Starting last March, Barrett and I took on the challenge of reading through the Bible in a year. This was something I always thought would be neat to do, so we both decided to take on the challenge together. I know there are many different strategies for doing this, but for my first time to do this I wanted to start in Genesis and end in Revelation. So far so good. We made it through the Old Testament and currently we are in the middle of the gospel of Luke. As I have been reading all these stories, I keep having to remind myself that all these stories are TRUE! The more I think about it, the more incredible it becomes. It is amazing how the Bible has stories of just ordinary people like me, and the Lord did some extraordinary things in their lives. But as I read, I have discovered that these people that had these miracles preformed for them had an amazing amount of faith. It lists in Hebrews 11 (that Dr. Graham started preaching on this past Sunday) a multitude of things that occurred just because of an individuals faith.
Hebrews 11: 1 says "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." There is a song that I have been listening to over and over again, and as I listen to it I think, what could happen if I truly drew near to the Lord, and had complete faith in what He could do.
written and sung by Shelley E. Johnson
Just as Moses spoke to You face to face
And Daniel heard from You in his dreams
And David with his songs of praise
So I long for You to speak to me
And as Job heard Your voice in the whirlwind
And Isaiah saw Your throne room of glory
And Samuel heard You call his name again and again
So I long for You to show Yourself to me
I'll draw near, Closer Lord to Thee
Lord, draw nearer to me
So the next time I wonder if You're strong enough
To calm the storm that's raging against me
I'll remember that night with Your disciples
When You spoke and silenced the sea
And whenever I am desperate for a glimmer of hope
For a miracle of sweet relief
I'll remember how the woman touched the fringe of Your robe
And she was healed just because she believed
My prayer right now is that we will draw near to the Lord and have complete faith that He CAN do all things! "When we believe that God will fulfill His promises even when we don't see those promises materialized yet, we demonstrate true faith."