Great Faith

Matthew 15:21- 28
21 And Jesus went out thence and withdrew into the parts of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanitish woman came out from those borders, and cried, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a demon. 23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. 24 But he answered and said, I was not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25 But she came and [i]worshiped him, saying, Lord, help me. 26 And he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s [j]bread and cast it to the dogs. 27 But she said Yea, Lord: for even the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. 28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it done unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was healed

Jesus reaction to the Canaanite woman:
1. He answered her not a word; Silence treatment.
Sometimes when you are waiting for an answer to your prayers, people may mistake your waiting time as denial. The disciples thought because Jesus answered her not that it was ok for her to be sent away.
@Opened a door for the disciples to request she be sent away.
@ They labeled her a wailer crying after them.
People may even give you a nickname associated with your actions as you continue to persist. I have heard people say that all they know is pray, pray why isn’t God answering. They may think you are crazy, but brethren keep praying. Delay is not Denial!

2. Jesus said he wasn’t sent to help her a gentile but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Jesus made sure that she understood that she was not worthy of his help. Yes, she was a Canaanite a gentile not worthy to be treated with preferential treatments, but she continued, unwavering.
3. He insisted on her status. It is not meet to take the children’s bread and cast it to the dogs.
Why did Jesus compare her with a dog? Because she was a gentile and that’s how the Jews treated Gentiles. Allow me to remind you the foundation of Canaan. In – Genesis 9:20–2720 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
21 And he drank of the wine and was drunken, and he was uncovered within his tent.
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brethren without.
23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father, and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.
24 And Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
26 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem, and Canaan shall be his servant.
27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem, and Canaan shall be his servant.
Canaan was the son of Ham, and he was cursed due to his father’s behavior. I don’t want to talk more about why this happened, but I just want to put out the curse of Canaan was that he would be A SERVANT OF SERVANT. In my culture, as well as Jewish culture, dogs were treated as servants. They slept outside, were allowed to grab the crumbs that fell from the table while the master is dining.
4., O woman, great is thy faith: be it done unto thee even as thou wilt.
This Canaanite mother persisted and overcame all the obstacles. Her name is not known, but we are aware her faith was great. Jesus declared it, and an instant miracle happened.
Let us learn from this woman her reaction to everything she encountered in pursuit of her daughter’s healing.
The woman reactions that qualified her as having great faith.
• She came out
• She cried out
• She continued crying out for help
• She changed her cry into worship
Take action now because Faith without works is dead. Do you have faith in Jesus cry out for help and don’t stop even if you have been labeled a wailer, Keep going turn your Wailing into worship and see the manifestation of His glorious power18768310_1910543555891580_660291680241027224_o?


It should be encouraging that even the heroes of the faith expressed their own misgivings about their abilities. Moses certainly did, and yet of the billions of people who have walked this earth, God chose Him to spotlight for generations to come. In the Bible, we see time and again how God worked through imperfect vessels to accomplish His great glory. As one book perfectly summed up, God plus nothing still equals everything.

The flip side of that is that because He’s the One doing the work, it’s not something we can take credit for, no matter how tempting it may be to do so. Have you ever seen God move so powerfully when someone sings a particular song or preaches an individual message, and then the person adds that outcome to their resumé? It becomes like a ‘Big Fish’ story, except the fish in this story, is the person. He works through weak vessels to receive His proper glory. So we give it to Him. The assurance from His Word is that He’s going to overshadow our shortcomings and accomplish the outcome He desires if we follow His lead. Weakness only serves to underscore His power. We can rest, knowing that it’s nothing we can conjure up or manipulate. His Spirit will be at work.

You may feel burdened for a ministry that you’re not prepared for. You don’t feel comfortable in that role. Your ability or lack of it is pronounced and very obvious to all around. If so, you’re in good company. God only expects for you to be obedient, regardless of your comfort level. He’s got this. Rest in His power.
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Understanding The discipline of seasons.

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Our God is transcended, He is above and beyond His creation He is interested in the interest of his people. Understanding that God is also Immanent, that He is within His creation.Ever present in His creation but He does not micro-manage creation.
Ephesians 2:13 For its God who works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

@ Will. ..choices—- To help us to be willing. God cannot violate your allow your will to work with his will.
@ Actions..your strengths can only be moved by your Will.
Ecclesiastes 3:1
Everything has it’s proper period and duration that it happens.
@ Time: Is the period something happens.
@ Season: suitable environment within things happen.
14 seasons. ……
The seasons determine the rightness of purpose and actions.
The seasons demand your actions.
Actions become purposeful when they fit into the logic of a season.
Ecclesiastes 3:11
Has made everything beautiful in its times. Timing is in things, not God.
God programmed timing in the things.E.g., seeds when we plant.The beauty of a purpose is only seen in its  maturation.e.g baby
Impatience brings abortion of something.Before the time it’s not beautiful. Patience is required. Just wait. A lot of things will by themselves mature because timing is in things.
The greatest issue is when someone says am waiting for God’s timings. Whatever God intended for me was not altered. Says yes
God’s plans are eternal.I will prosper you. Therefore you kick a process into action, therefore,
Timing doesn’t entirely depend on God. He creates a season, but we must sense the timing. God controls the seasons we control the timing when we allow our Will to connect with the purpose of God.
Be right with the timing it’s related to our actions.
When is the right time?
Haggai 1:4 God plans the seasons but gives us the timing.

Requirements for Determining timing:

1. Conditions that makes it suitable for things to be done.Seasons declare themselves before they happen.
2: Advanced preparation. ..being fully prepared for something. Eventually, an opportunity must meet with preparation. Obama said the timing has come to be president. He was ready. Being right on time it feels good. Getting the timing right feels great.
3: Accessible opportunities. ..doors open.
4: Audacious faith…strong faith Jesus walking on water and Peter seize the moment.stepping out maybe scary.

Indicators of purpose

1.What did God take you out of? …its an indication of what he will use you. Monitor your life what story is.
2.How far have I come with God.are you still a baby are you still a receiver of help or a giver of help.Track your growth
3.what things move me deeply now. Has the music changed then change the dance?
4.What are the current doors that God is opening for me? Doors are for exit and others for entrance. God does not leave open doors only other are shut. More shut doors than open doors.





Mal 3:7-11
7 “From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes, and have not kept {them.} Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD of hosts. “But you say, ‘How shall we return?’
8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed Thee?’ In tithes and offerings.
9 “You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation {of you}
10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.
11 “Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it may not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast {its grapes}” says the LORD of hosts. (NAS)





  1. Types of giving
  1. Generous giving
  1. Offering – what we give voluntarily in the Church especially during services.
  2. Almsgiving (Charity) – what we give to those in need ex the poor, hungry, orphans, the deceased, etc. It may be through the church, another organization or directly to such people.
  3. Love offering – what you give voluntarily to any church (even if it is not where you attend services). For example, you may give a love offering to your Kenyan Church, an American church that you like, etc. A contribution to a church/ministry for example in a funds drive can be considered a love offering.
  4. Thanksgiving – what we give to appreciate God for what he has done in our lives. For example for academic success, good family, getting a child, safety, and protection, etc.
  1. Sacrificial giving
  1. Planting/Sowing – what you give with a prayer to God to meet a certain need or expecting a particular result. You sacrifice it for something else. These are usually not budgeted for. Often, once given, you have to financially recover from it; it is usually provided by faith. In most cases, it may be the only thing you have left, but you take a step of faith to give it to God believing Him for more. It is just like a seed. You sow/plant so that you can later reap/harvest.
  1. Faithful giving
  1. Tithing – this is what we will be looking at today.





  1. What a tithe is NOT (Ps 119:66)
  1. The tithe is not … a man made idea.
  2. The tithe is not . . . Mine to use as I desire.

* Does your giving exalt you, or God’s Word?

  1. The tithe is not . . . A gift to God.

    * We are Commanded to pay tithes not give them.
4.  The tithe is not . . . an admission fee.

     * Not just to be given if you are able to attend church.
5. The tithe is not . . . A vote of approval.

    * I like the pastor, so I will tithe etc.


  1. The tithe is not . . . Something to be done without faith.

    * When we say we can’t we eliminate Faith.
A man received a sharp letter from one of his creditors demanding payment. He wrote back to the firm and said, “Dear Sir. Every month I take all the bills I have and put them on the table, shuffle them, and pick out six, which I pay. Now, if I have any more trouble out of you, next month you’ll be out of the shuffle entirely.” Have you shuffled God out of your giving?

  1. What a tithe is
  1. The tithe is . . . A command of God.
  • Num 18:26
    “Moreover, you shall speak to the Levites and say to them, `When you take from the sons of Israel the tithe which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then you shall present an offering from it to the LORD, a tithe of the tithe.
  • Deut 14:22
    “You shall surely tithe all the produce from what you sow, which comes out of the field every year.
  • Heb 7:5
    And those indeed of the sons of Levi who receive the priest’s office have commandment in the Law to collect a tenth from the people, that is, from their brethren, although these are descended from Abraham.
  1. The tithe is . . . God’s plan to finance the work of the Church.
  • Mal 3:10
    “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.
  1. The tithe is . . . Part of lordship.
    Milo Kauffman develops this thought a step further when he writes:

“Stewardship of Possessions is the effect of God’s saving grace upon one’s self and his property. When God gets a man with a car, He gets a car to be used in His service. Some seem to think of stewardship as a whip or as legal action to drive people to give to the expenses of the church. No doubt too often the attempt has been made to wring generous offerings from selfish souls. Christian stewardship most certainly is not church legislation nor a scheme to deprive men of their cash. It is the natural consequence of an experience with God — the natural reaction of the human heart that has been touched by the divine spirit. — Milo Kauffman, The Challenge of Christian Stewardship.



  • Obedience


10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.

The clear command of verse 10 is: bring the tithe into the ‘storehouse.’ The Old Testament child of God heard His clear call. They had to make a decision to obey or not to obey. In the New Testament Jesus said, “For you tithe mint and dill and cumin. . . . These are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.” Mt. 23:23 the people in the New Testament times knew the approval of Jesus concerning the tithe. They had a choice to obey or disobey. Today I have the Old and New Testaments. My vote must be cast. Do I receive the Word of God or reject it?

If I received the Word of God and act upon it, I am obedient. If I hear the Word of God, understand it and refuse to act upon it, I am disobedient.

Notice what Paul writes in I Cor. 16:2 “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him.’ What proportion did he mean? These folks only had the Old Testament, so it had to be a minimum of a tithe. Some want to toot a horn that says the tithe is really an Old Testament law. If you buy that idea, it shows how ignorant you are about Biblical truth. There are ceremonial laws in the old Testament that have been eliminated. Tithing is not ceremonial law but moral law. But Abraham and Jacob tithed before the law, so tithing is an eternal principle.

Also please note that the scriptures are clear in telling us when laws are eliminated. The law required an animal sacrifice, but that is apparently changed. The Bible never eliminates tithing. Do you?

A missionary tells a story of the importance of obedience. One day he was sitting in his back yard. His son was playing in a tree. The father saw a deadly snake moving towards his son. He told his son, “drop to the ground and run towards me as fast as you can.” The boy obeyed immediately. When he got to his father, he saw the result of his obedience. The snake would have bitten him if he had not obeyed his father’s command.


  • Honesty 


8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed Thee?’ In tithes and offerings.   9 “You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation. Notice that God states, “You have robbed me in tithes and offerings.” Being a thief is not living honestly. Thieves are not trustworthy; they are dishonest. Honesty requires one to give the tithes and offerings.

The Ten Commandments are still in force. One of them says, “Thou shalt not steal.” That law of God is eternal. It can relate to the tithe because God accused His people of robbing Him. Therefore, they were stealing from God which is an act of dishonesty against God. About a year ago some ladies in the choir had money taken from their purses. This happened while they were in the choir. They had left their bags in the choir room. They felt sure they were safe in a church. But as bad as that is, it is worse to steal from God. If you don’t tithe, you are not an honest Christian.

Yesterday several of us attended an auction at a public school. Bids were made on a slip of paper attached to the items available. At 12:00 noon, the bidding ended. But I saw a lady start to write something after the time had been called. I told her she couldn’t do that. She said, ‘Can’t I just write my name?” I said, “Yes, I guess you can do that.” She then signed her name and started to make another bid. I told her, “Stop that. The man said bidding is ended.”

You see, she was dishonest. She was going to steal from some other bidder. She wasn’t going to play by the rules. God has rules for his children and one of them is “bring all the tithes into the storehouse.” I can’t be an honest Christian and refuse to tithe. Neither can you.


  • Love  


John 14:15    “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.  

The greatest and purest motive for doing good is love. Real love for the Lord, His Work, and the lost of our world will cause a person to tithe. The Lord said in John 14:15, “If a man loves me, He will keep my words.” His commands include tithing.

Threats will not actually make a child obey his parents. But if love is communicated in the home and a request is made for the child, he will be much more eager to fulfill that request. Love motivates more than just strict orders. Love makes it easy to give. In the Old Testament Abraham gave a tithe. Jacob gave a tithe. Surely all the leading characters gave unto the Lord tithes and offerings. We can conclude from the words of Jesus in John 14:15 that they loved the Lord. Should we love less than they? Do you think an Old Testament believer without the grace you and I have received should give more than us? Surely our motive for giving ought to be greater.  

But when love waxed cold, then the people robbed God. Robbery always indicates a love for self-more than the love of God or others. I cannot be a loving Christian and refuse to tithe. Can you?


  • Gratitude


10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.

The Lord promises to pour out a blessing to those who honor Him with the tithe. Paul says in Rom. 12:1. “I urge you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present yourselves a living and holy sacrifice. . .” Gratitude should pour from the heart, mind, and spirit of a Christian. We have received a great blessing in our salvation. We are promised more blessings in proportion to our faithfulness. Surely out of gratitude we should pay the tithe.

We sing a song about counting your blessings. It says, “Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings, see what God hath done, Count your blessings, name them one by one. .And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.” Jacob promised to give a tithe unto the Lord if He blessed him. A little later in his life, he wrestled with the Lord. Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” The Lord blessed him, and Jacob continued to tithe. Has the Lord blessed you? Then out of gratitude, you ought to tithe.


  • Faith


10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.

God makes all of the believer’s life one of faith. In the text, He calls on His people to prove Him. He wants to be put to the test, but it takes faith in Him on the part of the believer. If I claim to be a Christian and I don’t tithe, then it is because I lack faith. If one believes the Word of God they need to act upon it. If they don’t act, it indicates they don’t believe. Do you believe God will do what He said He will do? He says He will bless the tither.

Jesus said, “Seek first His kingdom, and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you. He also said in Luke 6:38, “Give, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye measure.” Notice the verse said, “For with the same measure that ye measure.” Some people seem to have a teacup religion. Occasionally someone has said, “I wish God would bless me as he blesses you. Friend, I come to the Lord with a punch bowl, not a teacup. (I’m challenged to come to Him with a 10-gallon tub). But you and I are going to receive by faith if we receive.

If I don’t tithe it indicates my lack of faith and my doubt of God’s Word. What about you? Years ago my mother explained tithing this way. She said, “Son, which would you rather have $100.00 without God’s blessing or $90.00 with God’s blessing?” It made sense then, and it makes even better sense today because I have put my faith and trust in Him. How about you? (n.d.). Retrieved from

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Food plays a major role in our lives, and our bodies can never have full functionality without it. Food has the temporary ability to reduce stress, anxiety, and sadness by creating happiness that brings comfort. No wonder a bigger percentage of overeating is more connected to emotions than to hunger.

Developing a good healthy relationship with food is essential for living a balanced life, and requires having healthy boundaries in relating to food as a source of nutritional supply and energy instead of interacting with it as a stress reliever or a monster to avoid.

The body is equipped with an internal system that signals when we need to eat and when we need to stop eating.

Using questions for self-evaluation is vital:

  1. Why I am eating?
  2. Is it because I am hungry or bored?
  3. Is it because I feel stressed or sad?

Connection between moods and food

Monitoring our thought system is paramount in reducing emotional/stress related eating triggers. This is an invitation to understand what’s going on in our thoughts, feelings, and behavior.

We are also able to think about food as an important source of nutrition and not an agent of relieving stress or an enemy that we need to fight through denial.


“Many eating problems are not really about food. They are about self-soothing. Self-soothing techniques are methods to calm and relax your body and mind, as well as sooth your nerves.” 50 ways to soothe yourself without food – Susan Albers, Psy.D.

Therefore, identifying and utilizing none food related soothing techniques can be a positive mood booster. Here are some techniques that you might find to be helpful:

  1. Journal your thoughts and feelings.
  2. Engage in physical exercise.
  3. Listen to soothing music.
  4. Engage in meditation.
  5. Talk to someone.
  6. Find humor around you and share a joke.
  7. Read an Interesting book or watch a movie.
  8. Be your own masseuse

The power to keep a balance between food and mood is in your hands. Practice tiny steps daily, and soon you will be able to cope with change and the unexpected.

©Lucy Paynter

Mental Health Wellness Ambassador

Middlesex Community College