Monday, August 29, 2011

Doubt Or Determination?

A group of mountain climbers was preparing to climb Mount Everest. As they stood at the foot of the mountain, a psychologist met with the group to interview them.

As the interview came to a conclusion, he asked one final question: “Will you make it to the top?”

Almost in unison, they responded, “I hope so.”

But Jim Whitaker said in a strong voice, “I will!” He was the only one from the group to make it to the top and the first American to reach the summit.

Doubt defeats, but courage conquers.

Jesus summed up this idea in just a few words. On one occasion He seemed to be chiding the disciples when He said, “What do you mean, ‘If I can?’ Anything is possible if a person believes!”

These words of Jesus do not mean that we can have anything we want if we just apply positive thinking. He wants us to understand that anything is possible if we believe, because everything is possible for God to accomplish through His disciples when we pray in a faith that believes. Prayer is not wishing for our wants. It is faith, trust, patience, and persistence at work wanting His will.

Prayer: We look to You, Lord, to answer our prayers as we pray in Your name, believing in Your Word to accomplish Your will. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Mark 9:23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

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