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January 18

FOCUS:  I know that God is with me.


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1 Samuel 18: 6-9; 19:1-7

Psalm 56

Mark 3:7-12

Need help? Just ask! In our gospel reading today, Jesus is well underway with His ministry and the people are beginning to see Him for who He really is – someone who can be counted on to help us whenever we need His help.

The healing Jesus gave people was not random. Each miracle was intended to grow that soul closer to God in a loving relationship where people understand that God cares for them on a very personal basis. When Jesus healed the blind, it was not just a physical healing, it was so they could better see the Kingdom of God in their midst. When He healed those who could not hear, it was really so those folks could hear the Holy Spirit speaking to them. When He healed the crippled it was so they could get past the hardness of their hearts that came with the illness and kept them from the relationship with God. And when He freed people from a sinful lifestyle, it was to help them see God.

I tell people all the time that the greatest challenge we have in Naperville is the inability or outright refusal to ask for help. We all have elements of our life that require assistance in one way or another but we just, for some reason, refuse to ask for help. Our relationship with God is just the same.

Each of us has elements of our life that need attention. The beautiful thing about our gospel today is how far these folks came to see Jesus. Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan, Tyre and Sidon…pull out a map and look how far that walk would have been. The people of Tyre and Sidon were wealthy, and yet they recognized their need for help from God.

So what are you keeping from God? What help do you need from God? He probably has already placed someone in your life to help – JUST ASK!

Give God your prayer today with a great big smile!

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