Simply Believe

Simple ideas can result in amazing discoveries but many overlook the simple and had rather believe the complicated. Think about it: All the lyrics to songs and all the books written were formed from only 26 letters of the alphabet.

Reading in Mark 8:11-26, the Pharisees couldn’t accept the simple truth and always wanted to complicate things. They wanted a sign from heaven for Jesus to prove He was the Messiah but Jesus refuses because He had already given many signs yet they refused to believe.

Jesus warns the disciples to be aware of the Pharisees because they wanted life to be complicated. They didn’t want to believe and would always refuse to accept the truth even when plenty of evidence was provided. While going to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus was trying to explain to the disciples that spiritual assets in life are of greater value the physical wants in life.

Think about it: we put so much of our effort into our physical needs. We work for income to buy food, housing, clothing, and vehicles. Then to cover loses, we buy insurance. But for spiritual assets, most do not give much effort. A few may spend 15, 20, 30 minutes per day attending to these resources. Most do not even spend this much!

Arriving at Bethsaida, a blind man was brought to Jesus. He spit on the man’s eyes and the man could partially see. Then Jesus put his hands on the man to fully restore his sight. The acts of Jesus are always appropriate to our needs. Sometimes we do not have our total spiritual sight at first. It take stages of growth as we journey through life to completely see spiritual truths.

One way to increase our ability to see spiritual truths is to document along the way. Write notes from our own experiences, our reading, sermons, and Bible study. Then we can refer back to these notes and reflect on how God was there to bring us through. We gain experience from the lessons learned along the way and can share with others to build their faith too!

This day with You Lord, increase our spiritual assets as we follow the Way. As we answer the question what are we seeking, the answer is from You because if we are seeking Christ, we are seeking who is most important for He has given the Way. The path as been laid and as we step ahead, You are with us along the Way. Amen

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2 Responses to Simply Believe

  1. Randy Mosier says:

    “It can’t be that simple.” More than a few people have said that after hearing the Gospel message. They just can’t believe that simply praying and asking Jesus to forgive their sins and be the Lord of their lives is the way to secure their eternal destiny.

    Jesus said in Matthew 7, ““Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” The wide gate may seem like the easy path but in reality, as Jesus was conveying, it is the one with the most obstacles and pitfalls. The wide gate is representative of legalism and man’s attempts to earn salvation through good works whereas the narrow gate represents the gift of grace. And when it comes to grace, we can be grateful that Jesus really did make it “that simple”.

  2. Mark Shields says:

    Thanks for sharing your spiritual insight. Let us grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 3:18

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