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  1. catherine says:

    I desperately needed to read this this morning, your last article on Mexico and prayer was overwhelming, but this is the needed part to go along with it–we need to believe in His power and goodness to affect change in our own lives, and then in the greater world He made and loves. Thank you for putting hope in my heart this morning,

  2. nomans says:

    Believing with you, my friend… Like an unreasonable child.

  3. Papias says:

    Amen.
    Its hard to believe when it seems that the Lord is silent.
    Speak Lord.
    Teach us how to wait until You answer.

  4. Rob Murphy says:

    I learned about making a Pro and Con list for the most elemental decision tree. The hardest thing about living and moving and having my being is by faith moving “all things” from the Impossible With Man to the Possible With God column. Some days, the simplest, truest answer the question “What is so difficult about believing?” is “Everything”.
    Lately, my quiet time has been about focusing on Jesus – because the ‘work that requires’ is to believe the One God sent.’ Not just a ‘what would Jesus do?’, but Jesus, I don’t know what to do.
    A missionary who ministers to the deaf in Guatemala spoke on Sunday about doing a kitchen construction project with a deaf man he ministers with. The missionary said that every day took about an hour and a half just to get started because in order to speak with a deaf person, you have to be fully engaged – watching eyes, lips, hands and face. You can’t multi task. You can’t instruct as you go. You have to be fully engaged before you can even think of starting. Your means of communication is all of yourself, and you have to be fully sure that you know you’re fully informed before you start to lift a heavy object together. I think I think I can multi-task better than I actually can.
    If my prayer life were more like that, I’d be a better follower and believer. “For him who has ears to hear, let him hear” . . . and eyes to see, and hands to touch, and feet to go.

    This “help my unbelief” is exactly where I’m living. Because reality argues against all hope.

  5. DavidH says:

    I needed this very much this morning. Thank you.

  6. Josh Hamrick says:

    I’m hoping with you. Gotta keep hoping. He will come through for us.

  7. filbertz says:

    What we gather from our senses can dictate our belief. Or we can gather from the Word of God and the voice of Spirit and form a different conclusion, one of faith. You have chosen to do the latter, and it is a powerful affirmation of the work of God in the lives of his people and the world at large. Amen to your post.

  8. Em says:

    hmmm … as Rob M. says “reality argues against all hope” … amen almost – thing is i’d add just one word to that, our *perceived* reality argues against all hope … my scheduled reading this morning was in the 1st of the Gospels … essentially our Lord advised ‘don’t worry about tomorrow because today’s troubles are all you can manage’ … Jesus asked us to declare in our prayer times that God owns the kingdom, the power and the glories – ALL that is good is in Him … so there’s my hope He owns it and administers it to a good end …

    Pastor John D, made a case from Scripture for our time on earth as that of soldiers (our side wins) and when the enemy brings it to us (he will) we have our assigned positions in the fight … i think most of us are assigned logistical roles, but some will be Davids and more will be Uriahs (was that fair?) – maybe Jonathans, too; but please Lord, deliver us from having the mind of his father, Saul.

    it is an interesting mental image – a long, thin line of weary Saints marching down through time to Eternity and glory … you think God doesn’t honor this line? that’s what the Faith is all about IMV

    just sayin …

  9. pardon ze interrupcion. says:

    It’s all relative, anyway. Life is breath to breath.

  10. pardon ze interrupcion. says:

    Now. Who’s watching The Hobbit?

  11. Alex says:

    Michael said, “I believe with God alone…all things are possible, even those things which appear impossible.

    I believe one person can make a difference.

    I believe He can make a way when there is no way.

    I believe He can create something from nothing and beauty from ashes.

    I believe we matter to God.

    I believe, Lord…help my unbelief.”

    Big giant AMEN over here. Good stuff.

  12. Paige says:

    Amen, and amen, with you, I also BELIEVE God is able to do ‘exceedingly abundantly beyond all we can ask or imagine”…… Believe, indeed, God IS Able…..
    I also believe that I have no clue how God works…even working ‘all things together for good”… more often than not, my definition of ‘good’ is apparently not in line with God’s Providence and Will…..#1 Do I give up? No…where else would I go? #2 Do I quit praying? No… it’s a habit, lifestyle, deeply ingrained…. #3 Do I have faith (the substance of things hoped for)? Yes….. is life shockingly disappointing at times? Yes…. go back to #1

  13. Solomon Rodriguez says:

    Thankd for the Post!

  14. nomans says:

    I’ve come back to this article four times today. It’s so profound. Powerful word.

  15. brian says:

    http://youtu.be/BqOTeNPeBxo

    This is a very uplifting video. Sorry about posting it, I am trying not to be totally depressing.

  16. Nonnie says:

    Anyone who has never prayed, “Lord, I believe…help my unbelief,” has never truly prayed.

  17. Paige says:

    Amen, Nonnie….. been there, done that…..

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