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Are you Asking the Right Questions?

Question MarkWe live in an age of hero worship.  It seems that people are more inclined to follow those with the most glitz and showmanship.  It has, unfortunately, carried over into the body of Christ.

When it comes to the teachings we accept, how do we decide who to listen to?  We need to be asking the right questions.  This was something that was clearly portrayed in the ministry of Christ.

The following is taken from the Scriptural passage found in the Gospel of Luke 4:16-40.  You will want to read that first to understand what I share in this post.

In that section of Scripture, Jesus preaches at two different synagogues.  One was in His hometown of Nazareth, and the other in Capernaum.  In both cases He preached the same message.  Knowing that it was the Lord, I am assuming that both messages had the same level of anointing.

In spite of these similarities, only one of the towns, Capernaum, received a blessing out of the visit.  It is clear to see from the narrative, that the reason was the questions that they asked themselves as Jesus was ministering.

This is important to us because we are guilty of the same type of attitudes that these people had.  I believe that we have missed out on countless blessings because our attitudes got in the way.  What makes the difference?

Verse 22 shows the question the people of Nazareth were asking.  It demonstrates what they were focusing on.

They spoke well of Him.  They were amazed at the words from His lips.

“Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”

They were concentrating on who was speaking – was He all that they were expecting?

Capernaum was a different case altogether.  Verse 32 and 36 make it clear that they were amazed at His teaching.  They recognized that His Word had power and authority.  Who He was and what He looked like didn’t figure into their acceptance of the Word.

As a result, revival fell in Capernaum that day.  Demons were cast out and all the sick that lived in that area were healed (Verse 33-40).

We need to learn this lesson.  Sometimes the biggest show has the least anointing.  On the other hand – there are times God wants to perform great miracles through His “unknown servants”.

We need to be asking, “What is the anointing, authority, and power upon this Word.”  How big a following someone has shouldn’t figure into it.  It’s all about the spirit behind the message, not the person God is using.

If we keep this in mind, then we’ll find the blessing of God in some of the most unlikely places.  We will also open ourselves up to the miraculous.

Question:  Have you ever received a blessing from God’s unknown servants?

© Nick Zaccardi 2013

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Posted by on March 18, 2013 in Revival, The Church, Word of God

 

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The Best Path

Exodus 13:17-18
When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter.  For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.”  So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea.  The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle.

The best path is not always the shortest.  Sometimes, the road you take is as important as the destination.  As a matter of fact, if we wanted the quickest way between two points, we would have to fly like a bird!

We sometimes get frustrated with God because He doesn’t seem to be leading us to our destiny by the shortest route.  As Israel had to learn, the shortest way may prove disastrous.  God knew the road ahead and took them the way that would insure their survival.  We need to trust God’s plan for our lives as well.  It may be that the longer path is what’s needed for our ultimate victory.

Why are you taking the route you are on?  That is not only a question you need to ask on the road, but also in life.  What choices brought you to this place?  Where does this road ultimately lead you?  Is the destination worth the trip?

These are things to ponder in God’s presence as you free yourself of distractions.  One of your goals should be to see where you’ve come from and where you are headed.  That way you can make a course adjustment if necessary.

Spend time with the Lord today seeking His insight.  Let Him share His mind with you.  Remember, you might not be on the quickest path, but that doesn’t mean it is not the right one.  Take the time today to establish God’s path as the final authority for your journey through life.

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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