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His Power Released
7/22/2014

But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. Mark 6:4-5 (NKJV)

Can you imagine wanting to help someone, but because of pride or ignorance they refused to allow you to?  Such was the case with Jesus in His hometown. We are actually told in Mark 6:5, “He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.”

Q:         Why couldn’t Jesus do mighty work?  Did He suddenly lose His great power?

The problem was not in any lack of power by Jesus—the problem was that those who had known Him and His family had chosen to believe that He was not the Christ, and in their disbelief they lost the blessings associated with believing in God. 

I see a common theme throughout the Scriptures—it is the power of God being released when people choose to believe Him and walk in faith.  In the Old Testament we see this clearly, as the Israelites sat at the shores of the Red Sea and complained.  Moses had told them to stand still and watch what God was going to do (Ex. 14:13), and two verses later we can clearly see God telling Moses to quit crying and tell the children of Israel to go forward.  And as soon as they began to walk the waters parted. 

In 2 Kings 4 we see a widow pleading to the prophet Elisha for help.  Her sons were just about to be taken away to serve as slaves to pay for her debt.  She told Elisha she only had one jar of oil as a possession, so Elisha told her to go and borrow as many empty vessels from her neighbors as possible.  He then told her to go behind closed doors and to fill the empty vessels up with her jar of oil.  And as she believed and acted in faith, she was able to fill every empty container, sell them, and use the proceeds to pay her bills.

We see this same principle in the New Testament as well in the story of 5,000 hungry men along with their families being fed, as a boy sees the need and chooses to come forth to share his food.  He didn’t look at the overwhelming needs, but simply took all he had and laid it at the Lord’s feet to be used mightily (John 6:5-12).

In each of these instances the people simply needed to believe in what God was leading them to do, and then walk in faith.  As they began to act on God’s prompting His power was released.  

 ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to trust in God and in His perfect plan for your life and for every situation. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Zechariah 4:6 where does our power come from?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you trusting in your own power, abilities and provisions, or are you seeking the Lord’s power and choosing to walk in faith?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Look to God for every need - asking Him to meet them.  Read His Word and choose to believe in His promises and to walk in faith.  This will release His power and peace within your life.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER: Father thank You for providing for me.  Thank You for showing me Your path when I have thought I was at a dead end.  Help me to remember Your truth and promises when I find myself tempted to doubt.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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