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Thanks for What: Real Faith

by in Soul Food

"Then he said to him, 'Rise and go; your faith has made you well.' " (Luke 17:19)

For faith to make any real difference in our lives,it requires at least two things.

First, our faith has to be aimed at something trustworthy. That sounds like a no-brainer, but it's the easiest thing to miss. Very few things humans believe in offer serious power -- and Jesus alone offers supernatural power over life and death.

Faith isn't enough on it's own to make anyone well if it's faith in ourselves or faith in religion or faith in science or drugs or guru's. The lepers' faith made him well because he trusted in Jesus.

Second, our faith has to be for real. The leper was convinced Jesus had the power to heal him, but he didn't think his faith meant that Jesus was required to heal him. In other words, He trusted in Jesus' power even if Jesus did not choose to use that power to miraculously reverse his leprosy.

But Jesus did. No wonder the ex-leper was so thankful.

Think: What are some of the things you are tempted to trust to help you instead of God? Do you have a hard time believing God is trustworthy when He chooses not to use His power in the way you want Him to?

Pray: Thank God for your faith in Jesus through which He forgave your sins and made you well forever.

Do: Notice this week how people talk about trusting in God, science, religion, or themselves.

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