Sunday, 8 September 2013

Who Said It?

Proverbs 26:28 A lying tongue hates those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth works ruin.
    
      One of the political dirty tricks used in slandering an opponent during an election is to spread rumors of questionable character about the person running for office. Within a short time, everyone is talking about the rumor as if it is fact, and no one is asking where the information came from. 
      I once heard that a method used to discredit a person is when two or three people with a prepared script get on the packed elevator in a downtown skyscraper during the early morning rush. They then say, "I heard through a reliable source that so and so did this and that." They are counting on the fact that all the people in earshot of the performed elevator dialogue will be repeating the story from the "reliable source" around the water cooler all day long. 
      They are counting on the fact that the juicy piece of gossip will be screaming to come out of everyone who heard it because the character of man is corrupt. Prov. 18:8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts. 
      We tend to believe falsehoods very easily without credible proof. Then we turn around and ask God, who cannot lie, to give us unwavering proof of His character. Num. 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? When we are reading the bible we should realize who is speaking to us. It is God and, therefore, His word is trustworthy. 
      I was reading Mark 11:22-24 and I kept seeing the words, "Therefore I say unto you." Jesus was saying this. Christ was saying, it is me Jesus who is saying this. God is saying this. I AM the one saying this to you. I, God in the flesh is saying this to you whom I would never lie to. Suddenly I got it. Oh! Lord, YOU are saying this to me, not someone who is saying, "You said it to me," but it's actually you saying to me. 
      Mark 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23 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 themJesus is saying  "I say unto you," and the credibility of His name surpasses all contrary arguments. All I have to do is believe what Jesus says is truth and possible. 
      Even when it seems impossible, if the Lord said it, then we can count on it even though we cannot wrap our minds around it. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Mary to proclaim the Annunciation of the birth of Christ, Mary had to process some natural complications in her heart and mind, "What will the neighbours think when they see me with child and I am not married to Joseph yet? How is God going to pull this off?" 
      God is amazing in how He is working His plan of salvation for mankind here. In the Garden of Eden a fallen angel, Satan, brought a destructive lie to the woman, Eve, who was the mother of all mankind to come. Now the word of the Lord had come through the angel, Gabriel, to a woman, Mary, who would give birth to the One who would save mankind. 
      What an awesome God we serve. Mary's response to the message was incredible until we realise who was announcing this message. God was saying it, and Mary said, "So be it!" Luke 1:38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. 
     Oh, that I had that kind of faith. What I see here is that if God is saying it, then I must make the choice to believe it with unwavering faith no matter how my mind tries to rationalize the extent of the miracle. Just believe Jesus when He says, "I say to you."  Father, in Jesus name, help us to believe everything you say to our heart and help us pray it with conviction. Matt. 9:29b According to your faith be it unto you.

2 comments:

  1. The tricky thing is that you cannot pray to get more faith...faith only comes from reading the Word. Lord, be it unto me and my family according to thy word.

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    1. I agree that faith comes by hearing the word Rom. 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. There is an interesting verse where the Apostles are asking for more or increased faith. The Lord's answer seems to say use the faith you already have.
      Luck 17:5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. 6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
      We should have a look on this idea the next time we have bible study. Blessings Monica.

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