Today's Devotion (Tuesday)

Simply Believe

LUKE 4:15-22

Key Verse:

"And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?" (Luke 4:21,22).

God called Isaiah to proclaim His message to the people. Though he spoke the truth, the people would not believe him, especially because much of his prophetic utterances were about judgment for their sins. Isaiah also prophesied extensively about the coming of the Messiah but the people still did not believe him. In the text, the Scripture was being fulfilled right before the people. As Christ read the passage, "the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him." He pointedly told them: "This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears". The people knew that the application Jesus made was to Himself. They could accept Him as a good Teacher but not as the Messiah. Outstanding miracles had taken place in Capernaum but the unbelief of the people of Nazareth robbed them of any miracle. Certainly, God had been doing great and mighty works through local pastors and leaders. Do we acknowledge these gracious works and give glory to God? Nicodemus had rightly observed … "no man can do this miracle that thou doest except God be with him" (John 3:2b). Let us believe God’s prophets and teachers. We run the risk of walking the path of unbelief like the Jews when we refuse to believe the word of God and the miracles being accomplished through the ministry of His dedicated ministers. The rash of heresies and damnable practices going on in the name of God does not diminish the fact that He still works through His faithful ministers today. Our lot is to test the Spirit and know if it is of God. Once we find it to be so, especially through the mirror of His Word, we must believe unreservedly. Unbelief is sin that robs people of God’s blessings but faith in the penitent who prays for forgiveness will result in his salvation and a deluge of other blessings. Live by faith in God.

Thought for the day: No one can please God without faith.

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