Radical faith requires the Holy Spirit and an ever-increasing, intimate relationship with God.
Jesus was radical in his time. Everything he did seemed to fly in the face of what was accepted and normal in his time. Tradition. Rituals. Religion. The way things were done.
Jesus reveals those things that were not full of life but dead. Jesus came to bring life to a dying world.
Matthew 17: 14-20
When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”
17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.
The Disciples were not practicing radical faith they were simply doing what they had seen Jesus do. That did not require faith.
Radical Faith is an effective faith that produces results. It will move mountains. As a matter of fact, the verse we just read tells us that just a tiny bit will move mountains.
I want to encourage you to study the stories in the Bible of Jesus healing. Time after time Jesus says…..your faith has made you well”………. Jesus had multiple encounters with people where he praised them for their faith.
We live in a time where we can’t afford to be wishy washy in our faith. We either believe or we don’t. God either is or He isn’t.
And if we believe, if we have faith, than we should live like we have faith. Jesus did. And eventually so did his disciples.
This means that our faith should take us to places, to situations where we step out in faith knowing the only way this is going to work is if God shows up because we’ve reached the end of ourselves.
If we are willing to live like we have faith…our faith will bear fruit. It will produce results.
I want to encourage you to ask yourself this question: Do I have radical faith or have I settled for less than the best God wants to give me?
The Bible tells us that Jesus' plan for us was that we would do even greater miracles than He did while He was among us. So what is stopping us? What is keeping us from taking a risk? From living our lives as if that very same power that raised Jesus from the dead is alive and at work inside of us?
If you long to have this kind of radical faith.........you are on your way. Ask God to show you the areas of your life where you have settled, where you have allowed your fear of failure to hold you back and areas where your faith needs to increase. The wor ld is in need of a church that is willing to be radical.