Believe: Matthew 9.28 VOTD

“When he went into the house, the blind men came to him. Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ They said to him, ‘Yes, Lord.'”

Matthew 9.28

Jesus did not always require faith before healing someone, but when he could develop it in those to be healed, he did, since that was his main interest.

So today why does Jesus always require faith before salvation?

#faith #miracles #VOTD

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6-7-2017 Faith Without Works

The Bible makes it clear that, “faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17 NKJV). Nowhere in the entire Bible has God blessed a person’s faith without the obedient works which God specified! James 2 makes that very point: verses 14-18 say that without works of benevolence to a “brother or sister” in need is “dead” faith; verses 19-20 show that “demons” believe truth about God, but without obedient works, their faith is “dead;” verses 21-24 show that even Abraham’s faith was “justified by works,” “and not by faith only;” verse 25 shows “Rahab the harlot” was “justified by works;” verse 26 says “faith without works is dead” like a “body without the spirit.” “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38 NKJV). Have you faith or faith only?

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#faith, #faith-only

Lord, Just Say the Word

Lord, just say the word, and healing
will come—all earthly things obey you—
Your faithful promise, not mere feeling,
drives us to plead—let mercy sway you.


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#faith, #poetry, #prayer

Why didn’t Jesus’ brothers believe in him?

In today’s lesson from the Gospel Advocate’s Foundation Series (Christian Growth in James and Jude – James a Brother of Jesus), question #3 asked, “How did the brothers of Jesus view Him at that time (John 7:5)?”

John 7:5 (NKJV) says, “For even His brothers did not believe in Him.”

The answer then would be, “As unbelievers.”

The teacher of the class then asked (with consideration to supposition due to the silence of the scriptures), “Why do you think Jesus’ brothers (of all people) didn’t believe?” Continue reading

#brothers-of-christ, #faith, #unbelief

A lesson from the wind

We have three large pine trees in our yard, and the wind was blowing late one afternoon as I sat on the front porch. Have you ever stopped to listen to the wind blowing through pine trees? It is the most beautiful sound and almost sounds like the ocean. I invited Doug to come out and listen to it with me. I shared with him how the wind reminds me of God.

Jesus said, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes” (John 3:8). Consider these thoughts: Continue reading

#faith

Other side: Joshua 7.8 VOTD

“If only we had been satisfied to live on the other side of the Jordan! O Lord, what can I say now that Israel has retreated before its enemies?”

Joshua 7.8

As Israel’s leader, Joshua reacted badly to their first defeat, because of sin, after crossing into the promised land.

What could Joshua have said that would have showed faith and confidence in God’s plan? How do we show negative and positive attitudes when defeats and reversals appear?

#VOTD #despair #faith

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4-25-2017 Anxiety And Depression

“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad” (Proverbs 12:25 NKJV). The preventative of “depression” is to not be anxious, and to listen to “a good word.” Jesus made this clear when He said, “do not worry” (be anxious) about life’s necessities (Matthew 6:24-33 NKJV), or about the future (Matthew 6:34). Losing a job, a game, a loved one, failing a test, or any other tribulation that comes our way can make us react with “anxiety,” and is a challenge to our faith. The father of a demon-possessed boy heard Jesus say, “’If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’ Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’” (Mark 9:23-24 NKJV). Faith overcomes anxiety.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#anxiety, #depression, #faith