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TITLE: Impress God? Impossible!
By L.M. Lee
11/15/04
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Did you know there are only two places in the Bible where Jesus marveled? Of course you probably did…but I just learned it tonight! Aren’t concordances a wonderful thing?

Think about it. Jesus, the Word, Who spoke everything into existence and holds everything in place by the power of His authority.

What could possibly impress Him?

Just one thing…faith.

In Matthew 8, Jesus marveled at the Centurion’s understanding of authority and faith.

And in Mark 6, Jesus marveled at His hometown’s complete lack of understanding and faith.

Wow… a marred view of faith can veil His ability to act in our lives!

I wonder when Jesus looks at my life, does He marvel at my belief or the complete lack there of? Unfortunately, I am ashamed to admit the truth. Most often He finds fear instead of faith.

A pastor friend once told me, “Jesus never asked us to be realists. He asked us to be believers.”

As we approach the Christmas season, the time of great miracles, I pray that in my own life I will be more like Mary and less like Zacharias. Mary believed what God told her, even though it was completely unrealistic …a virgin conceiving and bearing a son? Zacharias wanted realistic explanations before he would believe…he got nine months of silence.

…hum, could that explain the prayers that bounce off the ceiling, roll around on the floor and drown in a puddle of tears? Why should God answer when all I am doing is begging for explanations instead of exercising my faith?

Lord, like so many others, help me with my unbelief. Let this year be the year my faith impresses You!

© 11/15/04 Lissa M. Lee
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