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Friday, May 12 2017

    Now faith is the substance (realization) of things hoped for, the evidence (confident expectation) of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

    Faith is a real tangible substance with which miracles are wrought. Faith is not static, it is ever moving, living and active just as the word of God is. There used to be what was called "Static cling" that described what static electricity did to your clothes, making them cling to you and providing a product to eliminate it. Today however most Christians are infected with static cling, clinging to their pew or their own comfortable life, never venturing out into the world of faith in action!

    In this week's devotional I am writing on the subject of "Faith Without Works is Dead" in which we will look into the dynamics of faith and the use of it in our daily walk with Christ. When Jesus prayed for someone He would ask them to do something as a work of faith, such as stretch out your hand, take up your pallet, rise and walk and so on. This involves a person's faith with the one who is praying and with two in agreement it greatly enhances the power to believe and receive from the Lord.

    What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? James 2:14

    Throughout the word of God we see great works of faith performed by ordinary men who dared to take God at His word and not only believe but stepped out in faith and saw the outcome of their faith united with works. Jesus was our example and teacher in the use of our faith and the Model for which all miracles are performed such as turning water into wine, raising the dead, healing the sick, walking on water, opening blind eyes and so on. We as believers are to take that which Jesus has shown us by example and go into our areas of influence and change the world by faith and by His supernatural works.

    Jesus was called to the home of His friend Lazarus who had fallen ill, but by the time Jesus arrived he had already died. Most would have arranged the funeral and that was that, but not Jesus, He had them take Him to the tomb in which His friend had been for days. This was an impossible situation to raise someone who was already decomposing and most thought Jesus was just paying His respects for the dead up until He said this: "Lazarus come forth!" Jesus didn't just pray, He called Lazarus up from the grave and He specifically called Him by name or the whole graveyard would have come to life!

    "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe you receive them, and you will have them." Mark 11: 23,24

Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin

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