Thursday, March 1, 2012

February 28, 2012

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to sit at the feet of Jesus and ask Him to heal a hurt, love a lost one, or take away the loneliness?  When I was little, I dreamed about walking and talking to Jesus.  I remember it vividly and in those dreams I felt treasured and loved.  Today, I don't see Jesus in my dreams but I know without a doubt He is always with me.

Faith is a fixture in our society. We have faith in many things, mostly possessions and sometimes people but overall, our faith comes and goes as quickly as the wind.  Only when we are grounded do we truly know what faith is.  How many times have you wanted to ask Christ to heal someone or fix a problem?  For most of us, that's daily.  But what I am really talking about is a true, unwavering faith, that God is in the middle of all our circumstances and even when you don't receive the answers your hoping for, you know He's there.      

What makes one woman a woman of faith and another a ball of mess?  The answer is not that simple because we are all a ball of mess.  But in some women, down deep, there is a resounding knowledge that Christ is in the middle.  They might not understand why things are going wrong but they do understand that He is present in them.

I like what my friend Michelle told me the other day about Christ.  She said when everything is going crazy; she steps out on faith and asks the Lord to go before her.  Simple, but when you think about it, isn't that what we all want?  He lights the path for our feet and He knows when the road will be curved, so why not?  You know the old saying about the horse and cart.  The cart can't go unless the horse is attached so if we want great faith, Christ has to lead!  Oh and we have to believe!  These two things are essential to all of us having great faith in our Father.  Without them, the cart will tip and our faith will spill all over the ground. Personally, I like containment, don't you?

Matthew 15:21-27 NKJV:

     Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon.  And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David!  My daughter is severely demon-possessed."  But He answered her not a word.  And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, "Send her away, for she cries out after us."  But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."  Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, help me!"   But He answered and said, " It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs."  And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table."  Then Jesus answered and said o her, "O woman, great is your faith!  Let it be to you as you desire."  And her daughter was healed from that very hour.   

What is Jesus saying in all this?  He is telling us that one woman would rather take his scraps than to have nothing and through her faithfulness, her daughter was healed.  Take Christ out of the box you set Him in.  He is more powerful than we believe.  His scraps healed a demon-possessed child, parted the Red Sea, brought Israel to greatness and has continued to make the history books not one year, but every year.  He is our strength and our encourager.  Praise Him for His mightiness.  Faith comes from belief, belief comes from prayer and the two together build faithful women.  Choose Christ today and every day and your faith will abound.

My prayer today:

Lord you are mighty.  We often don't give you enough credit and we want to today.  Thank you for the crumbs You give to us.  The crumbs of mercy and grace are what we cherish.  Please continue to grow us up in our faith and provide us avenues to share Your word with others.  We want them to know the power of You.  I come before you today a soldier asking for your mercy on my house and for all houses across the Nations. Our world is in chaos but You can heal the Nations, restore families and save our children.  I pray for this today and thank you so much for every crumb You have bestowed on our lives.  Lead us and guide us on our journey and please Lord go before us! AMEN

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