Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Are you persistent?

"And from thence He arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into a house, and would have no man know it: but He could not be hid.

For a certain woman, whose young daughter had a unclean spirit, heard of Him, and came and fell at His feet:

The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought Him that He would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.
But Jesus said unto her,Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and cast it to the dogs.
And she answered and said unto Him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.
And He said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.
And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed." Mark 7:24-30

Have you ever been on a mission to get something done as this woman was?

This Syrophoenician woman knew where to go and who to see to accomplish her mission!

A dog was generally referred to as a Gentile in Jesus day.

The Jews at that time considered them pagans, and thought the they were no more likely to receive God's blessing.

Jesus was not degrading the woman on referring to her by the use of this term in His day.

Jesus was simply telling this woman that the Jews had first opportunity to accept Him as Messiah.

The Jews are God's chosen people to present the gospel to the world.

As the woman faces Jesus He responds to her in a negative way, to test her faith.

Jesus was provoking her to see what she would do.

He was testing her faith to show that not only Jews could have faith, but all.

Jesus harsh words did not deter this woman of faith, she just respectfully accepted the crumb that Jesus threw out to her.

The woman's heart was guarded from those cruel words.

"For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made." Romans 10:10

This woman was not about to get a haughty, negative attitude and let her attitude deny her daughter new life.

This woman was persistent!

We as believers can not let mere words, attitudes keep us from believing in our Lord.

We need to believe and trust in Him!

The Syrophoenician woman wanted a real life for her and her daughter.

The woman pressed in to get what she needed.

God is no respecter of persons!

She was persistent!

She was determined.

Jesus was impressed with her great faith.

She did not yield.

She did not give up.

She placed her trust in Him!

We as believers can not give up.

We as believers can not turn around or turn away.

We as believers can not quit, no matter what!

We must keep our faith strong.

We must persist and ask for God's help.

"And He said, Certainly I will be with thee:" Exodus 3:12a

God ask us to do things that are seemingly to difficult for us, but He doesn't ask us to do them alone.

God wants to use you to be the light of the world.

God wants to use you!

God will give you His strength.

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