Faith: The Key to Victorious Living 04/25/2017

Moody Adams
“Faith is not believing God can do anything. Faith is believing God can do anything through you. Faith is not believing God is Almighty, Faith is believing God is almighty in you” (NORMAN GRUBB).

Jesus led His twelve disciples to world-shaking victory. He gave them the instructions for winning. They obeyed Him and followed His plan. They went where Jesus told them to go: These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter you not: “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 10:5-7).
They did what Jesus told them to do: “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8).

They trusted Jesus to take care of them: “Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat. And into whatsoever city or town you shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till you go thence. And when you come into an house, salute it” (Matthew 10:9-12).
They trusted Jesus to take care of their enemies: “And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when you depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city” (Matthew 10:13-15).

Jesus has an exciting, winning plan for your life, just as He did for the Twelve Apostles. Pray for His will in your life, follow His guidance, trust Him to provide, and you too will be an eternal winner.

WISDOM KEY: “And whoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when you depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet” (Matthew 10:14).

EXAMPLE: When Paul and Silas went where God told them to go—Antioch—and did what he had told them to do—proclaim the gospel—many were saved. Many others rejected the gospel and drove Paul and Silas out of their country. So they shook off the dust from their feet and went to the next city, full of joy: “And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spoke against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.

Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing you put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. For so has the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that you should be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region. But the Jews stirred up the devout and honorable women, and the chief men of the city and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.

But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost” (Acts 13:44-52).

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