Monday, March 1, 2010

Chapter 8: The Obstacle of Unbelief #2


Read Mark 6:1-6 and Matthew 8:5-13.
After reading these Bible passages,
do you think Jesus is more amazed at your unbelief or your faith?
Why?


I am a jaw dropper when it comes to faith and let me explain why.

In Mark 6:1-6, we see one group of people doubting and filled with unbelief because they couldn't recognize who Jesus was. Mark 6:2 states, "They asked, "Where did he get all is wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?" They remarked on His earthly routes instead of focusing on His divinity and thus absolute authority. Mark 6:3 continues, "He's just the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us." They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him."

We see the complete opposite taking place in Matthew 8:5-13. The roman soldier on the other hand understood what it was to be in authority and under authority. He was able to have faith in Jesus because He recognized Jesus' authority as the Son of God and God Himself. Notice he calls Jesus Lord.

Whether I am exhibiting faith or unbelief is in direct correlation on my view of Jesus' authority. I am a jaw dropper because I don't have faith in what I can do but in what Jesus already did for me at Calvary when He shed His precious blood for me. It is a complete work for He declared, "It is finished" in John 19:30.

Jesus came to undo the works of the devil and to give us an abundant life. He declares in His Word,

I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

John 14:12

He calls us to have faith in Him and not in ourselves.

This is what the LORD says:
"Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who depends on flesh for his strength
and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
Jeremiah 17:5

This especially includes us. If we are still hanging on to: I want, I think, I feel we will experience doubt, fear, anxiety,uncertainty, and unbelief.

If we have faith in Him and thus in the completed work He did on the cross for us, we will stop living a life of works and start living one of faith-faith on Jesus.

So whether Jesus is amazed at your unbelief or faith really has to do whether you're viewing Him as just a carpenter or Lord.

3 comments:

  1. Amen sister
    We must believe and trust God and only God.Those who trust Him will not be put to shame.
    Not for one minute can we put our trust in what we can do or what others think of us, not even ourselves.We need to be so careful according to the word of God on Jeremiah 17:9 " the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it ?.

    About the H.W
    I think both situations amazed God, However the Faith of the centurion maybe amazed him more because it take more to believe and trust what you have not seen and it will bring more glory to Him. Perhaps is easier to choose not to believe.
    It just my opinion.

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  2. I def. think that the Lord is amazed at our faith, based on the scripture of the centurion, and countless others. The Word says blessed are those who have not seen and believe, and scripture also tells believers to walk by faith and not by sight. Our unbelief is something that does not surprise the Lord which is why I believe that there are many verses in the Bible that speak to us about how to conquer our unbelief. And how much it displeases the Lord.... without faith it is impossible to please the Lord.

    (just my 2 cents)

    Blessings
    Michelle

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May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14