Monday, November 23, 2009

Jesus changes lives

Luke 8:25 (The Message) --- Then he said to his disciples, "Why can't you trust me?" They were in absolute awe, staggered and stammering, "Who is this, anyway? He calls out to the winds and sea, and they do what he tells them!"
Jesus spent 3 and 1/2 years with the disciples.  Day in and day out he taught them to live by faith and to see the impossible.  One of those days was when they were in a boat and a storm came up.  The disciples woke Jesus up because they were afraid they were going to die.  The verse above is Jesus' response, and that is a powerful word.

Dod you think that the disciples didn't trust Jesus?  I think they did, but their circumstances led them to fear.  Those times when fear grips us, it is time to look to and to trust Jesus.

These kind of situations led the disciples to be strong men who led others to strong faith.  Powerful lives lived out for God will be changed lives that in turn change lives.  What do people see coming out of you? Is it faith in the face of fear?  Or are you so overcome with fear that faith is no where to be found.

One time Jesus was walking through a place that was packed full of people, and a woman who was sick with a blood disease made her way to Jesus.  All she knew was Jesus could heal her.  He did.  Here is the outcome:

Luke 8:48 (The Message) --- Jesus said, "Daughter, you took a risk trusting me, and now you're healed and whole. Live well, live blessed!"

She took a risk.  And the risk paid off.  Her life was changed not just physically but spiritually.  Other lives were changed because of what she did and what she believe.  But some people cannot handle that change.

Let me ask you to think about some things.  What would happen God if God radically changed your life?  Nothing the same.  Maybe blessings as we would call them.  Maybe change in job or location of where we live or other.  What would happen?

Here is what happen when some people couldn't deal with the changes Jesus made:

Luke 8:37 (The Message) --- Later, a great many people from the Gerasene countryside got together and asked Jesus to leave—too much change, too fast, and they were scared. 

That verse convicted me.  When I am not comfortable, I avoid things.  Sometimes I even avoid doing what God says.  Jesus still changes lives.  As I have said before ... changed lives, change lives ... our lives ought to be the example, truth, inspiration for others to allow Jesus to change theirs lives.

Today in Luke 8 I saw God do some incredible things.  I am praying that Jesus changes lives even more all around us!  Will you pray too?

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