Matthew 9 v 2 - 8, 21 - 23, 28 - 29
What an amazing example of lifestyle Jesus gave us !
We, too easily read through the gospels missing the fact that they were an ordinary day in the life of King Jesus - filled with healings, deliverance, other miracles, wise teaching, discipleship and much, much more.
In this chapter we can read follow on after follow on of life giving by Jesus.
But what reoccurs three times in chapter 9 will challenge your thinking. Have you ever asked a question to yourself whose faith requires miracles to happen - is it that of a person praying for me or my faith ??
We know the importance of faith - that it it is impossible to please God without faith (Heb 11 v 6)
We know that where there is lack of faith (or much unbelief) the
miraculous never happens (Matthew 13 v 58)
So what is the catalyst that activates the miraculous ?
In chapter 9 v 2 Jesus saw their faith. He saw the actions they took to get their friend to the place where Jesus was. He saw the desire they had
to see him healed - he saw their faith, and responded to their faith by forgiving and healing the man.
In chapter 9 v 21 Jesus saw the faith of the woman who had a flow of blood and responded with "be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well."
In chapter 9 v 28 Jesus asks two men if they believe he is able to heal them and on their reply of Yes Lord, he responds with "According to your faith let it be."
Faith is a belief in something that has not yet happened
Fear is a belief in something that has not yet happened
(the difference is that one is positive and one is negative, one will result in Gods will happening, the other will not)
Make it your responsibility to trust and believe in Gods word over natural circumstance that the power of faith will allow Christ to respond and move miraculously in your life.
Regional Youth Director
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