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Thanks for What: The Power

by in Soul Food

"When he saw them, he said, 'Go, show yourselves to the priests.' And as they went, they were cleansed." (Luke 17:14)

One of the things that awed people about Jesus' miracles was that He didn't "do" anything. "Miracle workers," priests, prophets, and magicians throughout history have performed elaborate rituals, uttered magic words, chanted, danced, hurt themselves, killed people, and did everything they could to impress their gods or put on a show in an attempt to do the impossible.

Jesus mostly just made a silent decision in response to someone believing in Him -- and the impossible happened. So instead of raising His hands or yelling or putting on some Harry Potter glasses and waving a stick at the lepers, Jesus just told them to go see the priests to confirm their healing and get permission to return to their homes and families.

And on the way to the temple, they discovered the leprosy was gone. Just like that.

No matter what problems we look to God for help with, we can be absolutely sure that He has the power to fix them any way He likes -- and every good thing in our lives, every fixed thing, every hopeful thing, every functioning thing, every impossible thing -- is because He did it without even breaking a sweat.

Think: Do you believe God is powerful enough to do whatever He wants to do for you without even trying hard? Do you believe that every good thing in your life is something He gave to you using His limitless power because He loves you?

Pray: Thank God for His limitless power to make people well.

Do: Make a quick list of 10 good things in your life that your powerful God has given to you because He loves you.

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