The ABC's of Faith
A. Believe the Word of God
B. Say the Word of God
C. Act on the Word of God
Mark 5:25-34 (NKJV) Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. 28 For she said, "If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well." 29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, "Who touched My clothes?" 31 But His disciples said to Him, "You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?'" 32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction."
Jesus said the woman's faith had made her well. All three of the faith fundamentals are shown here. (A) Verse 27, when she heard about Jesus, the woman believed, faith came by hearing (Rom. 10:17). (B) Then in verse 28 she said it. Just hearing is not enough. Romans 10:10 tells us, For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
What you say is your faith speaking. 2 Corinthians 4:13 says, And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I believed and therefore I spoke," we also believe and therefore speak.
See how simple this is? However, hearing and saying is still not the whole picture. We have one more fundamental to complete the recipe for success. The final ingredient is action.
The woman could have thought and said, "I have heard, and now I believe what I have heard, and I know it is true. I know if I touch the hem of His garment, I will be made whole. But, I can't go out there in that crowd. Look at all those people I would encounter. I feel so weak, and I'm still bleeding. What if they notice me and have me stoned? Just look at me."
Here we have the fight of faith: "Look." "I can't." "Feel." And, "what if?" The devil is doing everything he can to stop this woman, and us, from acting on the Word of God. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says, "For we walk by faith, not by sight." If the enemy can keep us in the realm of the senses, he'll whip us every time, in every battle. If we, however, hold him in the arena of faith, we will be victorious -- every time! 1 John 5:4 tells us, For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world [every time] our faith.
(C) The woman came, and she touched. She acted on what she had heard. She became a doer of the Word and not a hearer only. James 1:22, 25, "...Be doers of the word, not hearers only... But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
This one will be blessed in what he does -- blessed in the doing, or the action of faith. James calls God's Word the perfect law of liberty!
Final note: Since faith works in a forgiving, loving atmosphere, it is obvious that this woman didn't hold anything against the doctors who were unable to help her. (Mark 11:25). Always forgive when you pray.