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Only Believe

Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.” – Mark 11:23 NASB

Daniel Paul Rader felt called to the ministry. Born in 1878, he became a pastor. However, in 1908, finding the attractions of the world too strong, he left the ministry to enter the business world. Three years later, his faith was renewed, and he reentered full-time ministry.

After returning to ministry, his preaching had a greater impact. People sensed this anointing after he became pastor of the Moody Church in Chicago. He later founded the Chicago Gospel Tabernacle, which he pastored for eleven years.

Besides working as a pastor and evangelist, Rader also was a pioneer Christian broadcaster and an important songwriter. In 1921, he felt inspired to write a hymn about what he had learned about faith. To many people, living in victory seemed complicated. But Rader wrote that the essence of faith was simple: “Only believe; all things are possible, only believe.”

Some people were reluctant to exercise faith, so Rader encouraged believers to remember that we have no reason to fear, for “all power in earth, all power above, is given to Him for the flock of His love.”

Rader encouraged us to remember that Jesus goes before us. If doors seem shut, we should remember that He is always with us. We can “count on His presence in darkness and dawn.

What problems do you face? Today remember all things are possible with God. Put your faith into action! Only believe!

Reflection Question: Are you having trouble believing that God can meet certain needs?


Father, I commit these situations to You: _________. All things are possible with You. Thank You for meeting my needs. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading

Mark 11

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