Friday, March 14, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Mark 9:20-29
20 They brought the boy to Him. When he saw Him, immediately the spirit threw him into a convulsion, and falling to the ground, he began rolling around and foaming at the mouth. 21 And He asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" And he said, "From childhood. 22 "It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!" 23 And Jesus said to him, " 'If You can?' All things are possible to him who believes." 24 Immediately the boy's father cried out and said, "I do believe; help my unbelief." 25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You deaf and mute spirit, I command you, come out of him and do not enter him again." 26 After crying out and throwing him into terrible convulsions, it came out; and the boy became so much like a corpse that most of them said, "He is dead!" 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and raised him; and he got up. 28 When He came into the house, His disciples began questioning Him privately, "Why could we not drive it out?" 29 And He said to them, "This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer."
This came out of last night's home group meeting. Verses 23 and 24 stick out here. I remember thinking that some praise song lyrics that state that "all things are possible" were overblown, but there it is, straight out of the Horse's mouth. I don't want to go down the name-it-and-claim it route, but no miracle's too big for God to do. Mind you, it doesn't mean God winds up doing all those big miracles, but He could. The Oral Roberts U slogo "Expect a Miracle" comes to mind, but I'd be a bit less cocky and say "Don't Rule Out a Miracle." The other verse that is commonly mentioned is the "I believe, help me with my unbelief." None of our faiths are 100% rock-solid, and we need help rounding out that faith from the Holy Spirit. Having doubts is natural. Dwelling on them and letting them fester isn't good.

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