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Acts 9:40 ” Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning towards the dead woman, he said, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.”

Peter sent the mourners and doubters out of the room much like Jesus did when He brought the dead little girl back to life in Matthew 9:25.  Both didn’t allow negativity and unbelief to remain in the room.  Nor did either permit skepticism and scoffing to change their confidence in what God could do.  So what can we take from this when praying for someone seriously ill?  First is to get rid of all distractions and those who can’t believe for a miracle.  Instead, gather around those who have faith for a healing, (remember, it can be as small as a mustard seed).  Next speak life and not death into the person and ask God to heal them.  Finally, continue to speak life into the person and watch God work.

James 2:14 ” What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? “

Throughout the Book of James we see him arguing the difference between faith and active faith.  Just believing in God, he says, isn’t enough…for even the demons believe in God. (James 2:19)  What the Lord demands from us is to demonstrate our inward trust in Him by outward actions.  In other words, to not only hear His Word, but put it into practice.  For faith without works is considered dead and accomplishes nothing for the Kingdom of God.

John 6:69 ” We believe and know that You are the Holy One of God.”

Jesus asked Martha a pointed question in John 11:25-26 after telling her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.  Do you believe this?”  To know Jesus and believe in Him go hand in hand in both theses Scriptures.  To truly understand someone means spending time with them…getting to know them well and developing a deep personal relationship.  Kinda like when you met your future spouse…you wanted to know everything about them!  And after a while, your trust and assurance grew as you got to know that person better and better…finally resulting in committing and entrusting your life together as a married couple.  The same goes for our relationship with Jesus Christ.  We need to know Him before we can believe in Him.  For our faith can only grow out of our understanding of Him.

Luke 11:9 ” So I say to you; Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

This verse hinges on our faith and trust in God.  For when we ask God for something, we must trust that He’ll give us what’s the very best  according to His Will.  When we seek, we must have faith that we’ll find His perfect plan and purpose for our life.  And when we knock, we must be confident to walk through the door He opens for us.

I Corinthians 11:28 ” A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.”

Paul had not been with the Believers of the Church in Corinth for about three years.  But he had gotten wind of the abuses that were happening concerning the Lord’s Supper…or if you will, Holy Communion or the Eucharist.  Here he was instructing them to stop and soberly scrutinize and determine whether they were worthy of taking Communion…before they partook.   When something becomes so ritualistic and automatic, we tend to perform it without thinking…going through the motions without allowing it to impact us.   We are to examine ourselves first, before we participate…for who better to ascertain our own spiritual condition than us?  And don’t worry, what you choose to ignore…the Holy Spirit will be faithful to point it out!

Matthew 17: 18-20 ” Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment. Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, ‘Why couldn’t we drive it out?’ He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith.’ “

This story about the boy and the evil spirit was important enough to be in three of the four  New Testament accounts by the disciples.  Matthew, Mark and Luke all give slightly different takes on this event, but the main thought rang true throughout all three…the disciples couldn’t heal the boy on their own.  But instead of admitting defeat, giving up, or walking away, they came to Jesus searching for answers.  In Matthew 21:21 Jesus replied to their inquiry by telling them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt…”   Doubt is being double-minded or having a divided mind.  So when we doubt, we sway back and forth between faith and fear…never  achieving full confidence and trust in what God can do.  But just like the disciples, if we will go to Jesus admitting our shortcomings, He will speak truth in order to dispel our doubt.  And if, like the boy’s father we ask Jesus to, ” Help me overcome my unbelief!”  He will show us the way.

Hebrews 13:7 ” Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.”

I was blessed enough in my early Christian walk to have a lovely older lady come into my life.  Joyce came up along side, took my arm, and together we navigated what being a Christian meant.  Was she perfect with a perfect family?   No, in fact, they had experienced many upheavals in their marriage.  But what I saw in her  was a God-centered life, marriage, and family, and that gave me hope that God could  work in me.  Through her example, Joyce guided, coached, and shepherded me on this brand new journey called Christianity.   She was my mentor…and I will always admire her firm conviction, her consistent faith, and her unchanging trust in God.