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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
|FEBRUARY 3, 2019
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|FEBRUARY 17, 2019
|FEBRUARY 24, 2019
|MARCH 3, 2019
“According to your faith be it unto you.” (Mt. 9:29)
When Jesus asked two blind men if they believed that He was able to give them sight, they replied that they did. As
He touched their eyes, He said, “According to your faith be it unto you,” and their eyes were opened.
It would be easy to conclude from this that if we just have enough faith, we can get anything we want, whether
wealth, healing, or whatever. But that is not the case. Faith must be based upon some word of the Lord, some
promise of God, some command of Scripture. Otherwise it is nothing more than wishful credulity.
What we learn from our text is that the extent to which we appropriate the promises of God depends on the measure
of our faith. After promising King Joash that he would have victory over the Syrians, Elisha told him to smite the
ground with his arrows. Joash smote three times, then stopped. Elisha angrily announced that the king would have
only three victories over Syria whereas he could have had five or six (2 Kgs. 13:14-19). The measure of his victory
depended on his faith.
It is that way in the life of discipleship. We are called to walk by faith, to forsake all. We are forbidden to lay up
treasures on earth. How far do we dare to go in obeying these commands? Should we do away with life insurance,
health insurance, savings accounts, stocks and bonds? The answer is, “According to your faith be it unto you.” If
you have faith to say, “I will work hard for my current needs and the needs of my family, put everything above that in
the work of the Lord, and trust God for the future,” then you can be absolutely certain that the Lord will take care of
your future. He has said that He would and His word cannot fail. If, on the other hand, we feel we should exercise
“human prudence” by providing for a rainy day, God will still love us and will still use us according to the measure of
The life of faith is like the waters that flow from the Temple in Ezekiel 47. You can go in to your ankles, to your
knees, to your loins—or, better still, you can swim in them.
God’s choicest blessings, of course, are for those who trust Him most fully. Once we have proved His faithfulness
and sufficiency, we want to put away the crutches, props and pillows of “common sense.” Or, as someone has
said, “Once you walk on the water, you never want to ride in a boat again.”
Below is a meditation written, by Mr. William MacDonald. 1917-2007
Philip Dossett will be the Speaker at our
11 A.M. Family Bible Hour on Sunday,
February 24, 2019. Philip and his wife
Anne are the parents of four grown
children. Their son Mark and his wife
Karen served as missionaries in Vienna,
Austria for many years. Phil serves as an
elder and Sunday school teacher of our
adult class. He and Anne have
fellowshipped at Grace Bible Chapel
since the mid 1950s.