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if we just believe

BY CHAQUANA TOWNSEND

While he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, "My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live. And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples. And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, for she said to herself, "If I only touch his garment, I will be made well." Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, "Take heart, daughter, your faith has made you well." And instantly the woman was made well. And when Jesus came to the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, "Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. (Matthew 9:18-25)

As I read this passage of scripture two things are strikingly evident and refreshing in my mind: God can do the impossible if only we believe. The woman and man in this passage had two things in common: trust and belief in the only true God that can do what man says is impossible! They knew Jesus could heal the sick and raise the dead because he had done it many times before! Healing of any kind wasn't too hard for God since they deeply believed and trusted in his mighty power!

Their faith blew me away because more times than I can count, I doubt the power of Jesus to save and open blinded eyes. I pray for something and then doubt that God will come through. My faith has been so weak in the past, and I want to see more of his power at work in my life, and in the lives of others. I want to witness miracles, and tell others about the God who performed those miracles. As I read the Gospels, one thing sticks out: God does indeed answer prayer when we have the faith to believe. He does hear our cries, our petitions, or requests, and he has not forgotten us. Does God answer every request we have? No, absolutely not! However, there are prayers that God will answer because of our faith in Him.

I am trusting God to raise up many of the children we work with to be warriors for Jesus. I am trusting God to break generational patterns and curses in their lives and many others. I am trusting God to use our parents and children in such a way that people bow down and worship the one true King! He is already doing some of the very things I am asking Him to do, and I will keep trusting Him until he says otherwise. I pray that God will continue to increase the faith of his children.

Nothing, absolutely nothing is too hard for our God! Will you believe with me?