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Godly Wisdom

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DRAWING WATER FROM THE WELLGod will give us wisdom in every area of our lives. This wisdom helps us use facts that we know and truths that we understand to make right decisions in our daily lives. God desires for each one of us to have spiritual understanding.

Ephesians 1:17 NKJV

“…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him…”

I. God Gave Solomon Wisdom

1 Kings 3: 12 NKJV

“…behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.”

When Solomon went to Gibeon to sacrifice burnt offerings, the Lord appeared to him in a dream. In the dream the Lord asked Solomon what He should give him. Solomon told the Lord that He had been so good to him already. The Lord had shown Solomon great kindness because of David, his father. Then Solomon asked the Lord for an understanding heart so that he could discern between good and evil as he judged the people.

The Lord was pleased with Solomon’s request. Solomon had not asked the Lord for wealth, riches, long life, nor help in defeating his enemies. Instead Solomon had asked the Lord for a wise and understanding heart.

Because the request pleased the Lord, He not only gave Solomon what he asked for, but He gave Solomon wealth, riches and honor also.

The Lord had answered Solomon’s request in an abundant measure. The abilities that were given to Solomon were exceptional. Solomon is known to have been the wisest man that ever lived, and that wisdom was given to him by the Lord.

II. God Gave Daniel Wisdom

Daniel 2:19 NKJV

“Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven.”

King Nebuchadnezzar’s army overthrew Jerusalem and took the strong, healthy, and intelligent young men captive. One of these young men was Daniel. The king wanted these young men to forsake their God, and to work for him and serve his gods. However, Daniel and his three friends did not forsake their God. They stayed loyal and obedient to God no matter what happened.

God gave Daniel and his three friends knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom. God also gave Daniel understanding in all visions and dreams.

One night King Nebuchadnezzar had dreams that troubled him so much he could not sleep. He called the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans to come to him and tell him his dream. The Chaldeans told the king to tell them the dream and they would give him the interpretation.

The king told them that he would not tell them the dream, and that they were to make known to him the dream and the interpretation. If they could not tell the king what he had dreamed about and the interpretation of the dream then they would be killed. If they could tell the king what he had dreamed about and the interpretation of the dream then they would be rewarded and receive great honor.

The Chaldeans told the king that there was not a man on earth that could do both- know what the king had dreamed and know the interpretation of the dream. The king became very angry and he ordered all the wise men killed. When the king’s order was being carried out they sought Daniel and his friends to kill them. When they came to Daniel he ask why the wise men were being killed. The captain of the king’s army told Daniel all that had happened concerning the king and his dream. Upon learning what had happened, Daniel went in to see the king. He asked the king for a little time, that he might be able to tell the king the dream and the interpretation. The king agreed and Daniel went to his three friend to tell them. The four of them prayed and sought God for the dream and the interpretation.

God revealed the dream and the interpretation to Daniel in a night vision. Daniel was very thankful to God so he blessed Him, thanked Him, and gave Him praise.

Daniel went to the captain of the king’s army and asked him to take him to the king so he could tell the king what he wanted to know. When Daniel approached the king he told him that the God in heaven had made known to him the dream and the interpretation.

After Daniel told the king what God had revealed to him, he received favor, great gifts and honor.

III. God Gave Joseph Wisdom

Genesis 41:39 NKJV

“Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.”

Joseph was favored by his father, Jacob, because he was the son of his favorite wife, Rachel. This favoritism caused Joseph’s brothers to be jealous. One day Joseph was sent out into the fields where his brothers were taking care of the flocks of sheep, to check on them.

Joseph’s brothers saw him coming and they plotted to kill him. One of his brothers, Reuben, told the other brothers not to kill Joseph but to throw him into an empty water hole and leave him there. Later on while Joseph was in the empty water hole a group of Ishmaelites came by and the brothers sold Joseph to them.

Acts 7:9-10 NKJV

“And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him and delivered him out of all his troubles, and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.”

Joseph was taken to Egypt and sold as a slave to Potiphar, who was the captain of the guard in the army of the Pharaoh. While at the house of Potiphar, Joseph found favor and he was placed in charge of everything at Potiphar’s house. Later on when the wife of Potiphar lied about Joseph he was thrown into prison.

While in prison Joseph found favor in the sight of the prison keeper. He placed Joseph in charge over the prison. While in prison God continued to fill Joseph with wisdom and understanding. Joseph was given the ability to interpret dreams.

After a long period of time Joseph was called upon to interpret a dream for the king. God gave Joseph the interpretation to the dream. When Joseph interpreted the dream for the king he acknowledged that God had given Joseph discernment and wisdom. The king placed Joseph over his house and the country. There was no one greater than Joseph except the king.

Genesis 41:37-41 NKJV

“So the advice was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants. And Pharaoh said to his servants, ‘Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?’ Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.’ And Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”

Because of the wisdom that God had given Joseph he found favor in the sight of the king.

IV. True Wisdom Comes From The Fear Of The Lord

Proverbs 2:6 NKJV

“For the Lord gives wisdom;

From His mouth comes knowledge and understanding”

The dictionary describes wisdom as knowledge (information) and good judgment, wise conduct, wise words. Wisdom can also mean abiding success or victory. It describes understanding as the power or ability to know; intellect; intelligence; comprehension.

When we have wisdom we use the facts that we know and the truths that we understand to make right decisions in our daily lives.

Real (true) wisdom comes from God and it begins when we place our faith in Him. Fear of the Lord is a deep respect and reverence for God and unto God. When we fear God the thought of Him fills us with awe and wonder. The fear of the Lord is very important in receiving wisdom. Our wisdom depends on our knowledge of God and our submission to His will. To gain true wisdom we must place a high regard on, and honor God and His will for our lives in every situation and circumstance.

Proverbs 1:7 NKJV

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,

But fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Job 28:28 NKJV

“And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,

And to depart from evil is understanding.’ ”

There is no use in knowing “things” if you do not know God and reverence Him. Not fearing (reverencing) God is the same as rejecting wisdom. True wisdom is found in the fear of the Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-7 NKJV

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;

Fear the Lord and depart from evil.”

 

Proverbs 9:10 NKJV

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

And knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

V. Ask God For Wisdom

James 1:5 NKJV

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

As a believer in Christ Jesus if we lack wisdom we should pray ask God for it. God will answer our prayer. He will freely and generously give to us an abundant and plentiful supply. When we have to ask for wisdom God will not be disappointed in us. He desires for us to ask Him for anything that we lack, and that includes wisdom and understanding.

Dear Father,

Thank-you for the wisdom that You give me in every area of my life. True wisdom comes from You alone. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may I use the wisdom that You give me to make right decisions in my daily life. Help me to submit to You and Your will. May I trust in You with all my heart, and may I lean not on my own understanding. In all my ways let me acknowledge You and follow Your directions for my path.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Healing Waters

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DRAWING WATER FROM THE WELL   Matthew 9:35 NKJV

“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”

God is not only concerned about our spiritual health, but He is also concerned about out physical and emotional health. Throughout time God has provided healing in many different ways. Heal means to make whole, sound, or well; to bring back to health; to cure. Jesus used many different methods in His healing ministry. Sometimes the people were healed because of their faith, sometimes because of someone else’s’ faith. Sometimes He prayed for them, sometimes He commanded the sickness to come out of them. Sometimes He laid His hands on them and sometimes they touched Him. Like salvation, healing is provided to us through Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 53:5 NKJV

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”

1 Peter 2:24 NKJV

“who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed.”

God still heals people today, and He still uses many different methods.

I. A Gentile Mother’s Faith Brings Healing

Mark 7:29 NKJV

“Then He said to her, ‘For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.’ ”

After a confrontation between Jesus and some of the Jewish leaders, Jesus took His disciples to an area quiet a distance away. There He intended to rest and teach His disciples. He went to a house where He hoped that no one would disturbed them. However, that did not happen.

One day while Jesus was teaching His disciples a woman came to Jesus and asked and asked and Him to cast a demon out of her daughter. Jesus was in the middle of teaching (feeding) His disciples (His children). Jesus told the woman that it was not right to stop in the middle of feeding your children and give their (your children‘s) food to dogs. The woman was not offended by what Jesus said to her – She understood what He meant. The woman replied to Jesus that even during the meal the little dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the children’s plates onto the floor. Jesus rewarded the woman’s faith and persistence by healing her daughter.

Jesus told the woman to go home and that the demon had left her daughter. The woman returned to her house to find her daughter just like Jesus had said – the demon was gone!

Mark 7:24-30 NKJV

“From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden. For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet. The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. But Jesus said to her, ‘Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”

And she answered and said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.’

Then He said to her, ‘For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.’

And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed.”

II. Simon’s Mother-In-Law

Mark 1:31 NKJV

“So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them.”

One day after Jesus left the synagogue He went to Simon’s house. As soon as Jesus arrived at the house they told Him about Peter’s mother-in-law who was sick with a fever. The people at Simon’s house had faith in Jesus and they believed that He could heal Simon’s mother-in-law. Jesus went to the woman and took her by the hand, Immediately the fever was gone and her strength returned to her. The woman got up and served Jesus and His followers.

III. Healings In Capernaum

Luke 4:41 NKJV

“…and He laid His hands on every one of them and He healed them.”

Late one evening when Jesus was in Capernaum the people came to see Him. They brought to Jesus everyone that was sick. Jesus laid His hands on everyone of them and healed them. Jesus took the time to personally lay hands on each one of them and to pray for each one of them. The Bible tells us that each one (every one) of them were healed. The people that had brought the sick people to Jesus had faith in Him and His ability to heal the sick.

IV. Man With A Paralyzed Hand

Luke 6:10 NKJV

“And when He had looked around at them, He said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ And he did so, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.”

Once when Jesus went to the synagogue He saw a man with a withered hand there. The Pharisees watched Jesus very closely while He was in the synagogue. They were hoping to catch Jesus doing something that they thought was wrong or against the law. Jesus knew what the Pharisees were thinking so He asked the man with the withered hand to stand up in front of everyone. Then Jesus asked the Pharisees if it was lawful to do good on the Sabbath. The Pharisees would not answer. Then Jesus told the man to stretch out his withered hand. As he did, his hand was restored, he was made well. When the people and the Pharisees saw what happened (the healing of the man’s withered hand) they became very angry. They thought that Jesus had violated the Law of Moses, however He had not.

V. Miraculous Healings

Mark 6:56 NKJV

“Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. As many as touched Him were made well.”

Jesus had a healing ministry which was widespread. Everywhere that Jesus went the people would carry sick people to a spot that they thought Jesus would walk by. They believed that Jesus had power to heal the sick. The people begged Jesus to allow the sick people to touch the hem, the tassel, of His garment. The Bible tells us that everyone of them that touched it was made well.

VI. Man By The Pool

John 5:9 NKJV

“And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked…”

As Jesus walked by the Sheep Gate on His way into Jerusalem He saw a man laying on one of the porches by the pool of Bathesda. This man had had an infirmity for thirty-eight years. The pool of Bathesda was a double pool that was surrounded by five porches. During this time many sick people lay beside the pool and waited for the water to move. At certain times an angel would come down and stir up the water in the pool. Whoever stepped in the water first after it was stirred up would be healed. Jesus asked the man if he wanted to be made well. The man did want to be made well but he did not have anyone to put him into the pool when the water was stirred up. Jesus told the man to take up his bead and walk. Immediately the man was healed and he took up his bed and walked.

VII. Deaf-Mute Man

Mark 7:35 NKJV

“Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.”

As Jesus was traveling through the Sea of Galilee the people brought a man who was a deaf-mute. They begged Jesus to lay His hands on the man and heal him. Jesus took the deaf-mute aside, away from the crowd. Then He put His finger in the man’s ear and He put spit on His finger and touched the man’s tongue. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and then said to the man, “Be opened.” Immediately the man’s ears were open and his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.

VIII. Naaman

2 Kings 5:14 NKJV

“So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.”

A general in the Syrian army, name Naaman, had leprosy. He was the highest ranking officer in the Syrian army. Naaman was a man of high social standing and importance, even to the king himself.

2 Kings 5:1 NKJV

“Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper.”

Despite Naaman’s great importance, his leprosy could eventually lead to his separation from society. Leprosy was contagious and incurable causing Naaman to be in a hopeless situation. Even though Naaman was a man of high rank, influence and riches he was still a desperate man.

2 Kings 5:2-3 NKJV

“And the Syrians had gone on raids, and brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife.

Then she said to her mistress, ‘If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.’ ”

A young girl that was taken captive from Israel was a servant to Naaman’s wife. One day this young girl told Naaman’s wife about a prophet in Samaria that could help Naaman.

2 Kings 5:4-6 NKJV

“And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, ‘Thus and thus said the girl who is here from the land of Israel.’

Then the king of Syria said, ‘Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.’

So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand

shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing.

Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said,

Now be advised, when this letter comes to

you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to

you, that you may heal him of his leprosy.”

Naaman told the king what the young girl had said about the prophet. The king instructed Naaman to go to the prophet for help. When Naaman arrived at Elisha’s house to ask to be healed, instead of meeting Naaman himself, Elisha sent his servant to tell him.The servant told him that Elisha said to wash in the Jordan River seven times.

2 Kings 5:11-13 NKJV

“But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, ‘Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ “ ‘Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?’ So he turned and went away in a rage.

And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, ‘My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have

done it? How much more than, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean?’  ”

When Elisha did not do things the way Naaman thought he should, he turned around to go back home, angry and unhealed. Finally, Naaman humbled himself and listened to the good advise of his servants. He obey the prophet, Elisha, by doing what he was told.

2 Kings 5:14 NKJV

“So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.”

Naaman almost let his pride get in the way of receiving his healing. When Naaman stepped out in obedience he was healed of his leprosy. God used the prophet and Naaman’s obedience to heal the leprosy.

Dear Father,

Thank-you for being concerned about my spiritual, physical and emotional health. Thank-you for the healing that is provided through Jesus. Truly, He was wounded for my transgressions, He was bruised for my iniquities. The chastisement for my peace was upon Him, and by His stripes I are healed. May I never put You in a box where I think that You have to heal a certain way or in a certain time period. Thank-you for Your many ways of healing. When the sick reach out and touch Jesus they are healed. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may we never let pride or disobedience get in the way of our healing.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

The Blessings of God

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DRAWING WATER FROM THE WELLIsaiah 58:11 NKJV

“the Lord will guide you continually,

And satisfy your soul in drought,

And strengthen your bones;

You shall be like a watered garden,

And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”

God will bless us spiritually, emotionally, physically and materially. A blessing is receiving something that brings comfort and joy. When we are blessed we are favored by God.

When We Have An Intimate Relationship With God He Will Bless Us

Psalm 91:14 NKJV

“Because he has set his love upon Me,

Therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him on high, because he has known My name.”

God will bless those that He knows and those who have an intimate relationship with Him. When we set our love upon God He will show us His favor and bless us by delivering us and setting us in a place of protection.

Because of our relationship with Him God will answer us when we call upon Him. In times of trouble He will deliver us and He will honor us. Our intimate relationship with God will also cause us to be blessed with a long life, and God will show us His salvation.

 

Psalm 91:14-19 NKJV

“Because he has set his love upon Me,

Therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble;

I will deliver him and honor him.

With long life I will satisfy him,

And show him My salvation.”

The blessings, favor, and benefits that we receive from God because of our relationship with Him are endless. He will provide for us in every area of our lives.

 

Deuteronomy 11:13-15 NKJV

“And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the Lord your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil. And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.”

The Beautitudes

Luke 6:20-22 NKJV

“Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said: “Blessed are you poor, For yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who hunger now, For you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, For you shall laugh.
Blessed are you when men hate you…”

 

Matthew 5:1-12 NKJV

“And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.
Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

A beatitude is a pronouncement of some blessing that we will receive when we follow Jesus’ example and allow God to shape our thoughts, words, and actions. It should bring joy to us when we know that God is pleased with us.

The world would have us to believe that we are blessed if we are happy and have a lot of things. But God says that we are blessed if we relinquish our pride, have a mindset characterized by meekness, and look to Him for spiritual significance. True blessings come from being like Jesus – gentle and humble.

1. God will bless those who are poor in spirit. When a person is poor they are lacking or in need. When we realize that we are poor in spirit and that we are dependent on God, His mighty power is available to us, and we find favor with Him! God desires that we realize that we are dependant upon Him

2. God will bless those who mourn. When we mourn we feel or express sorrow or grief.

Isaiah 57:15 NKJV

“For thus says the High and Lofty One

Who inhabits eternity,

Whose name is Holy:

‘I dwell in the high and holy place,

With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,

To receive the spirit of the humble.

And to receive the heart of the contrite ones’ ”

Contrite means that we are broken in spirit by a sense of guilt. It also means showing deep regret and sorrow. When we are truly sorry that we have sinned against a holy God, God will receive us, comfort us, and forgive us.

When we receive salvation the Holy Spirit (the comforter) comes to live in us. He will be our companion and help us in times of trials and troubles.

3. God will bless those who are meek. When a person is meek they are not easily angered, are patient and are yielding. We must not get being meek mixed up with being weak. They are two totally different things.

When we see ourselves the way that God sees us it will cause us to be meek. We will no longer focus on ourselves, instead we will focus on God and others. God will bless us when we put Him first.

Psalm 37:11 NKJV

“But the meek shall inherit the earth,

And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”

4. God will bless those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. Righteousness means always thinking and acting in a way that is just, right, and good. When we have a very strong desire (need) to live in such a way that pleases God and brings glory to Him we will be filled. When we are filled with God and the things of God there will not be room for anything else.

When we hunger and thirst for righteousness we will want more of God. This desire will cause us to spend more time in prayer, reading the Bible and in worship.

2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

1 John 2:29 NKJV

“If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.”

When we receive Jesus as our Savior we receive His righteousness, and with it comes the power to live right (to think and act in a way that is just, right, and good).

5. God will bless those who are merciful. Mercy means not to punish someone when they deserve it.

The dictionary describes mercy as more kindness than justice requires; kindness beyond what can be claimed or expected; kindly treatment; pity; something to be thankful for.

Merciful means having, showing, or feeling mercy; full of compassion. When we forgive others and show them kindness when they don’t deserve it we are being merciful.

God has been merciful to us by giving His Son Jesus to take our punishment for our sin. Because of the great mercy that was shown to us we must also be merciful to others, even when they disappoint us or hurt us.

A person that is merciful will also reach out to help others in need. When we show mercy to others we will be blessed with God and others being merciful to us.

2 Samuel 22:26 NKJV
“With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful;

With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless.”

6. God will bless those who are pure in heart. Pure means not mixed with anything else, genuine, perfectible clean, spotless, without defects, correct, with no evil, without sin, or, chaste (virtuous, decent, or modest).

God wants us to be pure in heart. We cannot be pure in heart if we try to mix the things of God (and our relationship with Him) with evil or sinful things of the world. When we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord we become the temple of God. God will not share His house with evil, therefore we must be pure in heart.

It is more important to be clean on the inside (pure heart) than it is to be clean on the outside.

Matthew 23:25-26 NKJV

“Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisees, first cleanse the inside of the cup and the dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.”

People can only see us our outside, but God see us on the inside. Being clean inside where God sees and being clean outside where people see are both important to God. He wants us to take good care of ourselves, but being clean on the inside where only God sees is most important to Him.

No matter how good we try to be on the outside, without God’s forgiveness we are still dirty and impure on the inside.

1 John 1:9-10 NKJV

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

The first thing we need to do to become pure at heart is to realize and admit that we are not. After we realize that we need to be pure at heart, all we have to do is ask God to forgive us ) and cleanse us. The Bible tells us that if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. God will give a pure heart if we ask Him to.

Psalm 51:10 NKJV

“Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

7. God will bless those who are peacemakers. A peacemaker is a person who makes peace. The dictionary describes peace as freedom from strife of any kind; condition of quiet, calm, order, and security. Peace is also described as an agreement between contending parties.

John 14:27 NKJV

“Peace, I leave with you, My peace I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

We have peace with God because of Jesus’ sacrifice. When we accept Jesus as our Savior we receive a special type of peace that only God can give and we become a child of God. We will put on a spirit of calmness and tranquility because Jesus’ peace removes dread and fear from our heart.

As a child of God we can tell others how they can receive the same peace that we have. When we tell others that they can have peace with God through His Son, Jesus, we are being a peacemaker.

Psalm 34:14 NKJV

“Depart from evil and do good;

Seek peace and pursue it.”

Hebrews 12:14

“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”

Not only does God desire for us to live at peace with Him, He desires for us to live at peace with others. When a person is at peace with God and other people it will bring blessings.

8. God will bless those who are persecuted falsely because of Him. Persecuted means to suffer repeatedly because of what you believe or because of your principles. There are people all over the world that are caused to suffer repeatedly, harmed, oppressed, annoyed and harassed for righteousness sake. When people oppress a child of God because of the stand that they take for God, He will bless them.

1 Peter 2:21 NKJV

“For to this you were called because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example , that you should follow His steps.”

When we begin to feel like we are persecuted for righteousness sake we must remember that it (the persecution) will not last forever. We must also remember to follow Jesus’ example of handling persecution. The persecution and troubles that we face here on earth are nothing compared to our time in eternity with God.

Romans 8:18 NKJV

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present times are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Give Thanks To God For His Blessings

A thankful heart opens up even more blessings from God.

 

Luke 17:15-16 NKJV

“And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.”

 

One day as Jesus was traveling through the middle of Samaria and Galilee on His way to Jerusalem He was met by a group of ten lepers. The lepers cried out to Jesus asking Him to have mercy on them.

Because of Jesus’ compassion, He did have mercy on them. He instructed them to go to the priest so that he could declare them clean. As they were walking to show themselves to the priest they were healed of their leprosy.

When one of the ten men looked down and saw that his skin was well he turned to go back to thank Jesus for this wonderful blessing. He returned to Jesus and immediately began giving God glory for his healing. The blessing gave the leper comfort and joy.

Jesus asked him where the other nine men who were healed were at. When Jesus realized that only the one man, a Samaritan, returned to thank Him, He gave the man another blessing. Jesus made him well – he was made whole.

All the men were blessed with being cleansed (healed), however the one leper that thanked Jesus for His blessing received an even greater blessing. Instead of just being cleansed, he was made well (whole).

Psalm 34:1 NKJV

“I will bless the Lord at all times;

His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

All believers are to give thanks to God for His blessings. When we truly thank God for His favor and His blessings, He will bless us even more. The Bible tells us that we are to give thanks for everything, and that includes the blessings of God.

Ephesians 5:20 NKJV

“…giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…”

Dear Father,

Thank-you for blessing me spiritually, emotionally, physically and materially. Thank-you for the favor that You shower upon me. I am most grateful that I am Your child and I have an intimate relationship with You. You are my heart’s desire and I love You with all my heart and soul. You have set Your love upon me and You deliver and protect me in every circumstance. You give rain in due season and I never lack for anything. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to follow Your ways and obey Your commands. May I not focus on myself, instead focus on You and others. Fill me with an increased desire to spend more time in prayer and reading Your Word. And may my entire life be worship unto You. May I be an extension of Your mercy and compassion. Give me a pure heart and clean hands. Purify me from all unrighteousness and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Let peace surround me in every relationship and situation.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Love Begins With God

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1 John 4:19 NKJV

“We love Him because He first loved us.”

Love must begin somewhere and it began with God. God loves you because He chooses to love you. It is a decision He has made. None of us deserve God’s love, still He chooses to love us. Because of God’s love for us, we can love Him. Love can be described as a feeling of great affection that causes us to give to and do things for another person. God showed His love for us in a wonderful way. He gave the most precious gift that He could give – His own Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus died to take away our punishment for sin forever. Believing and acting upon this truth about Jesus allows us to become part of God‘s family. When we believe on Jesus, He changes our hearts. God pours His love into our hearts and that love overflows to others. It is through the power of His love that we can love Him and others.

 

I. Love Of God

Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV

“The Lord has appeared of old to me , saying:

‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;

Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you…’ ”

God’s love for us goes on and on. It has no end and it will never stop. His love is everlasting and it will continue throughout eternity. There is nothing that we can do or say that would make God love us more or less. He loves us with an unconditional love. God is like a loving parent who speaks with fatherly affection to his children, even when they are disobedient. God loves us just like we are but He loves us too much to leave us the way that we are. His desire is that everyone will be saved. However, the choice is ours and ours alone to make. Since God’s love for us is everlasting, if we turn away from Him He longs for us to return. We must always remember that God loves the sinner, but He hates their sin. His desire for the person that has backslidden to repent and to return to Him.

 

Jeremiah 3:14 NKJV

“Return, O backsliding children,’ says the Lord; ‘for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.’ ”

II. Love For God

Matthew 22:37 NKJV

“Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”

One day the Pharisees gathered around Jesus to ask Him some questions. They had hoped to catch Jesus in a lie or untruth in some way. They did not believe that Jesus was the Son of God and they wanted to prove it to all the people. One of the Pharisees, a lawyer, asked Jesus what was the greatest commandment. He was testing Jesus to see how much He really knew about the Law of Moses. Jesus answered him by quoting the greatest Jewish confession of faith called the Shema. It means that we are to love the Lord with our whole being – our heart, our soul, and our mind.

 

Deuteronomy 6:4-5 NKJV

“Hear, O Israel: ‘The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

Require means to have need for, need, want, command, order, or demand. God requires for each one of us to love Him.

 

Deuteronomy 10:12 NKJV

“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”

Loving God is not something that we have to “work at”. God Himself will work in our hearts so that we will love Him. He will cause us to be totally devoted to Him. The more we get to know God the more we love Him. Also, the more we know God, the more we will want to know Him.

 

Deuteronomy 30:6 NKJV

“And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the hearts of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.”

III. Love For Others

John 13:34 NKJV

“A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

We are to choose to love others – not because of who they are or how they act. Rather, we are to choose to love them because of God’s love for us. People naturally love themselves. Since we love ourselves we are concerned about our welfare and we want the best for ourselves. According to the commandment in Lev 19:18 we are to love others the same way that we love ourselves. We should also be concerned about their welfare and we should also want the best for them.

 

Matthew 22:39 NKJV

“And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

When we love others the way that God wants us to others will know that we are disciples of Christ. God’s love for us is unconditional and our love for others should also be unconditional.

John 13:34-35 NKJV

“A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Leviticus 19:18 NKJV

“You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudges against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”

Our love for others will flow out of our love for God. They go hand in hand. If we don’t love others we really don’t love God. God has commanded us to love others.

 

1 John 4:20-21 NKJV

“If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.’ ”

1 John 5:1-2 NKJV

“Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandment.”

IV. Our Obedience Shows Our Love

John 14:15 NKJV

“If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

Our obedience to God shows our love for God. If we truly love God we will obey Him and His commandments. When we love God we will personally know God. When a person does not obey God it shows a lack of personal knowledge of God therefore, it also shows a lack of love for and to God.

 

1 John 5:3 NKJV

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”

God’s love demands obedience. However, God’s commandments are not hard to bear, heavy, or oppressive. In reality God’s commandments bring freedom, liberty, and privileges to the believer. As we obey God’s commandments we reflect the image of God.

Dear Father,

Thank-you for first loving me and for giving me the most precious gift that You could give. Thank-you for changing my heart and filling me with Your love. May I love You with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my mind. May I know You more and more. By the power of the Holy Spirit, fill me with a love for others. Cause me to desire to obey You and Your commandments.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Don’t Be Fearful

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DRAWING WATER FROM THE WELLWe need to present all our worries and problems to God so that He can calm our fear and help us. As we pray our worries are replaced with God’s peace.

1 Peter 5:7 NKJV

“…casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”

When we have God’s peace we are filled with a calmness and quietness. We have freedom from struggles in our mind and heart.

 

Psalm 85:8 NKJV

“I will hear what God the Lord will speak,

For He will speak peace

To His people and to His saints;

But let them not turn back to folly.”

As we pray to God about our worries and problems we must listen for His voice. As God speaks peace to us concerning our situation we must keep our eyes on Him.

 

Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

“You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.”

Psalm 29:11 NKJV

“The Lord will give strength to His people;

The Lord will bless His people with peace.”

The peace that God gives us is not the same as the peace that the world has to offer. God’s peace is superior in every way, in every situation. It drives away fear, terror, and uneasiness because God is in control of every situation and circumstance.

 

John 14:27 NKJV

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

God doesn’t want His people to be fearful or full of worry. He wants us to come to Him, our Father, in prayer about any and every circumstance that we face. He doesn’t want us to worry or fret over them. Instead He wants us to commit them ( or to hand them over) to Him, believing that He will provide our rescue (our deliverance or release). When we do this God will give us a peace that we never knew existed.

 

Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

I. Jesus Speaks Peace To The Storm

Matthew 8:23-27 NKJV

“Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him.
And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep.
Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

One evening, after ministering to a large crowd, Jesus told His disciples that He wanted to go to the other side of the lake. After they began to cross the lake Jesus laid down on the bottom of the boat and went to sleep. While asleep, a big storm came up and the boats were tossed to and fro. Large waves began to come into the boat that Jesus and His disciples were in.

The disciples were afraid and they woke Jesus up. When they told Jesus that they were about to die He asked they why they were afraid.

Jesus arose and rebuked the wind. As soon as Jesus said ,“Peace, be still,” everything was calm, the storm was over. The disciples were amazed at the power of Jesus.

 

II. A Mother Has Peace Through Trials

2 Kings 4:18-37 NKJV

“And the child grew. Now it happened one day that he went out to his father, to the reapers. And he said to his father, “My head, my head!” So he said to a servant, “Carry him to his mother.” When he had taken him and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him, and went out. Then she called to her husband, and said, “Please send me one of the young men and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and come back.” So he said, “Why are you going to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath.” And she said, “It is well.”
Then she saddled a donkey, and said to her servant, “Drive, and go forward; do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you.” And so she departed, and went to the man of God at Mount Carmel. So it was, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to his servant Gehazi, “Look, the Shunammite woman! Please run now to meet her, and say to her, ‘Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?’” And she answered, “It is well.” Now when she came to the man of God at the hill, she caught him by the feet, but Gehazi came near to push her away. But the man of God said, “Let her alone; for her soul is in deep distress, and the Lord has hidden it from me, and has not told me.” So she said, “Did I ask a son of my lord? Did I not say, ‘Do not deceive me’?” Then he said to Gehazi, “Get yourself ready, and take my staff in your hand, and be on your way. If you meet anyone, do not greet him; and if anyone greets you, do not answer him; but lay my staff on the face of the child.” And the mother of the child said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” So he arose and followed her. Now Gehazi went on ahead of them, and laid the staff on the face of the child; but there was neither voice nor hearing. Therefore he went back to meet him, and told him, saying, “The child has not awakened.” When Elisha came into the house, there was the child, lying dead on his bed. He went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the Lord. And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands; and he stretched himself out on the child, and the flesh of the child became warm. He returned and walked back and forth in the house, and again went up and stretched himself out on him; then the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. And he called Gehazi and said, “Call this Shunammite woman.” So he called her. And when she came in to him, he said, “Pick up your son.” So she went in, fell at his feet, and bowed to the ground; then she picked up her son and went out.”

As a gift of gratitude for making him a place to stay (a room on the top of their house), the prophet Elisha gave a Shunamite woman a promise that she and her husband would have a son. Within a year his prophesy came true – she had a baby boy. One day, years later, while the boy was out in the field with his father his head began to hurt. The father told one of the servants to carry the boy to his mom. When the servant brought the boy to his mom she held him in her lap. Around noon the little boy dies in her arms.

The woman knew that God had promised her a son so she did not accept the boy’s death a final. She got up out of her chair and carried her son and laid him on Elisha’s bed and closed the door. Then she went to tell her husband that she was going to see the prophet Elisha. He was surprised that she wanted to see Elisha right away. When he asked her why she responded to him, “All is well.”

When the woman found Elisha she told him what had happened to her son. Elisha returned with her to her house. He went into his room where the dead boy ay on his bed. Elisha prayed and through the power of the Holy Spirit he breathed life back into the boy. During this time the mother had peace given to her by God.

 

III. Paul Has Peace During A Storm

Acts 27:13-26 NKJV

“When the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their desire, putting out to sea, they sailed close by Crete. But not long after, a tempestuous head wind arose, called Euroclydon. So when the ship was caught, and could not head into the wind, we let her drive. And running under the shelter of an island called Clyde, we secured the skiff with difficulty. When they had taken it on board, they used cables to undergird the ship; and fearing lest they should run aground on the Syrtis Sands, they struck sail and so were driven. And because we were exceedingly tempest-tossed, the next day they lightened the ship. On the third day we threw the ship’s tackle overboard with our own hands. Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was finally given up. But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss. And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me. However, we must run aground on a certain island.”

Paul had been arrested and he was to appear in court in Rome, so King Agrippa sent Paul to Rome by ship along with many other prisoners. It was just before winter which was not a good time for sailing. During the winter the winds were very strong and they made it difficult and dangerous to travel by ship.

After they had traveled for 130 miles the weather began to change. The wind was so strong that they could not land (dock) where they wanted to. They were forced to sail further southward. Finally they were able to dock at a small town.

Because of his experience with sailing and boats, Paul knew that they should stay where they were and not travel any further until winter was over. He told the owner of the ship and the sailors, however they did not listen. They wanted to go on so that they could stop for the winter at a larger town about 60 miles away. Several times Paul tried to tell them that it was too dangerous, but each time his advice was rejected.

The next morning the sea was calm and a slight breeze was blowing so the ship set sail, staying close to the shoreline for protection. Suddenly a violent storm hit the ship. The wind pushed the ship south of a small island. The sailors were afraid and they began to take measures to try to save the ship. They attached ropes around the ship in order to try to hold it together and let down the anchor. They hoped that the anchor would slow them own some so when it didn’t they let down the life boats. Paul told them that if they didn’t stay on the ship they would die. Finally they listened to Paul and they cut the ropes to the life boats.

The next morning Paul told them that they needed to eat some food. They had been in the storm for about 2 weeks and during this time they had not eaten properly. God had assured Paul that not one of them would die. As Paul broke bread he gave thanks to God for His hand of protection.

After everyone ate they lightened the ship by throwing the cargo overboard. They could see a small island not far away so they let go of the anchors and raised the sail. As they approached a the island the ship got stuck on a sandbar and the waves crashed violently against them.

The soldier’s were afraid that the ship was going to break apart. Their thought was to kill the prisoners then try to swim to safety. However, the commander liked Paul and he did not want them to kill him. He told everyone that could swim to jump overboard and swim to the island. Those that could not swim were to float to the island on a board or some other part of the ship. Just like God had promised no one died -they all were saved. Throughout the entire time Paul had peace given to him by God.

 

IV. Believers Should Live In Peace

2 Corinthians 13:11-14 NKJV

“Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.”

Peace means the absence of hostility, strife, and disorder. It is also the condition and sense of being safe and secure. Peace describes a state of physical and/or spiritual well-being. As a believer, our peace come through Jesus.

In his writing to the Corinthians, Paul encouraged the believers to live in peace. In order for them to do that they need God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. They need grace from Jesus, the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. When believers have grace from Jesus, the love of God and communion with the Holy Spirit they will live in peace – peace will rule their lives. Instead of fighting and living in conflict they will walk in love, harmony, unity, and encouragement.

 

V. God’s Peace Should Rule The Believer’s Heart And Mind

Philippians 4:7 NKJV

“…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

God’s peace can guard our hearts and minds. It (the peace of God) protects the mind and heart from untruthful, bad, evil, and wicked influences and it keeps us focused on God’s truth.

Colossians 3:15 NKJV

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”

God’s peace should guide and rule the actions of the believer. When it doesn’t we should pray to God and ask Him to fill us with His peace.

 

2 Thessalonians 3:16 NKJV

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.”

Before Jesus returned to heaven He gave a farewell to His followers. He told them that He was giving them His peace. His peace would be different than that of the world. The peace that Jesus gave them, and us, banishes fear and dread from the heart because He is in control of everything – all situations and all circumstances.

 

John 14:27 NKJV

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you: not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

VI. When Jesus Is Our Shepherd

We should not fear when Jesus is our Shepherd. Sheep can trust their shepherd in every situation. When the sheep are hungry, the shepherd takes them to pastures where they have plenty to eat. When the sheep are thirsty, he leads them to a quiet stream where they can drink. When the sheep are in danger of being eaten by wild animals, the shepherd is their protector. The sheep can trust the shepherd in every situation.

 

Psalm 23 NKJV

“The Lord is my shepherd;

I shall not want.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside the still waters.

He restores my soul;

He leads me in the paths of righteousness

For His name’s sakes.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil;

For You are with me;

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil;

My cup runs over.

Surley goodness and mercy shall follow me

All the days of my life;

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Forever.”

Jesus is our shepherd and we can trust Him in every situation. We must cast our cares on Him because He truly cares for us and He is in control of all our situations and circumstances.

Dear Father,

Thank-you for calming my fear and helping me. You replace my worries with Your peace. You, O Lord, are in control of every situation and circumstance. The peace that You give surpasses all understanding. Your peace gives me freedom from struggles in my mind and heart. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to listen for Your voice and to follow Your leading.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

By My Spirit

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DRAWING WATER FROM THE WELLZechariah 4:6 NKJV

“So he answered and said to me:

‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:

‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’

Says the Lord of hosts.’ ”

After the temple was destroyed the people were instructed to rebuild it. After a period of time the rebuilding slowed down and eventually stopped. God moved upon His prophets, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to instruct the people to start the rebuilding process again. The Holy Spirit also moved upon the people to obey.

God revived the rebuilding process through the work and the power of the Holy Spirit, not by human strength and resources. If it had been done with human strength the people would have stopped again when they were faced with opposition. However through the power from the Holy Spirit the work was accomplished.

 

Psalm 68:35 NKJV

“O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places. The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!”

God has always given strength and power to His people. To those that believe in Him, Jesus will give them rivers of living water that will fill them with power. This power will give the believer the ability to act or to do something with force or strength.

 

John 7:37-39 NKJV

“On the last day, the great day of the feast,

Jesus stood and cried out, saying,

‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’

But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

During the Feast of Tabernacles, while only a small amount of water was being poured out during the ceremony in the temple, Jesus told the people that if they believed in Him rivers of living water would flow from them. These rivers of living water would be more than enough water to satisfy them and others.

The Holy Spirit satisfies the believer’s thirst and produces a fountain within them for others. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit the river within us will naturally flow out onto others.

This rivers of living water given by the Holy Spirit will give us power to speak for God, power to do wonders and signs, and power to be a witness for God.

 

I. Speaking For God By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

Micah 3:8 NKJV

“But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord,

And of justice and might,

To declare to Jacob his transgression

And to Israel his sin.”

The prophet, Micah, was empowered by the Holy Spirit to speak for God. With boldness he confronted the religious leaders about their false ideas of God, and the impending wrath of God because of their sin.

Not only did Micah warn the Israelites of coming judgment, but he also spoke of salvation.

 

Micah 7:18-19 NKJV

“Who is a God like You,

Pardoning iniquity

And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?

He does not retain His anger forever,

Because He delights in mercy.

He will again have compassion on us,

And will subdue our iniquities.

You will cast all our sins

Into the depth of the sea.”

God still empowers people today with the Holy Spirit to speak for Him. We must allow God to fill us with His Spirit so that we can speak for Him, not just about Him. We are to tell the people that we come in contact with about God’s judgment and His mercy.

 

II. Doing Wonders And Signs By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

Acts 6:8-10 NKJV

“And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.”

The leaders in the early church were instructed by the apostles to pick out seven men full of the Holy Spirit to serve in the area of administration.

 

Acts 6:5-7 NKJV

“And this saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them. Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith. And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.”

Stephen was full of the Holy Spirit. This overflowing of the Holy Spirit gave Stephen great wisdom, faith and power. Because of the Holy Spirit within him, Stephen did many great wonders and signs among the people.

Acts 6:8-10 NKJV

“And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.”

Signs and wonders were, and still are, given by God to confirm His Word. They give credibility to what God says and they cause the people hearing or seeing to respond to God. Signs and wonders validate (support or confirm) the truthfulness of what is being said.

 

Acts 2:42-43 NKJV

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.”

Acts 5:12 NKJV

“And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people.”

We must allow God to fill us with His Spirit so that we can do great wonders and signs which point people to God.

III. Witnessing By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

Acts 1:8 NKJV

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Before Jesus ascended to heaven 40 days after His resurrection, He promised that He would send the Holy Spirit, the Promise of the Father. The Holy Spirit would fill the believers with power. This power would help them to be a witness for God and it would help them spread the gospel, the Good News, all over the world. After the Holy Spirit filled the believers with power, Peter stood up and spoke to the crowed that had gathered around. After Peter’s sermon many people were saved and baptized.

Acts 2:40-41 NKJV

“And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, ‘Be saved from this perverse generation.’ Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”

The same power is available to us today. We must allow God to fill us with His Spirit so that we can testify of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. With the power of the Holy Spirit we can be a witness and spread the Good News everywhere we go. When we receive salvation through Jesus it opens up the well of power to us.

During the Feast of Tabernacles, while only a small amount of water was being poured out during the ceremony in the temple, Jesus told the people that if they believed in Him rivers of living water would flow from them. These rivers of living water would be more than enough water to satisfy them and others.

 

John 7:37-39 NKJV

“On the last day, the great day of the feast,

Jesus stood and cried out, saying,

‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’

But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

The Holy Spirit satisfies the believer’s thirst and produces a fountain within them for others. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit the river within us will naturally flow out onto others.

Zechariah 4:6 NKJV

“So he answered and said to me: ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:

‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.’ ”

As a child of God, He will give us (through the Holy Spirit) power to live for Him, power to speak for Him, power to do wonders and signs, power to work for Him, and power to be a witness for Him. We cannot do any of these things without Him. In order to access this power we must first have a relationship with God. That relationship starts with accepting Jesus as our Savior and making Him the Lord of our life.

Dear Father,

Thank-you for the strength and power that You give me. May the power that You give me bring glory to You and point others to You. Fill me with Your Spirit so that I can speak for You, not just about You. Empower me to tell the people that I come in contact with about Your judgment and mercy. With the power of the Holy Spirit may I be a witness for You and spread the Good News everywhere I go.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Only Believe

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Only Believe

DRAWING WATER FROM THE WELLWhen we believe we accept something as true or real in such a way that it affects what we think and how we live. In order to please God we must believe without a question what He says about Himself and what He will do. This belief is often referred to as faith.

Hebrews 11:6 NKJV

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

There may be times in our lives, no matter how much faith we think we have, that we are nagged by doubt and have a sense of hopelessness. Like the father in Mark 9:24, we should ask God to help us with our unbelief. Each new trial that we face is an opportunity for our faith to grow.

 

Mark 9:24 NKJV

“Immediately the Father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’ ”

If we have even a small amount of faith anything is possible. Jesus compared a mustard seed to faith.

 

Matthew 17:20 NKJV

“So Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from hereto there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.’ ”

Luke 17:6 NKJV

“So the Lord said, ‘If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.’ ”

God can use all the things that we go through to show us something special about Him and to draw us, and others, closer to Himself. During our hard times and our trials we must never stop believing in God. Wonderful and miraculous things can be done with even the smallest amount of faith. We must believe without a question what God says about Himself and what He can and will do.

“Lazarus, Come Forth!”

John 11:25 NKJV

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.’ ”

A friend of Jesus, a man named Lazarus, became very sick. His sisters, Mary and Martha, sent word to Jesus about their brother. They knew that Jesus loved them and they thought that He would come right away to heal their brother. Jesus explained to His disciples that Lazarus was sick but it would not lead to death. He also told His disciples that God would be glorified through it. Jesus knew that death would not be the final result. However the disciples did not understand what Jesus was talking about.

 

John 11:1-4 NKJV

“Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”
When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

Jesus did not go to Lazarus immediately. He stayed where He was for two more days. Then Jesus told His disciples that it they were going to Judea again. The disciples questioned Jesus about going back to Judea because the Jews there wanted to kill Him. Jesus told them that Lazarus was asleep and that they were going there to awaken him. The disciples thought that Jesus meant that Lazarus was asleep as in taking a nap or resting. Finally, Jesus told them that Lazarus was dead. Jesus was going to go and raise Lazarus from the dead, which would demonstrate in an undeniable way that He was God’s Son.

 

John 11:5-6 NKJV

“Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.”

Four days after Lazarus had died Jesus arrived to find Lazarus already placed in a tomb and the mourners with Mary and Martha. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming she ran out to meet Him a couple of miles away. Martha told Jesus that if He had been there that her brother would not have died, however she knew that whatever He asked God for He (God) would give Him (Jesus). Martha knew that Jesus was God’s Son and that after a person died if they believed in Jesus they would live again in – that they would be resurrected in the last day. Because Martha believed without a question what Jesus said about Himself and what He could do, she also knew that Jesus could do whatever He wanted to. She knew that Jesus could raise her brother back to life just like He had done to other before.

 

Luke 11:17-27 NKJV

“So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

Jesus stayed where He was and Martha went back to the house to get Mary. When Mary saw Jesus she fell down at His feet crying and said the same thing that Martha had said.

Luke 11:28-29 NKJV

“And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, “The Teacher has come and is calling for you.” As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him.”

Jesus was moved with compassion and He asked where Lazarus’ tomb was. They took Jesus to the tomb and Jesus instructed them to roll away the stone from in front of it. Because of their belief in Jesus, Mary and Martha were about to see God’s power in a way that they had never seen before. Jesus lifted up His face to heaven and began praying out loud. After He finished praying, with a loud voice, He cried, “Lazarus, come forth!” At the sound of Jesus’ voice, Lazarus was made alive again ad he came out of the tomb, still wrapped in grave clothes. The people that had followed Mary and Martha to Jesus and the tomb were instructed to unwrap Lazarus.

Luke 11:38-44 NKJV

“Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.
Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”
And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.” Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things”

“If You Can Believe, All Things Are Possible…”

After Jesus had been on up on a high mountain with Peter, James, and John, He came back down to where the others disciples were. There was a great multitude of people there with them. One of the people in the crowed, a father, came to Jesus and told Him that he had brought his son to the disciples to be healed, but they could not heal him. The son had several problems. He had an evil spirit living in him causing him to be unable to speak. The evil spirit also caused the boy to have seizures. During these seizures the evil spirit would try to kill the boy.

 

Mark 9:17-22 NKJV

“Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.” He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”

Jesus questioned the father about how long the boy had been that way. After listening to the father Jesus told him that all things are possible to those that believe. The father said that he did believe, and he asked Jesus to help him with any unbelief.

Mark 9:23-27 NKJV

“Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.”

Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and commanded it to leave the boy’s body. The spirit cried out, then it came out of the boy. When this happened the people that were standing around watching thought the boy was dead. Jesus took the boy’s hand and helped him up. The boy was alive and well!

“Go Your Way; Your Son Lives”

John 4:46-49 NKJV

“So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.” The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!”

Jesus returned to the city where He changed the water into wine. While He was there a royal officer in the king’s army heard that Jesus was there. The officer (the nobleman) went to Jesus on behalf of his son, who was very sick. The boy was so sick he was about to die. He asked Jesus to come with him.

 

John 4:50-54 NKJV

“Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!”
Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household. This again is the second sign Jesus did when He had come out of Judea into Galilee.”

Jesus told the father to go his way and that his son was alive. The officer believed Jesus and he went on his way. On his way home, the officer was met by his servants. They told him that his son was alive and well. Because of this miracle the boy was healed and the family received salvation – they believed in Jesus as God’s Son.

 

“Go Your Way; And As You Have Believed, So Let It Be Done For You”

Matthew 8:5-13 NKJV

“The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.”

One day Jesus went to the northwest corner of Galilee to the town of Capernaum. In this town was a centurion, an officer in authority over 100 other men. This centurion was well like by the Jews in that area because of the things that he had done for them and the way that he treated them. This centurion had a servant who had became very ill and was about to die. When he heard that Jesus was in town he sent some of the Jewish elders to Him to ask Him to come and heal his servant. When the elders had told Jesus about the centurion, all that he had done for them and about his sick servant, He went with them. The centurion found out that Jesus was indeed coming to his house he sent some other friends out to give a message to Jesus. The centurion told his friends to tell Jesus that He did not have to come to his house, all He had to do was say that his servant would be healed. The centurion did not feel that he was worthy of Jesus coming into his house.

The centurion was a man of authority and he knew what authority meant. He acknowledged that Jesus had authority over life, death, sickness, and health – he knew that all Jesus had to do was say that the servant was well and he would be well.

Authority: the right to control, command, or make decisions; power to enforce obedience; the rightful and legitimate exercise of power.

Jesus was amazed at the centurion’s faith and because of it the servant was made well instantly. As we put our faith in Jesus and believe on Him we too recognize the authority that Jesus has. Jesus has the right to control, command, and make decisions concerning anything and everything about us. He possesses the same authority as God.

“Do Not Be Afraid; Only Believe”

One day when Jesus arrived in Capernaum He was greeted by a multitude of people who were waiting for Him. As Jesus was speaking to the people a man named Jairus approached Jesus. His twelve year old daughter was very sick and about to die. Jairus asked Jesus to come with him and lay His hands on his daughter and she would be made well.

Luke 8:40-42 NKJV

“So it was, when Jesus returned, that the multitude welcomed Him, for they were all waiting for Him.
And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him.”

Jairus was an important man in Capernaum. He was one of the rulers of the synagogue, and his job was supervising the worship services that took place in the synagogue. Like many of the Jewish leaders, Jairus was very aware of Jesus’ miraculous powers. Jairus was a desperate man. He had a great need and he knew that his only hope was in Jesus.

As Jesus was on His way to Jairus’ house they were approached by some people from Jairus’ house and told them that the girl had died and not to trouble Jesus any longer. When Jesus heard what the people had to say, He told Jairus not to be afraid and to believe.

 

Luke 8:49-50 NKJV

“While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.” But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.”

Jesus did not want Jairus to believe the report that the people gave him, instead Jesus wanted Jairus to believe in Him and not to be worried about what he had heard. After this Jesus allowed only three of His disciples (Peter, James and John) to continue with Him to Jairus’ house. When they arrived at Jairus house there was a lot of commotion. The people were crying (very loudly) over the girl’s death. Jesus asked the people why were they causing such a commotion, and that the girl was only asleep.

Luke 8:51-54 NKJV

“When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.”
And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead. But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.”

The people laughed at Jesus because of what He said and they made fun of Him. Jesus then made all of the mourners get out of the house and He went into the room where the girl was laying. Peter, James, John, and the girl’s parents went into the room with Jesus. Then Jesus took the girl by her hand and told her to get up. Immediately upon hearing the words of Jesus, the girl arose and began to walk around the room. Her parents were amazed.

 

Luke 8:55- 56 NKJV

“Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat.
And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.”

“Your Faith Has Made You Well”

Luke 8:43-47 NKJV

“Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’” But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.”

While on His way to Jairus’ house, Jesus was surrounded by many people. There were so many people that they were bumping into each other. Some were even trying to reach out to touch Jesus as He made His way through the crowd.

There was a woman who was very, very sick. While at home she thought about the things that she had heard about Jesus. She believed that Jesus could make her well. She left her house and began to look for Jesus. It didn’t take her long to find Him because of the large crowd of people.

It was so hard for her to even get close to Jesus, with all the pushing and shoving going on. But the woman was determined to get to Jesus, even if she could only get close enough to touch the back of His clothes. She truly believed in her heart that she only had to touch the hem of His garment and she would be made well.

The woman did what she set out to do – she reach through the crowd and touched Jesus. When she did Jesus immediately stopped. He had felt healing power leave His body and He knew that someone had been healed.

After Jesus found out who had touched Him, He told the woman that it was her faith that had made her well!

 

Luke 8:48 NKJV

“And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

“Arise, Take Up Your Bed, And Go To Your House”

Matthew 9:2-8 NKJV

“So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house. Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.”

Jesus had been away from His home town of Capernaum for many days ministering to people. When He returned the people in the town found out that He was back and they crowded around the house where He was. There were so many people that came to see and hear Jesus that you could not even get in the house where He was speaking.

There was a paralyzed man in this town that had friends who were concerned about him. The friends believed that if they could get their paralyzed friend to Jesus he could be healed. So they placed their friend on a mat and they picked him up by the corners of it. They then carried their friend to Jesus. When they arrived at the house where Jesus was speaking they could not get into the house because the crowd was so large. They were determined to see Jesus. They decided that in order to get their friend to Jesus they would have to take him onto the roof and lower him down into the house through the courtyard opening.

When Jesus saw the faith of the man and his four friends, He declared that the man’s sin were forgiven and He ordered the man to get up and walk. The man’s friends were overjoyed when he did exactly what Jesus told him to- he got up and began to walk. He was no longer paralyzed. Jesus had healed him because of faith.

“What Do You Want Me To Do For You?”

Mark 10:46-52 NKJV

“Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.” And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.”

As Jesus approached Jericho a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, sat by the road. Bartimaeus heard voices off in the distance. As the voices grew closer, they sounded excited. He asked those standing around what was going on. They told him that Jesus was coming. Bartimaeus had heard about Jesus and His power to heal. He wanted to see and he knew that Jesus could restore his sight, if only he could get His attention.

Bartimaeus began to cry out to Jesus, even when those standing around told him to be quiet. Finally, Jesus heard him and He stopped in His tracks. Jesus told Bartimaeus to come to Him. He did and Jesus healed him.

Dear Father,

Thank-you for giving me Your Word to stand on when things seem hopeless. With You, O Lord, all things are possible. By the power of the Holy Spirit, cause the things that I believe about You and what You will do to affects what I think and how I live. May each new trial that I face be an opportunity for my faith to grow and may I diligently seek You. Let everything I go through show us something special about You and draw me, and others, closer to You.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.