All things through relationship
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There is so much wisdom in these chapters, but I want to focus on this great account of the importance of staying in close relationship with our Father God.
Let’s focus on the account of the healing of a boy with an unclean spirit in Mark 9:14-29. We see a father that has brought his son to the disciples to be healed; in verse 18, the father says, I brought my son, but the disciples could not cast it out. Jesus’ response was that they had no faith; Jesus’ disciples, the ones that walked with Him daily, knew what He looked like but they did not have faith in His works. They didn’t have confidence that they could cast out the unclean spirit in Jesus’ name. Jesus’ response next was, “… bring the boy to me.” Jesus did not address the unclean spirit straightaway; instead he addressed the faith of the boy’s father. In verse 23, Jesus said, “If you can believe, nothing is impossible.” The man cries out in verse 24, “LORD, I BELIEVE.” At that moment, the word of faith was at work, and Jesus commanded the spirit to come out of the boy, and he was healed.
The disciples came to him and said, “Why could we not cast him out?” Now, if we look back at verse 19 in The Passion translation, He says, “Why are you such a faithless people?” Jesus disciples were a part of this group of people He was addressing. The disciples that walked with Him daily were being included in that description as “faithless!” But Jesus is so gracious with them and us. Through His correction, He taught them: With faith, we can do great exploits for the Lord. With faith in Jesus name, we can do greater things than the accounts we have of Jesus. So how do we grow our faith?
Jesus responded to His disciple’s question as to why they could not cast out the unclean spirit, and Jesus response was simple, “relationship.” In verse 29, Jesus says, this spirit can only come out by prayer and fasting. The time we spend in prayer, the time we spend fasting, is building our relationship with Him! Our personal devotion times of prayer strengthens our faith, we grow closer to Him, and the result of knowing Him, knowing His heart, knowing His word strengthens us. We have the confidence when faced with life’s trials that we can speak to the situation, and because we have “faith” in the relationship, we know that things must change! There is no other option.
When we work on strengthening our relationship, we are honouring the Lord; when we read our Bible, we are honouring the Lord; when we pray, we are honouring the Lord.
Application: The importance of building our relationship.
How do we grow in a relationship naturally? Spending time and getting to know someone, learning their likes and dislikes, learning their heart, learning their dreams. This is the same with our Heavenly Father. We grow closer to Him by spending time with Him. I encourage you today, press into your time with the Lord, don’t give Him the leftovers of your day but be purposeful, wake up in prayer, prepare your day in worship, read your devotions and daily reading plan, find a topic in the Bible to do a more in-depth search, ask Him to give you opportunities to share your faith with others. Be proactive in your relationship with your heavenly Father and watch Him work wonders in your life!
How do we grow in our relationship with God?
How can I make Christ the focus of my day today?
Nothing is impossible with God, what are you believing for?
The healing power of God is in our hands, how are you bringing healing today?
Look at the fresh commitments you have made for this year, what will you do today to accomplish them?
Have faith in God, not in yourself, speak what the word says repeatedly and believe it will come to pass … what are you believing for?
Jesus is the God of the living, how are you sharing the love of Jesus with the living today?