Tuesday, August 23, 2016

According to Your Faith

Chuckle: "You know it's going to be a bad day when you put both contacts in one eye!"
Quote: "Do you believe in a miracle-working God, and will you go out in surrender to Him until you are not surprised an atom at anything He does?" --Oswald Chambers

When he (Jesus) had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, "Do you believe (have faith) that I am able to do this?" "Yes, Lord, they replied." Then He touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith will it be done to you;" and their sight was restored. (Matthew 9:28-30 NIV).
Jesus performed many miracles during His ministry here on earth, and often these supernatural displays of divine power were in direct response to a person's faith. In other words, Jesus' miracles were a demonstration of human faith and God's willingness to respond with divine power and mercy. Notice the blind men's confession of faith that prompted Jesus to heal them.
We know that faith pleases God. "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him" (Hebrews 11:6 NIV). The God of miracles is still alive and well and continues to perform miracles in the lives of people who have faith. Christian life begins by affirming that "God exists." This acknowledgement leads to the confession of our sins, repentance, and experiencing the greatest miracle in God's repertoire, our personal salvation.
As Christians, we can still see God's miracles, but we may not see them in our lives unless we are living by faith. Large faith produces large miracles. Jesus said, "according to your faith will it be done to you." If Jesus were to work in your life and answer your prayers "according to your faith" how much would He accomplish? No doubt the blind men who put their faith in Jesus had heard about His mighty works. Their faith had grown through listening to the stories and learning about Jesus at work and they were persistent in their plea to Jesus. Our faith can also grow through listening to and observing Jesus with spiritual eyes and ears as we study the Gospels. Let God give you greater faith if you want to see greater miracles.
"Faith is the gift of God. So is the air, but you have to breathe it. So is bread, but you have to eat it. So is water, but you have to drink it. So how do we accept this gift? Not by a feeling, for 'faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God' (Romans 10:17). It is not for me to sit down and wait for faith to come upon me with a strong feeling of some kind. Rather, faith comes when we take God at His word." --Illustrations For Biblical Preaching; Edited by Michael P.Green.
Love, Jerry & Dotse


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