by Frank Broom
In Mark 9:17-27 a man brought his son to Jesus disciples and they could not help him. Jesus told the man to bring his son to him and the man said to Jesus "If you can do anything have compassion and help us." What God can do is never the question. For with God all things are possible (Luke 1:37). The question is what can you believe.
Notice Jesus took the focus off of what God could do and put the focus on what the man could believe. In other words, Jesus was saying you take care of your part (believe) because my part is already taken care of. I have the power. Your part is to believe because without faith you can't receive from the power. What you receive from God is according to your faith. Like in the case of the 2 blind men that asked Jesus to have mercy on them, notice Jesus asked them if they believed he could do it. Notice the focus was on what they believed. Then Jesus topped it off and said, "According to your faith be it done unto you (Matt. 9:27-29).
The power is constant the only thing that changes is peoples faith. Like Peter walking on the water, Jesus told Peter to "Come" and that one word was enough for Peter to walk on the water. But what happened when he saw the wind and the waves, he became afraid. The power stayed constant the only thing that changed was Peter's faith. In Mark chapter 5 in the case of Jairus after he got the news his daughter was dead Jesus immediately told him "Fear not only believe" (Mark 5:36). The centurion said to Jesus "Speak the word only and my servant shall be healed." And Jesus answered him "As thou hast believed so be it done unto you" (Matt. 8:8,13). So instead of trying to figure out what God can do ask yourself is there anything too hard for God (Gen.18:14 Jeremiah 32:17,27).
God can do, but can you believe.
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