Isaiah 40:27-31 "Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God? (28) Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. (29) He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. (30) Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: (31) But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

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The journey of life can be filled with many trials and situations that we would never wish for ourselves. Some are health related, financial troubles, relationship struggles, and many more. Life is difficult enough. But for the person that is not seeking the Lord and allowing the Holy Spirit to direct him in the steps in his journey, life becomes almost impossible. We see this illustrated through the life of David.

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Almost everyone has someone we work for, report to, or follow as a leader. At times we approach these relationships with varied levels accountability, pay, or reward. However the Bible speaks to us in one mind as to how and why we are to "serve" those above us.

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We all love stories. I could uninterestingly but simply state that Mr. Smith is a person of integrity. Or I could tell you a story that illustrates that Mr. Smith is indeed a person of integrity; and I could do so without ever specifically stating that fact. In the Bible in the story of Job, God does both; we are both told that Job is a person of integrity outright; but we are also told a story that illustrates that truth for us. And although I am glad I have the simple evaluation by God that Job eschewed evil and feared Him; I am extremely thankful for 40 plus chapters of narrative that illustrate how Job feared God. Thus, stories are quite an important element of the human experience. Nevertheless the simple facts are important too.

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"And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief."

In just a few short weeks, we will participate in our annual "I Believe" Sunday. Webster's dictionary defines the word believe thusly, "To credit upon the ground of authority, testimony, argument, or any other circumstances than personal knowledge; to expect or hope with confidence." The Greek word translated as believe in Mark 9:24 is pisteuo, which has the idea of trusting another for an action expected to take place. Mark 9 records the story of the man who had a son, a child, that was possessed by a devil. The son had a record of being so controlled by the devil inside of him that physical pain and harm were a continual problem. (ref. Mark 9:22) The first attempt of the father was to bring his son to the disciples so that the devil would be cast out and the boy spiritually healed. The disciples failed in their ministry - largely due to a not understanding that both prayer and fasting were requirements for spiritual victory in this situation.

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