This is what God gave me today in His word:
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.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” (Mark 9:20-25)
Now, what do you think; when Jesus asked the father how long the demon had troubled the poor kid, do you think He actually didn’t know? Do you think that the all-knowing God incarnate didn’t know how long this boy had been troubled by the demon? No! Of course He knew, but He asked anyway; He asked because He wanted to correct the dads unbelief. At first the dad asks Jesus to help if He can, yet than Jesus corrects him, and almost instantly the man’s faith is multiplied tremendously. As soon as Jesus tells Him all things are possible for those who believe, we see him crying out that he believes, and begging Jesus to help his unbelief. At which point Jesus calls out the evil Spirit… So, in a way, in could be said that because of the mans belief, Jesus cast out the Spirit. Now, if this doesn’t tell us something about the need of belief, I don’t know what does; the man believed, and because of his belief, his son was saved.
Belief is an extremely powerful thing. Jesus, in the span of these few verses, told us that one who believes can do anything… Including, it would seem, the “salvation” of a family member… Yet, belief in what? Yes, God, but what about God? That He exists? That He’s able to save? Well, James tells us that simply believing that there is a God is no good:
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder. (James 2:19)
Believing that there is a God doesn’t do you anymore good than it does the demons. Believing that He can save; that’s a different story. Let’s look a little closer at how the man responded to Jesus’ correction:
And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
“I believe”… ‘That you can and will help my kid; that you are able to save him from the Evil spirit that’s within him. Help my unbelief!’ The specifics of what this man said he believed in can be derived from the context he said them in, and by doing so, found out the specifics of what we’re to believe: that Jesus Christ, the son of God, is able to save. Through our believing that, others around us are saved as well; saved by our testimony of our belief.
Notice two things: first, that the man “cried out” his belief, and that second, a crowd came running. From this, we can safely assume that he didn’t whisper, he shouted, crying out, so loud that a crowd came running. This is how our testimony of our belief in Christ should be… But here’s the really interesting bit:
And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit,
When Jesus saw the crowd that was coming, He rebuked the unclean spirit. Yes, he did it because of the mans belief, but it seems like He also did it because of the crowd that was coming; He saw by the crowd that came running that the man not only believed, but was willing to openly confess his belief. In fact, to confess it so loud, that a crowd came running. This is the type of testimony Jesus wants us to give! We don’t have to be wordy, all we must do is confess that “Jesus is Lord”.
This verse sums up perfectly what I’m trying to say:
11 They triumphed over him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death. (Revelation 12:11)
You are Loved!