March 13, 2014
For most of us the last thing we want to hear if we are not healed of an illness is that we don’t have enough faith. So can I have weak faith and be healed? Or does being healed have to do anything with faith at all? We can certainly get on a guilt trip if we have an illness and for some reason we don’t get better. We can second guess ourselves and our relationship with Jesus?  Mark 9:29 talks about the disciples not being able to drive a demon out of a deaf and mute boy and Jesus said that this demon can only come out by prayer. Now hadn’t the disciples been praying? Had they been praying too much and now it became a rote prayer?

In life I have seen that anything in excess is not good. Even following Jesus. Let me explain. If you pray for morning till night trying to be spiritual you will eventually tire of this practice. If your serve in a line at a soup kitchen every day of the year you can tire of that even though your motives are good.  If you want to get to know God better and I know you do then you need to be around people. Not to make money from people but to look into their eyes and be available to help them. Prayer starts the heavens in motion to things that we cannot comprehend. But prayer without action will only work for awhile. Prayer will give us the power through the Holy Spirit to go out into a dark world and bring light. That light will open the dark recesses of people’s lives. Prayer is action. This next verse  used to make me feel like I lacked true faith.

Matthew 17:6 “He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you”.

Now we can take this verse two ways. First of all we can think of times that our prayers were not answered and think that our faith is smaller than a mustard seed. Or we can think that IF I can just have a little faith then great things will happen. Yes that is the one we should choose to hold onto.

The disciples prayed a lot and they had Jesus as their model of prayer. But the disciples said to Jesus

Luke 17:5 “The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”

If the apostles asked this how much more should we? In this life we will suffer trials of many kinds. Odd things will happen to us and some things will bring us to our knees. I always come back to this story of the man born blind.

John 9:1-3 “As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”

Today you may be wondering “Why”. You may have guilt over what you think is a lack of faith. You may look and others and see that they were healed but you are not. Right now forget all that junk. This is the truth of the matter. Jesus loves YOU. Things WILL happen in your life. All those things that happen are for a perfect purpose even when we don’t understand nor should we. But these things will happen so “that the work of God may be displayed in your life”. Don’t fret, look over your should or wonder when the other foot is going to drop. God knows you intimately and that is all that matters. When things come know that they are part of God’s perfect plan to reveal His greatest in YOUR life.

Yes Jesus, “please increase our faith to trust in you no matter what comes our way. Help us to place our joy not on our outward circumstances that change like the wind but have our hope and joy in you and you alone.”

Have a great day; God is at work in YOUR life right now. Not to harm you but to bring you to Himself.

Brad