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The power of Faith in God

Scripture reading for January 16th: Mark 11, Psalm 11, Proverbs 11

Mark 11: 21-25 “And Peter remembered and said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that You cursed has withered.” And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Jesus taught His disciples the power of prayer and the power of our mouth and tongue to bless or curse. He used His own cursing of the fig tree that had no fruit but only leaves to illustrate the power of faith and of our words. Like the disciples of old, we face many mountains and obstacles during our pilgrimage on earth. We often fail to ask God for help or to believe His Word and speak in faith to the mountains. Jesus used an illustration visible right there to these disciples in that Herod had literally moved a mountain over about 10 years with many slaves to build his palace. Jesus likely referred to this human feat and the Dead Sea glittering in the distance to impress a vital truth on the hearts of his disciples.

Proverbs11:11-12 “By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown. Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.”

Prayer: Father God, I choose again today to ask for Your forgiveness for my lack of faith and sometimes my failure to forgive others and belittling them. Fill me with grace and faith in Your Word that I may ask You for strength to remove and move mountains of difficulty, bitterness, and unforgiveness. May they all be cast into the sea of Your grace! May my mouth bring blessings to my family or help me remain silent!

Psalm 11:7 “For the Lord is righteous; He loves the righteous deeds; the upright shall behold His face!”

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Silent before accusers!

Scripture reading for March 10th: Mark 14:53-72, Psalms 53:1-6, Proverbs 11:4

Jesus was betrayed in the Garden of Gethsemane by Judas with a kiss.  The soldiers and religious leaders took Him off to bring Him before the high priest and elders of the Sanhedrin.   They were looking for evidence against Jesus to put Him to death.  It was not that they had evidence already, because all their attempts to catch Him had failed.  Their law said that for offenses leading to the death penalty, two or three witnesses must testify and agree.  They found false witnesses but their testimony did not agree!  (Mark 14:55-59)

“Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer?  What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?”  But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.” (Mark 14:60-61)  Jesus knew the high priest’s tactic was to get Him to incriminate Himself.  He also knew the Scripture which told that Messiah would remain silent before His accusers.  (Isaiah 53:7)

Peter later remembered this incident as well when he wrote, “When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered He made no threats.  Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.” (1st Peter 2:23)  Peter used this to encourage those in the church who were suffering for their faith.  He knew that God was their defender as He had vindicated Jesus by resurrection from the dead!

“Again the high priest asked Him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?”  “I am,” said Jesus.  “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”” (Mark 14:61b-62) Jesus could not tell a lie.  He answered truthfully and gave a powerful revelation of His authority and coming glory!  This should have caused those who were questioning Him to stop and ponder this.  They had seen and heard about His miracles.  He had fed thousands, healed countless sick people, cast out demons, and even raised the dead.  His teaching was like no other!

But this statement was the one that these religious leaders jumped on to condemn Him!  They chose to reject the truth and believe a lie for their own murderous plan to succeed.  (2nd Thessalonians 2:10-12) In doing so, God would work His plan to show mercy to all who would believe the truth!

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