Sunday, March 19, 2017

Where is Your Faith

Matthew 8:17 NIV
This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases."

Jesus went to the cross for all of humanity. He took away all infirmity forever. And yet as believers we seem to have more faith in the medical and pharmaceutical companies than in God for healing. We know He can heal us, or so we say.

Sure Jesus went to the cross and and we believe He did. But we say that He gave us doctors to fix what He already healed in us that day two thousand years ago.

Mark 9:24 NIV
Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"

He said the only work for us is to believe in the one the father sent. And that is Jesus and the finished work of the cross.

He took all our sickness. All infirmity. All curses. And yet we act as unbelievers. We say we have faith but do not act as if we really do. Our faith is carnal. It is in man's ability to fix things. Lord I believe. Help me with my unbelief.

We tend to worship things made by man's hands while we give lip service to the maker of everything. And we excuse our behavior by saying that He made everything so when we have faith in what man has done we are having faith in God because He gave man the intelligence to create things to fix us.

Hebrews 11:1 NIV
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

It is always easier to believe what we can see. But then where is our faith? Faith is knowing that what we have never seen before can happen.

When we step back from our belief in man and from our own self reliance and give it to God knowing He will do what seems impossible, the impossible becomes reality.

Faith is an action word. As we step out risking it all, God is right there for us. And all the faith we need, the faith that raised Lazarus from the dead, is in us. Holy Spirit, the spirit of Christ is in us.

John 6:19 NIV
Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."

We just need to believe. We need to practice His presence in our daily lives and see the amazing things He will do for us and through us.

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