The Prayer that Works Come from Strong Faith and a Heart that Forgives (Mark 11:12-14, 20-26)
This is the same passage we read in lesson #19 where we have Jesus speaking to and cursing a fig tree (Mark 11:12-14, 20-26). This seems like a minor miracle, however, it is recorded in the Bible because of the lessons it contains – a prayer that works. After Jesus had cursed the fig tree, they didn’t sit around there waiting to see what would happen; they continued on their journey.
God Expects Us to Bear Fruit — Don’t Be Fruitless! (Mark 11:12-14, 20)
We read in our passage today (Mark 11:12-14, 20) a rather bizarre story but one with a lesson, nonetheless. The lesson is meant to warn us against fruitlessness and challenge us to bear fruit. From the Old Testament laws, the ministry of the prophets, the doctrine of Christ, and the teachings of His Apostles, we can draw one important truth – God does not reward fruitless people; in fact, He curses them in the end. Jesus comes out of Bethany hungry from the long walk. He sees a fig tree green and looking flourishing. He rejoices as He says, “Finally, something to keep this growl in my stomach at bay. I know my disciples must be hungry as well.” He then walks up to the fig tree, probably in the opposite direction to where He initially intended to go. On reaching the fig tree, He discovers that it was a cruel joke, to begin with — this fig tree has beautifully and brightly coloured leaves, but with no fruit hanging from its branches. Annoyed at the deceit plus His wasted time and energy, Jesus curses the fig tree to its root.
Are You Facing Oppositions because of Your Gift? (Matthew 9:32-34)
If you are a church leader reading this, this is for you. If God decides, in His infinite wisdom, to use you as an extension of His arm on earth, to carry out diverse, unusual and strange miracles, then you better get ready for some fierce oppositions. Some people, especially the media, are going to take it upon themselves to dig deep into your background for some accusation to level against you and debunk the proofs of what God is doing through you. Now, if this opposition can only come from unbelievers, that would be easier to bear. However, just like those against Jesus, oppositions can, and will also come from those of the same faith as you. The Pharisees knew the Scripture and the power of God in working miracles and casting out devils. Jesus was not the first to be doing that; they had other people who had been doing that probably even before Jesus (see Matthew 12:27). Yet, the Pharisees still accused Him of fraud and put up several oppositions against Him.
The gifts of healing and performing of miracles, however, are not exclusive to church leaders. Jesus said, “These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed” (Mark 16:17-18, NLT). So be ready against oppositions when God uses you in one of these ways; for, “Students are to be like their teacher, and slaves are to be like their master. And since I, the master of the household, have been called the prince of demons, the members of my household will be called by even worse names!” (Matt. 10:25, NLT)
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Can You Flatter God into Healing or Blessing You? (Matthew 9:27-31)
In the passage above (Matthew 9:27-31), we read about two blind men who called Jesus by the name, “Son of David”. Their cry to Him by that name was supposed to reveal the deep extent of their faith in Jesus. Let me explain. The name, “Jesus,” (also Joshua) means “God is Salvation.” It was a common name at that time. However, the name “Christ,” means “Messiah,” or “the Anointed One.” From Old-Testament prophecies, the Messiah must come from the line of the great King David, and so, the Jews all expected the Messiah to be born in a palace, not in a manger. For this reason, they didn’t care about the ancestry of Jesus, since He didn’t meet their first expectation of royal heritage. Most of the Jews then did not believe in Jesus (and most of them still do not believe in Him to this day).
Persistence Eventually Gets God’s Attention. (Matthew 20:30-34; Mark 10:46-52)
We are now at the 16th lesson we can learn from the miracles of Jesus and today, we are looking at the miracle of the restoration of sight to a blind man or two blind men, depending on whose account you read. Also, I am writing this one with one of our authors, Demiana Odinaka. At first, Jesus appeared not to be paying any attention to them, but as they persisted, He budged. In these passages, we see persistence win over the attention of Jesus, stopping Him right in His tracks. Even though the crowd tried to shut them up, the blind men cried out to Jesus even louder. You see, Jesus once taught His disciples to “ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8, NIV). When you have asked (prayed casually), and sought (prayed fervently), and still haven’t received the miracle you seek, maybe it is time you walked up to that door and knocked, maybe even banged on it (fasting and praying).
In our 14th miracle lesson, we saw this same story where Jesus had been away on a prayer retreat with Peter, James and John (Matthew 17:1) when a man brought his severely sick child to Jesus’ disciples. They tried all the prayer styles Jesus had taught them and still couldn’t heal the boy. Fortunately, Jesus returned before the man’s debilitated faith died off completely. He proceeds to heal the man’s son with just a command.
There Is a Huge Difference between a Weak Faith and a Small Faith (Matthew 17:14-21)
While Jesus was away on a short retreat to the mountain with three of his most trusted disciples (see Matthew 17:1), a man brought his son who was a “lunatic and sore vexed” (KJV) to Jesus’ disciples to cure him. They tried to exercise the power that Jesus had given to them, but couldn’t. Now, these disciples of Jesus were the same set to whom He had previously given “power to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness” – Matthew 10:1. When Jesus first gave them that authority to perform miracles, they had not fully known Him. They were ‘baby Christians’. Yet, they were still able to achieve tremendous success; for, even demons submitted to them in the name of Jesus (Luke 10:17). So, what went wrong this time?
God’s blessing/healing comes with a guarantee of perfection. (Matthew 14:34-36; John 5:5, 8-9; Mark 5:34; Luke 17:19; Mark 8:22-25)
In the above passages, we find Jesus healing several people with different conditions, among them, a woman with twelve years of constant bleeding, a blind man, the leper, a man who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years, and several other people who touched the hem of His garment and were healed. We also find a recurring theme: “perfectly whole”. Everyone that Jesus heals can be sure of one truth: it is a forever healing. In other words, God’s blessing is a lifetime warranty.
Sometimes, God allows bad situations to come to us, in order to teach us some of the principles of life. (Matthew 14:23-33)
Here, we find Jesus describing Peter as having “little faith”. Jesus sends His disciples away in a boat to cross over to the other side of the country, yet He Himself stays behind to dismiss the multitudes, and afterwards goes up a mountain to pray. He knew the weather forecast, He knew that some strong wind was going to blow contrary to their direction and put them in harm’s way, He knew that their faith was still too small to trust Him without seeing Him physically present with them. He knew all this, yet He still sends them into the eye of the storm literally.
God is interested in both your spiritual health as well as your physical well-being. (Matthew 14:13-21; 15:32-39)
Today, we look at the miracle of the loaves of bread and a few fish. It happened twice while Jesus was having a sort of conference with his followers. In one of those “conferences,” the people had been there all day, and in the other, they had been there for 3 days, receiving from Jesus some spiritual meal for their spiritual health. And in both instances, they had been very tired and hungry towards the end of His teaching. Also, both occasions saw, at least, 4,000 people in attendance.
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