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A Daily Devotion for Friday, December 8

Matthew 17:19-21

Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, "Why couldn't we drive it out?" He replied, "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."

These verses have always been problematic for me, so I read a commentary this morning for help. The writer pointed out that these words are directed at the disciples, who Jesus had specifically given the power to perform miracles. They were unable in this case to heal the child because they had lost faith somewhere along the way. He has never promised us this same power, but he has promised us other things. These promises are those which we must believe and live out. I believe in my eternal salvation because I have faith. I believe Jesus Christ can and has power to do anything, including overcoming this earthly world. I believe God is always here for me whenever I call on Him, and even when I don't.

Holy Lord, you have held me close all my life. You have not given me the power to perform miracles, but have performed miracles all around me. I have faith in your promises, and am forever thankful. Amen

Becky, transforming

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