Verse 14 through 29 of Mark 9 covers the incident with the boy who had a spirit from birth that would throw him into the fire or the water to destroy him. His father brought him to the disciples to heal him but they were unable to cast the demon out. When Jesus arrived the disciples were arguing with the teachers of the law.
There is a tendency when we are ineffective in the things of the kingdom to theologically try to justify our ineptitude. When Jesus asked what they were arguing about the boy’s father explained his request. Jesus response was ‘O, unbelieving generation’. Rather than argue or try to defend yourself when healings or miracles don’t happen, we need to grow in faith. This man said to Jesus if you can. Jesus’ response was everything is possible for him who believes. The father said he did believe but asked for help to overcome his unbelief.
We all have levels of unbelief. We may believe Jesus can save us but not heal us. We may believe the Holy Spirit used to do miracles but doesn’t today. We may believe that Jesus acts on behalf of others but not for us. Unbelief is the opposite of faith. Jesus could do very little in Nazareth because of their unbelief.
So, how do we overcome our unbelief? For this man it was Jesus delivering his son that dealt with his unbelief. Our faith will grow when we see the kingdom of God in action. I was an unbeliever until I saw my father-in-law healed. My position on God up till then was if He were real He would do the same things today that were done in the days of Jesus. When a miracle happened to a credible person, I was faced with the reality of who God is and what will I do with His claims? It led me to believing in Jesus Christ through faith. Because he was healed I believed that God could heal. When I didn’t see that many healings I went to a bible college that had supernatural healings. There my faith increased again.
If the kingdom of God is activated here on earth through faith, then wouldn’t the kingdom of darkness promote anything that would cause unbelief? If theories and philosophies can cause doubt, which will lead to unbelief, then it would be the ideal weapon against the kingdom of God. When the disciples asked why they couldn’t cast out the demon, Jesus told them that it only came out through prayer. They argued with the teachers instead of connecting with God through prayer. The source of our faith is in God not in our theology.
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