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Outrageous Faith

Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, "Tabitha, get up. "She opened her eyes and seeing Peter she sat up.

Acts 9:40

Do you live in a state of constant expectation that God is who he says he is and that he will do what he says, he will do?  This appears to be the way the disciples in Acts 9:37-38 lived. In the face of what most humans would consider IMPOSSIBLE, they exhibited outrageous faith; the kind of faith that anticipates the inevitable intervention of the Almighty God.  The kind of faith that is completely surrendered to the will of God, whatever that may be.  They displayed the kind of faith that invites ridicule.

By all standards and measures, Tabitha was dead and that should have been the end of her story.  Two things prevented this from being so. Namely: her good works and charitable deeds (Acts 9:36; Rev. 14:13; 2 Corinthians 5:9-10), and secondly, the deep faith exhibited by the disciples and widows (Acts 9: 38-39) who knew her best.  Upon her death, they expected something more (John 14:12), and so they washed her body and placed her in an upstairs room, and they sent for Peter with great urgency asking for him to arrive “at once (Acts 9:38b)”.  When Peter arrived, following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ (Mark 5:21-43), he brought Tabitha back to life.

Are you expecting something more from the dead situations that surround you, or have you given in and given up because logic tells you to do so?  The enemy loves it when we throw in the towel, but God wants believers to be brave and bold even in the face of the impossible.  Today God wants to respond to your unquestioning, childlike faith (Mark 2:5; Mark 5:34; Luke 17:19) in accordance with his divine will for you.  It is time to shut out the crowds and naysayers; it is time to get on your knees and pray boldly; and it is time to speak to your situation and command life into it in the name of Jesus!  Expect more, because God wants to give you more so that you might continue to serve him with gladness.

Dear Lord, you say that if I have faith as small as a mustard seed, I can say to a mountain, “Be moved,” and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for me (Matthew 17:20).  Today, I speak life in Jesus’ name into the dead situation surrounding me.  “Be moved!”  May your will be done O LORD.  Amen.