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Jesus Christ’s Teachings on Faith

“Have faith in God.” This is the message Jesus repeated throughout His ministry. When you do not doubt God, Jesus explained, great things will happen.

You can receive answers. You can receive what you ask for. You can move mountains with sufficient faith.

Many scoffed at His assertion. How could this man from the out-of-the-way village of Nazareth pretend to know God? How could the things He claimed be possible?

Yet there were people who did believe.

Wherever Jesus traveled, crowds thronged about, clamoring to hear Him, to see Him, hoping to witness the miracles they had heard so much about. Among those who wanted to find Jesus was a woman who had been sick for many years. Doctors had no answers. She had spent all she had, and yet no treatment had been found. But this woman acted in faith, reaching through the thick crowd of people surrounding Jesus and barely grasping the edge of His robe.

This is enough, she thought. With His power, I will be healed.

In the midst of the commotion, Jesus paused and turned. “Who touched my clothes?” (Mark 5:30), He asked. It seemed an absurd question; who hadn’t bumped or brushed against the Master in that crowded space? But Jesus knew one touch had been significant, an act of pure faith. “Daughter,” He said to the trembling woman, “be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole” (Matthew 9:22).

From that very hour the woman was healed. She was not alone. At the Master’s hand, a leper was cured. A crippled man walked. A 12-year-old girl was revived from the dead.

But was it simply the touch of the Savior that held such power? Was His presence required? A Roman soldier proved that it was not, through his own great show of faith. Pleading that Jesus might end his servant’s paralysis, the centurion nevertheless refused Jesus’s offer to come to his home. Rather, he begged, “Lord . . . speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed” (Matthew 8:8).

This, Jesus told those who were with them, is true faith. The centurion did not question God’s power. He knew his servant could be healed. And he was. Jesus praised this man for his faithfulness, for He had “not found so great faith” (Matthew 8:10) in all of Israel.

You don’t need to see or touch the Son of God to know that He is there. He is your advocate with the Father. He will draw on the power of God to bless your life, “according to your faith” (Matthew 9:29). When you pray for answers, for help, for miracles, if it be God’s will and “if ye have faith . . . nothing shall be impossible unto you” (Matthew 17:20).