Because we held service in an alternative unfamiliar facility, we were unable to capture a quality recording for the sermon. But here's the passage we worked out of and the message notes for your reference:
As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” 28 When [Jesus] had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 30 and their sight was restored…
Faith that honors God is a FAITH that BELIEVES when it doesn't SEE.
Heb 11:1 NLT
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
Illustration: story of a Sacreder who has been praying for someone for a long time, and she just started seeing this person come to the Lord! She believed in something before it came to being.
The faith of two blind men were literally blind, but believing in something you cannot see is something I’m sure you can relate to:
Heal marriage Miracle in body Heal from past hurt
Help children Forgive Conceive a child.
Why this matters: The size of your request reveals the strength of your faith.
Faith that honors God is a FAITH that PERSISTS when nothing CHANGES.
Col 4:2 GNT
Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as you pray, giving thanks to God.
Jesus didn’t answer the blind men immediately (he went indoors)—but he did answer….
Faith that honors God is a FAITH that MOVES when it doesn't MAKE SENSE.
Difference between hope & faith:
Hope is a desire. Faith is a demonstration.
Hope is belief. Faith is action.
You see that (Abraham’s) faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. Some people are so focused on the problem—can’t see the answer.
Didn’t focus on what they couldn’t do—what they could do. The blind men couldn’t see—but they could hear, yell, walk, follow Jesus.