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Don’t Mess With The Jews Part 2


Faith In Captivity Part Two

Today we are posting the second message in a three-part series by guest blogger Bryan Ridenour. Bryan is a Christian, a husband, a father of four, and a music/youth pastor, and occasional blogger at  He writes his blog, “as the opportunity presents itself,” he says. “I enjoy writing short stories, poetry, and biblical studies, genres that I hope God uses to encourage other believers. ”

Please find below Part Two of Faith In Captivity.  Enjoy.

2.  Faith believes not only that God Can, but that God will

And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed — only Naaman the Syrian.”  Luke 4:27

Jesus reminded the crowds that many in Israel suffered from leprosy, but only Naaman the Syrian experienced healing. In other words, when this servant girl urged her master to visit Elisha the prophet, it was not because she had witnessed other people cleansed from leprosy, because none had.  None.  Zip.  Zero.  Zilch.  Quite possibly she based her confident claim in God’s miraculous power on God’s past work in the lives of the Children of Israel. For instance, the account of God’s deliverance of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage. Maybe she reasoned that a God capable of dividing the waters of the Red Sea, providing daily manna, and preserving sandals and clothing on a 40 year wilderness jaunt   could also restore a man’s health.

Certainly the oral traditions of God’s goodness passed down from generation to generation instilled a confident faith in this young lady. So convinced of God’s power, she encouraged her master to seek out the prophet Elisha.  But, she still sent him to see a prophet of God with no precedent of such healing.  She displays an amazing faith.

Truth for us: The Bible teaches that our faith grows by studying the Word of God.

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17)

Also, Isaiah 55:10-11 shares an important truth, “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth; It will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

The servant girl treasured words of Scripture in her heart which reminded her she served an omnipotent God.

: The African impala can jump to a height of over 10 feet and cover a distance of greater than 30 feet in each leap. Yet, these magnificent creatures can be kept in an enclosure in any zoo with a 3-foot wall. The animals will not jump if they cannot see where their feet will fall.

Faith is the ability to trust what we cannot see, and with faith we are freed from the flimsy enclosures of life that only fear allows to entrap us.” John Emmons

Even though the servant girl never witnessed a leper healed, she took a giant leap of faith, believing God for the outcome

Questions to ponder: What truths from Scripture have encouraged you to take steps of faith?  Are we willing to believe God for things never witnessed or experienced?

Surely God smiles when one of His children trusts Him with such abandon.

(In case you missed part one, click here.)


What Is That In Your Hand?

Most people could admit to serving up an excuse or two now and again.

What if you offered similar excuses for not going to a championship football game as you did for not going to church?  Such as . . .

  • They always ask for your money
  • The people I sit next to aren’t very friendly
  • The seats are too hard and uncomfortable

Truth is, we can usually think up pretty good excuses for not doing something, especially if we think we’re not qualified.

Moses was just like us. The story, and Moses’ excuses, pick up in Exodus 3. Continue reading


Joshua, You’re In Charge

“Moses, my servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross the Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel.” Joshua 1:2.
God doesn’t mince words or waste time. His command to Joshua to take over the leadership of His people from Moses was direct and clear. In the first few verses of Joshua, Chapter 1, God instructs Joshua on what it will take to move forward. Continue reading

Is Anything Blocking Your Vision?

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

One of Sarah Young’s thoughts in Jesus Calling today seemed appropriate to one of my most aggravating dilemmas.  “The curse of this world,” she said, “is over-stimulation of the senses, which blocks our awareness of the unseen world.”

I detest following a semi or an SUV on the road. Both of them block my sight so I can’t see what’s ahead of me. I’m not trying to be the first car. I just want to see the road signs ahead of me. And every time I park at Wal-Mart, I park by little cars. I avoid parking by big trucks or SUV’s. Invariably, when I leave, some big truck or 24-passenger SUV has parked right beside me. I have to crane my neck and back out cautiously and blindly to avoid smashing into someone. Continue reading