No.43 The Mark of Faith

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...and you will be hated because of Christ but endure in the faith to the end.

When Peter walked on the water for a moment and suddenly started to sink,

Jesus admonished him saying, "you of little faith, why did you doubt?"

Jesus said, "truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt... You will say to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea, it will be done. Whatever you ask for in prayer and faith, you will receive.

You faithless generation, how much longer must I be among you? How much longer must I put up with you? (Jesus was frustrated because they couldn't heal a  boy possessed.) Matthew 10:22, Matthew 14:31, Matthew 21:21-22, Mark 9:19-23, Mark 11:22-25, Luke 18:1-8

What we think of as miracles, are not abracadabra magic acts. They are the effect of faith; the evidence of trust in the Father. Jesus knew and trusted His Father so well that He simply expected to receive whatever He requested.

The Mark of faith lies deep within a forest of doubt, of cynicism and skepticism. To hit this Mark requires the ability to maneuver through many obstacles. We must learn to think wisely with the heart, discount sight and reason, and venture beyond frivolous imagination and intellect into the world of God.

It may seem difficult if not impossible to hit this Mark the way Christ expects us to, but that's what separates the Gold medalists from the audience. We need fortitude, endurance, determination, lots of practice and lots of failures.

It did not take much faith to see luminous Jesus on Mount Tabor, with Moses and Elijah by His side. The disciples saw it with their very own eyes. But when Jesus Christ asked His Father for the Spectacular Visit, that is what took the kind of faith He wants us to demonstrate.