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Faith Level

Triumph of Faith over Idolatry, by Jean-Baptis...

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When God leads his people, he takes into account their faith level. When leaving Egypt, the Israelites’ lack of faith lead to only Pharaoh being defeated immediately, rather than both Pharaoh and the Philistines. God’s people at a later time over several generations faced the Philistines. Learning from the Israelites experiences reminds us to focus on our faith now, so God will work even greater accomplishments through us sooner. By having more faith in the present, more can be done now and in the future. For the Israelites leaving Egypt, the continued lack of faith caused only a few to be permitted to enter the promised land from the original generation. God was happy to have all them enter there, yet faith was key to that generation receiving the blessing. Later Jesus explains as miracles were done, that faith was a key to many receiving their desired blessings as a gift from God. Can God do the miracles without people’s faith? Yes, surely. Why were the miracles wrapped up in faith?

Exodus 13:17-18 (ESV):

17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did  not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near. For God said,  “Lest the people  change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt.” 18 But God  led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. And the people of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt equipped for battle.

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The centurion exhibited the three guides of (1) faith, (2) love, and (3) wisdom in his request with Jesus. The Three Guides Work Together

*  Wisdom: The centurion exhibited WISDOM by sending people Jesus would most likely listen to in the request to grant the healing.

*  Love: The centurion exhibited LOVE for his highly valued servant by seeking Jesus to heal his servant once he learned about Jesus.

*  Faith: Jesus marveling at the centurion’s great FAITH shows the centurion’s request was deeply rooted in faith.

Luke 7:1-5 (ESV):

After he had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. 2 Now a centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him. 3 When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, 5 for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue.”

Luke 7:6-9 (ESV):

6 And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. 7 Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. 8 For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 9 When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”

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The journey to follow Christ Jesus leads to becoming a new creation who desires to do what is right, motivated by faith working with love, challenging ingrained fallen nature tendencies.

Galatians 6:15-16

15 For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16 And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.

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What kind of faith in Christ Jesus counts?

Galatians 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.

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Our purpose is to be like Christ, which is mission impossible without God, and mission possible with God. The journey following Christ many found filled with faith, challenges, emotions, hope, adversity, love, courage, and adventure.

Psalm 17:15

15 As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.

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While God still watches and intervenes, God hides at times so people will show their true character, whether people of faith, love, and hope, who help their neighbors out of concern, or those who oppress, disregarding God’s presence and commandments.

Psalms 10:1

10:1 Why, O Lord, do you stand far away?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

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When our Creator tells us even a small faith is able to control nature, one wonders what God would have revealed to Adam and Eve, to humankind, had we be inclined to trust and obey God and his Word.

Luke 17:5-6

5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

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