Today's verses are Mark 9:20-23: "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.'" A demon-possessed by is brought to Jesus.  His disciples had not been able to cast him out.  When the evil spirit came into the presence of Jesus, immediately it began to convulse the boy, throwing him on the ground, rolling him about, causing foam to come from his mouth.  This obscene behavior must have been caused by the demon knowing he was in the presence of the Lord of the universe, the one who has authority over all things, especially the demonic world.  Basically, he was throwing a final temper tantrum in the boy, not wanting to yield his position of authority over the boy's body.

The father asked Jesus for compassion. Jesus must have felt extraordinary compassion for the boy, for he asked the father how long this had been going on.  The father responded, "Since childhood."  The father went on to tell Jesus that when these seizures happened, the demon would throw the boy into fire and water, trying to destroy him.  That is the irony of the demonic world.  They want a body in which to live but they also want to destroy the human life in which they live.  Previously, we saw how the Geransene demoniac "cut himself."

The father seeks help from Jesus and his miraculous powers.  He expressed a modicum of faith by saying, "If you can do anything."  Jesus immediately corrected the father's statement.  He adjured the father to put his trust totally and completely in God.  The father, being completely honest before the Lord of all, said, "I believe; help my unbelief!"  He confessed that he had some faith in Jesus.  But he appealed to him to create in him a heart that believed even more!

Jesus responded with some of the most powerful words in all the Bible: "If you can!  All things are possible for one who believes."  Note Jesus didn't say a few things, some things or most things.  He said ALL things are possible for one who believes.

What problem are you facing today?  Is it with your child?  Your job?  Your sense of worth?  Does it seem too big for God to handle?

Here's what you should do.  Confess to Jesus if you don't have enough faith.  Say, if necessary, like the father said, "Lord Jesus, I believe, help my unbelief." Be honest, for he knows anyway what's already in your heart.

Then hear his words to you: "All things, ALL tings are possible for one who believes."  Hear him speak these powerful, profound words over and over and over again to your heart.  Let them wash over your soul until they are firmly inside you.  Now say those words over and over again to yourself, out loud if necessary: "All things are possible for one who believe."

Do you really believe Jesus' statement?  Do you really believe he is able to overcome any and all problems you have in life?  If so, claim it.  Believe it.

Now face your day today with great courage.

"All things are possible for one who believes."