Wednesday, September 14, 2016

GREAT FAITH

Today’s Reading: Luke 7

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In the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, this octagonal baptismal font in the south aisle dates from the 6th-century church of Justinian; it originally stood near the high altar. The inscription reads, “For remembrance, rest and remission of sins of those whose names the Lord knows.”

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where Reynold took the photo, click HERE.

Key Verse: Luke 7:9

When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!”

 

From yesterday’s reading we are to be “talmudim,” disciples, students, of Jesus. Today we learn more from our Teacher, Jesus. In the last verse of chapter 7, we learn that the woman had “faith.” “Great faith” is not just believing for our sins to be forgiven, but a recognition of the absolute authority of Jesus. Authority is communicated by words. In the case of this Roman officer, he gave commands and was obeyed. His authority came from Caesar, the Emperor of Rome. His “great faith” was in recognizing that Jesus’ authority came from Almighty God. When Jesus speaks, it is done! We need to read and listen for His Word. Like the officer, ask Him to “speak the Word.” God’s Word for this new day is powerful. I suggest we read this chapter a second time. Jesus is speaking to us.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, I’m reading and listening. I’m learning as Your student about “great faith.” I recognize Your authority over me. Please give me the grace to obey You. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I remember being stopped on a busy Toronto street by a police woman. She raised her hand and I obeyed. Thousands of pounds of metal came to a halt at her gesture. I thought, “She does not have the power physically to stop all these cars, but she has the authority.” She is backed up by the city, the province, the government of Canada, and the Queen. I thought, how much more should I instantly obey Jesus. He’s backed up by all the authority of the cosmos. He said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples [students] of all the nations” (Matthew 28:18b & 19a). I’m confident that this blog is done in obedience to what I believe Jesus has spoken to me. Please, if you have not already done so, check out the story of how this blog came to be. Click here.

Yours, recognizing the universal authority of Jesus,

David

 

14 thoughts on “Wednesday, September 14, 2016

  1. Yes, David, we are recognizing the universal authority of Jesus–amen! My nephew, Christopher, needs prayer. Holding you up in prayer, Doreen. Thank you saints, of the living God. Blessings to all, today.

    Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phil 2:34 NKJV

    Here I Am Lord, Eric Tom
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcxOkht8w7c

  2. Yes, you have carried out the directions of the Lord to you well David and have gotten results. I for one was so happy the day I found your message on the computer. Thank you God, thank you David. Is a short but powerful prayer today. Please pray for our church as we are going through a crisis of lack of funds due to dwindling membership and high maintenance cost(salaries, insurance and heating). We have a beautiful sanctuary but becoming too expensive to maintain. Does it sound familiar? But the Lord knows the way through the wilderness. Prayed for you on my knees last night David. God bless you saints.

  3. Good morning Pastor David, hope you are getting stronger everyday. I put your vlog on facebook today and I am hoping that lots of my friends will read it.
    Beverlee I will pray for your nephew, also for you Doreen, and the situation with your church Geraldine. Blessings to all Eleanor M.

  4. I love this story about the faith of the centurion… I believe it is the same story that is given in Matthew 8: 5-13… The centurion recognizes that Jesus authority is from God himself, with all the powers of God as He walks the earth in human form…

    May the Holy Spirit of God bring blessings to us, His faithful… In Jesus name – Amen!

  5. Pastor David thank you for your faithfulness and obedience to bring forth this daily manna: A blessing to us and, I believe pleasing to Our Lord Jesus Christ.
    I’m believing with you for complete healing for you in the Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen!!!
    Thank you Ron and Reynold for your faithfulness for filling in for your Dad, with this daily manna!! What a blessing you are to him and us!!!

  6. Praying for your nephew Beverlee, continued prayers for Doreen and Geraldine. Church finances always seem to be a never ending battle.
    Hoping you are recovering nicely Rev. Mainse and your strength is improving daily.

    Blessings to all fellow bloggers. Amen and Amen✝✝

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