Mark 9:14-29,”…But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us”
As we know no one has everything together, we all have things we are dealing big or small. I want us to remember, where there is a will, there is away; where there is a problem, there is the solver of the problem; where there is hope, there is life; and where there is faith there is trust. Often times people don’t excel because of what they believe a lie leaving them condemned. All they have left is to nurse all the failures and defeats they encountered previously. As long as I have breath in me, I’m going to keep pumping life in Christ and knowing that regardless of what I have gone through as long as it did not kill me, it gave me an opportunity to understand that greater things have been deposited in my spirit not to be terminated prematurely. You and I did not come this far to call it a quit, we still need find God given ways to stand through the test of time “for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.”, Acts 17:28.
A loving father in Mark 9 had a child who was deaf and dumb. Many diseases Jesus healed, He did not get into details trying to figure out when it started, what the symptoms were etc. but for some unknown reasons He asked in details on this particular case. He tried to get some information about who this child was and what he had.
Just before Jesus appeared in the scene vs. 14, ” …one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit… So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not”. We see a caring father out to get help for his son, he brings his son in search for Jesus. Instead of finding Jesus, he met some of His disciples and I can imagine the father of the child thinking that since these people had been with Jesus, they must have seen what Jesus regularly did and therefore they could perform the same miracles, unfortunately they were unable.
The question I pondered on was this, was it because they were never equipped to do the job or was it a job just for the Master? Jesus tells us in John 14:12, “verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth in me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than this shall he do“, with this verse, it’s very clear that Jesus would have loved to see His disciples do what He had been doing, the things He had been teaching them. Mark 9:19, “He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I bear with you?” this would imply that He needed not to be there for the healing to take place for He had already given them power however that power needed to be fueled by prayer and fasting.
We need to have faith that He who is in control is bigger than the situation and the circumstances around you and I. The reason why many cannot trust God with their situation is because they limit God. To increase your faith, begin to praise Him, magnify His name, talk about His names, His nature and you will see how your faith elevated to a greater level. With faith elevated, what you are dealing with will be too small in your eyes as you see the Lord bigger than it. Understand that whatever is impossible with man is possible with God; whatever gets out of man’s control does not get out of the Lord’s control. Have faith in God and the signs of victory, rain, joy, peace shall follow because what intimidates you does not move Him. All the disciples needed in this case was faith accompanied by prayer and fasting to complete the job. We too need the faith and prayers and in many times fasting added. To continue