Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary … “You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.” [Luke 1:42,45 (NLT)]

But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. … Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour. [Matthew 8:8,13 (NLT)]

spotted knapweedThe elderly Abraham and Sarah laughed at the thought of the two of them making a child and the old Jewish priest Zechariah doubted his barren wife could conceive. Yet, a thirteen-year old virgin believed that she would miraculously bear a son and a pagan Roman officer believed Jesus could heal his servant with just a word.

In spite of their doubts, Sarah and Abraham and Elizabeth and Zechariah received their blessings and their faith was strengthened when the promised pregnancies occurred. For them, seeing helped them believe. Mary and the centurion, however, believed without seeing. Must we be party to His miracles before we truly trust in Him? Do we stand firmly on the promises of God or do we scoff or doubt His promises that seem too good to be true? Do we limit ourselves and our prayers simply because we don’t believe that, with God, all things are possible?

Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.
Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
Listening every moment to the Spirit’s call,
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God.
[“Standing on the Promises” by R. Kelso Carter]

Is anything too hard for the Lord? [Genesis18:14 (NLT)]

Jesus asked, “Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?” [John 4:48 (NLT)]

Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” [Matthew 19:26 (NLT)]

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