The stories of these heroes of faith in the Bible will strengthen your Christian faith. The faith stories in this post are stories of people that were most unlikely to be called Bible faith giants but their faith exploits have elevated them to this status.
I want you to let the Spirit of God help you to study the faith stories of these Bible faith giants.
Who are the heroes of faith in the Bible
The heroes of faith in the Bible are:
- People who walked effectively with God
- People who abandoned their own plans to follow the plans of God for their lives
- People who heard God’s Word and instructions and obeyed
- People who followed God despite the harsh conditions they faced
- People who achieved worthwhile projects for God
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Heroes of faith in the Bible are flying faith walkers
We will be taking critical look at some interesting individuals who took great faith steps in the Bible especially during Jesus’ time on the earth. The faith of these people were publicly acknowledged to be examples of flying faith by someone who is supposed to know – Jesus Christ.
I believe strongly that a good analysis of these personalities, their situations and the faith steps they took will go a long way to guide us into how to make our faith fly.
NOTE: I want you to note that these great faith flyers in the examples below were what I will call “spiritual nobodies”. They were not the priest of the time and they were not even one of the disciples of Jesus Christ before they took their faith actions.
This should help you to understand that you can also at your present spiritual level, fly consistently with your faith.
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Heroes of faith in the Bible: Examples
Let us look at these interesting examples of heroes of faith in the Bible:
The Centurion Dazed Jesus Christ
“Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralysed, dreadfully tormented…” (Matthew 8:5-13)
This story has really helped me to get more understanding of how to fly with my faith. The man in this story was the most unlikely person to carry out a faith action the way we have it recorded in the bible passage above. From the account of this story,
I understood through the help of Holy Spirit that this centurion must have spent quality time to carry our secret or underground researches about the person of Jesus Christ before he took the decision to approach Him.
I want to believe that because of his status in the society, he would not be able to publicly attend the crusades of Jesus but he must have positioned himself to listen to the testimonies of those who got their miracles through Jesus. He must have secretly asked some people to look for scriptural records of the messiah as revealed through the prophets.
This great man of faith must have carried out enough secret or underground studies that would have built enough faith in him to approach Jesus publicly, calling Him Lord and pleading with Him to come and heal his servant that was sick (Matthew 8: 5 and 6).
The simple truth from this story and my immediate explanation above is that making your faith fly consistently is not automatic! There is real work to be done in your closet in the areas of study and researches. The centurion did much of this and he demonstrated a faith that dazed our Lord Jesus!
I want you to also note that this man, being a soldier must have witnessed the death of many people at the battle front and he should not be the one who will damn all consequences to look for a miracle to heal his servant through Jesus.
However, he was so sure that Jesus is more than able to bring life into the body of his servant. Probably, he must have spent some time studying the account of prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 53:5 that says,
“…and by His stripes we are healed”.
I want you to look at more interesting results of the diligent secret or underground studies of the truth about Jesus and His healing power by the centurion:
His own righteousness was nothing
“The Centurion answered and said, ‘Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof..’” (Matthew 8:8). He had found out that his righteousness is like a filthy rag and cannot get him a miracle from the Lord. Probably he had studied (Isaiah 64:6),
“But we are like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags”.
The icing on the cake
“…But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I am also a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” (Matthew 8:8b and 9)
This was the icing on the cake in this story. The Bible says in verse 10 that when Jesus heard this He marvelled! The centurion’s faith had been built up to a great height that he even gave an illustration to show Jesus why His spoken word can touch his servant at his home even without Jesus setting His foot there!
Probably, this man had studied extensively the account of the Psalmist in Psalm 107:20 where it is written that, “He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions”.
We are now going to take a critical look at the illustration he gave. Let me inform you that this illustration from this man of faith was a product of preparation.
He must have carried out the whole process in his heart before he set out to approach Jesus. This points to the fact that he already had a miracle for his servant in his heart before he approached Jesus. I am not surprised he got it at the end.
Now to the illustration:
“For I am a man under authority…” (verse 9): This man understood that Jesus was able to do all the miracles because He was under the authority of His Father in heaven.
Therefore, if he (the centurion), who was under an earthly authority, was so empowered to order around 100 soldiers, Jesus, also under the authority of heaven could order around demons behind any sickness!
He believed that no man could do what Jesus was doing except he was under a powerful authority. Jesus also confirmed this in (John 5:31), “I can of myself do nothing. As I Hear, I judge; and my judgement is righteous, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the Father who sent me”
NOTE: I am inspired to write this to you if you are yet to give your life to Jesus Christ in order for you to come under a powerful authority of heaven that will make you do exploits on this earth.
You can see from the illustration of the centurion that you can’t be a miracle-working Christian if you don’t position yourself under the authority of heaven by confessing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.Jesus says in Luke 10:19: “…I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions….”.
You can’t carry out this act if you are outside Jesus Christ. If you would like to confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, I want you to say the simple prayer below: “Father in heaven, forgive my sinful past. I believe Jesus
Christ died for my sins and His shed blood has wiped away my sins. I believe He is the Son of the Living God. I accept Him as my Lord and Saviour. I want Him to begin to rule in my life as from now on. I believe I am saved. Thank you God for hearing my prayer”.
Please let us read from you if you have said this prayer above.
Now back to the analysis of the centurion’s illustration.
“…and I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes and to another, ‘come’ and he comes…” (Matthew 8:9b): This man also understood the fact that Jesus is a commander on this earth (Well, you can’t operate under the authority of heaven without being a commander).
He knew Jesus does not only command but His commands are effective – those who receives His commands must carry out His orders! Probably the centurion must have studied the account in Isaiah 9:6,
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder…”. With the government on His shoulder, it showed He was in charge and could give orders .
Now let us look at Jesus’ response to this act of the centurion.
“When Jesus heard it, He marvelled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” (verse 10).
“Then Jesus said to the centurion, ‘Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you’” (verse 13).
The flying faith of the centurion got a positive response from heaven and got his servant healed! (verse 13b).
The Woman With The Issue of Blood
“And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, ‘If I may touch His garment, I shall be made well’. But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, ‘Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well” (Matthew 9:20-22)
I believe strongly that this woman’s story was another classic example of a flying faith that came as a result of earlier studies and preparations.
The bible records that this woman had said if only she could touch the hem of Jesus’ garment, she would be made well. She had probably studied Isaiah 53:5
“…and by His stripes we are healed…”
She had rehearsed how she would carry out her faith actions. She knew it would be difficult to get to Jesus because of the crowd so she had earlier prepared her action plans.
Just like the case of the centurion, she had her faith built up to a great height and she had her miracle already in her heart before she left her home! Nothing could stop her from carrying out her prepared faith actions to obtain her miracle.
The bible says in Matthew 9:22 (quoted above) that this flying faith drew power from Jesus and He recognised this great touch!
I want you to note that Jesus’ response was the same as the one He gave to the centurion:
“… your faith has made you well” (verse 22).
Heaven’s response to a flying faith is the same no matter who you are or the problem you want to solve. This great response always bring solutions to problems.
Bartimaeus The Blind man
We have other great cases of flying ‘faithers’ in the bible. The recovery of the sight of Bartimaeus the blind man in Mark 10:46-52 was another case.
Though he was blind, he had also probably listened to the testimonies of those who got their miracles from Jesus. Therefore, when the opportunity beckoned on Him to meet Jesus, he shouted and shouted until Jesus stood still (Mark 10:49) and handed his miracle to him!
The bible says when he heard that it was Jesus passing by, he knew the time was ripe to carry out his pre-planned faith actions. He shouted repeatedly at the top of his voice and called Jesus with the right name and title,
“Jesus, Son of David…”. He also used the right word to ask for his miracles, “…have mercy on me”. Just like I wrote earlier, this flying faith crushed the obstacles presented by the disciples of Jesus and stood Jesus still! Jesus gave him his miracles.
Many more examples heroes of faith in the Bible
We have lots of examples in the bible where people made their faith to fly to obtain their miracles, to get the attention of heaven or to do great exploits.
The common action steps of these flying faithers is that their faith flew to a great height to catch the attention of heaven to solve stubborn issues because they had studied diligently God’s truth about their problems and had taken time to rehearse how they would obtain their miracles.
They also ended up carrying out their pre-planned actions.