Hey everyone, I’m back! Sorry for the break over the weekend, but it was MUCH needed. I was able to finish up reading the Heavenly Man and even did a little Bible reading, but I just didn’t have it in me to write a blog. Today, I was able to catch up quite a bit on my reading, though. I’m still a little behind, but I think I’m just gonna read an extra chapter or two every day for the next few days to completely catch up. So for today’s blog, I decided I’m going to do a little rapid-fire revelation. You know, like rapid-fire prayer, only instead of prayers, I’m gonna give a few short thoughts about things that stuck out to me during my reading today. So, here we go!
1. As I was reading through the Lord’s Supper in Matthew 26, I took note of when Jesus said, “But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom” in verse 29. Then, later on when He was on the cross, he was given sour wine to drink from a sponge, but He refused it. I always figured He refused it because, well, who wants to drink sour wine? Sounds pretty gross to me. But, by turning away that wine, He was actually keeping the covenant He made that He won’t drink “of this fruit of the vine” until He drinks it with us in the eternity! How awesome is that?!
2. As I got into Mark, I noticed the word “immediately” an awful lot. It began to impact me. Jesus was baptized, and immediately the Spirit descended on Him. Then, immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness to fast for 40 days. After that, He called the disciples while they were mending their nets in their fishing boats and they immediately got up and followed Him. He took Peter’s sick mother-in-law by the hand and immediately her fever left her. The man with leprosy asked to be healed, Jesus spoke the words, and immediately he was healed! The people brought to Him a paralytic, and again, at the words of Jesus’ mouth, the paralytic immediately arose! I could keep going, but you get the point. I was just overwhelmed by the power and authority of God. There’s not a moment of hesitation. When it’s time for something to happen, it happens immediately.
3. Many times we get discouraged when we pray for the sick and don’t see them get healed immediately. But, keep pressing in! Did you know that Jesus prayed for a blind man and he wasn’t immediately healed? He had to lay His hands on the blind man twice! Yup, see it for yourself:
“23 So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. 24 And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.” 25Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.” Mark 8:23-25 (emphasis added)
So, keep pressing in for that healing! Sometimes it just takes a little more work.
4. Believing is the key to receiving. Jesus said in Mark 11:24, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” We pray, we believe, we receive. It’s that easy.
So, there you have it. Rapid-fire revelation. I think it went pretty well, and I’m excited to see what tomorrow brings. Until then, eat the scroll!