Thursday, November 15, 2012

40. He Comes into Your House

“Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever. So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them.”            (Matthew 8:14-15)


Having a true relationship with Jesus Christ is for all times and all places. So many times we see people who try to act right by going to a church service only to come back home and act any way they please. It is easy to judge other people’s hypocrisy by not living up to Christian standards in the home or in their places of business because hypocrisy is so easy to see and so very rampant in our religious societies. For years, people have tended to believe that God is ‘at church’, or up in heaven somewhere and so they leave Him there when they walk out of the doors of the church facility or the place of meeting. This is the belief of the religious.

If we have truly given our lives to Christ, we know that this is not the truth. The Holy Spirit has come to reside in us and we in Him. God is above all and in all. Abiding in the life of Christ is to cheerfully know that He comes to our house and lives in us. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. This is the new birth that Jesus spoke of. Although this may sound redundant, too many folk do not realize the truth of the life of the kingdom of God that He dwells within you. So, no matter where you go, the Holy Spirit is there abiding in you. It is wonderful to know that no matter where you are, the Holy Spirit is there to be with you, to touch, to heal, and to spiritually guide you into all wisdom and truth.

Jesus is showing us that just as He went into Peter’s home, He desires to come into your home and He sees and knows all your needs even before you ask. “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”  (Matthew 21:22, NASB). The relationship of our Lord with His disciple is as we see here with Peter. Allow Him to be Lord in your life and all that He is, He will be in you…in your house today.




Wednesday, November 14, 2012

39. As You Have Believed

“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.”     (Matthew 8:13)

In another passage, when Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say the son of man is?’ (Matthew 16:13, NASB), Jesus wanted to know what other people said and believed about him. When Jesus asked them who do they, the disciples, say He is, Peter exclaims, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!” (v.16). Jesus told His disciples that day that flesh and blood had not revealed this to Peter, but that His Father in heaven had revealed it to him.

It really does matter what you believe about Jesus Christ. The centurion saw Him face to face and believed that His divine authority superseded any disease or any other spirit. The centurion understood authority and believed in faith that Jesus had authority over all. He was close enough to have this private conversation with Jesus and trusting enough that divine healing could be accomplished with only a word from Jesus.

Again, it really does matter what you believe about Jesus. Are you going to believe what other men and women say who He is, or is not? Are you going to believe a good teaching about Jesus Christ and believe in someone else’s belief that may, or may not be complete, or entirely correct? Jesus wanted to know the obvious; that many people will have their opinions and beliefs, but you, you have to know what you believe about Jesus Christ.

Who is He to you? What do you believe? For as sure as you are reading this writing, it is certain that it will be done for you as you have believed? Do you know Him personally and do you know that He knows your name? (Luke 10:20).  

If you name the Name of Jesus Christ you know that He is Lord over all things, His Holy Spirit will have revealed this to you. Believe that and as a new creation, walk in the power of His Name.