BY REV. DR. PHILIP CRAIG
Greater Springfield Community Church
MARK 9:23 “Jesus said to him: If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
Life, at times, can seem like an impossible mission in trying to get ahead. We live in a society in which we are bombarded with violence, tragedy and destruction on a daily basis. Our newspapers and television media are saturated with story after story about some type of negative occurrence or dysfunctional outcome. It seems like we are surrounded by dysfunction on all levels of life from family to government.
As a result of all this, you may perceive life as a big challenge and a mission that seems impossible to get any better. It is at this moment when things seem to have gone awry and you don’t appear to have the answers that you wish you had. This is the moment when you should not move away from God, but the time during which you should move closer to Him.
Throughout history, we see numerous stories in the Bible as to how God turned situations around. What seemed to be impossible with man, it has been shown in countless instances it is still possible with God. Mark captures this moment with Jesus as he is approached from a man who has a son who possessed a mute spirit and suffers from seizures. Every time the son had a seizure, it takes over his body and he is thrown to the ground. So, after the man tried coming to the disciples for help—but to no avail—he approached Jesus, and Jesus says, “You generation of little faith, how long will I need to be with you?”
Here, Jesus is telling his disciples and the believers that when they active their faith to the point that they can accomplish more than their eyes can see or mind can comprehend, they will be able to do the impossible. At that moment, Jesus turns to the father who had lost all hope because no one appeared to be able to give any assistance regarding his son’s healing. But just when you feel as if you are on an impossible mission, Jesus will step in on your behalf and make the impossible possible—if you have faith. Therefore, what Jesus tells the father is probably something no one else said when it came to his son’s healing. Jesus said to him “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” The father asked Jesus to help him with his belief and Jesus commanded the spirit to leave the boy’s body and he was healed that very instant.
What God is trying to tell the believers is that their situation is not impossible. It may seem impossible, but what God is telling you today is that if you can see the invisible, you will be able to accomplish the impossible. In other words, if you can believe in something your eyes cannot physically see, God promises that you can accomplish what becomes reality in the natural. God has delivered people out of debt, destruction, demise and even death.
You want to see better days, a more prosperous bank account, blessings upon your children or peace in your household? You can accomplish and experience all those things in your life. The question isn’t if it’s possible. The question is: Do you believe that it is possible? If you believe, then know you can accomplish it.
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