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By: Barbra Wiggins Matthews

Mark 11:23 "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."

In Mark 5:24-34 and Luke 8:42-48, we read about the woman with the issue of blood. This woman had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years; and though she had spent all her money on treatments from many physicians, no one could cure her. In fact, the blood condition had only grown worse. After twelve years of suffering, she was desperate for a miracle. When she heard about the wonderful miracles Jesus was performing, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched the fringe of his clothes, because she said, "if I just touch his clothes I will be healed."  As soon as the woman touched Jesus, her hemorrhage stopped. Jesus could have healed the woman and kept on walking to his original destination. Had he done that, only he and the woman would have known what had taken place. Instead, Jesus stopped what he was doing and acknowledged the result of this woman's faith – her complete and instantaneous healing.   The woman did not doubt in her heart but believed what she said would be done; thus, she received her miracle. 


In 1 Samuel 17, we read about David and Goliath. The encounter between David and Goliath looked like a foregone conclusion. There was a huge size difference in their physique. Goliath was a gigantic man, about 9 feet 9 inches tall, and David was average height of a man in ancient Israel around 5 feet 5 inches tall. David was an archer and slinger, and Goliath was an infantryman with swords, armor, and artillery. David said to Goliath "the Lord who saved me from the claws and teeth of the lion and the bear will save me from this Philistine." David said to Goliath, "today the Lord will conquer you, and he said, "I will kill you and cut off your head; and then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals." When Goliath approached, David ran out to meet him; he took out a stone, hurled it from his sling, and hit the Philistine in the forehead. He ran over and pulled Goliath's sword from its sheath, killing him with it and then cutting off his head. David received exactly what he said – he killed Goliath and conquered the entire army of the Philistines. In summary, the moral of these two Bible stories is that we can have what we say. We need to pay attention to our words. They are powerful. If we think about it, our words have made us victorious or defeated us in life. Let's be mindful of our words – we can have what we say!

In His Service,
Barbra Wiggins Matthews

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