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Taking Jesus at His Word

I am memorizing this definition of faith in Jesus Christ from Colossians 1:4 (Amplified).

Faith is leaning your entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in his power, wisdom, and goodness.”

Isn’t that an excellent description! It’s short and packs a BIG punch. The words “entire” and “absolute” are standing out to me this morning.  How do you and I grow in faith to this level?

Romans 10:17 gives the answer: “So faith comes from hearing the message. And the message that is heard is the word of Christ.

The words of Christ! We have to hear them in order to have faith. I’ve been in the family of God since I was a child. As I glance back at the last 30+ years, I see that my life can be divided into times of great faith and little faith. Reading and studying my Bible or the lack of it is what tilted the scales in either direction.

Our church is spending a year studying “Everything Jesus Said” and the sermons are broken up into specific topics. We are using the book, The Greatest Words Ever Spoken: Everything Jesus Said About You, Your Life, and Everything Else (Thinline Ed.) I highly recommend it! Last night I read this passage from the book and was INSPIRED:

John 4:46-53 NIV

Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. 47When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.

48 “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”

49 The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”

50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”

The man took Jesus at his word and departed. 51 While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. 52 When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.”

53 Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and his whole household believed.

He took Jesus at his word and left! He started out with the very determined goal of bringing Jesus home with Him. He had seen or heard of Jesus’ miracles and had faith that Jesus was the answer to his son’s illness. But Jesus did not oblige the man. He gave a command to “go” and a promise that his son would live. And the man took Him at His word and left.

I believe this father accepted the power, wisdom and goodness of Jesus. In desperation for His son’s life, He obeyed the One who had the power to heal. And Jesus was true to His word.

Our faith grows as we experience Jesus being true to His word. I see His faithfulness in one area, and have the courage to lean on Him in confidence that He will be right in the next area I bring to Him. But I must hear from Him and that means reading the Bible. He is also gracious to encourage me with the accounts of His faithfulness in the lives of those around me. My faith soars when I hear of His work in the life of others. I bet yours does too.

My prayer is that I will grow in this faith that leans entirely on Him and is able to take Him at his Word. I pray that you do to!

About Jennifer O. White

I’m a simple wife who has discovered God’s amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you’ve ever imaged.