TITLE: Do you believe that I have the power to do this
By Arlene Showalter
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"Do you believe that I have the power to do this?" Matthew 9:28 (The Complete Jewish Bible)
As the gas situation in our country reaches crisis proportions, God has been challenging my spirit about His power. I know Jesus turned water into wine. (John 2:1-11) God provided enough flour and oil for a widow and her family to survive until famine ended in her land. (1 Kings 17:7-16)
But do I believe God can keep my car running even without gas if necessary? God provided a home for me 40 miles from my job. In the past 6 weeks, the price of gas has jumped 50 cents. Gas is going up about 10 cents per week. Predictions are it will reach $5 before the end of summer and over $8 by the end of the year.
Years ago I had a gas guzzling V8 Oldsmobile. At that time $20 would fill the tank, but I was making only slightly above minimum wage, about $1.70 per hour. I filled my tank each payday and had no money to fill it again until the next payday. More than once I went to work on E because I had to go. Being raised in a dead, legalistic religion, I had never been exposed to supernatural faith. I never told anyone about driving without gas.
Now, more than 30 years later, those days come back to me. Do I have enough faith to drive to work NOW, knowing God at a much deeper level than I did back then?
I have read of missionaries who drove across Africa without gas, because they had to get to a certain destination and believed God would provide.
I have read of underground Christians in the former USSR who regularly met in homes to worship God. They moved from home to home to avoid detection. However, they never planned where to worship next, simply waited for the Spirit to guide them weekly. Miraculously the entire church would show up at the correct home each week.
Malcolm Smith once said “we don’t see miracles in America because we don’t need them.”
Do I have the faith of the above believers?
Definitely food for thought.
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