All things are possible

“Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief”” (Mark 9:24)!

In Mark 9, a father carried his son to Jesus’s disciples to ask that they would pray for his healing. The disciples prayed but they could not cast out the spirit which tormented the boy. When Jesus arrived, the father ran to tell him what had happened. “And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes”” (Mark 9:23). The father acknowledged that he had faith, but that there was still some doubt in his mind. “Lord I believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24)!

This story teaches us that it is possible to have faith mixed with some doubt or unbelief. There are times when I have felt that I needed really strong faith in order for God to act on my behalf. Let us look at what Jesus told his disciples in Matthew concerning faith. “He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you”” (Matthew‬ ‭17:20‬).

Mustard seeds are extremely small seeds and are perhaps one of the smallest seeds that I know of. While we think that we need giant size faith to gain a small victory, Jesus is saying that we can do major things with just a small amount of faith. What that means is that faith is such a potent antidote, that an extremely small amount can do major things.

We often speak of ‘strong faith’ and admire people who seem to possess this. Paul makes reference to each of us having a measure of faith which God has assigned (Romans 12:3). Faith increases through listening to the word of God and as we exercise faith, like a muscle it will grow. The final analysis is this, that I have not always felt strong in faith during the times when I have seen God move. What God needs is faith as much as a mustard seed and with that much faith we can move a mountain.

A.P.-Y.

18 thoughts on “All things are possible

  1. Amen and amen.
    I really needed this practically.
    There is a project I am working on and I was battling with a small pocket of doubt in me.
    Since I am leading my team I just show up and pretend I am full of faith yet still the doubt is there 😁.
    Great devotional

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      1. Thank you so much.
        I like it when we share things that can help to walk day by day.
        I am reminded of a song I love so much from Gaither.

        One day at time sweet Jesus😂😂😂.

        Do you know it?
        That song used to minister to me .
        So your daily devotional are like that to me

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  2. A very encouraging word Anneta. I love that story of the Father asking Jesus to help his unbelief. I realised that it is ok to doubt, we can ask God to help us with our doubt and we do not have to muster up faith on our own strength when struggling to do so.
    I also like what you said about faith being such a powerful antidote that as tiny as a mustard seed is potent enough – Amen to that sister.

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  3. Hey Anneta🤗 Here again in this story we see another desperate need for fasting and praying….not only to drive out the unclean spirit(s), but also to help build-up our faith (both the father and the disciples) in God and His Word, until we can indeed believe that through Jesus, All Things Are Possible!!
    And He replied to them, This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting. (Mk 9:29)

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  4. Amen Anneta! Thank you for this spiritual reminder.
    Ironically, doubt is a prerequisite to having faith. Life is a continuing struggle to not let doubt prevail, and focus on the incomprehensible Love of the Author of our faith.
    Be blessed!

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