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Although this does not describe all there is to faith, it is a good beginning.

Although this does not describe all there is to faith, it is a good beginning.

When we consider the miracles of Jesus, we often get caught up in the wonder of them. We concentrate on God’s Son healing us from our worldly illnesses. Some have made lots of money with the health and healing gospel. We often forget to look at the entire healing event and consider the other lessons. Is Jesus God? Yes, His healing power was immediate and limitless. He is God. What else is there to learn. Concentrating on healing for us though makes these events about us – a meeism. Every healing event’s true purpose was to glorify the Father. Jesus said, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13)

We too should focus on obedience for love and devotion to the Father in Heaven. In John 4:46-54 we find just such a response from a nobleman. At first, Jesus challenges his faith in verse 48, challenges him to prove himself. We find the proof of faith was simple humble obedience in verse 50. How often do we complicate our faith when Jesus will do great things for us if we will only exercise it, rest in it, trust Him for and through it.

The nobleman wanted Jesus to come with him. That is often our response. It says, “But I want to see.” This is the challenge in verse 48. Jesus says, you do not have to see Me do great things for you, you only have to believe in Me for those great things. Martha of Bethany in John 11 said the same thing, “If thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.” You do not have to see those great things done for you, you only have to believe God can and will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

Ladies and gentlemen, true faith is exercised in simple obedience, simple submission, simply giving up your control to an eternally majestic and powerful God. Do you really believe? How many things do you still try to control, do you make pre-requisites to faith, worship, church attendance and the other elements of a believer’s life? How many things do you still try to manipulate the scripture, your faith or your life to hang on too. Let them go. Trust in the Father and the Son for all things whether you see them, know them, understand them or not. Let Him be God and Lord.

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