The Gentile woman had Great Faith!

Mathew 15 21-28 finds a Gentile woman who was looking for Jesus. She was beseeching Jesus to help her with her daughter, who was being tormented by demons. He did not say a word to her, and the disciples were telling Jesus to send her away. They felt like she was bothering Jesus and wanted her to be sent away.

Jesus told the woman that he was sent to help Gods people, the people of Israel. She did not let his words stop her request, she was persistent. This woman continued to worship him and plead with him to Help her.. Jesus says this,

“He answered her with this saying: “It is not right to take the children’s bread and give it to the dogs.” The woman said, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the pieces of food that fall from their master’s table.””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭15:26-27‬ ‭ERV‬‬

She was not accepting NO for an answer, her need was too great. This woman was determined to see her child made whole and restored. Jesus was concentrating on the people of Israel at this time in his walk, he had not yet died and become the savior for all people. It’s like she was asking him to do something he was not prepared for. This woman made a call on the future anointing of Jesus when she said, Lord help me!

He could not continue to ignore her cry. She believed that he was able to heal her daughter in spite of his current assignment. Her faith in his ability was so strong that he said,

“Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! You will get what you asked for.” And right then the woman’s daughter was healed.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭15:28‬ ‭ERV‬‬

Ahhhhh, he told her it was her FAITH that made the difference. What are you believing God for? Do you know what he is able to do for you if you just BELIEVE? Are you willing to put your pride aside and make your need be known? Are you willing to trust in spite of what someone else believes? The crowd was trying to convince Jesus to ignore her because she was not who they believed she should be, but hallelujah her FAITH convinced Jesus.

“Faith is what makes real the things we hope for. It is proof of what we cannot see.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:1‬ ‭ERV‬‬


They accept me, do you?

“What the law says is for those who are under the law. It stops anyone from making excuses. And it brings the whole world under God’s judgment, because no one can be made right with God by following the law. The law only shows us our sin.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:19-20‬ ‭ERV‬‬

You ever wonder why kids always tend to find the of crowd of people that are normally called “The Bad Crowd”? Because they accept your kids, they let them in their life, love on them and fill the void that is left by so called “social norms”. When our kids become sullen or depressed or start to veer off the path we give up, we say stuff like I’m going to pray for them but it’s up to God, or we talk about how much pressure and strain they have put on the family. Instead of hugging and loving on our kids we beat them up with the law of the Lord.

““If you love only those who love you, should you get any special praise for doing that? No, even sinners love those who love them!”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭6:32‬ ‭ERV‬‬

Many people who have come to know the word depend on it to chastise and correct because they have fallen in love with the law and the promises of God. We forget that God is able to do so much more with the law than we are. God uses the law with grace and mercy and meets us at our need. What God wants us to do is love his children.

“This is my command: Love each other.”

‭‭John‬ ‭15:17‬ ‭ERV‬‬

““I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other just as I loved you.”

‭‭John‬ ‭13:34‬ ‭ERV‬‬

Many people get beat up by life , make bad choices, have bad things happen to them or fall short of what WE expect of them. When they find themselves falling there is usually condemnation and emotional pain. Instead of reaching down to help them we remind them of what they should have done or could have done to avoid the fall. We tell them how good God is to us and boast how that thing did not happen to us. We stand in front of the church and give testimonies of how good God is and remind the people we deem failures that if they prayed the right prayer or knew the right scripture that God would love and bless them too. We don’t tell them about the struggles we had as new christians, we don’t tell them that we learned to pray because we were at rock bottom and had nothing to live for. We don’t tell them how we learned to remember the scriptures because the words of the scripture where the only words that kept us sane. We don’t share that our marriages have struggled through financial insecurities, infidelity and just plain ole apathy and that it’s by the grace of God that we are still married. We don’t tell them that our children and grandchildren have struggle in the same area and that it was prayer and fasting that allowed us to survive until God brought healing to the situation. We hide behind the word and don’t want to reveal our past because we don’t want to be judged. I pray that we all let go of our self righteousness and remember that is the Love of God that keeps us and if we share it, there will be no lure to the bad side.

“So these three things continue: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:13‬ ‭ERV‬‬