Believing is seeing (2)
“Lord… Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long” (Psalm 25:4,5 NIV).
Read Mark 1:29–34
 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew.  Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her.  So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.  That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed.  The whole town gathered at the door,  and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was. Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
ReflectHow did Jesus demonstrate God’s kingdom?
In our market-driven world, we’re used to multimedia campaigns that try to persuade us of this or that or to subtly change our behavior. So when Jesus prohibits the demons from proclaiming who he is, the shunning of free publicity and the refusal to accept free endorsements or testimonials seems strange. Surely the healing of so many people in one place is a God-given opportunity to get his message out! But Jesus doesn’t think so, and the reasons behind this counter-intuitive behavior become clearer in the light of what he says about his use of parables when he teaches (Matthew 13:10–15). Jesus seems to indicate that he doesn’t want to be known by just the casual observer. In the parable of the soils he teaches the need for people to retain and understand his message (Luke 8:15; Matthew 13:23); and in John 8:31,32 and 6:26–29 Jesus points out that knowledge is linked to willingness to believe and obey. God is not seeking casual followers, but those whose whole hearts are yielded, who have decided to give all to know and follow the King of the Universe, who will love him even to the point of laying down their lives.
Investigate those things you find hard to understand about God that you think he might be challenging you to.
I seek You with all my heart, my mind and my soul, O God. You are my heart’s desire.
Click here to sign up to receive the EXTRAs via email each quarter.