Faith is more important than facts. This is evidenced by many of the stories in the Bible. Every miracle done by Jesus proved this. Let’s list a few instances where this happened:
- Jesus heals a man with leprosy. Mark 1:40-45
- Jesus heals a paralyzed man. Matthew 9
- Jesus heals a sick woman from bleeding. Matt. 9:20-22
- Jesus raises a girl from the dead. Matt. 9:23-26
- Jesus feeds 5000 men (not including women & children). Mark 6:30-44
- Jesus walks on water. Mark 6:45-52
- Jesus is resurrected from the dead. Mark 16
Let’s look at the difference between faith and facts. The two often contradict one another like two arguing siblings. (Probably like you did with your little brother growing up!)
- It’s over.
- It’s too late.
- It’s impossible.
- I can’t do it.
- I’m not qualified.
- I don’t know how.
- It can’t be changed.
- I messed up too bad.
- There’s not enough for everyone.
It’s cool how my list made a stair case going downwards. If you keep focusing on the facts of the situation, then you will stay down and not go up. Focusing on the impossibilities will keep you down.
This morning I was counseling someone about a dream. I encouraged her to talk to other people and learn from them. She said, “They probably won’t talk to me.” “They’ll probably say, no.” I looked at her and asked, “What if they say yes!”
We have to start thinking about what could be, rather than what is. Faith stands up to the bully of facts. Faith says…
- God can resurrect my hopes and dreams.
- God can change my situation.
- God can stop the bleeding in my life.
- God can qualify and equip me.
- God can teach me how.
- God can fix my mess.
- God can use me.
- God can heal me.
- God will provide.
When we focus our faith on God, then we open our situation up to the miraculous. Facts are based on what we can do, while faith focuses on what God can do. Faith takes all of the responsibility off of you.
Nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37