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The Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever

By Greg Laurie

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. 

Hebrews 11:6

When Jesus walked this earth, He healed a lot of people. But did He heal everyone? Could He have healed everyone? Jesus could have said, “Everyone will be healed on the count of three. One . . . two . . . three” and boom! Everyone, everywhere has been healed. He wouldn’t have needed to touch people. He wouldn’t have needed to even see them.

Jesus could have done that, but He didn’t. He responded to people who called out to Him, like Bartimaeus, the blind man who heard Jesus passing by and shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47 NLT).

The only place where Jesus wasn’t able to do miracles was in His hometown of Nazareth, and it was because of their unbelief. I find that really interesting. Jesus wanted to heal them. But He wouldn’t heal them because of their unbelief.

The circumstances of our lives are no problem with God. It’s our unbelief that is the problem. Like the father who wanted healing for his demon-possessed son, we, too, need to say, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24 NLT).

Faith can make the difference between something happening and not happening, because without faith, Hebrews 11:6 tells us, it’s impossible to please God. You don’t have to have super faith. You just have to have faith.

You may look at the stories of men and women in the Bible and think, “I don’t know if that could ever happen for me in this day in which I am living.” The work of God isn’t limited to one particular time in history. The Bible says that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8 NLT).

God is not limited by your circumstances. He is limited by your unbelief.


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