NOW THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION
by Ramona Cook
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Some questions simply beg for another question.
I feel that way about the question Jesus asked the Disciples when they were all in the boat going to the other side of the Lake. He asked them, “Where is YOUR faith?”
He had asked that question of them when they had awakened Him because they were frightened for their lives. A terrible storm had come up suddenly on the water and they were in danger, they felt, of being capsized, or of being thrown out of the boat by the fierceness of the waves. Jesus awakened at their demand and rebuked the storm and commanded the winds to be still. He then said to them, “Where is YOUR faith?”
The context of the Scripture clearly lets us know that the Disciples knew that Jesus could do something about the danger; the context of the Scripture clearly lets us know that Jesus thought that they could do something about the storm as well.
“Where is YOUR faith?” Now that is a good question!
Jesus could not have been addressing their lack of faith in Him because they had awakened Him to take care of the matter. They had exercised their faith in Him.
The question Jesus asked of them holds limitless imaginations. Could THEY have spoken to the storm and calmed it just as Jesus did?
Jesus taught that if our life is in agreement with God we may ask for anything and have it materialize.
Jesus said that if we tell a mountain to move and fall into the sea, and do not doubt in our hearts that it will happen, the mountain will indeed move into the sea.
Jesus told His followers that they would do greater works than He had done because He was going to the Father and that He would send another just like Him to live in us forever. That ONE being the Holy Spirit Who raised Jesus body from the grave into eternal life, just as He will also do for our mortal bodies. This is the One Who works in our behalf when we speak according as God has given to us permission to speak.
Do we do greater works than Jesus did? That’s a good question. Jesus could also ask of us, “Where is YOUR faith?”
The Bible tells us that God gave dominion over all the earth and the things that are here to the ruler-ship of mankind. You may recall that Adam gave it away to the devil in the Garden of Eden; but do you recall that Jesus purchased it back on the Tree of Calvary?
I have put this principle of dominion to work on a couple of occasions and have found it to be operative.
One day when I drove into my driveway there were about five Pit Bulls in my yard. They approached my car, barking and growling with their teeth blared. One of them was trying to jump into the opened window of my car. Wow! I was afraid! I closed the opened window and sat there a few minutes, and I blew my car horn hoping to scare them away, but they grew more agitated. Then, yes I did! I called on Jesus, just as did the Disciples on the lake that day.
I did not hear a message but what I did rather instinctively, I did because I know some Scriptures, and while it may seem a strange thing to do, it worked.
I opened a sliver of a crack in the window so the dogs could hear my voice and I said with authority, “I plead the blood of Jesus and I command you in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth all of you leave my property and never come back.”
They stopped, looked at me with defiance and then as if they were made of lead, with their heads lowered in stubbornness, stalked off my property plopping each foot down in resistance as they left. Never did I see them again.
We all do look for Jesus to wake up and show up. But could it be that there are many things He has told us we can do because He said we could do them using His Name?
On another occasion I had to get a horse back into the barn. The horse belonged to people for whom I worked and they were away for the day. The horse had found a weakened place in the fence and had broken though and was in danger of the traffic on the road and the traffic was in danger, of not only hitting her but also of wrecking their cars, besides that a serious thunder storm was approaching.
I could not get that horse to move. Finally the thought came to me that a horse was not to rule me and I commanded the horse in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth to get into the barn and to go NOW! The same defiant, stubborn, head down, made of lead movements that the dogs had made, the horse exhibited as well, but the horse went into the barn as commanded.
When the lady of the house returned I told her only that the horse had been out and that I had put her back. Her immediate question to me was, “How did you do that? That horse is so stubborn we can’t get her to do anything.”
I motioned for her to sit down; I said to her that I did not know if she was ready to hear the full account. I had not known that she was an atheist. She told me that while sitting on her porch steps at a later time, she had looked to the sky and said, “God if You are there, I need help.”
You may think that I would have the world by the tail and have no problems which I did not know how to work out in Jesus Name, after all I have had experiences like these (and so many more of which I have not spoken.) But even as the Disciple’s on the lake that day, all of whom had seen Jesus perform many miracles already, they were all amazed and frightened at what they saw Jesus do with the storm; “What manner of man is this?” they asked of each other.
Just as they did, I forget and do not continue to live in the life of faith at all times.
We as human beings are prone to be faithless and we don’t keep ourselves reminded of the things we do know because we don’t recount them as did David. I used to think that David was reminding God of what He had done; later I came to realize that David was reminding himself, so that he built his faith to ask God for something great and impossible to David.
Should not all we remind ourselves of the things God has done for us and to tell them to each other? Would we then with increased faith see many miracles?
Miracles are not realized until we extend faith toward God and step onto the proverbial water, doing that because Jesus said we can. “Mightier things than these (that I do) shall you do because I go to My Father,” that is what Jesus said to His Disciples.
“Where is YOUR faith?” Jesus asked, and that is still a very good question.
References: Luke 8:25,
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What a wonderful encouragement to act in faith! Thank you so much for this!