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Friday, July 14, 2017

Asking In Faith

In review of Mark 9:23 it says, “All things are possible to him who believes.”

Bottom Line:
Everything is possible for the one who believes.

What this means to me:
I’m reminded that everything is possible when I have faith and believe it can be done.

Today's verse from Mark 9 comes from words spoke by Jesus as he healed a demon possessed boy. After Jesus returned he found a crowd gathered around when his other disciples were trying to heal a demon possessed boy but couldn't. Jesus disappointedly said, "You faithless people! How long must I be with you? Bring the boy to me." The man then asked Jesus "to have mercy and help he and his son, if you can." Jesus replied with, "what do you mean, if I can," for "anything is possible if a person believes."  The father instantly cried out, "I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!" Jesus then commanded the spirit to leave and never enter into him again.

When Jesus says anything is possible, it doesn't mean that I can automatically obtain anything I want if I just think positively. Jesus meant that anything is possible if I believe, because nothing is too difficult for God. We cannot have everything we pray for as if by magic, but with faith, we can have everything we need to serve him.

The attitude of trust and confidence that that the Bible calls belief or faith is not something I can obtain without help. Faith is a gift from God. No matter how much faith I have, I can never reach the point of being self-sufficient. Faith is not stored away like money in the bank. Growing in faith is a constant process of daily renewing my trust in Jesus.

So I can stop saying, “I can’t,” and start saying “I can.”  For nothing is impossible with God.