Randy Clark wrote this a little over two years ago. I have read it several times, and consider it to be worth attention:
” All things are possible to him who believes”
Verse/Context: “So (Jesus) asked his father, ‘How long has this been
happening to (your son)?’ And he said, ‘From childhood. 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.’ Jesus said to him, “If you
can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’ Immediately the
father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my
unbelief!’” (Mark 9:21-‐24).
Lower Perspectives – The boy’s father could have concluded that:
There were no solutions in the present because there had been none in
Jesus got a little carried away in the moment and really meant to say
that a few small things are possible if God is in a good mood that day.
Begging Jesus is more vital than believing in the person of Jesus.
God is not that concerned about children being emotionally free.
Jesus was insensitive to focus on his level of faith.
Declaring, “Lord, I believe!” was a lie. His experience proved otherwise.
1. A main key to overcoming obstacles is to develop our beliefs – The
father said to Jesus, “But if You can do anything, have compassion on us
and help us.” Jesus turned the focus from divine willingness and ability
to the father’s personal beliefs. Jesus said, “If you can believe, all
things are possible to him who believes.” The father was invited into a
higher perspective that would change everything.
2. The duration of a problem does not determine the likelihood of
breakthrough – The Bible frequently reported the time span of an
unresolved difhiculty to stir hope in us that longstanding issues have
solutions (and are still to be pursued for a miracle). Our perspective
about apparent unmovable situations is a bigger problem than the
3. Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith – “immediately the
father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help
my unbelief!’” This man of seemingly small faith received a great
miracle because of his humility and for “looking unto Jesus, the author
and finisher of (his) faith” (Hebrews 12:2). We can do the same.
Giving God Something to Work With: 1) Memorize Romans 12:2 and John
8:31-‐32; 2) Cry out to God for a revolution to happen in your beliefs about a
long-‐standing issue; and 3) Take a specihic step to bring freedom to children
Declarations that Create Higher Perspectives: 1) Jesus is the author and
finisher of my faith; 2) God has surprising solutions to my long-‐standing
concerns; and 3) My life protects and delivers children from darkness.