A Faith That Will Not Be Denied by Marvin D. Patterson

A Faith That Will Not Be Denied
Marvin Patterson
Matthew 15:21-28

An elderly woman walked into the local country church. A friendly usher greeted her at the door and helped her up the flight of steps. ''Where would you like to sit?'' he asked. ''The front row please,'' she answered. ''You really don't want to do that,'' the usher said. ''The pastor is really boring.'' ''Do you happen to know who I am?'' asked the woman. ''No,'' said the usher. ''I'm the pastor's mother,'' she replied indignantly. ''Do you know who I am?'' the usher asked. ''No,'' she said. ''Good.''

Introduction

Last week we saw that Jesus explained that it is not what goes in a man that defiles him, but it is what comes out of a man. Jesus confronted the Scribes and Pharisees on their practice of putting man's traditions above the Word of God! Jesus said they were blind leaders of the blind, and to leave them alone. Jesus was stressing the fact that we must keep our hearts pure and clean before God, for the heart of the matter is the matter of the heart!

George Benfield, a driver on the Midland Railway, living at Derby, was standing on the footplate oiling his engine, the train being stationary, when his foot slipped; he fell on the space between the lines. He heard the express coming on, and had only time enough to lie full length on the ''six-foot'' when it rushed by, and he escaped unhurt.

He returned to his home in the middle of the night and as he was going up-stairs he heard one of his children, a girl about eight years old, crying and sobbing. ''Oh, father,'' she said, ''I thought somebody came and told me that you were going to be killed, and I got out of bed and prayed that God would not let you die.'' Was it only a dream, a coincidence?

George Benfield and others believed that he owed his life to that prayer. When we bring our needs to Him we can believe that something great will happen like in this story before us today.

This week we come to a passage in our ...


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