One of the most reassuring scriptures about the mission of Jesus Christ is found in Luke where He reads from the prophet Isaiah about himself.
Luke 4:18-19 KJVS "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord."
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Him to bring about the remedy to all of the ailments that impact our lives. Jesus is the answer to poverty. Jesus is the answer to healing a broken heart. Jesus causes both the physically and spiritually blind to see. Jesus can bring deliverance to those in prison and to those who are in bondage to sin. You may say as you read this that I've heard all this before. You may say I suffer from poverty. Or, I have a broken heart. Maybe, you are saying that I am in bondage to a sin that I just can't seem to shake. Where is Jesus while I am suffering? Why is He not helping me?
The answer lies within us. The answer is in the thing that connects us to Him. That connector is a believing heart, a heart of faith. The scripture in Matthew 11:23 does not talk about faith being in our minds. It speaks of faith originating in our hearts.
A believing heart is like the light switch in a home. The light switch when turned on creates the connection to the wiring that lets electricity go to that light in your ceiling and it illuminates the room. A believing heart is that switch that wires us to God.
Mark 11:23 KJVS "For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith."
God does not look or see the way that we do. He looks right pass every outward thing. Our nice clothes...our beautiful hair....our fit athletic bodies...our big luxurious homes and cars...He goes right to the condition of our hearts.
1 Samuel 16:7 KJVS "But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart."
Our hearts tell Him everything He needs to know about who we are, even the most hidden things. If God is looking at your heart today, what is He seeing?
The things that Christ came to do for us are conditional on a believing heart, a heart of faith. Yes, God accepts us when we come to Him just the way we are; yet, even beginning a relationship with God is an act of a believing heart. Romans 10:10 confirms this truth.
Romans 10:10 KJVS "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
This is why we must mature in the things of God. Faith grows inside our hearts as we commune with Him. That is what spiritual maturity in a believer is. It is growing faith in our hearts that produces the manifestation of a Godly life. We are to grow and guard the faith that resides in our hearts.
Proverbs 4:23 KJVS "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life."