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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For September 20, 2022
Increasing Faith

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

Luke 4:23-27 KJV
23 And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.
24 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.
25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;
26 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.
27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.

If faith is defined by healing we be mistaken in the since of many with faith need healing. If we look at faith individually in scripture it often increased faith in other. Elias/Elijah was sent to a widow woman at the time of famine. A woman in need of a way to make a living. And God gave her oil to sell. Gave her oil to make bread. Famine in the land last three years. God putting people together to encourage faith. Did the prophet need faith after being feed by ravens at a brook that eventually dried up. Prophet went to where God told him and found the widow woman God chose to bless and strengthen in faith. It doesn't say the woman was strenghten in I Kings, but we know she was. The reason being she had only enough flour for her and her son before they would starve. Yet on faith God would provide, she took that flour and made the Prophet something to eat. The prophet Elijah had blessed her with words of hope for her future and she gave him something to eat.

Until you been to the point of almost ready to starve you have to ask yourself two things would you be the woman that feed Elijah or a woman that did not, thinking of her child instead. Thinking of herself instead. Most want to be the woman with the faith to feed Elijah but in truth seldom do anyone live in this form of reality of the last piece of bread is given to another in the same type of need. One might share but to give it all as the woman did. Is faith stretched in one's life in hopes to receive. I be careful in regards of exercising faith in hopes of a return. People tithe in church and give large amounts of money and brag on the increase of money. Yet if they had been in provish would they given the same amount knowing it was the last they would ever have by the human eye? Truth is often people do not live in this mindset. People plan, save, get greedy with every morsel of food and have a hard time when things are "tight" but never seeing what giving out of one's own pocket from one's own proverty. A rich man in his will, often plans who and where his money will go and matters not if he is smart or not, it part of being rich and planning for final expenses. Where a poor man is lucky to buy insurance and what money he has goes to his wife or kids, the nearest living person unless there is final bills to be paid. A giving up one's lunch to another, when one can order something later doesn't seem like much giving up. If one buys a banquet of food, is that giving out of one's proverty or luxury. Did you expect something in return for doing so? Faith is more then just buying out of your means, but buying outside your ability, but of cash available, when it for something else. Faith is giving and hoping it will be used as a blessing and not reward of prosperity for yourself. God is a reward of faith when obedience by his Spirit came. Woman had to had been pricked in her heart to obey Elijah.

The need of the physician seems lame if Jesus is around. The need of physician in the days of Elijah seems lame and yet there were lepers in the land of Samaria in his day that need healing. Naaman a man outside of Israel and Samaria came and found Elijah because of a little servant girl he knew said the prophet could heal him. Naaman came inquiring to see if this little servant girl was right. He gain faith the day of healing as he deeped seven times in the jordan river. Why not the other lepers near by not healed? Why was a physician still needed. Was it a lack of faith, no God was healing and doing a work in Naaman life. He would never worship another God even as he lead his master into an idol temple and helped him kneel. He would only worship the God of Israel.

What moved you to belief, was in event not normal in your life, an event of miraclous provision, healing, or impossible happening. My salvation experience was not really based on miracles, my salvation experience was based on receiving God's love and understanding what sin was. Faith increased in my life because of experiences in my life. We can not seek our experience, but build a relationship of knowing who God and Christ is by His Spirit. To seek to know Jesus, and his Father, to know the whispers of his Spirit. To pray and seek, knowing Christ heals but God also provides physicians with knowledge. That the morsel of bread may seem trival when one has everything, but reach a place of need it a blessing. To give out of one's proverty, knowing God's blessings will come in due time is knowing God's Spirit and not doing so in obedience to the voice of man. Voice of man might not provide what God will.

Dear Heavenly Father, increase our faith to believe, to stand firm, to know your Spirit speaks to the believers heart. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: 1 Kings 17:10-16 KJV
10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.
12 And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
14 For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.
15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.

2 Kings 5:1-3 KJV
1 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.
2 And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife.
3 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.


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