Luke 3:15-20 MSG
15 The interest of the people by now was building. They were all beginning to wonder, “Could this John be the Messiah?”
16 But John intervened: “I’m baptizing you here in the river. The main character in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will ignite the kingdom life, a fire, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out.
17 He’s going to clean house – make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.”
18 There was a lot more of this – words that gave strength to the people, words that put heart in them. The Message!
19 But Herod, the ruler, stung by John’s rebuke in the matter of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife,
20 capped his long string of evil deeds with this outrage: He put John in jail.
Luke 7:18-28 TNIV
18 John’s disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them,
19 he sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?”
20 When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?’ ”
21 At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind.
22 So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.
23 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
24 After John’s messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind?
25 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces.
26 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
27 his is the one about whom it is written: ” ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’
28I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”
Psalm 119:165 TNIV – Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
Unbelief is when you don’t believe because it is your DESIRE not to.
Doubt is belief in God with a whole lot of QUESTIONS and CONCERNS about God.
What do you do when you find it hard to keep on believing?
1. ADMIT your doubts and TAKE them to Jesus.
2. Let your LETDOWNS become your LESSONS
Isaiah 35:3-5 NLT – 3 With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. 4 Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” 5 And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind and unplug the ears of the deaf.
Isaiah 61:1-2 – 1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. 2 He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
3. Don’t be ashamed to BORROW some faith!
1. My will
2. Thy will
Peace in not the absence of trouble but the presence of God.