I AM AN 80 YEAR OLD MALE, BORN AGAIN, CHRISTIAN WITH A LOVE FOR JESUS. I DO NOT GET OUT MUCH ANYMORE BUT FIND THAT TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT THE LOVE JESUS HAS FOR THEM IS NOT ONLY WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO BUT SOMETHING THAT THE WORLD NEEDS.
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"USE YOUR GOD GIVEN FAITH" BY DAVID MCMILLEN
USE YOUR GOD GIVEN FAITH
WE ALL HAVE FAITH. WE USE IT EVERY DAY IN OUR CARNAL LIVES. WE ALSO NEED TO USE IT IN OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES. WE HAVE "THE" MEASURE OF FAITH AND THAT FAITH COMES FROM JESUS (HEBREWS 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.)
NOW THERE ARE TWO PASSAGES ABOUT FAITH THAT I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT. THE FIRST IS MATTHEW 9:18-25 WHERE IT SAYS "There came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples. And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose."
WE CAN SEE FROM THAT PASSAGE THAT JESUS WILL MEET US RIGHT WHERE WE ARE. THE RULER COULD BELIEVE THAT IF JESUS WOULD GO TO HIS DAUGHTER AND LAY HANDS ON HER SHE WOULD COME BACK TO LIFE. WE KNOW THAT JESUS COULD HAVE JUST SPOKE THE WORDS AND MADE THIS HAPPEN JUST LIKE IN THIS NEXT PASSAGE BUT HE MET THE RULER RIGHT WHERE HIS FAITH WAS AND WENT TO HIS DAUGHTER.
THE SECOND PASSAGE IS ABOUT A CENTURION WHOSE SERVANT WAS SICK. THIS IS FOUND IN IN VERSES 5 AND 6 OF MATTHEW 8. THE CENTURION IS TELLING JESUS ABOUT HIS SERVANT AND IN VERSE 7 JESUS IS TELLING HIM HE WILL GO AND HEAL HIM. LOOK WHAT THE MAN TOLD JESUS IN VERSE 8 "I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed." IN VERSE 10 IT SAYS "When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel." VERSE 13 SAYS "And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour."
IN THESE TWO INSTANCES, JESUS MET THE RULER AND THE CENTURION RIGHT WHERE THEY WERE IN THEIR WALK OF FAITH AND HE WILL DO THE SAME FOR YOU AND ME. WE WERE GIVEN "THE" MEASURE OF FAITH BUT YOU CAN INCREASE IT BY GETTING INTO GOD'S WORD. ROMANS 10:17 SAYS "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." GOD LOVES US AND WANTS THAT FELLOWSHIP THAT HE GETS WHEN WE ARE READING HIS WORD.
I WILL LEAVE YOU WITH HEBREWS 11:6 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. I WANT TO PLEASE HIM, DON'T YOU????
GOD BLESS YOU ALL.