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Take Courage, Your Sins Are Forgiven

June 19, 2019

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Take Courage,  Your Sins Are Forgiven

Sometimes our faith seems  so dim  that we lose courage.     We can’t imagine a way out  of our dilemma.     It seems like our prayers  will never be answered.

We know for sure God exists  and that He sent Jesus  to be the Savior  of this world.     We know all things are possible  with the LORD.     We just don’t know  if God will ever have mercy on us  and answer our prayers.     We might wonder  if our longings mean anything  to our Creator and Savior.     We might even think  we probably don’t deserve an answer.     After all,  we’re just a tiny speck  in this vast universe.

But,  in Matthew,  Jesus wants us  to take on a different way  of thinking.     In  Matthew 9:2  we read,

And behold,  they were bringing to Him  a paralytic,  lying on a bed;  and Jesus seeing their faith  said to the paralytic,  “Take courage,  My son,  your sins are forgiven.”

These people had faith  as they came to Jesus,  but that paralytic didn’t know  if his long-felt prayers  would ever be answered.     He needed courage  to realize  that God Almighty cared even for paralytics,  who were sinners.     Jesus wanted him  to know for sure  that God cared for him,  so He said,  Take courage,  My son,  your sins are forgiven.”     We don’t have to be afraid  of approaching God  with our needs.

And then,  there was the fearful woman,  who had suffered twelve years  with a hemorrhage.     She had faith  in the power of Jesus  to heal her suffering,  but she had no courage  to ask Him outright  for the healing she needed.     Her faith  in Jesus’ ability to heal  was so great  that she thought…….   (Matthew 9:21-22)

“If I only touch His garment,  I shall get well.”

But Jesus  turning and seeing her  said,  “Daughter,  take courage;  your faith has made you well.”     And at once the woman was made well.

In both of these instances,  the needed faith was there,  but they lacked courage.     Jesus wants us  to take the “courage”  to lay all our needs  before Him.     His answer to our prayers may be different  from our thoughts,  but it will always be the wisest and best  in all eternity.     We can be very sure  of that.

When we lack “courage”,  we become very anxious and worried  about our circumstances.     Our Lord does not want us  to be anxious,  so Jesus spoke about the wondrous power God has  to care for every little flower  in the field,  and then,  in Matthew 6:30-33,  He says to us,

But if God so arrays  the grass of the field,  which is alive today  and tomorrow is thrown  into the furnace,  will He not much more do so  for you,  O men of little faith?     Do not be anxious then,  saying, ‘What shall we eat?’  or ‘What shall we drink?’  or  ‘With what shall we clothe ourselves?’

For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek;  for your heavenly Father  knows that you need  all these things.    

But seek first  His kingdom  and His righteousness;  and all these things  shall be added to you.

God already knows our needs,  so we should not lack the “courage”  to ask Him  to provide.     But,  with all our earthly provisions,  we need to remember  that the very most important thing  we need to ask for  is  “His kingdom and His righteousness”.      That is — to be His dear child  and to accept the salvation  and righteousness He gives us  through faith  in Jesus Christ alone.

With our faith we gain “courage”  and say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord, all things are possible with You  and nothing is impossible.     Thank You for making us  Your dear children  in Jesus Christ,  and for making us righteous  through faith  in all that You do  for us.     Help us to trust  in Your righteousness  to do what is right and good for us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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