31 Dec From Dejection To Faith
From Dejection To Faith
Verses To Read: <Lk 24:13-35>
1. Why do believers lose strength?
1) When they didn’t realize that God is still with them.
The truth is: God never leaves us!
- What stands out here is Jesus’ unwavering faithfulness to His followers.
- These two are not commendable disciples.
- Though they had given up on Jesus, He did not give up on them.
- We also tend to retreat when we are dejected, but Jesus meets us in that escape road to turn us around.
2) Ignorance and misunderstanding of God’s Word make us dejected.
- We tend to impose our own ideas onto the Scriptures.
- The disciples cannot accept a dying Messiah in their theology.
- Not because the Old Testament didn’t mention it.
- But because their ideals won’t allow it.
- They really didn’t want to die with Jesus; they only wanted to reign with Him.
- But Jesus explained: It was necessary (“a must”) that the Messiah died <v26>.
- Because human sin demands death as the penalty.
- Only after having suffered (shedding blood), then Messiah can enter into His glory.
2. How did the Lord lift us out of spiritual blindness?
1) Jesus first rebuked the disciples.
2) Explained the word of God to them.
(a) There is power in God’s word itself <Heb 4:12; Gen 1:3>.
- First important lesson: Jesus is alive.
- Second important lesson: Scripture is alive.
(b) There is power in understanding God’s word.
- If cannot understand, cannot benefit.
- Once understood, the way we live and see things will be totally different.
(c) Revival comes when we understood God’s word <v32>.
* Deceived by sight; saved by faith.
3) The blindness is removed by the “breaking of bread” <v30, 31, 35>.
- Fellowship with God and fellow believers.
- Remembering God’s presence.
- Confirming His word together.
<Ac 2:42-47>: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer…They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”