From Dejection To Faith

From Dejection To Faith

Preacher Huijun - 15 December 2018

From Dejection To Faith (Luke 24:13-35)

Scripture References: Luke 24:13-35

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From Dejection To Faith

The reason why we lose strength is not really due to the problem at hand, but more because we cannot see that God is still with us even in the midst of problems, and we cannot find answer from God’s word. However, there is indeed power in the word of God to turn us from dejection to faith again. Not only is Jesus alive, but the word of God is also alive. God’s word can cast new light into our situations. When we trust that His word and promises will surely be fulfilled, our hope will be rekindled to follow Him faithfully and resume the mission He has given us.

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.”

Preacher Huijun Lin

Huijun serves as Secretary of The Blessed RUN Ministries. She is also the Preacher at The Life Church and Missions (Singapore). She graduated from Singapore Bible College and currently lives in Singapore with her husband, Chengji.

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