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Lord, If You Are Willing

Matthew 8:2-3, A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.

There’s this question that creeps into my thinking.  It’s subliminal in nature but it’s no less there.

I know God’s promises are true.  I believe His Word.  I trust He will do what He has said. I have seen His faithfulness day in and day out.  He never fails.  Never.

But when it comes to the things that aren’t in black and white. The decisions that need to be made…navigating the road less taken (or in some cases…never taken)…setting sail on unchartered waters…the unknowns of my life.  I hear it.

Is He willing?

I’m like that leprous man.  You may not see it on the outside but inside, I know.  I know my faults and my failures.  I know all of the blemishes on my integrity and character.  I know my shortcomings and inadequacies. I know my inability.

Without Him.

And that’s why the question comes.  Because, unless He is willing to touch my fault and my failure.  Unless He is wiling to touch my blemishes. Unless, unless, unless….

What I love about this passage, is that the man said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me…..”

Despite the above list… The Lord can make me ___________________!  More than I ever imagined!

And every time the question rises up, I have to cling to, cleave to, make a covenant with His Word, “I am willing! Be  ___________________!” 

 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. 2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT

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Posted by on October 3, 2012 in Christian Living, Faith

 

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Let God Be Magnified

Psalm 35:27, …Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

Poverty undermines, belittles and causes us to shrink back from truly seeing the magnitude of our God!

The problem is, if we don’t truly understand what it is to be prosperous, we will never see God in His vastness.  His greatness will escape us.

We’ve got it all wrong folks.  Merriam Webster defines poverty this way,

the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions.

In light of that, the truest sense of prosperity is defined by the Word of God this way…

Completeness, soundness, welfare and peace.

Completeness in number.

Safety and soundness in body.

Health

Quiet, tranquility, contentment.

Human friendship and the utmost friendship with God especially in a covenant relationship.

The prosperity of God encompasses so much more than material good or monetary gain.

The prosperity of God is an eternal guarantee and a revenue that is withdrawn directly from His glory.

Philippians 4:19, But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ
Jesus.

To the extent that we magnify and exalt our God, the wealthier we become!

You cannot magnify God and lack peace!  For that matter, you cannot magnify God and lack any thing.

You cannot lift up the name of Jesus and be disappointed!

You cannot glorify the King of kings and suffer discontent!

You cannot make God big and remain small no matter the size of your bank account or social status!

 
 

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