Only BelieveApril 25 2012 at 10:07 AM
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But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well
(Luke 8:50, NKJV)
In Scripture a man came to Jesus and said, My little daughter is very sick. She is close to death. Will You come to my home and pray for her? Jesus agreed. But along the way He kept getting stopped, one interruption after another. Finally, word came back to Him saying, No need to come. Youve waited too late. The little girl has died.
The people were upset and very distraught. But Jesus said to them in Luke 8:50 Dont be afraid. If you will only believe, the little girl will be well. Notice the phrase, Only believe. Jesus went to the home, laid hands on the little girl, and she came back to life.
Are you facing a situation that seems impossible? In the natural, you dont see how you can get well, or how you can overcome the addiction, or how your family can ever be restored? God is saying to you what He said to them, If you will only believe, I will turn the situation around. If you only believe, breakthroughs are headed your way!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for Your hand of victory upon my life. Thank You for making a way even when there seems to be no way. I choose to stand in faith. I choose to believe, knowing that You are ready, willing and able to cause me to overcome in this life in Jesus name. Amen.
We Want to Be Like Everyone Else"
|April 25 2012, 10:09 AM |
by Charles R. Swindoll
Read 1 Samuel 8:1--9:27
From the time that Joshua died until Saul took the throne of Israel, the Hebrew government was not a monarchy like most surrounding nations. Theologians refer to it as a theocracy---"God-rule." The Lord ruled over Israel, issuing His decrees and governing through prophets and priests. Each major region looked to a judge for what most other cultures would expect from a king. He (occasionally, she) led the people in battle, decided civil cases, and enforced God's laws.
Samuel judged all Israel with God reigning as king over the Hebrew people. In this way, the Israelites were like no other nation on earth in that they could claim God as their leader, the invisible Creator, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Almighty One who crushed Egypt, parted the Red Sea, and conquered Canaan. But, much in the same way that the wandering generation tired of manna, the people grew tired of the theocracy. Three factors drove their desire for a king.
First, Samuel was old and no longer able to keep pace with the demands of the nation. Second, his sons had disqualified themselves by losing the respect of the people. And third, "we want to be like all the nations."
Before we move on, let's not bypass an important point of interest. On previous pages we observed the failure of Eli to guide his sons. Now we see little evidence to suggest that Samuel did any better. Scripture doesn't offer as detailed information about his parenting, but the remarkable similarity between Samuel's sons and those of Eli leaves us with little else to conclude. Eli was a great priest and a faithful judge, but a lousy father. Samuel, sadly, followed in his footsteps. His sons became unfit as leaders like those of Eli.
This was a pivotal moment in the life of Israel. Take special note of the Lord's assessment of their decision. "They have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them [8:7]."
In effect, the Lord said, "You are determined to go down this path---one that will certainly cause you sorrow---and I will not stop you. You have rejected My way for your own. Therefore, you will lie in the bed you have made."