Tag Archives: Matthew

He Is Willing

Matthew 8:2-3 – Behold, a leper came to him and worshipped him, saying, "Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean."  Jesus stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, "I want to. Be made clean." Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

This leper approached Jesus with faith – he believed that God could do something to help his situation.  And as a result he found that God did do something.

Faith discerns the will of God. When we have faith that something will happen, then we have found what God wants to do.  It doesn’t mean that we perceive how God will bring it about – sometimes the Lord fufills His word to us in ways that we didn’t expect.  But faith – that internal ‘knowing’ – is the key to unlocking what God wants to do next. 

If we are lacking in faith – let’s not beat ourselves us – let’s ask God for it!  Just as the man with a demon-possessed son said ‘I want to believe – help me overcome my unbelief’.  If we persist until the Lord grants us faith, we will find the answer to our prayers and the will of God will open up like a bright path in front of us.

Let God Deliver Him

Matthew 27:43 – "He trusts in God. Let him deliver him now, if he wants him; for he said, `I am the Son of God.`”

As Jesus was dying on the cross, crowds gathered around and heaped abuse on him.  As well as saying ‘if you are the son of God, you can get yourself down’, they also leveled the words above at him too. 

Amazingly, in saying this, they quote almost verbatim from Psalm 22.  This Psalm contains vivid words that accurately prophesied what would happen to Jesus while He was upon the cross.  And in verse 8 of Psalm 22, those who surround him say ‘He trusts in Yahweh; Let him deliver him; Let him rescue him, since he delights in him’

Ephesians 2 mentions the fact that the spirit of this age (satan) can actively work through those who oppose the gospel.  These words had their origin not from humans, but from the evil spirits that were rejoicing and mocking the son of God as he lay in weakness.  Yet little did they know that God would deliver Him, and He would be back!!