Here is an excerpt from my book Higher Perspectives, we hope you enjoy it:
“So (Jesus) asked his father, ‘How long has this been happening to (your son)?’ And he said, ‘From childhood. 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.’ Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’ Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:21-24
The boy’s father could have concluded:
• There were no solutions because of how long this problem existed.
• Jesus got a little carried away in the moment and really meant to say that a few small things are possible if God is in a good mood that day.
• Begging Jesus is more vital than believing in the person of Jesus.
• God is not that concerned about children being emotionally free.
• Jesus was insensitive to focus on his level of faith.
• Declaring “Lord, I believe!” was a lie. His experience proved otherwise.
1. A main key to overcoming obstacles is to develop our beliefs – The father said to Jesus, “But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus turned the focus from divine willingness and ability to the father’s personal beliefs. Jesus said, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” The father was invited into a higher perspective that would change everything.
2. The duration of a problem does not determine the likelihood of breakthrough – The Bible frequently reported the time span of an unresolved difficulty to stir hope in us that long-standing issues have solutions (and are still to be pursued for a miracle). A negative perspective about apparent unmovable situations is a bigger problem than the problem.
3. Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith – “Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’” This man of seemingly small faith received a great miracle because of his humility and for “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of (his) faith” (Hebrews 12:2). We can do the same.
Giving God Something to Work With
• Memorize Romans 12:2 and John 8:31-32.
• Cry out to God for a revolution to happen in your beliefs about a long-standing issue.
• Take a specific step toward bringing freedom to children and youth.
Declarations to Create Higher Perspectives
God has surprising solutions to my long-standing concerns.
Jesus is the author and finisher of my faith.
My faith brings freedom to my children.