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Jesus Taught People If They Want To See God Work in New Ways They Must Be Willing To Do New Thing

By Henry Nelson



Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is the evidence of things not seen, the assurance of things hoped for” Faith believes that God’s Will done in God’s way will not lack God’s provisions. A missionary who started the “China Inland Mission” saw by 1949 1 million Chinese turn to faith in Christ. Today there are more than 100 million Christians in China as it has become the fastest growing nation in history.   Jesus knew that faith and obedience must be expressed in new actions for maturing believers. When the Jesus invited Peter to walk on the water He said in Mathew 14: 29-31, “Come.” Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus said, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” Amen! Often new experiences require a higher level of faith and obedience. {{more}}Let the Lord show you greater things as you express a new willingness to venture into the uncharted waters of relationships, ministries and obedience. Faith and works should travel side by side, step answering to step, like the legs of men walking. First faith, and then works; and then faith again, and then works again until they can scarcely distinguish which is the one and which is the other. Jesus honored people who risked shame, frustration and disappointment in coming to Him by faith. In Matthew 15:22- 28 a Canaanite woman came crying to Jesus, “Lord, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession. The disciples said, ’Send her away’. They came and knelt before Jesus and said, “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted. And her daughter was healed was healed from that very hour.” Amen! Be willing to risk in order to see God work great things for you and your people. God our Father has made all things depend on faith so that whoever has faith will have everything, and whoever does not have faith will have nothing. Jesus knew that people who are not willing to change risk losing everything. A rich young ruler came to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” Jesus answered, in Matthew 19:16, 21 “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor. And you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.” Do not let your unwillingness to change cheat you out of the great things God wants to do in and through your life. Amen!Jesus remembered how His Father in heaven told Abram, in Genesis, 12:12 “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” Amen! The Lord realized that all people are tempted to stay with what is familiar and secure, but God calls them to greater places throughout life. Ask the Lord to help you to be more like Abraham who staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but who grew strong in faith being fully persuaded that what God promised, He was able to deliver. In another life one night I was working as an emergency technician when a house caught fire and a young boy was forced to flee to the roof. There I stood on the ground below with outstretched arms, calling to this boy, “Jump! I will catch you.” I knew the boy had to jump to save his life. All the boy could see, however, was flame, smoke, and blackness. As you can imagine, he was afraid to leave the roof. I kept yelling: “Jump! I will catch you.” But the boy protested, “Sir I cannot see you.” I replied, “But I can see you and that is all that matters.”  Of course the boy was saved after he jumped into my arms. Jesus called the disciples out of their vocational and family security to become full time fishers of men. Jesus called Peter and Andrew while they were casting a net into the lake of Galilee. He said in Mathew 4:19, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” Amen! You may not know of the changes ahead, but you can be confident in the character of our leader who does not change. Where God leads, He provides. Amen!Jesus knew that the majority of believers would remain unwilling to change their jobs, their schedules or their relationships for fear of trying something new. Luke 12:32 says, “The Lord Jesus said, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” Ask the Lord’s help in overcoming your fears of change.Jesus knew how to motivate people to try new things. Jesus sent 72 disciples out two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was to preach. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers into his harvest field He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me. The 72 returned with joy and said in Luke 10:1, 16, 17, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” Ask the Lord for wisdom, knowledge and passion to motivate your disciples to try new ministries for His kingdom purposes. Amen!Ask the Lord to help you to escape from your comfort zone and follow the Jesus wherever He takes you. Remember the famous song: “Anywhere with Jesus you can safely go. Anywhere He leads you in this world below. Anywhere without Him dearest joys will fade. Anywhere with Jesus is a house of praise.”  When a very famous missionary went to China, he made the voyage on a sailing vessel. As it neared the channel between the southern Malay Peninsula and the island of Sumatra, the missionary heard an urgent knock on his stateroom door. He opened it, and there stood the captain of the ship. “Mr. Taylor,” he said, “we have no wind. We are drifting toward an island where the people are heathen, and I fear they are cannibals.” “What can I do?” asked Taylor. “I understand that you believe in God. I want you to pray for wind.” “All right, Captain, I will, but you must set the sail.” “Why that is ridiculous! There is not even the slightest breeze. Besides, the sailors will think I am crazy.” But finally, because of his insistence, he agreed. Forty- five minutes later he returned and found the missionary still on his knees. “You can stop praying now,” said the captain. “We have got more wind than we know what to do with!”Remember Hebrews 11:1, “Faith is the evidence of things not seen, the assurance of things hoped for.” Now you know why Jesus taught people if they want to see God work in new ways they must be willing to do new things. Amen!

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