FAITH IS A TWO WAY STREET
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. (Mark 9:23, 24 KJV)
In the preceding capsule I tried to explain that faith is resident in each and everyone of us born again child of God, we now know it's the sensory organ of the born again spirit. The challenge we have is the need to consciously deploy it and not allow it to stay dormant. When we walk in faith God is pleased because it shows we are His children, God is a God of faith.
Knowing that God is a faith being is one thing, He really wants us to respond back in faith. In Mark 9: 23-24, the father of the boy must have done everything that he knew to do but Christ was trying to refocus his endeavour In verse 22 the father of the boy was putting all the responsibility on Christ, however in verse 23 Christ would not allow him to do that. He told the boy's father that he had a role to play, in other words 'faith is a two way street'!
Often times when it comes to healing, the sick needs to believe, deploy their faith to whatever extent they are able so that when you minister to them the sickness will disappear and the healing will manifest . (There are several reasons why this is so, unfortunately we do not have enough space to go into these).
In Mark 6:5-6, Christ could not perform the supernatural in His hometown . Notice that the passage says 'Christ COULD NOT DO' not that He wouldn't do. The reason why this happened is found in verse 6....'because of their unbelief'. Still in the same chapter verse 56 the direct opposite happened.
When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. (Matthew 8:10 KJV)
In Matthew 8 the Centurion deployed his faith so much so that he made Christ marvel. All the Centurion wanted was for Christ to agree with him in words, he knew that faith is 'a two way street.'
Lastly, not everybody can express the same level of faith. What is important is that some level of expression must be present, evident and pure. That is why Christ said even if your faith is as small as a mustard seed it can move mountain (i.e. huge long standing problems). The Centurion was so active in faith all he needed was for Christ to say the word (Luke 7:7), in Mark 5:22-43, the woman with the menstrual problem needed to make physical contact to activate her faith, whereas Jairus was not strong enough to do either of these but believed enough that if Christ could get to his house his daughter would be healed. The three had to 'cooperate' the best way they can with Christ to get the job done. That is the message of Amos 3:3
IT TAKES TWO TO WALK THE STREET OF FAITH