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Devotional - week of March 14, 2004


LIVING BY THE FAITH OF JESUS

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God … Galatians 2:20

In Colossians 3:4 Paul refers to Jesus as His life. In Galatians 2:20 Paul testifies that with Jesus as his life, he lives by Jesus’ faith.

A vivid and instructive example of the faith of Jesus happened the day after he healed Peter’s mother-in-law. On the day of her healing, word spread about the event. That same evening, many were brought to Jesus to be healed. They were not disappointed.

Early the next morning Jesus’ disciples could not find Him. He had risen long before daylight and had found a solitary place to pray. In the midst of what was a very successful and exciting time of service to people in need, Jesus took nothing for granted.

As we consider what happened later, we know that as Jesus looked to His Father for guidance, He received direction on what He was to do next.

When the disciples found Jesus, they told Him that everyone was looking for Him. Jesus answered:

“Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.”  Mark 1:38

By faith Jesus went alone to His Father. His heavenly Father told Him to move on to the next towns to preach. By faith He obeyed the Father. One is reminded of Abraham:

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance.  Hebrews 11:8

Faith always seeks direction from the Father and lives in obedience to those directions.

Like the Apostle Paul, each believer can experience his own crucifixion and permit Jesus to be his life. When we do, the faith of Him Who abides in us keeps us looking to the Father for directions and keeps us living in obedience to those directions.