Posted December 17th, 2011 by Leah and filed in Word of Encouragement

During this season of new beginnings, I find myself roaming around in the beginning chapters of the Gospels. Jesus’ birth gave birth to a new and exciting ministry of God’s love and forgiveness. For but a brief time, God dwelt among men on earth, with acceptance of this, we shall dwell with him for eternity…

If you are reading this and you believe John 3:16, like me, your frequent heart’s cry before God’s throne is for those you love to find this hope too. Our Savior, the Savior, named Jesus.

So, he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. So Jesus said to him, unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe. The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go’ your son will live.”  The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” The father knew that was the hour when Jesus has said to him, “Your son will live.”  And he himself believed, and all his household.    (John 4:46-53)


All Scripture is breathed out of God’s mouth as truth. He literally spoke the world into being. When Jesus speaks…things happen. He has spoken into your life, but do you really believe him?

The Royal Official lived about 20 minutes away. He walked away with belief in his heart, for Jesus had spoken…”Your son will live.” When Jesus speaks…things, big things, little things, good things happen. What keeps stirring in me is part of verse 53.

And, he himself believed, and all his household.

This reminds me of Act 16, which records how God opened Lydia’s heart to pay attention to the words Paul was speaking about Jesus. And, after she was baptized, and her household as well…

I have witnessed true miracles in my household, and I believe God for more of “my household” to come to believe. How about you, are you believing God for your household? Who are you storming Heaven’s doors in prayer asking the Holy Spirit to draw? Believe.

And he himself believed, and all his household.

Lord Jesus, as we surround ourselves with extended “household” this Christmas season, let our example of love and forgiveness be the catalyst that sparks “our households” to turn to you in faith. We believe, and we are believing for our households too! Thank you for new beginnings this Christmas season…a new birth into a living hope.  All because of Jesus.

And he himself believe, and all his household…

Merry Christmas,


One Response to “BELIEVE”

  1. Leah Johnson says:

    Love this! Thank you for this encouraging word–I’ve needed some serious holiday cheer right now, so consumed with worries and constant to-do’s, this is a wonderful reminder! I hope it’s okay–can I share this on my FB? be blessed~

    Leah J. (Jody Collins’ daughter :)

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