The Men in Christ's Life: Father of a Boy with an Evil Spirit
- Thursday, March 19, 2009
My stepfather is only one example of a man who has impacted my life as a result of his relationship with Christ. Throughout this series, I want to share with you about some of the other men who have impacted my life solely because of their relationship with Jesus. I believe as I share that you, too, will connect with them and discover for yourself how God has always had a plan for you, is working it out in your life and will never leave you.
"Lord, I do believe, but help me to overcome my unbelief," said the father of the boy who was possessed. Do you ever doubt? Doubt God is God? Doubt God can do anything? Doubt that God is in control and that even if you try to be in control, you aren't? Do you question God's work in your life? His decisions of what is best for you? I do, all the time.
Last night I was sitting and doing my Sunday school lesson for my class. It was on sin. Yeah, a great subject. When we sin, we do what we want versus what God wants. We are saying God isn't good enough. His death on the cross wasn't good enough. That we don't trust Him. I had to really think about all of this in my own life. The lesson had me look at a list of sins and rate them from 0 to 10 of how much they were in my life. Then I was to pray and ask God for the ones that I needed to bring to Him. The ones that I needed repentance from. The ones that I needed to turn from. What hit me when I was doing the lesson is how much doubting God is a sin, too. Just like the father who said he believed that Jesus could heal his son but at the same time ask the Lord to help him in his unbelief. Not so much of not believing Jesus is the son of God but believing His power, His ability, and His truth are real. Believing what He can do versus what I can do. Knowing His way is the best way NO MATTER how I think or feel about it. What I think doesn't matter. It's not about me. What is cool about this is that God knows that we are going to do this, and it will take a constant relationship of turning back to him to restore, renew and grow it.
What I love about this man, this dad is he asked the Lord for help. It's OK to ask the Lord for help to trust Him, to follow Him, to believe in who He says He is. Because in my finite mind—with my finite ability—I can do nothing and I need Him in all parts of my life. Whew! I need Him to help me in everything and the great thing is, he wants to. He wants us to turn to him constantly, because we know that is where our direction lies.
When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him."What are you arguing with them about?" he asked. A man in the crowd answered, "Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not." "O unbelieving generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me." So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. Jesus asked the boy's father, "How long has he been like this?" "From childhood," he answered. "It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us." 'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes." Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evil spirit. "You deaf and mute spirit," he said, "I command you, come out of him and never enter him again."The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, "He's dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we drive it out?"He replied, "This kind can come out only by prayer.
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