Scripture: Matthew 17.
Matthew 17:17 (NLT)
17 Jesus replied, “You faithless and corrupt people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”
Matthew 17:20 (NLT)
20 “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)
There are several scriptures that tell us about the ordination of the disciples where Jesus extended a lot of power to them and sent them out in His name and His power. However here in verse 17 Jesus is told about a case where His disciples were given the opportunity to heal a young man but couldn’t. Jesus scolded them and told them why they couldn’t – because of their lack of faith and the corruption that had crept into their daily lives. Friends, I wonder what else Jesus would scold us about today? What about greed, or pride, or ability to get along with others, or our prejudices? Often these are things that our friends, or the deacons, or the pastor of your church may not see, but let’s not forget that Jesus knows all things, sees all things and hears all things. He knows our inmost thoughts and desires. And what about our faith, when we pray for someone, do we truly pray and are convinced that our prayers will be answered and that God’s work can really be accomplished through us? If not, we are not alone, for even the disciples had the same challenges. However we’re reminded in verse 20 that this is possible, and I believe that it is something that Jesus would really love to see us practice.
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)
Lord Jesus, please forgive me for not practicing more faith in my Christian walk. You have placed so much in Your Word to convince me of Your power and Your love, yet I go along displaying my faithless attitude in Your power and Your ability to work through even me. Please help me change this attitude and regain my strength and confidence in You, the One who showed ultimate love so that I may have a chance into heaven. You are so awesome God, please help me deal with my unbelief and doubt. I don’t believe that I am alone in feeling this way, so I pray that You would also deal in the lives of our church leaders and pastors so that they too may be renewed in these areas
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