28 September 2013

Faith: Heady Stuff

And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.

For Jesus had already commanded the evil spirit to come out of him. This spirit had often taken control of the man. Even when he was placed under guard and put in chains and shackles, he simply broke them and rushed out into the wilderness, completely under the demon’s power.

When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately healed. “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

But when Jesus heard what had happened, he said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith, and she will be healed.”

Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (
Luke 8:15, 29, 47, 48, 50, John 7:38 NLT)

What is it about faith, about believing something, that makes the irrational reasonable? The power of belief our spiritual nature wields is formidable, indeed. The evil spirit drove the man to break shackles and chains; a feat most of us would shudder to contemplate. Jesus raised the dead--something believed to be wholly impossible--and told his disciples do to greater things than He had done.

And yet, this faith, this belief, is so freely available.  We come to Jesus, continually drink our fill of the Living Water, and can be changed forever, led as quickly as we'll walk back to the place where we can be with Him forever.

Father, remind me. Show me. Keep me and bless me with more of this faith--the richest of all spiritual gifts. In Jesus' holy name, Amen.

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I welcome questions and concerns--they are most often what spur us closer to the truth. I only ask that we all give everyone the most generous benefit of the doubt, assigning the best motives possible. A soft answer truly does turn away wrath, and an atmosphere of Jesus's love is the best for learning, no matter which side of a discussion you're on.

Thanks so much, and God bless you!