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“The state of faith allows no mention of the word impossibility.”
~ Tertullian, Theologian (c. 160 – 230 A.D.)
Faith seems to be a vital commodity these days! With the state of the global economy and the first generation since World War 2 to really understand scarcity, truth faith seems to be at a premium. When people go through hard times, those situations often reveal the veracity of their belief system. Jesus confronts this truth in the life of two blind men and teaches us a valuable principle …
When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See that no one knows it.” But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country. As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed. And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying, “It was never seen like this in Israel!” But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons.” Matthew 9:27-34 (NKJV)
We become like Jesus when …
o We encourage people to trust God for their critical needs!
“According to your faith let it be to you.” If you spend any time meditating on this statement, it can be exhilarating or torturous! If we take Jesus at His word, and there are many theologians today who would like to put a host of disclaimers on this sentence (like lawyers on TV commercials do), this really sets the quantity of the results squarely on our shoulders … No, I did not say we are the ones who make it happen. What Jesus says is that we RECEIVE what we BELIEVE we will! Yikes!
As an Eagle leader, let me encourage you to ask yourself to ponder this statement this week! Doesn’t it seem to connect with this power source … “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us …” (Ephesians 3:20) In other words, there is no problem with the power of God. Often, however, the blockage of the blessing is in our delivery system … our unbelief!
Contemplate your ‘reception contraption’ today … is it working up to spec? God wants you to enjoy amazing blessing … is your own disbelief standing in the way of His goodness?
© 2009 By Dr. Matthew Lee Smith