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Morning Prayer, Thursday, April 18, 2019 - WORD(S) OF THE DAY:  FAITH AND FOCUS

Father God, in the midst of my storms, help me to hold strong in my faith and stay focused..  Amen

"Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.  Matthew 17:20

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

 “When you focus in faith rather than fear, you tap into a strength that will get you over.”  One of my favorite stories in the Bible is about the woman with the issue of blood.  We are told she had this issue for 12 long years.  In 12 years, it is easy to lose faith and focus.  First of all, you know how it goes with any of us.  The longer it takes to get out of a situation, be it a health issue, a money issue, etc., etc., etc., the less we start to believe it will happen.   Waiting is not always our strong suit, right?  This woman not only had a health issue.  The Bible says she spent all she had going to doctors and the like trying to get healthy.  This leads us into focus.  After a while, when it looks like nothing is happening, you start to lose focus because your faith is thinning out.  God said He would.  God has done it before but right now Lord, I don’t know.  I am amazed that this woman kept her focus after such a long time and still believed God.  When she heard that Jesus was in town, it doesn't say she "considered" giving him a try.  She was all in.  Her faith was just that strong and you know what else?  Her faith was so strong that she didn’t believe that she needed to touch Jesus to get healed.  All she needed to touch was the hem of his garment.  That’s the kind of faith we are all striving for, that no matter what it is we have to face on this journey of ours, to stay faith-filled and focused.  

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.."  John 3:16         

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