Have you ever wondered why the Lord is not moving in your life?
That can be for a number of reasons, but I would like to identify one critical reason why we don't see the power of God working in our lives. I want to discuss a faith problem that not only existed with the disciples, but also lead to the father of the boy having a faith problem.
As you read the text, you will notice that Jesus is not happy with the disciples and the father because of their lack of faith. You might think that Jesus is referring to the people standing around when he talks about "O faithless generation" in verse 19. Jesus is talking about His disciples. The disciples found out that they had a faith problem when they could not cast out this demon. What happened? According to Jesus' comments, their faith was lacking. In verse 23, Jesus then sets the father straight with His response, "If you can!" The father's response in verse 24 should be our response if we lack faith. We should have the same urgency as the father of the boy.
You can't always assume that spiritual power is always available; it must be maintained and renewed constantly. We have a number of factors that takes away our power for God. Sin and lack of faith are two of the main culprits, when times get tough, the last thing you want to lose is your faith in Christ. Pray and read the following passage and ask the Lord to not only give you understanding, but application of faith in Him in your own life moving forward. We have numerous problems that we have to trust God with. Are you trusting Him? Yes, the section is longer than usual, but if you don't have the time to read it, then your problem goes beyond that of faith. When you read God's Word, you are spending time with Him. This is called a relationship and not religion.
Let's look at the test and let God speak to us.
"And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crown around them, and scribes arguing with them. And immediately all the crowd, when they saw Him, were greatly amazed and ran up to Him and greeted Him. And He asked them, "What are you arguing about with them?" And someone from the crowd answered Him, "Teacher, I brought my son to You, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And He answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has this been happening to Him? And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible for one who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer." Mark 9:14-29 (ESV)
Posted on Tue, November 8, 2011
by Scott Stevenson