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Miracles Happen

JESUS SPEAKING

‘As He went of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.” And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road. (Mark 10: 46 – 52.)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

As Jesus journeyed along a road, a blind man began calling out to him; a lowly beggar who possessed great faith. Jesus responded by healing him. In an instant his eyes were restored; once again permitting him to see the world. With his vision renewed, how did he respond? He didn’t use his eyes to run away, to return home, or to chase after some selfish pursuit. Instead we read that he followed Jesus down the road. Supernatural events and miraculous healings most often serve a singular purpose; to allow those who have been healed to follow Jesus Christ more precisely.

Today, the Mayo Clinic, which is located in Rochester Minnesota, is one of the largest and most respected medical facilities in the entire world. Interestingly enough, this massive hospital began as a private practice in 1864; founded by a family doctor named William Worall Mayo. His two sons, who were also physicians, would eventually take control of the clinic; prompting it to increase in size and prestige over the course of several decades. “The Mayo Brothers,” as they are commonly referred to today, were experts in healthcare and conscientious observers of the process of disease, sickness, and death. One of the brothers, named William Mayo Jr. was once quoted as saying, “I have seen patients that were dead by all standards. We knew they could not live. But I have seen a minister come to the bedside and do something for him that I could not do, although I have done everything in my professional power. But something touched some immortal spark in him and in defiance of medical knowledge and materialistic common sense, that patient lived!”

Miracles are not a thing of the past; instead, they are a blessing in our present day. These supernatural events are happening all around us every day; in and through the lives of those who are faithful. God alone possesses the power over sickness and death; there is no disease He can’t heal, and no sickness He cannot eradicate. As we journey through this life, may the Spirit of the Living God dwell within us. May we be used as vessels for healing and transformation. May we remain steadfast; that our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ might never waiver.

“Lord Heavenly Father, only you are righteous and just and true. We know you are still healing those who are broken, and we admire Your wonderful works without ceasing. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit, that we may remain faithful; use us to accomplish Your will in this place, as we bring healing to the sick and hope to those who are hopeless. We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen!” God bless all of you.

Pray With Expectancy

JESUS SPEAKING

    “Have faith in God.  For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.  Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11: 22 – 24.)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

    ‘Faith’ is defined as a strong belief or trust in God’s abilities.  Only He can move mountains, heal the sick, and raise the dead.  Jesus therefore urged every follower to pray with a measure of expectancy.  We must truly believe that God is able to provide for each of our individual needs.  When we ask in faith, according to God’s will, and do not doubt, we can rightly expect to receive the desires of our heart.

    Hudson Taylor was a prominent missionary who lived in the 1800’s.  He established the China Inland Mission, an organization that still exists to this day (also known as the OMF.)  During his first journey to China, his ship hit a patch of windless ocean and began drifting uncontrollably toward an island known to be inhabited by vicious cannibals.  The frantic captain approached Mr. Taylor and asked him to pray for God’s help.  “I will” said Taylor, “Provided you set your sails to catch the breeze.”  The captain refused; not wanting to appear silly for unfurling in a dead calm.  Taylor responded by saying, “I will not undertake to pray for this vessel unless you will prepare the sails.”  The captain reluctantly obliged.  Soon there was a knock at Hudson’s door; “Who’s there?”  “Are you still praying for wind,” inquired the captain?  “Yes” responded Taylor.  “Well” added the skipper, “you’d better stop praying, we have more wind than we can manage.”

   As a genuine believer, Hudson Taylor understood the principle of praying with expectancy.  He prayed with confidence; knowing full well that God would answer his prayers.  If we pray with that same measure of faith, we too will receive the blessings of the Lord.  May our hearts be devoid of doubt; may our requests be brave and bold; and may we fully expect our prayers to be answered according to God’s will, and to the measure of our faith.

    “Lord Heavenly Father, You are an amazing and mighty God.  Create in us faithful hearts; hearts that are devoid of doubt; hearts that fully trust in Your ability to provide for our needs.  May we always pray with confidence, unwavering faith, and genuine expectancy.  We love You Father, we praise You, and thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.”  God bless all of you!

Moving Mountains

JESUS SPEAKING

   “Have faith in God.  For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.  Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11: 20-24.)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

    Mountains are large immovable obstacles; they are symbols of durability and permanence.  A million bulldozers and ten thousand sticks of dynamite would barely put a dent in even the smallest mountain range.  No amount of human effort, nor quantity of resources can make a mountain move.  And yet Jesus has taught us that through faith in God, a mountain can be picked up and cast into the sea.  Unwavering faith in God’s power is expressed in prayer.  When faced with something we cannot accomplish, we must turn to God; asking Him to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.

    Some time ago I was speaking with an elderly friend of mine.  For many years he and his wife had been pestering their kids to begin having children; they were quite anxious to become grandparents.  As the years went by and their faith in God grew, they gave up on their efforts, and instead began praying and asking God for grandchildren; which He soon provided in abundance.  Their numerous years of dissatisfaction were products of their misplaced faith.  When they took the faith they had in themselves and placed it in God, the mountain that had separated them from the desires of their hearts had finally been removed.

   Today there are many things in our lives that seem to be permanent fixtures; there are numerous obstacles that we, through our own efforts, have been powerless to overcome.  Too often we place faith in ourselves rather than in God.  We need only turn to Him through prayer and seek His power.  Bring your struggles to the Lord; let Him accomplish what you cannot, and you will experience a very real miracle in your life.

   “Lord Heavenly Father, we come before You today and we ask for the faith to move mountains.  We desire to see You accomplish the impossible.  We admit that, apart from You we are weak and have no hope; but with You Lord, nothing is impossible.  Fill our hearts with genuine faith. We thank You in advance for what You are going to do in our hearts and in our lives.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you!


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