Tuesday, November 12, 2019

From the Kitchen Table

Victorious Living Day 36

And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”   Mark 9:20-29

This life with Jesus not only involves faith, it insists on it.  Forgiveness is the key and thanksgiving is the handle to heavens door but faith is what opens it.  It’s faith that opens the door to the greatness and generosity of God.  “All things are possible for one who believes.”   This life of Jesus happens in and through those who are convinced in Him and live with His convictions.  Convinced and convicted we pray.   Convinced by the words, walk and work of Jesus we live in the convictions of His word, work and will.  And prayer is where we learn to place our faith in His power and presence.  This pleases God who is pleased to please us.  This life insists on faith and faith insists on prayer.  It’s where we take hold of the hand of God so that we never have to walk alone and afraid on this earth.

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