Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 17, 2018

“All things are possible to him who believes.” – “I do believe; help my unbelief.”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 9:9-29.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+9&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“When they came back to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them, and some scribes arguing with them.  Immediately, when the entire crowd saw Him, they were amazed and began running up to greet Him.  And He asked them, “What are you discussing with them?”  And one of the crowd answered Him, “Teacher, I brought You my son, possessed with a spirit which makes him mute;  and whenever it seizes him, it slams him to the ground and he foams at the mouth, and grinds his teeth and stiffens out.  I told Your disciples to cast it out, and they could not do it.”  And He *answered them and *said, “O unbelieving generation, how long shall I be with you?  How long shall I put up with you?  Bring him to Me!”  They brought the boy to Him.  When he saw Him, immediately the spirit threw him into a convulsion, and falling to the ground, he began rolling around and foaming at the mouth.  And He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?”  And he said, “From childhood.  It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him.  But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!”  And Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’  All things are possible to him who believes.”  Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe;  help my unbelief.”  When Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You deaf and mute spirit, I command you, come out of him and do not enter him again.”  After crying out and throwing him into terrible convulsions, it came out;  and the boy became so much like a corpse that most of them said, “He is dead!”  But Jesus took him by the hand and raised him;  and he got up.  When He came into the house, His disciples began questioning Him privately, “Why could we not drive it out?”  And He said to them, “This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer.”  Mark 9:14-29.

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In today’s Scripture, we will meditate on Jesus’ statement:  “All things are possible to him who believes.” and the father’s statement:  “I do believe;  help my unbelief.”

First, regarding “All things are possible to him who believes.”, this is not a faith that we create or generate or “drum up” by our own ability;  it is a faith that we receive from Christ and that faith is His instrument for His purpose.

“Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:  Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;  seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.”  2 Peter 1:1-3.

“I can do all things through Him (Christ) who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.

“for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.

Second, regarding “I do believe;  help my unbelief.”, God understands our weaknesses and can and does sympathize with our weaknesses, and God helps our weaknesses.

“A bruised reed He will not break
And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish;
He will faithfully bring forth justice.”  Isaiah 42:3.

“In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness;  for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;  and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”  Romans 8:26-27.

“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.  Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  Hebrews 4:15-16.


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