Monday, December 24, 2012

SIH’s Think On These Things: Healing The Demoniac Boy

The next miracle in our series is  Healing The Demoniac Boy …This miracle is recorded for us in Matt 17:14-21, Mark 9:17-25, Luke 9:37-43

In this miracle, we have a demon possessed boy who is described as a “lunatic”, “sore vexed”, “he falls into the fire and into the water”, “has a dumb spirit”, “he foameth”, “gnasheth his teeth”, and “pineth away”.  From this variety of descriptions we can easily see the horrible condition this boy was in and the basis for his father’s great concern.  The father brings this son to the disciples of Christ who are unsuccessful in casting it out.   Then the father brings the child to Christ who successfully casts out the demon and heals the child.

Afterward, His disciples come to Him questioning Him, “Why could not we cast him out?  And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief:”   Jesus then continues…

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.”

To understand Jesus response we need to know that the mustard seed is the smallest of the commonly planted seeds of the day.  What He was saying is simply that with the smallest amount of genuine, God given faith we can see great miracles take place in our lives and the lives of others.

(Please keep in mind, Godly faith involves, among other things…

  1. an acknowledgement that He is Sovereign (able to intervene in any situation)
  2. a recognition that His will is ALWAYS done in all areas of living
  3. what takes place is ALWAYS for His glory and the good of His people.
  4. A desire for His will to be done above our own desires

This type of faith is shown in our lives as a spirit of submission to His will above our desires.  When the above four principles are sincerely and deeply held beliefs, we find that He answers every one of our prayers in accordance with His will.

Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting  - Christ continues by explaining how we can develop this type of genuine faith in our lives.  It is through prayer (communion with Him and recognition of our need for His intervention in the situation) and fasting (the denial of the fulfillment of fleshly desires which brings us into submission His will above our own desires.)  The combination of these two practices are great aids in the development of a Godly faith that stands in times of trial and need.

Do we have a faith that allows Christ to work miracles as we come before His throne of grace?

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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