29 October 2018

1 WL - Are You Offended with God?

And they took offense at Him [they were repelled and hindered from acknowledging His authority, and caused to stumble]. But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house. And He did not do many works of power there, because of their unbelief (their lack of faith in the divine mission of Jesus). ~ Matthew 13: 57, 58 [Amplified Bible]

There are times when Christians who think they are faithful tend to be offended with God. However, the offense may be so subtle that they too may not be aware of this. It is important to examine our heart about the thoughts and feelings we have. The Bible says that we should “lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:5.  

Let’s search for what the word says about offense and what holding offense against the Lord can do in our lives.

Matthew 13: 57 shares how when Jesus was alive, people in His hometown “took offense at Him”, meaning that they were “repelled and hindered from acknowledging His authority, and caused to stumble” from the path of faith.

What was the result of their offense? The very next verse says that He did not do many works of power there, because of their unbelief or “their lack of faith in the divine mission of Jesus.” 

Let us try and understand what we just read.

Jesus, Who had power to do great miracles and had a record of healing, raising the dead to life and multiplying food to feed people in thousands… came to His own hometown and wanted to do miracles for His people. But the people of this town refused to accept Him as He was and questioned His authority. They questioned His powers and did not trust and believe in Him. In doing so they restricted Him from being Himself completely in their midst and therefore… “He did not do many works of power there” and they did not see miracles in their midst.

How often have we wondered why miracles break out only in some places? Or why is it that only a few people seem to be able to receive miracles from the Lord? 

Believer, have you wondered why some people seem to have testimony after testimony but you don’t?

Well, today’s verse challenges you to check your faith, your beliefs and whether you lack acceptance of the authority that the Lord Jesus has over you and your life. Check if unbelief has kept you from seeing your prayers answered, seeing miracles and amazing testimonies from unfolding in your life!

In Acts 10:34,35 Peter says “God shows no partiality and is no respecter of persons. But in every nation he who venerates and has a reverential fear for God, treating Him with worshipful obedience and living uprightly, is acceptable to Him and sure of being received and welcomed [by Him].” [Amp]

God is not unfair! If you open your heart to Him and revere Him, He will do great miracles for you too! 

Just like the father of the boy who was tormented by an evil spirit we too can cry out to the Lord saying, “Lord, help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24) The Bible says that Jesus responded to his cry and the boy was set free. 

What is it you need from the Lord today? Pray in faith, believing that He has an answer and that He will do His best for you. When you don’t receive an answer – persist in praying, don’t give up! Luke18: 1-7 encourages us to keep praying and seeking till we receive an answer. 

Just like the widow who kept knocking on the door of the unjust judge till she got justice we can keep praying and seeking God’s intervention. Be open to receive the answer that God has for you as He assures us that He will do what is best for us. 

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