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Evening Devotional For
Friday September 23, 2022
Time: 7:41 PM PST
"Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe." --Mark 9:23
A certain man had a demoniac son, who was afflicted with a dumb spirit. The
father, having seen the futility of the endeavours of the disciples to heal his
child, had little or no faith in Christ, and therefore, when he was bidden to
bring his son to Him, he said to Jesus, "If Thou cast do anything, have
compassion on us, and help us." Now there was an "if" in the question, but the
poor trembling father had put the "if" in the wrong place: Jesus Christ,
therefore, without commanding him to retract the "if," kindly puts it in its
legitimate position. "Nay, verily," He seemed to say, "there should be no 'if'
about My power, nor concerning My willingness, the 'if' lies somewhere else."
"If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."
The man's trust was strengthened, he offered a humble prayer for an increase of
faith, and instantly Jesus spoke the word, and the devil was cast out, with an
injunction never to return. There is a lesson here which we need to learn. We,
like this man, often see that there is an "if" somewhere, but we are perpetually
blundering by putting it in the wrong place. "If" Jesus can help
me--"if" He can give me grace to overcome temptation--"if" He can
give me pardon--"if" He can make me successful? Nay, "if" you can
believe, He both can and will. You have misplaced your "if." If you can
confidently trust, even as all things are possible to Christ, so shall all
things be possible to you. Faith standeth in God's power, and is robed in God's
majesty; it weareth the royal apparel, and rideth on the King's horse, for it is
the grace which the King delighteth to honour. Girding itself with the glorious
might of the all-working Spirit, it becomes, in the omnipotence of God, mighty
to do, to dare, and to suffer. All things, without limit, are possible to him
that believeth. My soul, canst thou believe thy Lord to-night?
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