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Do You Believe In Miracles

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?

By Carolyn Dale Newell

But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears,

“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

Mark 9:22b-24 NKJV

Why must there be a difference between God’s will and your miracle? Do we believe God is such a killjoy we fear praying for His will?

As I have matured as a Christian, I learned to trust God. And I learned to pray expecting my answer.

Friend, I know how difficult it is to believe. Will God do for you what He did not do for another? Satan doesn’t want us to believe. People don’t want to believe. They are afraid it will not happen. I would rather say I trusted God to heal, but it was not His plan rather than lack the confidence in Him to do the impossible.

Admitting you have a problem is always half the battle. There was a father who desperately wanted a miracle for his son. He knew he should believe Jesus would heal him, but he also knew his faith was weak.

Can you believe this man said, If You can do anything….”? Was he so distraught he did not realize who he was speaking to? Jesus can do anything He desires. Why did this man say “If You can do anything”?

Because that is exactly what you and I say when we don’t believe. We might not be as blunt as this father, but he was being honest. God knows our hearts. Are we being truthful with ourselves when it comes to how much we believe God will do for us?

In the words of Jesus Christ Himself, “all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23b). What do we do when our faith wains in the face of discouragement? We pray like the father of this tormented boy. We ask the Lord to help our unbelief.

Jesus is faithful. He will give us what we desire and need. If our desire is to trust Him completely, He will deliver.

If I could tell you one thing today, I would tell you to believe for your miracle. Will God heal you? Will God give you the financial breakthrough you need? Will God restore your marriage? Will God heal your child or grandchild? Will God save the drunk? Will God stop the addict from craving drugs? Will God turn your depression to joy? The answer is yes, if it is His will.

We lack the knowledge and understanding to know which prayers are according to God’s will. Therefore, we must believe for a “Yes”. No one can understand the mind of God. Believe for your miracle while praying for His will.

Heavenly Father, we are all at various levels when it comes to our faith. You commanded us to pray. You commanded us to pray boldly. You also commanded us to believe You will answer. In the name of Jesus Christ, help our unbelief. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Mark 9:17-24.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

Memorize that verse. Write it down and place it everywhere. Believe for your miracle.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Incense Rising Online Study 9

Are you in a storm? Are you coming out of one? Can you recall a trial where you saw the hand of God? Trials serve to strengthen our faith.

There was a widow in Zarephath who needed greater faith. When we meet her in 1 Kings 17:10, she has given up. The famine that Elijah had prayed for was in the land, and she was out of food. This distressed widow is preparing her son’s last meal before they die.

Read 1 Kings 17. What were the two requests Elijah made of the widow?

How did Elijah try to sooth the widow’s fears?

What was the first miracle the widow witnessed?

Do you ever feel like you come out of one storm and head right into another? This widow can sympathize with you. God miraculously provided food for her and her son as long as Elijah resided with them. Their lives were spared from starvation only to have her son become deathly ill. How do you think she felt?

What emotion does she display in verse 18?

Do you think Elijah shared in the frustration of the widow (v. 20)?

Here is Elijah, a prophet, but a man, just like us as James has pointed out (James 5:17). Never feel ashamed when your burdens begin to overwhelm your faith. It happened to Elijah. Like the widow, Elijah was wondering what God was doing and why was God allowing it.

Elijah prayed fervently three times for the boy to be revived before God answered. In 1 Kings 18:42-44, Elijah prayed for rain, but he prayed seven times before seeing a tiny cloud. That is almost double the prayer time when compared to the time spent in prayer for the widow’s son. This is a great example for us to understand how God stretches our faith.

According to 1 Kings 17:24, how did this second storm affect the widow’s faith?

God enlarged the faith of Elijah and the widow both. Elijah sounded confident when he declared to the widow that her flour and oil would never run out. God had already provided for Elijah using a babbling brook and the ravens. God had told Elijah a widow would provide food for him in Zarephath, but Scripture never tells us that Elijah was warned about the boy’s illness and death.

Storms catch us off-guard. That is the nature of a storm. Have you ever been out on a summer’s day and suddenly the sky grows black and thunder rumbles? Elijah was caught off-guard with this boy’s sickness.

Whenever God made a promise to Elijah, Elijah was confident. God made no promise concerning the widow’s son.

Do you think Elijah lacked some confidence as he prayed for the boy?

God has promised us many things throughout His Word. Which promises comfort you most? Which ones do you need to cling to more?

Man is a promise-breaker. God is a promise-keeper. We may not know to what extent God will provide for us, but we know He will provide (Phil. 4:19) We may not know when the peace will arrive, but we know it comes (Phil. 4:6-7). We may feel alone, but we know we are never alone (Heb. 13:5). Life may be horrible, but we know some way, God will work it all out for good (Rom. 8:28). Rest on His promises today.

Lord, help us discover Your promises as we read Your Word. Thank You for always keeping the promises You have made. Help us trust You to always come through. Amen.