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If You Want To

If You Want To

21 April 2009

Scripture:

1 Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside. 2 Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached Jesus. He knelt before him, worshiping. “Lord,” the man said, “if you want to, you can make me well again.” 3 Jesus touched him. “I want to,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. (Matthew 8:1-3 NLT)

I don’t want to oversimplify this, but I believe I see the components of a “By Grace Through Faith” miracle in this short story:

The Believing Heart: “Master, if you want to, you can heal me.”
The Spirit-Given Word of Faith: “I want to. Be healed!”
The Grace-Faith Result: The leprosy was gone.

When I am helpless in my need, I come to Jesus with a believing heart. Then I must listen for the Spirit-quickened word that produces receiving faith in my believing heart. Then I speak and act on the miraculous results that his power produces.

4 Then Jesus said to him, “Go right over to the priest and let him examine you. Don’t talk to anyone along the way. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy, so everyone will have proof of your healing.” (Matthew 8:4 NLT)

This is not “mind-over-matter” or “fake it till you make it.” An actual power transaction occurs that changes observable circumstances.

I’ll bring my mixture of faith and fear, confidence and doubts, to Jesus and let him speak a faith-quickening word to my heart and soul.

Prayer:

Father, I will read and meditate on your word daily so that I may have the foundation of a believing heart. Speak your faith-producing word to me as I need it and I will respond in the faith you give me. The result is in your hands. Amen.

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