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Monday, March 14, 2011

A Tenacious Faith

I’ve adapted the following from www.christianity.com/devotionals

Mark 6:56 Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment and as many as touched Him were made well.

Tenacity means to cling to a belief without doubting. It is a set kind of faith, a determination that doesn't waver. Our Father made divine healing a commodity through Jesus. In the marketplaces — the center of business—divine healings were common and useful for building people's faith and winning souls, for setting people free from the bondage of disease, for restoring them to productivity and for the purpose of spreading the good news. Miraculous wonders of healing were evidence that Jesus was who He said He was.

Jeremiah 29:11-14 tells us that when we seek Him with all of our heart, we will find
Him. And in His presence, His hem is available to us.

Surely, God has called us to tenacious faith.

That we humbly present or "lay" family members, friends and loved ones and/or people from our assigned workplaces before Jesus. That we beseech Him for a healing touch. That we have a heart for others to be healed, a heart for doing the work of Jesus.

Actions speak louder than words: So often, the Lord has shown us that when we step out in faith and pray for the restoration of others, He rewards us by caring for our needs. Tenacity is about selflessness. It is about choosing to believe the truth of God's divine precepts over natural circumstances. And it's about taking courage to journey forth with Jesus no matter what. Tenacity means we must stand up for what is right even if it means making someone angry or upset with us. Sometimes this is a hard thing to do, but it is pleasing to God.

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