Summary: EOLS: God responds when we exercise faith that comes through the revelation of His power in our lives.

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And Jesus Was Amazed (How to Amaze Jesus)

Matthew 8:5-10

5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”

7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.

Mark 6: 1-6

1 Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.

“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph,[a] Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.

4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 He was amazed at their lack of faith.

EOLS: God responds when we exercise faith that comes through the revelation of His power in our lives.

As Christians, we live our lives in an attempt to walk closely with Jesus. Even when we fall woefully short, we know it, and we want to get back on track as soon as possible. Walking by faith is not always easy. The feedback loop can sometimes be muddled. God speaks to us through circumstances, through prayer, through His Word and through the Church. Sometimes as we listen we’ll know His heart instantly, but most often I find that it takes some time.

Have you ever thought about how it must have been to walk with the Lord in person; to be able to talk with him face to face in daily life? Consider with me, you’re intimate friends in person with this man who you know to be God in the flesh. You know him so well and you watch his every reaction to things that you and others around you do. You let your guard down sometimes, but you also want to please him more than anything. I imagine that the people who walked with Him personally, in the flesh knew how to read him well. They could tell if he was aggravated, happy, deep in thought or contemplative just by looking. It’s hard for me to imagine what he looked like when he was amazed. Picture the Lord just amazed, just astonished, absolutely floored by something! Today we talk about-what it takes to amaze Jesus. How have you amazed Him, has he ever been amazed with you? Let’s talk.

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