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Thursday, June 13, 2013

53. Recognizing Power


“And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent into all the surrounding district and brought to Him all who were sick; and they began to entreat Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were cured.”  (Matthew 14:35-36)


People who live in want and need see things more readily than those that have their needs met. Whereas a man of renown and material things may desire the more that life has to give him, the poor and needy gravitate towards the one who has the power to give them the very basic things in life. Rich, healthy folk simply do not ‘need’ Jesus. They may find Him somewhere along their path when they are confronted by the Spirit, but even Jesus said that it was hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 19:23). In Gennesaret, the need for healing was astronomical among the folk who lived there and the surrounding region. Word of mouth was the way news was spread for people to come to Jesus’ location wherever He might be found. But the true ardour of the people was their recognition of Jesus’ power. The recognition of Jesus’ power is the entry point of faith. Where there is no recognition of God, there is no faith.

The belief was so strong there, that all the surrounding district of people were gathering for their health needs to be met. They believed and they were rewarded according to their faith. They believed so strongly that if they could just touch the fringe of His cloak, then they would be healed; and they were.

My spirit here is interrupted with what has happened to us? There has been so little experience of the power of God in people’s lives today, particularly in the United States, that most have come to believe that the power that was expressed in the days of the Bible was only for then and not for now. But, the Bible doesn’t say that. The only people who do say that are people who have been taught that by some unfaithful creature who has created and perpetuated a lie from hell. Just because you think you have not experienced this kind of faith and this kind of healing does not mean that it does not exist. The existence of a thing exists in the minds and hearts of people.

Faith is a fact. Even though faith is not an outward tangible object, we believe that it exists in our hearts and it does, whether some other person of unbelief believes it or not. Faith exists just as any other scientific fact exists. One cannot argue faith; either you believe it exists or you don’t. The people of Gennesaret believed in faith that Jesus could heal them of any of their diseases, even to the touching of his cloak. Again, what has happened to us?  Has it been the hundreds of years of traditional religious thought to cover the power of God under a veil simply because a group of men hundreds of years ago stopped believing?  Recognize the power of God. Jesus is the same, yesterday, today, and forevermore! (Hebrews 13:8). That is a giant clue to those who preach that the power of God was for then and not for now. Believe in God by what God says about Himself and not what men try to teach you by their doctrines.

Recognize His Presence as Almighty God and you will be amazed in ever-increasing faith in Him.

Monday, June 3, 2013

52. Accountability for Our Words


“And I say to you, that every careless word that men shall speak, they shall render account for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.”  (Matthew 12:36-37)

 

A born again believer who truly believes the Word of God trusts the Lord with all his heart and possesses the knowledge of the Word in Truth in the Holy Spirit. With all of that said, it should be pretty easy to walk with the Lord and not mistakes, right? By now, we should be humbled by all of this and should continue to be humbled by all of this because if it was left up to us, we simply wouldn’t make it to heaven in our own strength because for most of us, our words would condemn us straight into judgment. Thank God, eternal life is not left completely up to us.

Eternal life is a gift from God and we receive this life by being born again into His Kingdom, His life. We do this in faith believing God has eternally saved us from our sin because of the atoning work He did on the cross. We can do absolutely nothing to deserve the love of God or His eternal salvation. So, if we can do nothing to deserve it by our works, then can we do anything to lose it like saying abominable things to people with our words?

If we repeat what we have talked about that our words emanate from our heart and our words reveal what is inside our heart as well as bear the fruit of whatever is in our hearts, then certainly it stands to reason that our words will either justify us or they will condemn us. We speak what we believe. Our belief system is the internal construct of the heart. If we believe rightly in the Lord Jesus Christ as we said at the beginning of this page, then our words will follow suit, along with our disposition of expressing holy love that only comes from His Holy Spirit.

One of Jesus’ points here, however, is that people deceive themselves just as the Pharisees had deceived themselves. They believed they were the chosen ones of the children of God, the children of Abraham. Yet, their hearts and conduct was far from God. The fruit of their lips revealed such. They planned to destroy Jesus Christ, the Son of God. They did not receive the Son, so they could not receive the Father. Their speech and conduct revealed their hearts.

Our hearts are continually revealed to others by our words, disposition and conduct. Whatever we truly walk in is who we truly are. God knows all and He is not fooled by anyone. He is the judge for only He knows the hearts of men. We can discern others by their fruit, but Jesus’ teaching continues to be clearly made for us to examine ourselves and the examination of others hearts is left up to God. Examine yourself to see if your words match your beliefs. Does your walk match your talk? Be careful in believing that you can lose what you have; the truth is to know God and believe Him until the end. Be faithful unto death. For some, they will lose what they thought they had, but never did, and their words revealed it all the while.