“Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23).
A boy who was possessed by a mute spirit was brought to Jesus by his father. He said, “…wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid”. Not only that. He told that satan also tried to kill him by pushing him into fire and water.
Look! That spirit had made him a dumb. Many people also resemble this by staying dumb when the opportunity comes to render witness to God. The reason for their silence may be the fear that they may receive blows for witnessing God.
Secondly, it seizes him. It resists him from leading a firm Christian life. Problem after problem comes in his life similar to how waves cross over one after the other in the ocean.
Thirdly, it seizes him. It pushes him into fire and water. Water is cold and fire is hot and so he is being pushed into a pathetic condition of neither hot nor cold thus not fully fitting into either of the categories. Jesus said, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23). He said, “Do you believe that I can deliver you? Do you believe that I am the one to give you victory over satan? If you believe, your son can be delivered from the hands of satan.”
Some people are called ‘non-believers’ and some others are called people of little faith. The father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:23, 24).
In another instance, the apostles came to Jesus and requested him to increase their faith (Luke 17:5). Here, faith is at a lower level. Peter’s faith was at a failing level (Luke 22:31, 32). The trick of the devil is to decrease your level of faith further and further and in the end, he will see that your faith is totally dwindled. How will the faith come? The Bible says “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
Dear children of God, you need faith. Faith will come to you when you catch hold of the promises. When you read about the witnesses of life and incidences of revival you will receive the faith that God who helped them will help me also. Yes. “The prayer of faith will save the sick” (James 5:15).
To meditate: “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified” (II Corinthians 13:5).