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Weekly Devotionals

Walk by Faith

27 And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” 28 When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” 30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about it.” 31 But they went away and spread his fame through all that district. Jesus Heals a Man Unable to Speak. 32 As they were going away, behold, a demon-oppressed man who was mute was brought to him. 33 And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds marveled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.” 34 But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the prince of demons.” – Matt 9:27-34

“It is about faith, but not quite like the faith that people think about.” I said to my husband as I walked into our home after one staff meeting. “I am not even sure if I have the same thoughts on faith from 2 years ago, I mean, before Covid.” And he nodded as he understood what I meant. I have testimonies about faith. Since I was young in my walk with God to present day. I have countless testimonies and experiences of God showing up in the impossible situations. But it was different this year. After we decided our theme, a new fire started to slowly burn in my heart to relearn about faith for myself. I hope and pray for that desire for you, too!

One of the misconceptions of faith is that it is closedmindedness. Once you believe, you don’t think about the other options. “There is no compromise and we must be sole minded, focused, and not open to distractions.” How charismatic it sounds! As I imagine someone like Joan of Ark leading armies being a person of faith, it was easy for me to think of faith walk as closedmindedness. However, many of stories in book of Matthew (as well as other gospel books of course) present us two kinds of attitude toward the ministry of Jesus. One is like those blind men that were open-minded and reached out to Jesus and the other one is like the Pharisees trying to fit such a miracle into the box of their old categories. If we are closed-minded it is hard to accept new ideas and suggestions. If anyone that is afraid of accepting new things, it would be because of the fear of losing something that is already there. Imagine trying to share the gospel to someone close-minded. It will be almost impossible for the person to even hear you out. Even Jesus withheld miracles at times because of people’s unbelief!

However if we remind ourselves that the journey of faith is not led by us but by the One that is the Alpha and the Omega of our faith, this fear can be overcome. The more we want to protect what we have, the more closed minded we will become. His kingdom is not to be protected, but to be expanded. His kingdom has been forcefully advancing! (Matt 11:12)

As we open our mind to what God is going to teach us this year, may we ground ourselves with trust and assurance in Jesus, the Perfecter of our faith.