Matthew 15:22-28 GW A Canaanite woman from that territory came to him and began to shout, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” (23) But he did not answer her at all. Then his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away. She keeps shouting behind us.” (24) Jesus responded, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the nation of Israel.” (25) She came to him, bowed down, and said, “Lord, help me!” (26) Jesus replied, “It’s not right to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” (27) She said, “You’re right, Lord. But even the dogs eat scraps that fall from their masters’ tables.” (28) Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, you have strong faith! What you wanted will be done for you.” At that moment her daughter was cured.
I LOVE THIS STORY IN MATTHEW 15:22….Here’s why. Soooooo many people in today’s society feel like they “deserve” something. They want everything in life given to them. My thought is that I absolutely DO NOT want what I deserve. Why? Because every one of us has fallen short of what God created us to be.
BUT, the GOOD NEWS is that God doesn’t give us what each one of us DEserves….instead He gives us what HEserves. This woman in Matthew wasn’t a Jewish person. At that time Jesus was only ministering to the Jews. So she did not DEserve His healing power that would save her daughter. BUT, she had the ONE THING that changes everything….she had FAITH. Faith didn’t get her what she deserved, it got her what she WANTED! You see, Jesus goes beyond what we deserve, He satisfies our WANTS. He told this woman,”Woman, you have strong faith! What you wanted will be done for you.” Her daughter was cured at that very moment.
Start 2015 with faith in God. Go ahead and step out on the water. Don’t worry about the wind and the waves or storms. Just focus on the One who walks on the water and calms the storms. STOP trying and START TRUSTING! Go ahead and receive what HE serves. The grace of God only requires that we BELIEVE. Pretty simple when you think about it.
Livin’ The Dream In 2015!
Pastor Kevin Kinchen
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