February 16, 2017: He Can Make You….

Morning: Matthew 7:28-8:4; Noon: Leviticus 7:11-10:7; Evening: Psalm 31:10-24

Is there anything too great for the Lord to accomplish or do? Jesus is not like other men. He is not subject to the weaknesses of man. Though He humbled Himself and made Himself like a man for a time, the Father granted Jesus the power to exercise His power as He wished, only that He remain in keeping with God’s will at large, namely, the redemption of man through the cross. This was the work that Jesus had come to finish, and even when Jesus asked the Father if there was another way, the Father remained silent. The answer was clearly, “No.” Nevertheless, this obedient relationship with the Father in no way compromised Jesus’ wonder working divine power. He was still the same God with the same power that created the worlds and everything in them.

When the leper came to Jesus he knew that Jesus was able to make him clean, but the question remained, “Would Jesus be willing?” The humility of the leper was key to receiving the response that he had hoped from Jesus. The leper both postured himself and spoke words that were in keeping with a servant who stood before a king to ask his request. When the leper said to Jesus, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean,” Jesus said, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Had the leper demanded his cleansing or expressed some tell of entitlement to Jesus’ cleansing, it is very unlikely that the Lord would have granted his request. In fact, the leper’s request is a stark contrast to the Pharisees who answered Jesus and said, “Teacher, we want a sign from You” (Mat. 12:38). The Pharisees sought their own will. The leper sought the Lord’s will. By refusing to answer the Pharisees demands, Jesus showed Himself once more as Lord and King.

You and I should remember that there is nothing too great for the Lord to accomplish. He can make you disease free. He can make you anger free. He can make you happy. He can make you a parent. His power is not made limited by the natural world. In fact, His power is extended and magnified through it. But how we show ourselves to Him will largely determine how He shows Himself to us. A proud spirit will invoke an unmoving God. A humble spirit may invoke a granted request if it be His will. God does not always answer our prayers in the way we want them, but Jesus promises that He will give good things (Mat. 7:11).

Is there something you seek personally from the Father today? Pray humbly and ask… “Lord, if you are willing, You can make me _________”

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