I want to build your faith in the ability and willingness of God to be active in your life. He wants an active role in your life. He wants to show Himself strong on your behalf. He wants to glorify His name in and through your life.
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. (Mark 9:23)
This is an awesome promise from Jesus. There is great power here.
The Lord was speaking to a father who had brought his demon possessed son in search of healing and deliverance. The boy was deaf and mute, prone to seizures and bizarre, destructive behavior. The disciples of Jesus had been unable to deliver the boy.
It is into this situation that Jesus speaks the famous scripture.
Let’s take a look at the whole story:
When they returned to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd surrounding them, and some teachers of religious law were arguing with them. When the crowd saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with awe, and they ran to greet him. “What is all this arguing about?” Jesus asked. One of the men in the crowd spoke up and said, “Teacher, I brought my son so you could heal him. He is possessed by an evil spirit that won’t let him talk. And whenever this spirit seizes him, it throws him violently to the ground. Then he foams at the mouth and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast out the evil spirit, but they couldn’t do it.” Jesus said to them, “You faithless people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.” So they brought the boy. But when the evil spirit saw Jesus, it threw the child into a violent convulsion, and he fell to the ground, writhing and foaming at the mouth. “How long has this been happening?” Jesus asked the boy’s father. He replied, “Since he was a little boy. The spirit often throws him into the fire or into water, trying to kill him. Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.” “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” When Jesus saw that the crowd of onlookers was growing, he rebuked the evil spirit. “Listen, you spirit that makes this boy unable to hear and speak,” he said. “I command you to come out of this child and never enter him again!” Then the spirit screamed and threw the boy into another violent convulsion and left him. The boy appeared to be dead. A murmur ran through the crowd as people said, “He’s dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and helped him to his feet, and he stood up. Afterward, when Jesus was alone in the house with his disciples, they asked him, “Why couldn’t we cast out that evil spirit?” Jesus replied, “This kind can be cast out only by prayer.” (Mark 9:14-29)
Let’s look at this awesome promise of Jesus:
- Is this a qualified or unqualified promise?
- Does “All things” mean anything we can think of?
- What kind of faith or belief is required for this promise to be fulfilled or realized in our lives?
This is definitely a qualified promise. What we ask for must line up with the Word of God and His will for our lives (or the person we are asking for).
Here are more scriptures relevant to our verses above:
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! (Matthew 7:7-11)
You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. (James 4:3)
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. (1 John 5:14-15)
The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. (Psalm 145:18-19)
I cried to Him with my mouth, And He was extolled with my tongue. If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear. But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer, Nor His mercy from me! (Psalm 66:17-20)
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all. (Psalm 34:17-19)
Is anything too hard for the Lord… (Genesis 18:14)
I know that you can do everything and that your plans are unstoppable. (Job 42:2)
With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)
For with God nothing shall be impossible. (Luke 1:37)
And he said, the things which are impossible with men are possible with God. (Luke 18:27)
These are great scriptures that renew your mind and build your faith.
God is in the miracle working business. He has the ability to operate within the laws of nature and the ability to operate outside the laws of nature.
God has the ability to work through people and events and He also has the ability to sovereignty move without the assistance of people or events.
Over and over through scripture we see the Lord manifesting Himself to the people of this planet. God is interested in your life. He is interested in the things that concern you. He wants to be worshipped as God in your life; He wants to be your source.
There are many who go to extremes concerning God manifesting Himself in our lives. On one side of the issue we have those who do not believe God still moves on behalf of His people. They believe this stopped when the Apostle John passed away. On the other side of the issue are those who believe that God will do anything we ask Him to do; we name it, we claim it – God has to do it.
I believe in the miracle working power of God for your life and mine. I also believe that our heart needs to be examined frequently. In your believing and asking for God to move on your behalf ask yourself some basic questions:
- What is your motive?
- Is what you are asking for something only God can do?
- Who will receive glory for what you are asking?
- Whose life will be changed?
- Whose Kingdom will this answer benefit? God’s or yours?
If you are in need of God moving in your life – He is as close as a prayer away. If you can believe – all things are possible to those who believe.
Your life, your speech and your prayers need to be in agreement with God. Your faith should not be your failsafe but your connection to El Shaddai – the God who is more than enough.
If you have exhausted the ability of people to solve your problem you have a Father in heaven who wants to go to work for you.
If you have been to the disciples of Jesus and found that they could not help you – take your issue directly to Jesus. He is ready for you.
Do not let fear, anxiety, religious tradition or the opinions of others deter or sway your faith. God is active in the earth today.
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him… (2 Chronicles 16:9)
May your faith be unshakeable and strong.
The same God who is preparing a place for you in heaven where you will live for eternity is here today prepared to move in your life.
All things are possible to those who believe.