Jesus was in the Synagogue on the Sabbath, He saw a man with a withered hand. The religious folks were hoping to carch Him working (healing ).
” And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.”
The anger of the Lord, was usually reserved for the religious. It was a righteous anger, because of the hardness of their hearts. The evil hearts of unbelief.
Unbelief kept the Hebrews wondering the desert for 38 years longer then the Lord had planned. When He told them: ” Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:” Instead of going in to take the land, they allowed the ten negative reports to influence their hearts.
They had “evil hearts of unbelief “. The Lord is grieved by our unbelief.
Only Believe and your dead daughter will be well, the blind will see, the lame walk, the crippled healed.
We don’t know how to believe. If we are honest, we recognize very few signs and wonders or miracles. I am talking about folks healed by our shadows or by their touching the hems of our garments.
The breakdown is in us, not God. We are Christians, believers but not Deciples. We all have something we need to give up or change within so that the Lord can trust us with His Power and Grace.
Self Righteousness, Pride, Covetousness, Lust, Greed, A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
We must learn to give all to the Lord. Enter into His courtyard, Allow Him to truly live and reign within our hearts. Touch the hem of His garment, by fulfilling His command to love as He loved.
That means to be willing to give all you are, all you own or will ever posess to follow Him. Take His Yoke upon you and walk with Him.
It is beyond my ability. I must rest in Him.
Lord, help me to enter into Your rest. To become a useful vessel of Your love.
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