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Friday, December 5, 2014

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This is an amazing chapter about faith and power.  Even the best of those who thought they knew Jesus had no real idea who He was.  The facts are He is God in human flesh—the God-Man. 

 

Upon entering His hometown of Nazareth, even familiarity with Him did not stop contempt.  His abiding love for humanity was rejected and few miracles could be performed for the faithless onlookers.  How is your faith today? Can God do all He would like to do in you?

 

After being rebuffed by His hometown, Christ called His disciples together and gave them power to heal the sick, cast out demons, and raise the dead. As King of the universe two types of power were bestowed upon Christ: absolute authority over the devil, and the dynamite power of omnipotence to support it! The Lord is willing to give you this same power enabling you to walk with Him and do battle against all evil.

 

Although many people doubted, faith found a foothold in the heart of John the Baptist. He became a mighty warrior for the Kingdom despite his momentary lapse of faith while in prison for his boldness in proclaiming Christ’s first coming. Pressing his cheeks against the cold bars, John told his disciples to find Jesus and ask Him, “Are You the one who should come, or do we look for another?”

 

How did Jesus respond? There was no harsh rebuff but a gentle reminder, “Go and tell John again those things which you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear; the dead are raised, and the poor have the gospel proclaimed to them.” In a parallel passage found in Matthew 11:3-5, Jesus’ counsel was: Have faith in me John, have faith in me everyone, I have the power!

 
Dear reader, have faith in God.  He has the Divine authority and omnipotent power to see you through the storms and trials of this life!  Remember, no matter how difficult your trials may be, God is the Great Provider. Go to Him now and ask in faith—no wavering—for that power which will enable you to overcome every trial.

 

Jim Ayer
Vice President
Adventist World Radio
General Conference