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A desperate father brings his child to the disciples of the Lord, fully hoping and anticipating his child would be healed of the demon possession; what a heart-breaking realization must have come over him as he watched and observed the failings of these men trying to heal his child. Perhaps he resigned himself to the fact his child could not and would not be healed, but that the demon would end up destroying the gift God gave him and his wife. He knows the disciples are not Jesus, but he looked around and saw Him (Jesus) nowhere, but surely since the disciples are with Jesus, Jesus’ disciples can do the same thing, he thought. To add to the complication of the situation, Jesus’ disciples are fending off (or tending to) all those who came to interact, even those who came to do nothing but raise a fuss. Then, the heart-broken father sees Jesus. He came to Jesus with his hopes raised, asking Him to help. Jesus said He could, and the man believed, but has come to understand that his belief is not strong. “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24).

How can the Lord help someone like this, as there are many more like this than not? Unless the person who expresses himself as needing help with his unbelief, is willing to receive help and to take the steps to overcome unbelief, there is no (and can be no) help forthcoming. It’s not any more complicated than this. The Lord’s apostle, Peter, the one who failed on that day to heal the demon-possessed boy wrote two points worth us considering. First, he wrote: “Seeing ye have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth unto unfeigned love of the brethren, love one another from the heart fervently: having been begotten again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the word of God, which liveth and abideth. For, All flesh is as grass, And all the glory thereof as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower falleth: But the word of the Lord abideth for ever. And this is the word of good tidings which was preached unto you” (1 Peter 1:22-25, ASV). In these words, he said the soul of a person is purified when obedience is forthcoming. Obedience is not a mere matter of doing a particular command, but obeying from the heart the doctrine of God that delivers one from sin. This occurs because the love in the heart then reshapes the behavior of the mind. Second, his last words in his second letter reads, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and for ever” (2 Peter 3:18). The meaning of this passage has not escaped our attention; as one needs edible food daily, one needs spiritual food daily. If one does not eat the necessary food on a daily basis, weight is lost. If one does not nourish the soul on a daily basis, the spirit is weakened.

Do you think the application of these words will help? I do. If you don’t, why? RT