dailybiblereader2012

Putting God's Word into Practice…

Mark 9:2-29-…But Jesus…

on February 25, 2012

I wrote about the transfiguration on January 20 from Matthew 17-“When All Else Fades,” and God gave me the same impression.  The short version is that everything on the mountain suddenly went away, BUT JESUS ONLY remained.  Who else do we need!!!

The next story has brought major conviction to my heart this morning.  A father brought his son with a “deaf and mute spirit” to the disciples and they could not cast it out.  When Jesus came off the mountain, and found out what was going on; He responded with, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.”  The Mac dashboard thesaurus uses the words unbelieving, agnostic, pagan, and heathen for the word faithless.  The conviction for me is that there have been many times that God has brought someone into my life that I have tried to “fix” on my own, and it didn’t work. So I deemed them “unfixable.”  I have been faithless–no better than a pagan!

The father says to Jesus, “If you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”  Of course HE CAN, compassion is Jesus’ middle name! (Not really, but you get the point.)  Jesus replies that ALL THINGS are possible for one who believes.  Immediately the father cried out with tears, “I believe; help my unbelief!”  I cried that this morning too.

Jesus called the unclean spirit out of the boy and the boy was like a corpse.  Some even thought he was dead.  Here comes that wonderful phrase again, “BUT JESUS took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.”  That’s my Savior!  He makes all things new!  He is a life-giver!!!

Afterward the disciples were confused about why no one BUT JESUS could drive out the unclean spirit.  He responded, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.”  Complete dependence on the power of God can change the life of those who seem unchangeable!

Again I cry out, “I believe, Lord, help my unbelief!”


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