"Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole" (Matthew 9:22) "A nominal faith in Christ, which accepts Him merely as the Saviour of the world, can never bring healing to the soul. The faith that is unto salvation is not a mere intellectual assent to the truth. He who waits for entire knowledge before he will exercise faith, cannot receive blessing from God. It is not enough to believe about Christ; we must believe in Him. The only faith that will benefit us is that which embraces Him as a personal Saviour; which appropriates His merits to ourselves. Many hold faith as an opinion. Saving faith is a transaction by which those who receive Christ join themselves in covenant relation with God. Genuine faith is life. A living faith means an increase of vigor, a confiding trust, by which the soul becomes a conquering power. " (Desire of Ages, pg. 347)
During my morning devotional as I read the above words, I ran this passage through my mind a few times. What could I take from this? How can I apply Matthew 9:22 to myself?
I need a personal experience with Christ. To accept Him as Saviour, to believe in Him without a living, personal relationship with Him is just knowledge. To know Him through daily study of His Word, to spend time in prayer talking with Him, and giving myself completely to His Holy Spirit to lead, guide and teach me is my assurance of a personal experience with Christ. My faith in Him has made me whole!
If I am to have an effective testimony, it has to be from my own experience with Christ. My encouragement comes from the smallest blessing that I receive from Christ, not from hearing of the blessings that others have received from Christ. You and I must have a living experience with Christ.
I am so grateful for my experience with Christ. Have you taken the time to rejoice in Christ - rejoice in your own personal experience with Christ?