Read the “1009 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
“And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” (Matthew 13:54-58)
Good morning. I don’t know whether to ask, “How’s your belief system?”, or “Seen any mighty works lately?”
“From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.” (John 6:66)
If John 6:66 is the saddest verse in the Bible, then Matthew 13:58 is next in line. Jesus did not do many mighty works because of the unbelief of the people in His home town. Believing is faith going to work: faith is not stagnant. And Hebrews 11:6 says…
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
It is a good thing to review what we believe that the Lord has given us to exercise our faith. So here’s a little check list that may help.
___ I am a sinner saved by grace: the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:29, 3:14-18; Acts 16:27-31, 19:4)
___ Salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ is a perfect salvation: an eternal salvation. I am saved forever. (1John5:13; John6:36-40, 10:27-30; Ephesians 4:20; 1Corinthians 3:11-15; Hebrews 9:11-15)
___ I pray. (1Theselonians 5:17; Matthew 7:7-11; James 4:2, 5:16)
___ I read my Bible daily. (Romans 10:17; Psalm 119:9-16)
___ I tithe because everything I have belongs to God, and I know that He will supply all my needs. I can do more with 90% of my income and God, then with 100% of my income without God. (Philippians 4:19; Malachi 3:8-12; Matthew 6:27-33; Luke 6:38)
___ I tell others about the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; John 15:8,16; Proverbs 11:30)
How many could you check off? Don’t let me know – that’s between you and the Lord. If you could not check off all of these, then we (yes, I said we because I could not check off all of these either) need to work on those unchecked. James said…
“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” (James 2:17-18)
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