Meditation

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05/06/2020

They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed. He trusts in the Lord; let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.” (Psalm 22:5, 8)

Trust (Hebrew – batach) is belief, faith, and commitment. Trust involves a feeling of security without fear, depending for deliverance on the One with power to rescue. The saved are those who trust in God.

“Trusts” (Hebrew – galal) means to roll (Psalm 37:5, Proverbs 16:3), thus to roll burdens and worries onto God. Skeptics cannot change reality. God does deliver His people through salvation.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, throughout history You have listened to Your people and responded to their trust in You. The “when” You will respond is always in Your time and in the right time for us. The how, may be differently than what we expect, but You always do what is best for us and at the right time for our situations. Therefore, we wait patiently for Your response and seek to continually praise Your holy name at all time and in everything we do and say. In Your Son’s name we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them.”

KNOWING GOD:

“’You are my witnesses.’ Declares the Lord, ‘and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.” (Isaiah 43:10)

“Witnesses” and “servants” are parallel in usage. Servants and witnessed tell others that the Lord alone is God. They learn this great truth and other truths from God. Servants of God proclaim to all the world that only the Lord can forgive sin and restore lives. God’s servant people must witness to what God has done for us so the world’s multitudes may be delivered from serving gods that are not God. God chose Israel to believe in Him and to bear witness that others might believe in Him as the one true God. That call and mission is extended to Christians also (Acts 1:8).

I AM:

“He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. Jesus said, ‘You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things that that.’ He then added, ‘I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man’” (John 1:7, 12, 50-51).

This Gospel has a marked preference for the word “believe.” The word is found in almost every chapter in some form. John the Baptist bore witness to Jesus Christ as the Light of the world, that persons might believe in Him. The Jewish people were reluctant to believe in Jesus. Those who did believe in Him, He made sons and daughters of God. Nathaniel believed in Jesus because Jesus saw him under the fig tree. We should believe in Him because He is the way to God and eternal life!

Second Thought of the Day:

“Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to this give tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.’” (Mathew 21:21-22)

Faith produces fruitful prayer. The nations’ leaders, for all their religious pretense, were fruitless. Jesus’ disciples were and are tempted to follow their example. The “cursing” of the fig tree has occasioned more sympathy than the tree deserves! The processes of nature which promise death for a nonproductive tree were hastened…the tree immediately withered. Our prayers can also received immediate answer, if we believe.

Jesus used similar figures three times. Here, the mountain is thrown into the sea by faith. John 17:20 faith as a mustard seed would move a mountain; in Luke 17:5-6, it would transplant a tree. Elijah commanded the weather (1st Kings 17:1, 7; 18:42-45). the object obeys faith. Beloved faith can move mountains, even the mountains of our unregenerate nature. Answer to prayer are correlated with faith.

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