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Faith means a lot to Jesus, even while He walked the earth. During my bible study, I discovered two things that made Jesus marvel:

  1. An extraordinary display of faith.

    A compassionate centurion whose servant lay sick of palsy and who had come asking Jesus for healing for his dying servant had told Jesus that there was no need for Him (Jesus) to come to his house, but that He should simply speak the word from where He was, and his servant would be healed back home.“When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed him, ‘Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel'” (Matthew 8:10 KJV)

  2. An extraordinary display of lack of faith.

    Jesus had entered the synagogue on a sabbath day to teach, the people, surprised at the authority of His wisdom, began to query its source saying, “Is this not the carpenter’s son, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” Jesus replied that a prophet is an honoured personality everywhere else except in his home country, among his relatives, and in his house. He could not do any mighty or miraculous work there in their midst except to heal a few sick. “And He marvelled because of their unbelief.” (Mark 6:6)

Faith must mean a great deal to God. With faith, we move mountains and surmount impossibilities (Matthew 17:20), draw power from God (Mark 5:30), resist the devil (1 Peter 5:9), please God (Hebrews 11:6), and the list goes on. Without faith none of these things would be within our reach. Without faith, God can turn His back on us for 40 years (Hebrews 3:16-19). Lack of faith is disobedience which invites God’s wrath as depicted by the last mentioned scripture. A life without faith is a life better not lived at all.

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