I have been trying to catch up with my church’s ‘Bible in a year’ plan this week. I am making myself become more disciplined in reading the word to start off my day and, man! What a difference it makes! God’s word is powerful. And when you start off your day by reading about that power and letting God touch your spirit with His words…its amazing how great your day can be when you have your heart in the right place.
Yesterday I was reading through Matthew and God really showed me a lot about faith. My faith, the faith of His people, and the kind of faith that He wants us to have.
In Matthew 8 when Jesus is with the centurion, the centurion shows so much faith. He tells Jesus that he doesn’t feel worthy to have him come and heal his paralyzed servant, but he knows with all his heart that if Jesus says the word, his servant will be healed. He doesn’t need to see Jesus lay hands on his servant to prove his might and strength….he knows Jesus is so powerful that all it takes is a word from Him. Jesus tells him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith…Go! It will be done just as you believed it would”
Man!! I was so convicted that I need to have more faith. Of course, I pray and know that God is capable of anything….but my heart isn’t always in it as much as it should be. I’ll pray and continue to worry. I’ll pray and doubt. And that isn’t what God wants from me.
Another example is from Matthew 8 as well. When Jesus and his disciples are in the boat and a storm comes while Jesus is sleeping through it. Meanwhile, the disciples are freaking out screaming and they wake up Jesus saying, “Lord! save us! We’re going to drown!” What does Jesus do? He turns over from his sleep and gently says, ” You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”
I feel like that’s my life. I have all of these “storms” of fear, anxiety, doubt, and anger churning in my heart and I’m screaming out “Jesus do something about this!!” When the whole time, I’m sure Jesus is saying the same thing to me….”You of little faith, why are you so afraid?…I’ve got this covered. You’re mine….calm down!”
I also love the examples in Matthew 9. The first, is the woman who was hemorrhaging for twelve years. She knew that if she just touched Jesus cloak, she would be healed. Jesus heard her thoughts, and turned to her to say “Take heart, daughter…your faith has healed you”. What faith!! She didn’t need to see it to believe it. She had heard about Jesus and the amazing things He had done. And she knew that if her fingers could just brush his cloak that she would stop bleeding.
In Matthew 9:27-31, there is a blind man who asks Jesus for mercy and healing. Jesus simply asks him, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” He replies with a yes and Jesus says, ” According to your faith will it be done to you”.
Faith is so powerful, people. I think that many times we can get caught up in worry, doubt, or the need to “see it to believe it”. And that isn’t fully trusting God. I challenge myself (and all of you if you’re up for it) to have more mountain- moving faith. I KNOW that God is capable of huge things 🙂