What is it about faith? Some people say if you pray and you don’t get what you want, you don’t have enough of it.
If you believe even when it looks impossible, people say that you have lots of it.
James 2:20 says if you have tons of it but don’t do anything with it, it’s worthless. Jesus said it only takes a little. (Matthew 17:20)
Jesus’ first miracle was at the wedding in Cana. (John 2:1-11) His mother didn’t ask Him to change the water into wine. She simply stated the fact, “the wine is all gone”. Then, she turned to the servants and with the confidence of faith, simply told them, “Do whatever He tells you to do.”
Jesus had himself, not yet done any miracles. She had the head knowledge that He wasn’t an ordinary child. And, with that, the heart knowledge that grows from close relationship. She had no proof that He COULD do miracles. She didn’t know HOW He would get more wine but, she knew that He would.
In Matthew 15:21-28 Jesus ignored the Canaanite woman who pestered Him about her demon possessed daughter. Jesus finally told her ‘so what’ and was, in fact, really kind of rude to her! She responded about how even the dogs eat the crumbs under the master’s table.
Jesus told her, “Woman YOU have GREAT faith.” and delivered her child from the demons. Why was ‘her‘ faith great? She had (probably) seen, or at least heard about, the miracles. In spite of impossible circumstances, she knew that He could so she persisted.
The first miracle, (water to wine) was done through a heart’s awareness that existed because of an intimate relationship. The other (demon cast out) was done because of a persistent faith that came from knowledge.
When we have an intimate relationship with the Lord that acknowledges His sovereignty; our faith is perfected. Faith is knowing that He “can”. Perfect faith acknowledges that He is Lord while trusting that He works all things for our good because He loves us. (Romans 8:28)
Perfect faith acknowledges the sovereignty of God. So, how DO we acquire perfect faith (?); through intimate relationship in prayer and the confirmation in knowledge that comes from Bible study.
Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.