Mark 9:17-29 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit.
18 And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.”
19 He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.”
20 Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.
21 So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood."
22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”
23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!”
26 Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.”
27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.
28 And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”
29 So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”
I am grateful for a God of great possibilities!
--You and I are beneficiaries of His many miracles.
--God rewards one's faith in the midst of difficulty.
--Look what Jesus did, Mark 9, for a man and his son.
--They came to Jesus, "Kneeling, praying, 'Lord, have mercy on my son .. for he suffers" (Mt. 17:14) .
--Jesus did. He does today, for those who seek Him.
Jesus asked, "How long has this been happening?"
--The father replied, "From childhood. Thrown him into the fire and into the water to destroy him. If You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us" (Mark 9:21-22). Don't you feel for them?
This son was ill, with a "deaf and dumb spirit."
--"It convulsed him greatly .. as one dead" (v 25).
--The doctors couldn't help. Nor Jesus' disciples.
--So Jesus replied, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes," in the Lord.
--Look! "The father cried with tears, 'Lord, I believe; but help my unbelief!" (v 24).
--Like some of us, the father had some faith, belief; but he also had some doubts, or unbelief.
We need to defeat doubt with faith in God's possibility!
--To let go of negativity, and to believe positively.
--That takes growing faith, in a God Who saves us!
As a child I had diphtherea I lay near death for days.
--Burned with fever. Being treated for tonsilitis.
--I am here by the grace of God, and prayers of many.
--In His will, I was spared - but I bear the scars.
--I, as all of us, have a great debt to Almighty God.
Yet some more godly than we are not spared, or healed.
--How do we resolve that? We need to trust God.
--We need be saved, living godly, trusting Him fully.
--Though "all things are possible" not all things are in God's will. He knows what is best, not we.
--Friends, to be promised heaven is, better than earth.
--Jesus heals, as he did this son, to show us He can.
Healing is fine and good. Let's all seek it.
--But healing is only temporary. Saved is forever!
--That's why He left heaven, and went to a cross.
--Took our sins on Him, so we may be "born again."
So how can we help any in "Unbelief" to salvation?
--So that those who delay, or doubt, may believe?
--Not just believe, but believe in Jesus as Savior?
--That's my desire, and daily prayer, for any unsaved.
We all know troubles, ills, bring us aches and pains.
--It does no good to curse them, or rehearse them.
--Rather, let's disperse them, in prayer to God.
--That's what this father did. Came to Jesus.
--God rewards a parent like that; used faith he had.
--Asked, "Lord, help my unbelief," and Jesus did!
What was wrong? The son's condition, an evil spirit.
--Jesus commanded, "spirit, come out and enter him no more." Jesus has power over evil - all kinds.
--Power over all manner of sins, addictions, habits.
--You and I don't, Jesus does. Evil can get in us!
--Indeed it can, and we need the Lord and His Spirit!
Never say salvation is impossible - it is with God!
I. CREATION, FROM NOTHING, WAS POSSIBLE WITH GOD.
--"God created the heavens and the earth" (Gen.1:1).
--God did - not evolution. Created "from nothing!"
--Not by chance. By divine design. He made it "good".
--God not only made the world, He made you and me.
--The Trinity - Father, Son, Spirit - all had a part.
--Good things, "all things are possible with God."
Why doubt what God has done? Or God can do for you?
--Doubting never would heal this son, or save a soul!
--Many great men, and scientists, are believers.
--It is believers in the Lord who are richly blessed.
The sun, moon, right distance from earth for our good.
--Air with right amount of oxygen, water, nitrogen.
--The tides come and go, to clean our river harbors.
--In fact God is able to make "all things work together for good to those who love God" (Rom. 8:28).
You talk about God's creation, look at a new baby!
--Divinely designed. Created. Great possibilities.
--A fragile life. To be loved, taught, cared for.
--To be handled with care .. and prayer; to be saved.
--And to do many great things for God, and others.
II. THE VIRGIN BIRTH OF JESUS WAS POSSIBLE WITH GOD.
--One day our Savior came to earth, as a tiny Baby.
--Born of a virgin. Without a human father. God!
--No other ever born like that - of a virgin. Holy.
--No other ever born like Jesus or lived like Jesus.
--God, in human flesh. To show us what God is like.
--To endure our same struggles, and temptations.
--Yet without sin. So that we may be like Him.
--To be saved, and be with Him. God will not lie!
Isaiah 7:14, says, "The virgin shall conceive."
--She shall "bear a Son." God's Son. Our Messiah.
--An angel, 700 years later, quoted this to Joseph.
--Joseph was engaged to Mary. He needs to know this.
--The Word of God teaches the fact of a virgin birth.
--If you believe it not, show me your documentation.
--Don't say it couldn't happen! God can, and did!
Jesus as God, made Himself a Man; to show God to us.
--Why disbelieve? Or follow another? Jesus is best.
--He has all the credentials of God. And proved it.
--By giving His life for our sin. And rising again!
--My friend, we need the Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
--Each has a purpose. A Holy Trinity. One God.
--As "God with us," no one changes lives, as Jesus!
--His resurrection and ascension prove His identity!
III. ANYONE'S NEW BIRTH IS POSSIBLE WITH GOD.
--Some feel God can't save or forgive them. He can!
--God can make "new persons in Christ" of a of us.
--The penitent thief on the cross. A Peter or Paul.
--I believe this father and son, Jesus healed, saved.
--Think of a loved one or friend, Jesus changed!
We all need to be "born again." Salvation is eternal.
--Our Bible says, "You must be born again" (Jn. 3:7).
--Jesus told that to Nicodemus, a religious leader.
--The beautiful thing, it is so simple and easy.
--Simply repent of our sin. Receive, follow Jesus.
--Daily "grow in His grace and knowledge," in worship and in His Word. You'll be rejoicing, in peace.
IV. ANY REAL SPIRITUAL NEED IS POSSIBLE WITH GOD.
--Do you have a need? A spiritual need of some kind?
--If you are God's child, tell Him of it. God cares.
--Do as this needy father and son did, seek the Lord.
I know some think, "I did that without any results."
--My dear friend, so have I. But I still trust Him!
--Because I have learned that "God's ways are best."
--I have found so often my disappointments were God's appointments, for God had something as good or usually better, down the road for us. I trust God.
--Let's ask ourselves, "Am I saved, living for Jesus?
--And, do I desire, and pray, for God's will?"
The will of God never takes us where the grace of God doesn't go with, or provide and protect us.
--If God seems to take something from our grasp, God may be opening our hands to receive more of Himself.
God provided for Israel forty years, in a desert -no Wal-Marts or McDonalds - but He sent daily manna, to eat, and provided water to drink. Gave His presence.
--Further, neither clothes or shoes wore out 40 years!
--Guided them in a desert, in a cloud or night light.
--Even over a Red Sea or Jordan - "on dry land!"
--No bridges or boats, so God dried up the waters!
If God did that for Israel - and so much more for all - don't you believe He can save you? Or meet a need?
--Of course He can, in a way that is best for us.
--So I invite you, friend, why don't you follow Him?
This father and needy son did. Jesus met their need.
--"All things are possible with God." For reunion.
--For growth in His Spirit, and in Jesus' likeness.
--For ourselves. That of loved ones. Commence today.
--One prayer God always answers now, "Lord, save me."
--Have you done it? If not, why not now?
--If you have, rejoice! Your best days are coming!
--God can and will!
Dr. Wilbert D. Gough, ThD., DD. 859