Mar 12, 2018 || A Devotional
by Kenneth Copeland
“The Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.” John 8:29
Jesus lived by faith. Did you know that? Some people don’t seem to realize that. They think that because He was the Son of God, He just floated through life with some mystical, supernatural power we could never have.
But Jesus Himself said that the Father hadn’t left Him alone and that He always did those things that please His Father.
Jesus walked by faith – and He got that faith the same way we get it. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
How do you think His mother knew to tell the leaders of the wedding feast at Cana to do whatever He told them? (See John 2:1-11) How did she know He could solve the problem of lack?
The Bible tells us He had never done a miracle at that time – a miracle of suspension of the normal course of nature. Yet He had always lived by faith. He was living by faith when He was just a young fellow of 12 years old saying, “I have to be about My Father’s business.”
Year by year, He kept growing in faith, just as He grew physically. He wasn’t born a faith giant. He had to develop, just as we do. He said, “As my Father hath taught me, I speak these things” (John 8:28).
Jesus had to be taught. How was He taught? By the Holy Spirit through the written Word!
Luke 4:16 says that when Jesus came to Nazareth, “as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.”
Jesus was a Bible reader! That was His custom. He studied. He meditated. He continued in the Word of God. He preached the Word of God. He knew the truth and the truth made Him free!
Now more than ever before, it is vital that you and I follow in His footsteps. We simply cannot afford to cast aside our Bibles and go skipping off after signs and wonders.
No! Our Father needs us to grow up in Him. He needs those who will dare to stand on the Word and develop their faith so that instead of seeking miracles at the hands of others, they will become the hands that deliver those miracles. That, my friend, is the greatest thrill of all. And that is the day we’re living in.
Get in the Word today. Meditate in it. Then go out and live by faith. Jesus did and you are His disciple.