Matthew 15:21-28 "Jesus went out of there, he went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman who had come out of that region cried out of that region, saying to her, Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is severely tormented by a demon. But Jesus did not answer a word. Then his disciples approached him, begging him, saying, Say goodbye to her, for she gives voices after us. He answered, he said, I am sent not but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then she came and prostrated herself before him, saying, Lord, help me! Answering him, he said, It is not right to take the bread of the children, and cast it into the dogs. And she said, Yes, Lord; but even the dogs eat from the crumbs that fall from the table of their masters. Then Jesus answered, and said, O woman, great is thy faith; Do it with you the way you want. And your daughter was healed from that hour.

This passage is so known for Jesus' strong interaction with the Canaanite woman (sirofenicia) of this teacher's encounter and this woman can draw some important lessons:

1. In the face of your need, go straight to the Father.

This woman came and set out to be heard, and began to shout loudly: Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me. He did not expect to make an appointment, he did not walk with intermediaries, he knew that something was going to happen, and he put all his confidence that Jesus would answer him.

To. May your need not paralyze you. I acted today. She might have felt sorry for her, they could have shut her up, they could have rejected her. But instead of lamenting for her misfortune, (because having a sick child is a disgrace) she took that need and took her to the feet of the one who fills everything, the one who heals everything, the one who does not help at all. Please, by the mercies of Christ, do not stand up, run to Jesus.

B. Ask the right way. First of all she in her petition makes a very marked separation, and shouts: Lord! Not every lord, distinguishes him from all and says: Lord, Son of David! It is like giving him supreme worship and exaltation, naming him as the promised Messiah, and giving him his place of supreme authority. Second, be specific and clear. Not because God doesn't know, but by deepening your request, you are making a path to intimacy with God. Be specific, take as much time as necessary to make your request to God.

C. Move in the direction of the Lord. This woman, she continued, continued, until she managed to stand before Jesus. Do not give up, and if you get a "no" for answer, as you moved in the direction of God, being in your Presence, I guarantee that you will never be the same again. If you ask and if you receive, you will not be the same, if you ask and do not receive what you asked for, I can assure you that God will always answer you, and you will never be the same again.

 

2. Faced with the need for your faith to be strengthened.

You and I have two paths: trust in God or trust in us. If you think you can all of them, I have bad news for you, it's going to be bad for you. If you fully trust in God, there is good news: God will always transform you.

To. God's silence is a food for his hope in God. The woman screamed, screamed and screamed… And Jesus did not answer a word. but she did not faint, she did not resent another crowd to seek "another word, fresher" The silence of God, must nourish our faith, she must enliven our hope, for if he shuts up, or I do not see him doing, my trust will continue in him.

B. Don't hear any other voices. The only voice that must matter is God's. Do not hear those voices that tell you, "Just praying do not solve things" today I come to tell you, praying is how things are resolved. Talking to God, we'll be changed. If we husbands, we pray with our wives, when the lawsuits come (because they come) we quickly resolve our differences, because there is no discord when the Holy Spirit rules, because where the Spirit of God is, there is freedom there.

C. Even if they don't seem to notice us, God thinks of us. The woman shouted, the disciples asked to take her out and send her home, but Jesus had already noticed the woman and her request.

 

3. Our only help is the Lord.

The woman is already tired of being apparently ignored, I say apparently because she had already noticed, and uses her most powerful resource: a contrite and humiliated heart; God will never despise a genuinely humiliated heart. He does not go against His Word (Psalm 51)

To. Jesus came to his own, to Israel first, but in the face of his rejection, his grace caught up with us. John 1:11 We attain mercy because others rejected it.

B. We will not shut down on anything or circumstance. They called him "perrilla" and he wasn't offended… She was willing to do anything to attain mercy.

C. The ending is always glorious. When faith does not stop and gives us hope, we will see victory.

 

Conclusion: It is not easy to persevere. Costs. It costs sleep, it costs physical strength, wears out, sometimes it's not fun, but when we persevere in faith, victory tastes beautifully sweet. Ask in faith, as you ask for it to be transformed, you will learn from the Lord and his character, you will learn to trust in silences, to be calm in the storm, to have joy in the trial, but do not fail to advance, do not stop asking, persevere and live for the glory of God.

 

SOURCE: Thank you Pastor Dorian Banegas for your teachings

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