Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” NKJV
What does it really mean to believe? Our Lord made this statement to the father of a boy possessed with a mute spirit. He wanted the man, His disciples, and all of the others around to understand that through faith in Him there is no such thing as something being too hard. As in the Scripture it is written, “Is there anything too hard for God?” On one other occasion when the rich young ruler came to the Lord Jesus and went away sad the disciples were wondering who could possibly be saved if this man was not able to receive eternal life. Our Lord said to them then, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
The person who entrust his or her spiritual well-being to the Lord Jesus Christ will be able by His grace and power to endure any and all onslaughts from the devil and his demons as well as the human instruments the enemy uses for his evil and wicked purposes. Our Lord wanted all to know that to put their whole weight upon Him as one would sit down in a chair is to allow Him to release His power to redeem, restore, and resurrect that which is in need of deliverance, and destroyed, and dead. The boy’s father was reassured by our Lord (as we are assured by Him today) that through trusting Him we can turn any circumstance or situation brought against us into our triumph over it.
The Lord renders to every regenerated, re-birthed, and resurrected man a measure of faith and some are even given the supernatural gift of faith on top of that and we can always pray to our Lord and ask for our faith to be increased so long as we remember to give Him the glory at all times. Our Lord as He walked through the various towns and provinces teaching the Kingdom of God, He would sometimes have people come to Him with a need for healing and He would ask them, “Do you believe I can do this” before He would respond to their need. Unbelief will block the healing grace of our Lord from working to the maximum capacity it is capable of working in people’s lives.
We just witnessed in Mark Chapter 6 the reception our Lord received when He returned to His home town of Nazareth. They in His home town were astonished by His wisdom and teaching but were stumped in unbelief because they had watched Him grow up there with His sisters and brothers and could not or would not truly believe in Him and even were offended at Him. The writer Dr. Luke even records that they became so offended by His teaching and proclamations that they rose up and tried to throw Him over a cliff to kill Him. Well, we know that they were not successful because His hour had not yet come and because of their offense and unbelief of Him as the Scriptures says, “He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief.”
Unbelief is like the valve on the water main line that runs to a residential home. When the valve is closed the water does not come into the home so there is no shower usage, washing dishes, clothes, etc. But believing is when the valve is open and the water runs freely into the home and through the shower, sink, washing machine, etc. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit is from everlasting to everlasting and He is self-containing, self-sufficient, self-supplying, and self-reliant and His love, grace, mercy, resources, and power is endless.
Romans 11:33-36 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! “For who has known the mind of the LORD? Or who has become His counselor?” “Or who has first given to Him And it shall be repaid to Him?” For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to Whom be glory forever. Amen. NKJV
Ephesians 2:7 “That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” NKJV
Ephesians 3:8 “To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” NKJV
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” NKJV
Colossians 1:27 “To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” NKJV
Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” NKJV
“Christ rises above all things.” “God does not so much want us to do things as to let people see what He can do.” A. B. Simpson 1843-1919
“An honest heart seeks to please God in all things and offend Him in none.” A. W. Pink 1886-1952
“The Word of God reveals to me how totally inadequate I am and how utterly and completely dependent I am on the Lord Jesus Christ and His daily supply of grace to me.” “Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that in Christ I can be healed of physical infirmity but, more importantly, I thank You that I can be healed of the wicked desires that sprout regularly in my heart by allowing the Lord Jesus to wash me daily in His Word. Amen (So let it be)!” Clifford D. Tate, Sr. from “Silent Assassins of the Soul”, Chapter 10 “Do You Want to be Made Well”
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…