Mark 9:22-23 (KJV) 22 … but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
The sons of the father in this narrative was plagued with severe seizures. Having sought help from Jesus’ disciples but to no avail, he went directly to Jesus and inquired if He could help his son. It seemed the father wasn’t entirely convinced that even Jesus could help but he surely hoped so.
Now, notice what Jesus did. He turned the whole thing back onto the father and required him to believe. You see, it wasn’t a matter of whether or not Jesus could heal the son but rather if the father would receive!
Receiving is a big part of believing because believing is an action word that involves faith and faith without corresponding action is dead. The father had unbelief mixed in with his faith that was a huge hindrance.
The father did have some faith. That’s why he approached Jesus in the first place. But because of his experience with the disciples, unbelief had crept in because of the physical manifestation he saw when the son had a seizure in front of the disciples. That unbelief hindered his faith and the disciples’ faith.
Jesus simply reminded the father that all things are possible to him who believes and then he got his miracle and the son got delivered. I know this might sound too simplistic but I’m limited because this is a blog, not an in depth teaching. But know this, that even though the things of God are complex, they’re not complicated – complex but not complicated.
Yes, you can have faith and unbelief operating in you simultaneously and that will negate your faith. You must plug up the holes so that unbelief won’t be able to get in and cause havoc in your life. So how do you do that?
Basically, you need to get into God’s Word and get God’s Word into you. You also need to plug the holes: steer clear of everything that causes unbelief – negative things like people’s opinions the fake news, negative social media, and basically everything that exalts itself above the Word of God. God’s Word is to be your benchmark from which everything is measured. That way your foundation is safe and secure and so are you!
James 2:17-18 (KJV) 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
Mark 10:27 (KJV) 27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
Matthew 19:26 (KJV) 26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
Mark 10:27 (KJV) \27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.