Why can’t we focus on what Jesus wants us to do?
Jesus is teaching us. He has given us the power of his Holy Spirit. What a gift. What a God we serve.
I don’t always succeed as a I learn how Jesus works. I forget to focus on what God wants me to do at that moment. I proceed thinking that what worked in the past is what will work now. That isn’t the way of Jesus.
Yelling at demons doesn’t always get their attention. Just because that is how I did it last time doesn’t mean anything. Jesus always checks with God first. Jesus healed lots of blind people. Never once did Jesus heal the “same way”. There is no formula. It is only about what God wants in that moment.
There is much to focus on and to learn. God’s goal for me is to be open today to what Jesus is challenging me to do. Jesus gets angry when I don’t pay attention. Jesus expects that I will focus and have a true sense of God.
So what makes a difference? That is what the disciples wanted to know when they could get Jesus alone.
Jesus said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for in simple truth I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.” Answer: It is all about faith!
At the bottom of the mountain, they were met by a crowd of waiting people. As they approached, a man came out of the crowd and fell to his knees begging, “Master, have mercy on my son. He goes out of his mind and suffers terribly, falling into seizures. Frequently he is pitched into the fire, other times into the river. I brought him to your disciples, but they could do nothing for him.”
Jesus said, “What a generation! No sense of God! No focus to your lives! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this? Bring the boy here.” He ordered the afflicting demon out—and it was out, gone. From that moment on the boy was well.
Source: Matthew 17:14-18
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The lessons taught at CTCI are not designed to be learned just in the classroom. They are not simply taught in a week or a month program. Rather, they come through the furnace of daily living and are hammered into useful form on the anvil of unrelenting daily life and common struggles. The hammer must fall repetitively over and over before the shape takes form. This type of experiential learning is formative.
Learning is driven by an insatiable curiosity in God’s ways. The value of hard work and the merits of creative problem-solving are by-products of “fleshing out” Biblical principles and watching them come to life through God’s creative power. Families are transformed and young people are reformed.
When given the right conditions of sunlight and good soil, an acorn grows into a mighty oak. When the same acorn is crowded out by larger trees and the elements for health are lacking, the tree grows crooked and deformed.
When a family arrives tattered and worn, we provide the sunshine and nourishment of God’s word in daily life experiences – and the transformation is nothing short of remarkable.
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