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By the power of faith we can remove mountains, bondage breaks, and sins are wiped out. Through faith the sick are healed and the lame walk. People who have not faith, nothing can be done for them. But it is not negative faith that can remove evil. It is not dogmatic faith that can heal or work miracles. It is a faith that takes form in action. This faith is fundamental and finds expression in wisdom and loving service. Be full of such faith.

Heavenly Father, make Your Presence felt in my soul,
That I may know You as the embodiment of all blessedness.
Inspire me with love and holiness.
Cleanse my nature of all vanity and self-interest.
Unfold my spiritual insight that I may realize You both within and without.
Free my heart from all in-harmony and keep me ever in Your peace.
Blessed are you, Sovereign God of all, to you be glory and praise for ever! As we look for your coming among us this day, open our eyes to behold your presence and strengthen our hands to do your will, that the world may rejoice and give you praise, Father, Son and Holy Spirit: Blessed be God for ever!
John 11:17-35 Jesus Comforts the Sisters of Lazarus

17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.

21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

28 After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.

32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.

“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.

35 Jesus wept.

36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

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Psalm 63:1
You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.

Matt 7:21-23 True and False Disciples 
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 

It is necessary to open the deeper side of our nature by patience, humility and obedience before we can take spiritual teaching. That is why the great sages were so insistent in their discipline. Those who cannot bear reprimand show that they are shallow and empty. Discipleship is a very sacred thing and it cannot be given to one who is not fully prepared for it.

Lord, I called unto Thee in agony of soul, but Thou didst not hear me.
I sought Thee with heavy heart but Thou didst not come.
My child, I came, but thine eyes were blinded by grief.
Thou couldst not see me;
And thy heart was senseless with sorrow:
Hence thou couldst not feel my touch.