On Sunday I ministered at New Bethel Baptist Church for their Women’s Month… Women of Great Faith: Stepping up for Jesus, Ministering with the Spirit of Excellence. And there was a word from the Lord from Matthew 15:21-28 about a woman exercising great faith for the healing of her daughter.
What is faith? Faith is the title deed; the guarantee I have what I believe for.
As believers, we all have faith. We were saved by grace through faith, all given the measure of faith, and without it, it’s impossible to please God.
But great faith must be developed. Great faith requires works because faith without works is dead.
The Canaanite woman in this passage was a Gentile, outside the house of Israel, without a covenant with God. She came with a situation and a solution. Situation: Her daughter demon-possessed. Solution: Her daughter’s healing. She had to have known something about this Jesus to seek Him on her daughter’s behalf. She had to have faith and believe that He who promised is faithful.
Great faith requires humbleness, persistence, position, petition. And this woman had it all. She cried to Jesus for mercy and she cried to the disciples as well to no avail. Jesus said He was sent to the lost of Israel and it was not right to give the children bread to dogs.
During this time, people who didn’t have a covenant with God were referred to as dogs. However, it was said, meant or mentioned this was not good news for her.
But none of this discouraged her because according to her, even dogs eat the crumbs from the table. She was humble and persistent and got into kneeling position and petitioned for her daughter’s healing. She did not get offended. She didn’t let strife in. She didn’t let this stop her. She had to believe that He who promised is faithful.
Because of her humbleness, persistence, position, petition, Jesus declared she had great faith and her daughter was healed at that moment.
In my life’s journey with situations and solutions, my faith was developed to great faith. I believed that He who promised is faithful.
It took faith to become Pastor and First Lady of our home church in our 20’s, an African American Baptist church in North Memphis, after an ugly church split, with people that knew you from childhood. But it took great faith to do it for 30 years with grace. He who promised is faithful.
It took faith, to lead a congregation of under 200 people on the roll in 1984. It took great faith to steady plod and grow to over 5000. He who promised is faithful.
It took faith to minister in 10,000 square feet. It took great faith to build a 70,000 square foot, state of the art house of God. He who promised is faithful.
It took faith to care for the Man of God, through sickness. It took great faith to walk with him to the tomb through death. He who promised is faithful.
It took faith to walk without the Man of God after he transitioned. It took great faith to do it without grief. He who promised is faithful.
It took faith that after 30 years of service, to be betrayed in the house of God, in the name of the Lord. It took great faith to hear the voice of the Lord whisper “You don’t have to defend yourself”, to do it without strife, to continue to worship in the place of betrayal with the betrayers, and to say “Father, I forgive”. He who promised is faithful.
With this great faith, God has birthed a new international ministry, Always a First Lady, Transforming Lives with Faith and Wisdom Principles for Wholistic Living. God has empowered me to engage in national and international travel and ministry, launch Transformational Coaching, author a devotional, write a blog. Through the favor of God, my influence has paved the way to Capitol Hill, the Food and Drug Administration, and Chaplain for a national organization. He who promised is faithful.
I have a covenant with God, and He has declared me faithful. He has said I can take this as far as I want, and the universe is the limit. He is moving me from Faith to Faith and from Glory to Glory. He who promised is faithful.
If you desire to make Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior and move from faith to great faith, go here and follow the simple steps. It will transform your life. He who promised is faithful.
Harriet Noel Jones