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"Prove It "

February 25, 2015

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Read John 4:46-54. TEXT: (Jesus said) "Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe" (John 4:48).

When Jesus' enemies in Jerusalem learned He was becoming more popular than John the Baptist, He left and returned to Galilee in the north. Huge crowds gather, but Jesus knows their faith is shallow and superficial. When an important official comes to ask the Lord to heal his dying son, Jesus challenges the entire crowd: "Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe."

How deep is your faith? Can you take Him at His word, or do you insist on more? If you listen closely you almost pick up a tone of defiance in Jesus' voice ... or is it sorrow? He wants them to believe, but they must believe on His terms, not theirs.

The official knew only one thing really mattered: his son was dying and only Jesus could save him. So he begged Jesus to come down and heal him. But Jesus didn't go. Instead, He sent the father away with a promise: "Go; your son will live." Would you be able to trust Jesus and go?

The official did. He accepted Jesus' words and on the way home he learned his faith had been well founded: his son was healed.

We don't need to see miraculous signs to believe in Jesus as our Savior. God uses old familiar words to give us faith; He uses water and His Word to wash away our sins, and He joins His body and blood to simple bread and wine to forgive us all our sins.

Don't stay on the outside waiting to see some miracle in your life before you'll follow Jesus. Learn a lesson from the official above: the stakes are life and death, heaven and hell.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, give me faith to trust Your words and promises through every circumstance in my life. Amen.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, give me faith to trust Your words and promises through every circumstance in my life. Amen.



Today's devotion was written by Rev. Wayne Palmer

Today's Bible Readings: Leviticus 3-5    Mark 5:21-43

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