1. Hello listening friends,
2. We are glad that you are listening to us today
3. In the last broadcast, I talked to you about the flicker of faith of the servant of the king.
4. We saw how the nobleman came to Jesus with a very small amount of faith.
5. And we started by looking at the miracle of Jesus’ healing of the nobleman's son, in John, Chapter 4.
6. And today, I want to move from the man’s flickering faith to the flame of faith, to the fire of faith.
7. The nobleman’s flickering faith was true as far as it went.
8. But we see that his flame of faith was hindered by a desire for signs and wonders.
9. And that is why we see Jesus gently rebuking him, not only him but all of the others with him.
10. John 4:48
"Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders," Jesus told him, "you will not believe."
11. For this was the attitude of most Galileans.
12. Unless they see something spectacular...
13. Unless they see some wonders...
14. Until they see something beyond explanation.
15. They will not believe.
16. I have found the following to be true:
17. Most people who would demand this kind of signs and wonders…
18. Even when they do see signs and wonders, they would not believe.
19. Jesus gives a good example when he tells us this story.
20. It is in Luke 16:19-31
“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.
At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores
and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
"The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried.
In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.
So he called to him, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.'
"But Abraham replied, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.
And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.'
"He answered, 'Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father's house,
for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.'
"Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.'
'No, father Abraham,' he said, 'but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.'
"He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'"（Luke 16:19‑31 NIV）
21. Let’s return again to the miracle of healing of the nobleman’s son in John Chapter 4.
22. With the nobleman,... Jesus was testing him.
23. He wanted to see if the man really meant business, and if that flickering of faith was for real.
24. Or did he come to Him just for sensationalism?
25. The nobleman does not defend himself.
26. The nobleman does not argue with Jesus.
27. The nobleman does not rationalize his need.
28. He simply urges Jesus to do something before the child dies.
29. Jesus' response must have been totally unexpected.
30. The man probably expected Jesus to go down with him... say certain things... do certain things... but Jesus didn't.
31. Just like Naamen the Syrian general...
32. When he thought that Elisha the prophet would come out and lay hands on him and say a fervent prayer before he would be healed of his leprosy.
33. But all that Elisha did was to send his servant saying; "Go wash in the Jordan River 7 times and you will be cleansed."
34. In Naamen's case... as in this nobleman's case, the miracle was in the journey.
35. Right at that point... where Jesus said to him, "Go, your son lives,"
36. Right at that point... when he heard Jesus utter these words,
37. He turned around and went home.
38. Right at this point, this man's flickering faith... turned into a flame of faith...
39. At that point, the man believed that Jesus could heal just as easily from a distance as he could on the spot.
40. He had faith to believe that when Jesus' word is uttered...
41. Disease would flee.
42. This man believed the words of the Psalmist:
43. In Psalms 107 verse 20,
He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.
44. This man not only believed the words of Jesus...
45. But his fear... his anxieties... his worries have disappeared.
46. According to John's timing Jesus said these words about 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon...
47. Obviously... the man did not run home…
48. He continued and stayed over until the next day!
49. Why panic?
50. Jesus said, your son lives!
51. Why worry?
52. Jesus promised!
53. Why fear?
54. Jesus gave his word!
55. Why be anxious?
56. Jesus ordered healing.
57. So the flicker of faith...gives ways to a flame of faith...
58. And the flame of faith gives way thirdly to the burning fire of faith.
59. The man comes home and he is greeted by some of his servants,
60. Presumably before he got to his house.
61. And they said, “guess what master? Your son is alive!”
62. Those three words sounded so familiar to the nobleman.
63. As if to say “don't tell me it happened about 1:00 in the afternoon yesterday right?”
64. “Yes how did you know?”
65. “Jesus told me so!”
66. The nobleman took Jesus at his word.
67. He trusted in the promise of Jesus.
68. What about you?
69. Do you trust in the promises of Jesus?
70. Do you put your whole trust in Jesus?
71. In fact, as a result of this, the whole household... including servants, children... everybody became believers in Jesus Christ.
72. My listening friends, please listen very carefully.
73. I want to tell you some very important things about faith
74. Faith sees the invisible.
75. Faith believes the incredible.
76. Faith is to accept the impossible.
77. Faith does without the indispensable.
78. Faith bears the intolerable.
79. Faith is idle when circumstances are all right.
80. Only in adverse circumstances is our faith in God exercised.
81. Faith is like our muscles.
82. They grow strong with exercise.
83. Faith is trusting God's plan for your life...
84. Faith is not asking Him to bless your plan.
85. Faith is obeying His will in your life...
86. Faith is not demanding that God obeys your will.
87. Faith is surrender of my desire to His.
88. Faith is to pull off the road so that I can give way to his plan.
89. What stage is your faith in... right now?
90. Is it flickering?
91. You can ask Him today; “Lord, ignite my faith to trust you blindly.”
92. Is your faith flaming?
93. You can ask the Lord today; “Lord, ignite this flame to be a huge fire.”
94. A fire of faith that will touch the lives of others.
95. A fire of faith that will bless others.
96. A fire of life that will change the lives of others.
97. It is my prayer that this will be your prayer
98. Until next time I wish you God’s riches blessing.