How’s Your Faith?

Scripture: Mark 2.  

OBSERVATION
(Key verses)

Mark 2:2-5 (NLT)

2 Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, 3 four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat.

4 They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus.

5 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

The sentence that I underlined really caught my attention as I studied this passage of scripture. Join me in considering what many of us may have said or done, should this incident happen today. Don’t you imagine that the problems would begin in finding enough able men to help us carry this man to Jesus? I’m sure that excuses such as: “I heard that you can’t get anywhere near Jesus because of the crowds, and I must be back in an hour to catch the game, so I can’t take that chance in leaving to go with you” or “I just got home from work and I can’t leave that quickly, can’t you find someone else to go?” or “I have family in town and I can’t leave them for what may wind up being an hour or more, and to take the old crippled before a man claiming to be God?” or “My family needs me tonight way more than this mission you have dreamed up to take old Jack before this so called prophet who doesn’t even worship with us each week”. Now imagine arriving at the home where Jesus is, and the excuses that would be used by our current day Christian workers. Friends, before you consider me a lunatic for thinking this way, try and attend our prayer meetings on Wednesday evenings where less than 1% of our members see the necessity to attend, where they could join in prayer for a crippled like the one mentioned in this story, and even the ones that attend are either too timid to talk to God openly or they feel like it’s the pastor’s job or perhaps the deacon’s job to say some fancy prayer. Friends, I believe that where we go wrong is that we try to compare ourselves to another and their prayer style, instead of speaking from the heart to the One who created us and knows everything about us. He knows our thoughts before we speak them, so there is no need to fancy them up in order to sound just like Uncle James. Because of the faith and actions of the men who carried this man to Jesus, the man was healed. Do we put enough into our prayer lives that we might expect to see healing for another? Being convinced about the One whom we serve and to whom we pray, should give us confidence in our prayer lives and give us reason to be committed to Him until the end. How is it with you, Brother? How about you, Sister?

PRAYER
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Lord Jesus I must come before You in humility this morning asking for Your forgiveness for the times that I have come before You in prayer for a Brother or Sister, but yet with such doubt and unbelief in my heart. Please take this vessel and mold it to be just like You. Please help me to be in tuned with You and Your Word each and every day so that I may hear Your voice and obey Your commands, and become more like You in my words and in my actions.

 

**Words underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
nuggetsfromgodsword@yahoo.com
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Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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