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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.

IS YOUR FAITH TANK FULL?

IS YOUR FAITH TANK FULL?

By Carolyn Dale Newell

“The officers shall speak further to the people, and say, ‘What man is there who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house, lest the heart of his brethren faint like his heart.’      Deuteronomy 20:8 NKJV

While writing my memoir, I noticed something I never deemed vital before. In December 2011, I came face-to-face with the realization I was going blind. Though visual impairment had been part of my life all along, this was different. The rapid decline made living in a dark world a reality and a fear

Two people played important roles then without knowing it. They each faced their own version of the scary unknown. Each possessed such strong faith, trusting God with whatever the future held.

As I read this chapter over, I thought about how different my life may have been without their momentary presence. Their faith differed distinctly from the faith of most. Coincidences don’t exist. God had a divine appointment for me with both of these folks. I doubt I could have faced my vision loss with the same bold faith if I had not been exposed to it.

Several years later, I discovered there are two types of Christians, the faithful and the doubtful. God impressed upon me that cataract surgery would give me better vision. He gave me Mark 11:24, and He emphasized the word, “believe”.

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 NKJV

Sight is not necessary to distinguish the doubters from the believers. The faith-filled erupted in joy declaring, “I believe with you.” The ones with faith tanks running on empty expressed no joy, just a questionable, “We’ll see.” My response left them speechless, “If you cannot believe with me, don’t pray for me.”

In God’s instructions concerning war for Moses and the Israelites, He told certain folks to go home. Please don’t fight with us because you will hinder us.

The Israelites had been commanded twice, “Do not fear!” God knows His children so well, and He knows we are prone to be afraid. The Israelite officers sent the fearful home. Where there is faith, there is no fear. Where there is fear, there is no faith. They do not co-exist. God sent the fainthearted soldiers home because He knew fear is contagious. It would spread through the army infecting more men.

Doubt and faith go viral too. Spend time around those who believe God heals. Those who believe in miracles. You will keep  a full faith tank.

Lord God,

Fill this faith tank to the brim. Eliminate the fears and doubt that hinder us from complete trust in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Deuteronomy 20:1-8.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Who do you spend time with? Are you running on empty or do you have a full tank of faith? Prayer is the means of faith. God already knows you have unbelief, so cry out, “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.”

Copyright 2017 Carolyn Dale Newell.