Healed From A Bent Condition
Childhood and Adolescence
“When I was growing up, I attended a Catholic school. One of our daily subjects was catechism. During class, we had to read and discuss the Bible, and we received homework assignments. The subject that excited me most was the miracles of the Bible, especially the ones Jesus performed.
To me, there was just something special about this man named Jesus. When I read the Bible, I believed what it said about His miracles. In studying how He turned water into wine (John 2:1–11), calmed a raging sea (Mark 4:35–41), fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish (Mark 6:30–44), healed a deaf mute (Mark 7:31–37), and restored sight to the blind (Mark 8:22–26), I believe God’s Word. I accepted the fact that “with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).
Reading about the miracles Jesus preformed made me feel as if I were right there on the scene as the miraculous events were happening. When I shared with others what seemed real to me, some of them said, “Oh, you were just fantasizing.” For me, though, the miracle stories written about Jesus in the four Gospels came alive in my spirit. They were real events to me. I did not want to hear anyone say I was fantasizing, because I felt that meant they were denying that Jesus could do anything but fail.”
Faith: What is It?
“The writer of Hebrews says, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen … But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:1 NIV)
Many Christians look at Hebrews 11:1 as the biblical definition of faith. Since the Word of God uses the word faith in many different ways, in these verses of Scripture, the word faith is not a definition but, rather, a description of faith. Faith has tremendous power because, as I like to say, faith does. Faith is an action word put into practice. If we could see it, touch it, or handle it, then it would not be faith. The word substance means “essence” or “reality.” Faith treats things hoped for as reality. Endurance means “proof” or “conviction.” Faith itself proves that what is unseen is real, such as believers being rewarded at the reunion of Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:18, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (NIV).