Question Jesus Asked[10]: “Yes,” said Jesus, “if you yourself can!”


Read: “Yes,” said Jesus, “if you yourself can! Everything is possible for the person who has faith.” Mark 9:23

Examine: During the ministry of Jesus, after transfiguration, a man in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, because he has an evil spirit in him and cannot talk. Whenever the spirit attacks him, it throws him to the ground, and he foams at the mouth, grits his teeth, and becomes stiff all over. I asked your disciples to drive the spirit out, but they could not.”

Jesus said to them, “How unbelieving you people are! How long must I stay with you? How long do I have to put up with you? Bring the boy to me!” They brought him to Jesus. As soon as the spirit saw Jesus, it threw the boy into a fit, so that he fell on the ground and rolled round, foaming at the mouth. “How long has he been like this?” Jesus asked the father.

“Ever since he was a child,” he replied. “Many times the evil spirit has tried to kill him by throwing him in the fire and into water. Have pity on us and help us, if you possibly can!” “Yes,” said Jesus, “if you yourself can! Everything is possible for the person who has faith.” The father at once cried out, “I do have faith, but not enough. Help me to have more!”

Jesus noticed that the crowd was closing in on them, so he gave a command to the evil spirit. “Deaf and dumb spirit,” he said, “I order you to come out of the boy and never go into him again!” The spirit screamed, threw the boy into a bad fit, and came out. The boy looked like a corpse, and everyone said, “He is dead!” But Jesus took the boy by the hand and helped him to rise, and he stood up. After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive the spirit out?” “Only prayer and fasting can drive this kind out,” answered Jesus; “nothing else can.”

Application: A help father making an honest plea to Jesus – also explained the trauma the child goes through. He did not care what people thought, father just wanted the child to be healed and saved from the pain.

When Jesus replied – Everything is possible for the person who has faith. Father response is probably the greatest and most honest response – Yes I do believe help me to overcome my unbelief. As father I know you can Lord, but help me to get the knowledge in my head to my heart as true belief.

Decision: Lord like the honest and helpless father, we come to you presence and cry, have pity on us, heal us, help me to overcome my unbelief.

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