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Faith Over Fear - Luke 17:11-19
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Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” - Luke 17:11-19

 

Discernment and fear are not the same thing. Discernment is grounded in the ongoing revelation and illumination provided by the Spirit, enabling us to distinguish evil from good and wisdom from foolishness. Fear is often a paralyzing, unpleasant emotion grounded in the anticipation of imminent danger or threat to our well being.

 

God has promised to help us overcome fear. 

 

In this COVID-19 context, Christians must not operate out of fear. Instead we must operate out of faith and love. In the Luke 17 text it is God's amazing love that is demonstrated through the actions of Jesus toward ten men sick with leprosy. They stood at a distance, cried out to Jesus and Jesus saw them and healed them. Jesus came preaching , teaching and healing. 

 

May the church never forget its true mission, which is often a risk-taking adventure with God. We should pray for discernment and wisdom, but we should never be afraid to help and heal those who are hurting and suffering. 

 

Especially , when we think about what God has done for us. At least one leper came back to say, "Thank you!" and Jesus said to him, what I think he says to all of us, "Your faith has made you well"

 

Prayer

O God, My heart and mind are flooded with fears. Sometimes I am paralyzed, I feel unable to go on. These fears are overwhelming, they remain with me day and night. Yet I hold onto your truth. You have told us not to fear, for you have overcome the world. So I cling to you, I trust in your promises, that you will never fail me, never forsake me. In moments of such crippling fear, I choose to hold your hand. I know you have experienced the most fearful places, I know that you have risen again. In you all promises meet and new life begins. You are my Savior, I hide in you, Protected by your love, And sheltered by your grace. I love you and need you always. in Jesus name, Amen.

 

 


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