How to Have a Great Day (Thursday 11th Feb 2016
**The Power Works For Those Who Believe**
Thursday 11th February:
Pastor Chris PhD
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth (Mark 9:23).
God's power is available always, to save, bless, heal, and transform lives; but it only works for those who believe.
Romans 1:16 emphasizes this; it says, " For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to EVERYONE THAT BELIEVETH...." Now, this will clarify some of the assumptions and erroneous beliefs that some people have. For example, there're those who say, "Every sick person for whom Jesus prayed, got healed." But the Bible doesn't say so.
In some places, the Bible says, "And he healed many..." (Mark 1:34). In some other places, it says He "...healed ALL that were sick" (Matthew 8:16). So, when God says "many," and when He says "all," we should know the difference. But then, I want to show you at least one place where healing miracles were hard for Jesus: His hometown of Nazareth.
The Bible lets us know that because of His demeanour, the people murmured, "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him" (Mark 6:3). They had been so familiar with Him that they disdained Him. They were offended that He was acting differently.
Consequently, the Bible says "He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them" (Mark 6:5 NIV).
Now, if the Bible says Jesus "COULD NOT do any miracles," it means that He tried; He attempted to, but it didn't work. He couldn't do any mighty work, like the blind receiving sight, the deaf hearing, the lame walking. He couldn't perform such miracles in Nazareth, because the people didn't believe. The Bible says He "marvelled because of their unbelief." Their unbelief short-circuited the power of God.
If you study in the Book of John, several times when Jesus ministered to people, He's say, "Only believe," because if you don't believe, you can't experience the power of God. If you don't believe, He can't save you. The power works for those that believe. There's no impossibility for you, if you'd only believe: "Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth" (Mark 9:23).
Dear Father, I thank you for your Word, which imparts faith to my spirit. My faith is strong and unwavering. I know who I am, and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Halleluiah!
|| 1 John 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? ||
|| Mark 11:23-24 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. ||
Daily Scripture Reading
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Matthew 27:27-44, Exodus 40
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Acts 17:1-9, Psalm 11-13
EXTRACT FROM: Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional