Your faith can heal

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, August 30, 2015

Today’s scripture reading:

This woman had suffered for 12 years with a hemorrhage. In our times of desperation, we don’t have to worry about the correct way to reach out to God. Like this woman, we can simply reach out in faith. He will respond.

The synagogue leader didn’t come to Jesus until his daughter was dead–it was too late for anyone else to help. But Jesus simply went to the girl and raised her! In our lives, Christ can make a difference when it seems too late for anyone else to help. He can bring healing to broken relationships, release from addicting habits, and forgiveness and healing to emotional scars. If your situation looks hopeless, remember that Christ can do the impossible. (NLT)

Matthew 9:18-26 – As Jesus was saying this, the leader of a synagogue came and knelt down before him. “My daughter has just died,” he said, “but you can bring her back to life again if you just come and lay your hand upon her.”

As Jesus and the disciples were going to the official’s home, a woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”

Jesus turned around and said to her, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

When Jesus arrived at the official’s home, he noticed the noisy crowds and heard the funeral music. He said. “Go away, for the girl isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.” But the crowd laughed at him. When the crowd was finally outside, Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand, and she stood up! The report of this miracle swept through the entire countryside.

Mark Karpinski (North Carolina) titled his story “FAITH AND HEALING;” here is a portion of Mark’s story:

“As a physician I am blessed to see God’s healing every day. Seeing an injured or ill person find healing is a powerful experience and one that strengthens my faith in God. People of faith often show extraordinary trust in God’s presence with them when illness befalls them or a loved one. I believe their faith plays a role in the healing process.

“But what about those individuals and families who have great faith but are not healed? Is something in their faith lacking? Are they being punished for some grievous sin? Our scripture verse from the Gospel of John suggest that Jesus’ disciples thought so. But I don’t believe our loving God acts that way. God’s love for us is unfailing. God feels our suffering. . .

“I have learned that while healing is certainly a gift from God, the absence of physical healing does not indicate the absence of God or a lack of faith on the part of God’s beloved children. No matter the outcome, God walks with us and strengthens us.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God has promised never to leave us or forsake us.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for always being with us, even in the darkest of times. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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CHILDREN: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/children/

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, August 29, 2015

Today’s scripture reading:

Israel was surrounded by many nations whose gods supposedly had special powers, such as helping crops grow and providing victory in war. These gods, however, failed to deliver. A god with limited or no power at all is not really a god. When we are tempted to put our trust in something other than the living God–money, career, family, or even military power–we should stop and ask some serious questions. Will it come through? Will it unfailingly provide what I am looking for? God delivers. When he makes a promise, he keeps it. He is completely trustworthy. (NLT)

Isaiah 41:17-20 – “When the poor and needy search for water and there is none, and their tongues are parched from thirst, then I, the Lord, will answer them. I, the God of Israel, will never forsake them. I will open up rivers for them on high plateaus. I will give them fountains of water in the valleys. In the deserts they will find pools of water. Rivers fed by springs will flow across the dry, parched ground. I will plant trees–cedar, acacia, myrtle, olive, cypress, fir, and pine–on barren land. Everyone will see this miracle and understand that it is the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, who did it.”

Lu Fullilove’s (Texas) story is titled “GREEN PASTURES;” here is a portion of Lu’s story:

“. . . Lack of rainwater is only one kind of drought that may invade our lives. Others can be a divorce, illness, or the loss of a loved one, job, or home. Our souls may be parched from lack of nourishment. During those times, we can trust that God will send showers of blessing. We Texas have a saying, “‘It always rains at the end of a dry spell!’ We know that a drought, although difficult, is temporary. In the same way, we Christians can know that after a dry spell, we simply have to trust God and be patient and we will see the rain again.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When my soul is parched, God can sustain me.

Prayer: Dear God, help us to trust you and wait patiently for your blessings. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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