Christ Matt. 8:1-3,23-27;
9:1-8 Sept. 23, 2007
1. Trust Jesus When Your . . Sick. 8:1-3A. Trust Jesus Through . . Seeking Him. 8:1
In my opinion
too many people place too much attention on health. Some people seem
obsessed with what they consider proper concern for their bodies. These
same people will
neglect their soul and the proper spiritual emphasis from a biblical
view point. We will show we
trust the Lord as we seek Him, submit to Him, and trust Him for
strength. The people in the text
sought Jesus as they followed Him. The man with the obvious skin
problem submitted to the
Lord as he knelt before Him and requested healing. Trust in the Lord is
honored when Jesus
displays His strength, and heals the man. It is interesting to note the
man expressed his faith by
saying, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean." Jesus said,
"I am willing."
2. Trust Jesus When Your . . Scared. . 8:23-27A. Trust Jesus For . . Storms To Obey Him. 8:24
Many express fear at the storms of life. My wife and I have lived through three different hurricanes, so we know a little about fear from storms. Some today show very little confidence in the Lord at anytime, much less during a storm. We face other kinds of storms where we must apply the principals of trusting the Lord. Some of our storms are self-made, and that also leads us to call for forgiveness. The strength for properly facing storms comes from the Lord as we grow in our ability to trust. He calmed the storm and the sea for the disciples, and He may do the same for us as we submissively trust Him.
3. Trust Jesus When Your . . Sin-Sick. . 9:1-8A. Trust Jesus By . . Taking Sin-Sick People To Him. 9:1-2
Jesus is the answer for the sin-sick soul. The four men carried their friend to Jesus, and we can also take others to Jesus. How long has it been since you went out of your way to take someone to church, and through that ultimately to Jesus? How will the man in the text get well without help? Is his sickness caused by his sin? It seems to me that is true. We must think correctly as we trust the Lord. The scribes questioned the Lord, and this man's need because they did not think correctly about the Lord's power. It is obvious they did not place their trust in Him. We will illustrate we Always Trust The Lord as we take others to Him, think correctly about His power, and never neglect to trumpet our praise of Him. The man in the text went home forgiven, healed, and praising the Lord. Amen? Amen!