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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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In The Face Of Fear

In the Face of Fear

By Carolyn Dale Newell

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. Isaiah 43:2a NKJV

She hushed the sobs of her infant son. Jochebed nestled him close to her chest as she began feeding him. Each day, it grew more difficult to hide her growing baby.

She had concealed her blossoming belly during her last months of pregnancy. For three months, the family had successfully kept the newborn’s presence a secret, especially from the Egyptians. Soon, someone would find out either from the baby’s cries or the stench of dirty diapers. Now, it was time to follow Pharaohs’ command and cast her male child into the river.

Jochebed’s family gathered the pitch, asphalt, and bull rushes needed to construct a miniature ark, a little waterproof cradle for baby Moses.

Fear had stared them in the face daily. Fear of the Egyptians. Fear of losing their other children. Fear of death. Now, as Jochebed kissed her baby tenderly, images flashed through her mind. Crocodiles could devour him. Mosquitos could feast upon him. The Egyptians could still kill him, but Jochebed trusted God.

Born in the priestly line of Levi, Moses parents knew this baby boy was special. Jochebed sent her daughter, Miriam, to   watch what might happen to her little brother as he drifted among the reeds. As God providentially planned, Pharaohs’ daughter came to the river bank to bathe. She saw the little ark among the reeds. Her maids retrieved it for her. She heard the cries of the abandoned child, and she was filled with compassion for him. She kept him for her own. Miriam slipped out from her hiding spot and offered to find a Hebrew woman to nurse him. Pharaohs’ daughter gladly hired Jochebed to care for Moses.

The family of Moses saw the face of fear constantly, but in the face of fear, they chose faith. Faith is cautious. Wisdom told the family not to flaunt the baby’s presence. Faith acted in wisdom to keep him under wraps.

Faith rewards. Jochebed received the great joy of welcoming little Moses back to her home. She raised her child while Pharaoh’s daughter paid her wages. Many years later, Israel reaped the rewards of Jochebed’s faith when Moses delivered them out of Egypt.

In Scripture, water often symbolizes trouble. This Israelite family was troubled about their child. The floating ark Moses rested in is the same Hebrew word used for Noah’s ark. The ark represents Christ. When we are in Christ, He delivers us out of our troubles. In the same way, Moses was rescued from the Nile, Christ rescues His own.

What fear do you face today? Does it concern your family, your job, or your health? Is it a dangerous situation? Is it a fear of being shunned or rejected?

Today, you have a choice. You can choose fear and live paralyzed in your situation, or you can choose faith. Faith frees. Fear freezes. Choose faith, and reap the rewards that accompany a life of faith.

Lord God, increase our faith. Give us the courage to choose faith, not submitting to fear. We have nothing to fear because You are in control. Thank You,In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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