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Faith & values

October 26, 2013

You’re 1 in a million

Many times, I find myself accepting in my life what is happening in the lives of others. I automatically assume I am subject to world conditions, the economy or what the government might be concocting.

Recently, I was reading in the fourth chapter of Luke and I noticed Jesus sighting the faith of two individuals, Naaman and the widow of Zarephath.  He was ministering in His hometown of Nazareth and they were questioning His authority because they had known Him from birth.  Hewas just one of the local boys with a somewhat dubious beginning. His mom had claimed He was the son of God and his father Joseph had married her anyway.  The town’s people were slow to forget the humble beginnings of the man called Jesus.

“When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written:

 ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.

“He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.’

“He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently.  Then he began to speak to them. ‘The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!’”

 Everyone spoke well of him and was amazed by the gracious words that came from his lips. “How can this be?” they asked. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”

 Then he said, “You will undoubtedly quote me this proverb: ‘Physician, heal yourself’— meaning, ‘Do miracles here in your hometown like those you did in Capernaum.’ But I tell you the truth; no prophet is accepted in his own hometown.

 “Certainly, there were many needy widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the heavens were closed for three and a half years, and a severe famine devastated the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them. He was sent instead to a foreigner — a widow of Zarephath in the land of Sidon.  And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, but the only one healed was Naaman, a Syrian.”

 When they heard this, the people in the synagogue were furious. Jumping up, they mobbed him and forced him to the edge of the hill on which the town was built. They intended to push him over the cliff,  but he passed right through the crowd and went on his way.”  Luke 4:16-30 NLT

By faith, two people, the widow and Naaman, were healed and provided for.  Others in Israel and the surrounding areas had the same needs but these two were willing to believe for a miracle. They were willing to see themselves through eyes of faith and declare that they were “one in a million.”  They were the exception to their natural circumstances.  They believed in a kingdom greater than the one they were living in. King David had the same mindset, as he wrote in Psalms 91:1-7 NLT.

“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

“This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;  he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.

“He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings.

His faithful promises are your armor and protection.  Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.  Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.  Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.”

I encourage you to choose today by faith to be the exception. Choose to believe God in every circumstance no matter how dire it may seem. God is faithful and you are “one in a million.”

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