faith and trust

Jesus can turn your house of sorrow into a house of Joy


The story of the girl who lived twice have two versions — one in Mark 5 and the other in Luke 8.

The Bible says Jairus was a Jewish religious leader and teacher. One day something terrible came upon Jairus. His twelve-year-old daughter got sick. It was a bad sickness, and Jairus knew that she was dying, and he needed to get help fast.

Jairus heard that Jesus was in town, so he defied religious norms and set out to find Jesus and bring him to his house. Jairus found Jesus amid a large crowd. And when he saw him, he fell at his feet, and entreat him much, saying: “Our daughter lies at the point of death”. Will you come and lay your hand on her, so that she can be saved and live.

Jesus senses the urgency in Jairus’ voice, so he began to follow him, but they could not move quickly. The crowd was too thick. And before Jesus could make it through the dense crowd, servants from Jairus household brought sad news. “Your daughter is dead.” “Why trouble the teacher any further?”

When Jesus heard those words, he turned turned Jairus and said, “Do not be afraid, only believe, and she will be made well.”

At last, Jesus managed to cut through the crowd, and he let no one follow him except Peter, James, and John. When he got to the house, everybody was crying and moaning. The mood was somber. And he said to them: Why do you weep and wail? That child is not dead; she is sleeping. But everyone laughed at him.

Then he put them out of the house, except Jairus and his wife and those that were with him. Then he went entered in where the child lay. He held her by the hand and said to her, Tabitha, cumi! (Child, I say to you, arise). And at once, the child got up, and she walked on her feet.

And the people were astonished beyond measure. And suddenly, the house of sorrow turned into a house of celebration. And he insisted that no one should know about it. Then he told them to give her food.

Sifted Faith


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Suffering and sorrow are part of the human life cycle. And yet we often blame the devil when these ills befall us. Of course, the devil is always plotting and scheming. But he cannot touch you unless God permits him.

So, the next time, unusual circumstances put your faith through a sift, don’t yield to Satan’s schemes; your trials might very well be God testing your trust as he did Job.

In the book of Job, we read about a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. The Bible says Job was blameless and upright. He feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. And he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yokes of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had many servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.

Job was an honorable man and a faithful servant of God. The devil who roams the earth like a roaring lion could not touch him because the Lord had built a hedge around him. But the devil was determined to prove Job as a fake. So, he had a talk with God and suggested that if God took everything Job had, Job would curse Him.

God removed the hedge from around Job and permitted Satan to take everything Job had. Satan sifted Job’s faith in God as wheat. And Job lost everything, including his children. But Jobs faith never wavered. In all his suffering and sorrow, Job didn’t sin, neither did he curse God. He justified God’s confidence in him.

In the end, God would restore Job and doubled his prosperity.

Perseverance


The strength we need to persevere and grow comes from God through the Holy spirit. But only if we allow Him to guide and direct our lives.


James 1:12-16 New International Version (NIV)
12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

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Christian Encouragement


Whatever STORM you are battling through right now, be calm and be confident. Rest assured everything will work out in your favour. Our able Captain can handle the storm. He will get you home.


Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.  The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

Matthew 8:24-26. (NIV. Bible Gateway).

Christian Encouragement


Pain and suffering are unavoidable obstacles Christians have to navigate through, as we attempt to walk the path of Jesus Christ. But you can rest assured that you are not alone in your experience. The One with the nail-scarred hands is always near. If you allowed Him, He would comfort you and teach you in your difficulty.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any problem with the support we receive from God.”(2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

2 Corinthians 1:3-4. NIV

Fix My Eyes On You


 

Being true to Jesus may be difficult, discouraging, and even dangerous at times, but it is never pointless or wasted. 1 Corinthians 15:28 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor for the Lord is not in vain.”

Good things happen when you trust God


To trust God takes more than lip service. It requires strong faith, dedication and confidence; and knowing within your heart that God loves you and He wants to help. And only He alone can help. Many Christians think one has to be a follower of Jesus Christ for God to help you. Wrong. Some people follow Jesus, yet they do not trust God.

Learning to trust God takes some form of transformation which could take years to develop. But it could also take a moment or an occurrence of some sort. For instance, from all accounts, neither the Centurion nor his dying trusted worker referenced in Luke 7:1-10 were followers of Jesus. Still yet the Centurion was confident that Jesus could heal his worker. So, he sent for Him.

But while Jesus was on His way, the Centurion exercised strong faith. He sent word telling Jesus to stay put, “I am not worthy to have you under my roof”. He then suggested Jesus just say the word, from where he was, and his servant would become whole again. Jesus then commented that He had never seen such strong faith.

And the woman with an issue of blood (Luke 8:43-48), proved once again that good things happen when you trust God. Perhaps she learned about Jesus through friends and relatives. Still, she believed that her age-old problem would get solved if she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment.

Friends, contrary to popular belief, extraordinary things happen when you trust God. And you need not be a follower of Jesus before tribulation comes. Like the Centurion, you can confess your unworthiness to Him in that dark moment, and life changing results will happen.

Of course, it is better to have an ongoing sincere relationship with God before trouble starts. That way you will be more confident that the God you serve and trust will deliver you.

The three Hebrew boys, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3), had a relationship with God. So, when Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon threatened to throw them in a furnace seven times hotter than usual for failure to worship his golden image, they never flinched.

The boys were trusted servants, so the king gave them the option to escape his wrath. But they refused. Instead, the group told the king that they would not worship his gods or bow to his golden image. And they were confident that their God would deliver them.

The Bible says Nebuchadnezzar commanded his mightiest soldiers to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. But something extraordinary happened. Instead of three men, the king saw four men walking in the midst of the fire unhurt. Those boys knew whom they serve. And they knew the God of their ancestors never fails.

Indeed! Good things happen when you trust God. Not just for your benefit. But also for the glory of God. Nebuchadnezzar would later embrace the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego