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Struggling with unbelief

Scripture reading for July 21st: Matthew 17

Key Scriptures: Matthew 17:18-23 “And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and He will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.”

Jesus and Peter, James, and John had just come down from a spiritual high on the Mount of Transfiguration to find the rest of the disciples faced with a demonically possesses boy that they were unable to help. Jesus rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith and cast the demon out with instant success. The puzzled disciples came privately to Jesus for an answer. Jesus plainly stated it was unbelief–a lack of faith and trust in God’s Word. Jesus further stated that it wasn’t necessary to have ‘big’ faith, but even just a small amount of faith would produce mountain-moving results. In fact, nothing would be impossible! He then shared with them again about His coming death and resurrection on the third day. This brought distress and anguish to His disciples because they struggled with unbelief here as well. Jesus also struggled with His disciples unbelief after three years of teaching and example! How slow to learn we are at times!

Matthew 17:17 “And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.”

Faith confession and prayer: Father, forgive me for reading and hearing Your Word and yet often living like it is not true. I struggle with unbelief like the disciples but thank You for the power of the Holy Spirit to bring boldness and Your Word to my understanding. Increase my faith as I study Your Word, trusting that all things are possible for those who believe.

Mark 9:23-24 “And Jesus said to him, “If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!””

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Strong Confidence!

Scripture reading for March 4th: Luke 1, Psalm 45, Proverbs 14

Key Scriptures: Luke 1:35-38 “And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy–the Son of God.  And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.”  And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”  And the angel departed from her.”

Luke carefully wrote down the story related to him by faithful ministers, the apostles and Mary, Jesus’ mother whom he had known.  Jesus’ birth was miraculous.  Mary was a virgin and visited by Gabriel, the angel messenger of God.  She was informed of God’s plan to use her to bring His Son into the world.  Although Mary struggled to comprehend this process, she humbly offered herself as God’s servant to do His will.  Her faith confession is a response to the angel’s words:  “Nothing shall be impossible with God.”

Faith Confession:  I believe that nothing is impossible with God and I trust His Word as truth to be believed and acted upon.  (Action step:  Respond in faith to God’s Word concerning an impossible situation you are facing.)

Proverbs 14:1, 26 “The wisest of women builds her house, . . .” “In the fear of the Lord on has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.”  

 

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Faith like a mustard seed!

Scripture reading for January 23rd:  Matthew 17, Psalm 17, Prov. 17

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 17:17-20  “And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you?  How long am I to bear with you?  Bring him here to Me.”  And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly.  Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”  He said to them, “Because of your little faith.  For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”  

Jesus’ disciples were not able to heal a boy who had epilepsy.  He had demonstrated and taught the disciples how to act in faith.  He had given them authority over demonic power and to heal the sick and they had done this on other occasions.  But now they lacked faith.  He rebuked them directly concerning their “little faith”.  He encouraged them that a small amount of faith, like a mustard seed, was all that was needed to do what looked impossible.

Faith’s confession:  Lord thank You for putting up with me and my lack of faith.  Help me to grow the seed of faith in my heart and enable me to do the works You have prepared for me.  I accept Your rebukes.

Proverbs 17:3, 10 “The crucible is for silver and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts.”  . . .”A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.”  

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Delegated authority and prayer!

Scripture reading for January 23rd:  Exodus 7-9, Matthew 17

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 17:18-20  “And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly.  Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said,”Why could we not cast it out?”  He said to them, “Because of your little faith.  For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.””

The disciples had been asked to deliver a boy that was demon possessed and had seizures.  They tried, but failed.  Jesus rebuked them for their lack of faith and promptly cast the demon out and the boy was healed.  The disciples asked Jesus why they had trouble.  He frankly told them they lacked faith.  Even small faith would produce what was needed with God’s backing.  In Moses’ day, God gave him and Aaron authority to do miracles and speak words of power, unbelievers could not!

Exodus 8:16-18  “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, so that it may become gnats in all the land of Egypt.'”  And they did so.  Aaron stretched out his hand with his staff and struck the dust of the earth and there were gnats on man and beast.”. . . The magicians tried by their secret arts to produce gnats, but they could not.”    

Prayer: Father, thank you for delegated authority to do Your work.  Help me to so know You and Your Word that I have mustard seed faith to move mountains.  Amen.

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Thankful for a Powerful Savior!

Scripture reading for October 18th:  Matthew 17-20

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 17:18-21  “Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment.  Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”  He replied, “Because you have so little faith.  I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard see, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.””

Jesus was not happy that His disciples failed to drive out a demon.  Jesus simply rebuked the demon, demonstrating the power of faith through speaking God’s word and the boy was healed.  When they asked why they were unable, Jesus explained that all work in ministry is by faith.  They lacked faith.  Faith comes by hearing God’s word and Jesus was explaining truth to empower them to do the impossible through their trust in His word!

Thankful for our Powerful Savior:  “Ah, Sovereign Lord, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm.  Nothing is too hard for You!”  (Jeremiah 32:17)  “Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah:  “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind.  Is anything too hard for Me?””  (Jeremiah 32:26)  (NO!!!)

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