Mark Chapter 2:
1. And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.
2. And straitway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.
3.And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.
4.And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was:and when they had broken it up they let down down the bed wherein the sick of palsy lay.
5. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of palsy, Son thy sins be forgiven thee.
God has really been dealing with me about faith and obedience. In these times the believer has to trust God and have faith in him. Even if we don't understand why God is asking us to do something, even if we can't see a victorious outcome we must obey.
In 1 Kings 17 God led Elijah to a brook and then God caused ravens to bring him bread and flesh. A while ago I poured bottle water in a glass of ice and it was just Enough to fill the glass then I heared God say as I take you into overflow remember there has always been enough. After Elijah went to the brook and was fed by the ravens God told him to go to Zarephath and that a widow woman would sustain him. Can you imagine the faith it took to go to a woman he did not know, and tell her to get you some water and ask her to give you some of what little food she had in the time of drought? Elijah did as God instructed and the widow woman's obedience to the man of God led to a blessing that sustained her until the end of the drought.
1 Kings 17:15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
Because of the widow woman's obedience to Elijah not only was she sustained during the drought but when her son was sick unto death and Elijah prayed and life returned unto him.
1 Kings 17:18. And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee,O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and slay my son?
1 Kings 17:20 And he cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, has thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son?
1 Kings 17:21 And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the Lord, and saud, O Lord my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again
1 Kings 17:22 And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.
Hebrews Chapter 11
1. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for , the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report .
3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear .
4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh .
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found , because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony , that he pleased God.
6 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.
7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear , prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed ; and he went out , not knowing whither he went .
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age , because she judged him faithful who had promised .
12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead , so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out , they might have had opportunity to have returned .
16 But now they desire a better country, that is , an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried , offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18 Of whom it was said , That in Isaac shall thy seed be called :
19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up , even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come .
21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying , blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped , leaning upon the top of his staff.
22 By faith Joseph, when he died , made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
23 By faith Moses, when he was born , was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured , as seeing him who is invisible.
28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned .
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down , after they were compassed about seven days.
31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not , when she had received the spies with peace.
32 And what shall I more say ? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong , waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
35 Women received their dead raised to life again : and others were tortured , not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
37 They were stoned , they were sawn asunder , were tempted , were slain with the sword : they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins ; being destitute , afflicted , tormented ;
38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect
Hebrews Chapter 12
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.