The Cry, The Voice, The Conversation

22 01 2010

I was moved by the conversation that Jesus has with a Cannanite woman in Matthew 15.  It’s one of those scenes where all the disciples are around as it unfolds.  There is an awkward few moments there…where the disciples speak up to prompt Jesus to do something…and in  a matter of 15 minutes or so the conversation goes from a cry to silence to a voice to conversation to pleading to faith and healing.

The woman starts with a cry out to Jesus for healing for her demon possesed daughter.  To which Jesus remains silent.  That is a place where we all tend to get uncomfortable and impatient.  She continues to cry out, so much the discuples start to ask Jesus to say something!

He simply responds with an answer that is not what the mother is looking for.  Jesus says he is her to tend to His sheep.  A legitimate answer that som  many would just walk away from thinking, “okay, He spoke…it’s not His will…” Not this mama, she is persistent.

As the conversation continues Jesus gets a bit more direct when He says, “why would the master waste the children’s bread to feed dogs.”  Wow, that’s ta slap in the face! Basically He said you’re not in the family, why would I waste my bread on you….a dog!

The mother comes back quickly with a response that stopped Jesus in His tracks.  She says, “even dogs eat crumbs from the master’s table.”  He recognizes her for her great faith and immediately heals the daughter.

My big take away is that God wants us to go deep in our prayer/conversation with Him.  He wants us to question, provoke thought, and be persistent.  He wants us to never give up because through those reald and deep conversations our faith can be brought to a place where He wants us to go!

As was the case with Abraham, Job, Moses, David, and the list goes on.  He wants u to engage beyond a comfortably safe conversation.  He’s our father, it’s okay!  There may be a miracle waiting on the other side.

Breathe In & Smile Out,

Chris

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Faith From A Story with A Lion

23 10 2009

If you haven’t read this book yet, go get it and jump in!
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It is from Mark Batterson who is an amazing thinker and relevant preacher of the gospel. His church in D.C. has exploded and was one of the first movements of church into a movie theater venue. If you’re in the area be sure to hit Ebeneazors for the best cup of joe in town (and every sip you take helps support the church).

Here is one of my favorite quotes from his In A Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day:

“Faith is unlearning the senseless worries and misguided beliefs that keep us captive. It is far more complex than simply modifying behavior. Faith involves synaptogenesis. Faith is rewiring the human brain.”

Looking forward to the new Primal book that is coming soon. Stay tuned,

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris





Daily Scripture — Faith

27 09 2009

I don’t know what trial or test your dealing with today, but I do know that our Creator & God is bigger than all of them put together. Our faith in Him is what will well up Hope within and carry us to the promises He has made for us. Don’t let your faith falter. Give glory to God and believe!

Romans 4:18-22

Against all odds, Abraham’s hope grew into full-fledged faith that he would turn out to be the father of many nations, just as God had promised when He said, “That’s how many your descendants will be.” His faith did not fail, although he was well aware that his impotent body, after nearly 100 years, was as good as dead and that Sarah’s womb, too, was dead.
In spite of all this, his faith in God’s promise did not falter. In fact, his faith grew as he gave glory to God because he was supremely confident that God could deliver on His promise. This is why , you see, God saw his faith and counted him as righteous; this is how he became right with God.

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Quote for the Day:

“There’s a power in hope that goes beyond explanation. It lifts us out of the rubble of our failures, our pain, and our fear to rise above what at one point seemed insurmountable. Our ability to endure, to persevere, to overcome is fueled by this in seemingly innocuous ingredient called HOPE.” — Erwin McManus from the book “Soul Cravings”





Daily Scripture

20 09 2009

Exodus 15:2-3

A Song of Deliverance

The Lord is my strength and my song;
he has given me victory.
This is my God, and I will praise him—
my father’s God, and I will exalt him!
The Lord is a warrior;
Yahweh is his name!

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Quote for the Day:

“Out of suffering comes the serious mind; out of salvation, the grateful heart; out of endurance, fortitude; out of deliverance faith.” — John Ruskin