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Only Jesus

An Asian philosophy states that in a crisis the first emotion that shows up is danger and panic but they look to the brighter side and turn it into an opportunity. People either want to dwell in that place of panic or use it to spring toward an opportunity to turn it around. This is where many seem to camp and feel sorry for themselves.

I frequently stop at Mark 7:24-29 to examine this Phoenician woman’s bold and daring faith. I preached and taught this several times in the past, at camps, seminars, conferences and even on radio. But this time, it brought me to another field of thinking. Times have changed, we have grown, the enemy is more brutal, social platforms are preaching, the church is as usual and politics keeps people busy. God speaks differently at sundry times.

Just a peak at the story.
“24 And Jesus arose and went away from there to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He went into a house and did not want anyone to know [that He was there]; but it was not possible for Him to be hidden [from public notice].
25 Instead, at once, a woman whose little daughter had (was under the control of) an unclean spirit heard about Him and came and flung herself down at His feet.
26 Now the woman was a Greek (Gentile), a Syrophoenician by nationality. And she kept begging Him to drive the demon out of her little daughter.
27 And He said to her, first let the children be fed, for it is not becoming or proper or right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the [little house] dogs.
28 But she answered Him, Yes, Lord, yet even the small pups under the table eat the little children’s scraps of food.
29 And He said to her, Because of this saying, you may go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter [permanently].” Mark 7:24-29 (AMPC)

None of us are exempt from crisis’s and it does take time to get out of these predicaments.
1) The lady suffered “anxiety” and refrained from going to Jesus when the crowds were there.
2) She was “fearful” of the Pharisees to talk to Jesus in public platform because she is a woman.
3) Her “nationality” was unfitting for the Jews, she was a Phoenician.
4) Her daughter was “bewitched with a demon” and begged Jesus to deliver her child.
5) She knew the Phoenicians were called a derogatory name as “dogs”.
6) There might have been more calamities that’s not recorded.

After all this, the final blow comes when her only “helper” speaks out words that’s blatant and barefaced. Undoubtedly, she also somehow knew within the depth of her sanctum that Jesus will never reject her. As usual, Jesus’ purposeful reply only brought the best answer out of the woman. HE was looking for this, that’s why HE provoked her. Her crumbly answer was tasteful, audacious, brave, overconfident and mightily full of faith. The crumbs will do Jesus and the woman stepped in.

He did not send for her child, no laying hands, no prophetic word for deliverance, no anointing oil, no offering. “HE SAID, BECAUSE OF THIS SAYING THE DEMON HAS GONE OUT OF YOUR DAUGHTER PERMANENTLY.”

Here’s a woman that took her crisis, decided to do something and go toward her opportunity. But, everything she was and came from, was negative with no opportunity. What to do? She took her place of “No Opportunity” and created a platform called “ ONLY JESUS.”

Look what she did:
1) She abandoned anxiety, nervousness, worry and tenseness.
2) She transferred her fear of man to God, The Father.
3) Her nationality meant nothing anymore once she belonged to Jesus.
4) No more demons will worry her with that kind of “faith.”
5) She found herself from being called dogs to becoming “The Kings Daughter.”

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