only thing we know for sure is he could not have gotten to Jesus on his own power.

The focus of this story is on the friends, the 4 men, the mat carriers.  The writer focuses on their actions and their faith.  They must have had enough faith to go around.

And Jesus knew this and their friend got healed that night!  What a story they had to tell!

Application?  I know you know what it is but I’ll tell you anyway.  Sometimes we need to not only be the mat carriers but the faith bearers.  We have to have faith when no one else does or no matter what the circumstances.

Think about it…what were the chances that this guy was going to get healed that night?  There were no guarantees, get healed or your money back.

Some Jesus chose to heal and some He did not.  I can’t imagine that after one of these healing services there weren’t some who went away asking, “Why didn’t he heal me; he healed so and so?”

The point is these friends believed Jesus would heal their friend.  Their only job was to get him to Jesus and to believe Jesus was able.    They did their part and left the rest up to Him.

“When Jesus saw their faith…”

Are you being a mat carrier and a faith bearer (carrying the shield of faith) for your child and your family?  Pray and ask God for the ability to carry your child to Him and to bear faith for her and her healing from this illness.  No matter what happens.

You are modeling for your child what it looks like to hang onto Jesus and your faith in Him no matter what.   Yes, you want to re-feed her and for her to eat more.  But what could be more important than teaching her how to have faith along the way?

She will learn how to eat again and won’t always need you to feed her.  This will pass.

She needs you to show her how to endure and persevere through suffering.  How to hope and be fed by God Himself so she will look to Him for nourishment for the rest of her life.


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