But we see a beautiful thing happening in this situation: Jesus gives the boy back to his father in a completely new condition. ", Psalm 27:1 says, "The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear. We receive severe painful mercies but find light and resolution in Christ. The second principle is 2.) I'm reminded of what Jesus said in John 15:3, "You are clean through the words I speak unto you.". Then, in verse 14 when Jesus looked at these men he did two things: He had mercy on them when he looked at them and he worked it out when he told them to go. First, we pray for divine assistance in finding a solution. Download our eBooks to read on your computers, phone, tablet, or eReader. That’s exactly what happened after the glory of the Transfiguration on the mountain. My brothers and sisters, it just so happened that while these ten men were in a city near Samaria and Galilee, Jesus decided to take the long way and runs into these men. God alone knows that I need this in my life. The problems we face seem bigger than Christ. What is really bothering Jesus here that he would use such strong language as “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you and bear with you?” It’s once again the matter of unbelief. Luke writes very specifically about the desperate panic of the father over his “only child” who was experiencing severe seizures resulting in dangerous, bizarre behavior. We fail to grasp the implication of the Gospel. When Jesus had said to him, “All things are possible for one who believes.” The Father responded by saying, “I believe, help my unbelief.” So he experienced what we will experience in our lives either in this life or in glory. ", The bible records in Luke 17:14 that when these men began to walk in the same air Jesus spoke into something miraculous happened. Yes, these men had to live apart from family and friends, but the text says in verse 11 and 12 "Now it happened as Jesus went to Jerusalem that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Turning a problem over to Jesus doesn’t mean we ignore it or stop working on it. ", Is there anybody here who knows Jesus has a prescription to fix whatever you are going through? They just didn’t “get it” and therefore failed to deal with critical problems out of their new authority and identity. Because of the law and man's phobia's I can't come close to you. Luke gives us two stories about the ministry of Peter to show us how Jesus was still breaking in out of the blue to turn … To meet in celebratory worship with other members of Christ’s body is encouraging beyond words. When we realize this awesome truth, we are not afraid to give over to God anything in our life be it children gifts, resources and opportunities, etc. That was, until Jesus appeared. Believing everything he has told us. Even in some families, people have been forced to live on the outside because of the choices they have made. October 30, 2016. Is there anybody here who knows when you call on the Lord he will answer? Jesus Turns Things Around and People Turn to Him . Bringing the “hard stuff” to Jesus. We still apply whatever skill or ability we have toward solving the problem but we add two things to the mix. Job 42:10 When God Turns It Around University of Tennessee vs. UCLA. The third principle is 3.) We fail to believe and trust the things he has already taught us. On the contrary, what God allows in our lives for good or bad is absolutely essential for us. Jesus said, “Come to me you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Browse, sort & search all Bible Study resources. Everyone thought that UT would win by several TDs. The best way to view our articles and Q&A. Because of who I am, I can't get close to you. UCLA had a freshman quarterback who threw 4 interceptions in the first half. Finally, as they were walking, the Samaritan leper looks down and realizes he has been healed and stops and gives God the praise. John Newton said that whatever God withholds from us is not really necessary for us. It’s never wise nor easy to speculate on the hidden purposes of God. Matthew, Mark and Luke all give a detailed account of Jesus healing a boy with an unclean spirit right after the Transfiguration. The father had been honest before Jesus about his faith. There is no other solution other than the Lord. ", Philippians 4:13 says, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. He gives them back in a completely different form. Including photos each week from our outreaches and the weekly review. We face a real enemy that can appear to be more powerful than our capacity. My brothers and sisters, this is a text and situation that his home with everyone, because at one point or another in our lives we all have lived as lepers. Just when he thought it was over for his daughter he met Jesus. Copyright © 2020. We even possess his Name as his children. I’m going through some difficult personal issues and all I hear from my Christian friends is that I need to pray about it and lay my troubles at the foot of the cross or turn it all over to Jesus. There’s an assumption here that we really need to be careful with: This particular principle has power assuming we have really given things over to Jesus. Faith Presbyterian Church This leads me to my first point: 1. They just tell me that Jesus will take care of it. A very high percentage of such families wind up in divorce. But, it takes great wisdom to know when you have hit bottom. Our Lord understands our panic more than we could ever comprehend: He gave his “only Son” who had been with him for all of eternity for us on the cross. We see the damaged fruit of the enemy of our souls. But Jesus goes in and takes the girl by the hand and says, "Talitha Cumi" which means: "Little girl its time to get up." He gave the ultimate gift. The first principle is 1.) Following Jesus We grow food to support a community, build and repair homes, and support the poor, widows, and the fatherless. What does it mean when Christian friends of mine tell me to turn all my troubles over to Jesus, or lay it (them) at the foot of the cross. The disciples were confused and defeated from the start because they failed to understand the total scope of Jesus’ teaching. Somebody has been wondering how you are going to make it; you've been wondering how youo are going to get through: when God says go, just GO! And sometimes, we have additional conflicts to face. You remember Jairus don't you? I am using the vernacular here when I speak about “hard stuff.” I deliberately avoided being too specific because we all have very different issues. Receive the “hard stuff” back from Jesus. We are no different than the people he was addressing. Sign up for our free daily newsletter. We just have to be willing to let the Lord produce the result He wants in the situation, even if it turns out to be different from the one we want. The first principle is 1.) He did not stop turning things around. The boy’s parent in our story may have been desperate but he had come to the right person. But, it’s often so hard to go down from the mountain and face the same old grind. 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Oh, but I stopped by here this morning to let you know that God is in the business of bringing people from where they are to where they need to be! So laying our problems at the foot of the cross means deciding to let His will be done in a matter, and letting Him work through us to achieve it. Find & sort all our resources. The starting point for any parent in crisis is to bring our children before Christ in whatever way we can. We all have tons of “stuff” that must be brought to Jesus. Solving a personal problem can be difficult because the solution is often beyond our control, and making ourselves responsible for a result we can’t control is a recipe for stress. It is incumbent upon us as ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ as well as lay members to preach faith back into the hearts of God’s people. Personal updates from Samantha. Is there anybody here who can give God the glory. Regardless to how good of a person they were, who would be hurt or left alone, they had to leave home and wonder alone or with other lepers. Bring your deepest hurts and pains to me and I will give them back to you in my timing. So he gives us the same exhortation. So, I will cry out for mercy, because I know what ever ails me through your mercy you will heal me! Psalm 34:19 says, "Many are the affictions of the righteous, but God delievers him out of them all. But, it’s especially important that we turn over the most painful things in our lives to Jesus. Luke 9: 37-39. So the question always comes up: Why would God allow something so dark and terrible to continue in the boy’s life? That’s the exhortation from God’s Word this morning. I don't know about you, but when I think of the goodness of Jesus and all he has done for me, I have to praise God! The damage that is inflicted affects every area of life. The father assumed up until this point that there couldn’t be any way out of this darkness. It’s an amazing thing to experience the mountain top experiences of life. Luke 9: 37-39. Second, we turn the outcome over to the Lord, subordinating our will in the matter to His. God is able to turn any situation around. A quick intro and overview of our ministry and this website, plus some best-of articles and Q&A.