20 Jun Look to Jesus
In Mark 9:22-24 we see a man asks Jesus to help his son who had an evil spirit. The disciples had tried to cast it out of the boy but could not.
Mark 9:22-24 22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
Jesus was saying fully believing with no doubts in your heart or mind makes all things possible. If we fully trust in Him and look to Him, all things become possible for us. Jesus told His disciples why they could not cast out the evil spirit in Matthew 17:
Matthew 17:19-20 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.
Jesus demonstrated that there was no unbelief in Him. And all things were possible for Him. He had great faith in His Father and was just doing what He had seen His Father do.
John 5:19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
Jesus had perfect faith in His Father and that He could do whatever His Father did. There are other men listed in the Bible that also demonstrated that same faith in Jesus Christ after His resurrection.
Consider the Apostle Peter. People of his day believed he had great faith. He did mighty signs and wonders. The Bible tells us that he healed a lame man in Acts 3. In Acts 5, people laid the sick and the lame in the street so that his shadow might fall on them and heal them. In Acts 9, Peter raised Dorcas from the dead. He demonstrated great faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in performing these miracles. Peter, in writing to fellow believers, also said we have that same faith:
2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
Now consider Paul. Like Peter, he did mighty miracles and signs. In Acts 16, he cast a spirit out of a slave girl. In Acts 19, handkerchiefs and aprons were worn by him were given to the sick and diseased. The sickness, diseases and evil spirits left them. In chapter 20 of Acts, Paul raises up a young man that died during one of his sermons. In Acts 28, Paul, after being shipwrecked on the island of Malta, was bitten by a snake but was unharmed. He also healed all the sick on the island. Paul tells us in Galatians 2 that the life he is living, he lives because of the faith of Jesus. Not Paul’s faith, but the faith of Christ the Son of God.
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
But you might be thinking; Yes, that kind of faith is fine for Peter and Paul because they were great men of God. They were Apostles so God mightily used them. Yes, that is true. They were great men of God. But often times, in the eyes of man, some people are more important than others. But God sees us all the same. He sees us as His creation. And He loves us. When we look to His Son for His faith in some situation, He is pleased and wants to help us; to answer our requests.
And that same faith that Peter and Paul had is the same faith we have today. How did we obtain that faith? The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 12 it is a gift of God when we believe in His Son.
Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according to as God hath dealt with every man the measure of faith.
That measure of faith given to us is the same measure for each one of us. God does not favor one of us above another.
Romans 2:11 For there is no partiality with God.
We all have the faith of the Son of God, because we have all been given “the measure of faith.” The writer of Hebrews tells us to look to Jesus as he explains who the originator of our faith is:
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
God has given each one of us a measure of faith, If you believe your faith is not strong enough for the situation, then look to Jesus. He is our faith supplier. He will show you how to use the faith He has given you.
These verses tell us we have the same faith as Peter and Paul. And, most importantly, you have the same faith as Jesus Christ. He originates our faith and He finishes it. Isn’t that just like Jesus? He is complete in every way! What he starts, He finishes.
So, see yourself in Jesus, having the faith to believe all things are possible. Look to Him and He will complete your faith. Then believe “all things” are possible for you because of Him!