Missing Out On What God Can Do by Ken Trivette

Missing Out On What God Can Do
Ken Trivette
Matthew 13:54-58



A) A Description of Unbelief
B) A Display of Unbelief


A) Our Recognition Of Who Jesus Is
B) Our Response To What Jesus Says


A) His Power Is Limitless
B) His Power Was Limited

As you read the Gospels you find there were two things that caused Jesus to marvel. In Luke 7:9 we read that He marveled at the presence of faith. Jesus declared of a certain Centurion, ''I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.'' Then in Mark's account of our text, we read that Jesus ''marveled because of their unbelief'' (Mark 6:6). Jesus not only marveled at the presence of faith, but He also marveled at the absence of faith. Jesus marveled because He saw in one a faith that was mastering and saw in others a faith that was missing.

One great truth that is clearly declared in the Bible is the place and role of faith in our lives. The Bible is clear when it states that the spiritual life is obtained by faith. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:8, ''For by grace are ye saved through faith.'' The Bible also plainly declares that the spiritual life operates by faith. On four different occasions in the Bible we find the words, ''For the just shall live by faith'' (Hab. 2:4, Rom. 1:17, Gal. 3:11, Heb. 10:38).

The Bible is crystal clear about the importance of faith in a Christian's life. We read in Hebrews 11:6, ''For without faith it is impossible to please [God].'' Romans 14:23 declares, ''...for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.''

The words, ''In God We Trust,'' are engraved on our coins, but the question is whether or not they are engraved upon our hearts. As Christians the Bible tells us that we are to ''live'' by faith, and ''walk'' by faith (Cp. 2 Cor. 5:7). Faith is to be more than a supplemental part of our life. It is to be a fundamental part of our life.

Let me at the very beginning ...

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