Can you imagine?
What if you woke up one day, and someone you love is suffering at the hands of some weird spirit?
I was watching the Exorcism of Emily Rose, a few years ago, and it was just hauntingly disturbing. The fact this spirit world exists, and there are real life consequences to living in it….YIKES!!
But you know what? We have no reason to fear. For greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world. Right??
I was reading in Matthew 17 this morning. Jesus comes up on a demon possessed boy.
It's one of my favorite stories in all the Bible. Partly because Jesus heals yet again, but mostly because of a man's desperate desire for the health of his young boy. I'll just post it for you down here.
When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. "Lord,
have mercy on my son," he said. "He has seizures and is suffering
greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him."
unbelieving and perverse generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I
stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to
me." Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment.
Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, "Why couldn't we drive it out?"
replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if
you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this
mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be
impossible for you." (Matthew 17:14-20)
The part of the story I find fascinating is that God gave the disciples the power to go out and do "more than He had done" yet they were unable due to the lack of faith. In Mark, the story focuses more on the father.
Jesus says, "If you have faith, I will heal him." And the father says, "I believe, but help me with my unbelief."
It's almost as if there truly is a component of faith that is missing when God wants to heal, but doesn't.
I know….I know…
We have to be careful not to accuse people of their lack of faith, because we don't know God's ultimate plan. But, for me, in my situation, I pray that my faith is bigger than a mustard seed, able to move the mountains Jesus spoke of. And, certainly enough to heal a boy in need. I long for the faith that Jesus speaks of where, "Nothing will be impossible."