Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Miracle In Capernaum Was Faith

The Bible teaches that we are to move from faith to faith The official had started out with a crisis of faith. He was about to lose his son and he had no one to go to but Jesus.

His crisis of faith became confident faith when he decided to take Jesus at His word. He believed Jesus and experienced peace in his heart. He was even able to delay his trip home rather than rush off in an anxious panic, because of his confidence in Jesu' word.

Then his confident faith became confirmed faith when he found out that his son had been completely healed, and at that very moment when Jesus had spoken the word.

The official shared first with his servants, and then with the rest of his family, resulting in the conversion of his entire household. The official moved his faith from Jesus' specific power to heal a sick boy, to a deeper faith of Jesus as a person, the Messiah.

Read how John put it all together,
The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live." And he himself believed, and all his household. This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee. (John 4:53-54)
This miracle of faith in the official and his entire household, confirmed by the healing of his son, was Jesus' second sign.
Meeting the spiritual need is always Jesus' priority
* In what ways is the Lord moving you from faith to faith?

* Are you in a crisis of faith? Then what word of Jesus do you need to believe this week?

* Have you moved to confident faith? Then what do you need to do this week to show your trust in Jesus?

* Are you experiencing confirmation of your faith? Then who around you needs to hear you say so, this week, telling them the glorious things Jesus is doing right now?

True satisfaction is not found in having our needs met in the way we think they should be met. Relief may feel like satisfaction for a while. But true satisfaction, the deep and lasting kind, can only come through faith in Jesus, personally relating to Jesus and doing His will.

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