Mark 6:3–Is this not the Carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not His sisters here among us? And they took offence at Him and were hurt [that is, they disapproved of Him, and it hindered them from acknowledging His authority] and they were caused to stumble and fall (AMP).
When a world famous cookbook author’s name came up in the conversation, I mentioned how much I used and enjoyed her recipes.
“Oh, posh,”said one lady sarcastically. “She only lives over on the third line.”
The implication was clear. To that woman, living locally cancelled out all positive credentials. What a faulty belief system!
Jesus’neighbors felt the same way. In their eyes, Jesus lived ‘on the third line.’They refused to accept Him as more than the neighbor they knew. Are we any different? We beg God for freedom, healing or comfort and then hesitate to accept His answers when they sound like they are from ‘the third line’.
In Beth Moore’s life-changing book, ‘Believing God,’ she calls us to live by these five principles.
- God is who He says He is.
- God can do what He says He will do.
- I am who God says I am.
- I can do all things through Christ.
- God’s Word is alive and active in me right now.
Is that how we believe God?
Prayer: Lord, like the man in Mark 9:24b, we cry out, “I do believe. Help my unbelief.” Amen.