Mark 9:14-29; Matthew 17:14-21; Luke 9:37-42
These scriptures, are a picture of the Church today. Jesus, Peter, James and John, were on the mountain, in the presence of the Father.
The Disciples were down below, willing, but seemingly unable to do the work of God.
Today, the Lord is at the right hand of God. His Disciples, (us), are down here, unable to do the works of God.
The possessed, the sick, the hurting, are not finding relief. For the same reason.
“O faithless and perverse generation:”
We do not see the Power of God, today, unless we follow Benny Hinn, or other Faith Healers.
We may have known of Oral Roberts, R.W. Shamboch, or Katherin Kuhlman. These people believed God and surrendered completely to Him, and saw miracles happen.
“The Heavenly Father does not ask for golden vessels. He does not ask for silver vessels. God asks for yielded vessels – those who will submit their will to the will of the Father. And the greatest human attainment in all the world is for a life to be so surrendered to Him that the name of God Almighty will be glorified through that life.” – Kathryn Kuhlman
“It isn’t a matter of being worthy, for no man is worthy! It isn’t our perfection or our penitence, or a matter of our labors to reach the place of perfection or worthiness. It is God’s grace alone!” – Kathryn Kuhlman
If we would truly and totally surrender to God. To be able to say in truth.
“Here I am send me.”
Then go in obedience, and love, we would see the needs of those we touch, be met. It does not matter the need.
GOD IS ABLE, TO MEET AND EXCEED ALL OUR EXPECTATIONS.
He only needs a willing and obedient vessel.
When they could not cast out the deaf and dumb spirit, the Lord asked.
“How long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you?”
“Bring him unto me.”
We need to learn to bring the needs to Jesus. How do we do this?
“This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.”
Many today do not believe in fasting. This is foolish.
Fasting, or denying ourselves, food, TV, Internet, any of the things we love, can be hard, may seem impossible.
But; When we give up for a time, something our flesh desires, it gets the Lords attention. He realizes we are serious, determined, and willing to go to the wall, in obedience to Him.
Prayer and Fasting. Is the Lords prescription for a successful and powerful ministry. The road map to building His Kingdom.
“If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”
Only Believe. Why is that so hard? The boys father said.
“Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”
In our ignorance, we pray this prayer. The Lord says:
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
“This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”
“He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”
The hearing of faith.
The Church should teach the Miracles of God, the Church needs to hear of them, so they begin to believe in them, to then act on these beliefs.
The Miracle Power of God is available to whosoever, will act in Faith. Well, will you?
Mark 9:14-29; Matthew 17:14-21; Luke 9:37-42
Mark 9:14-29King James Version (KJV)
14 And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.
15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him.
16 And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?
17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;
18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch 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 was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?
29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
Matthew 17:14-21King James Version (KJV)
14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
Luke 9:37-42King James Version (KJV)
37 And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met him.
38 And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child.
39 And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him.
40 And I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not.
41 And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither.
42 And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father.