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Know God in a Year #134 “Help my Unbelief!”

When Satan sees Jesus, he throws the son to the ground. The giver of life and the giver of death stand face to face on the battlefield once again.
Jesus asks, ” How long has he been like this?”
“Since childhood,” says the father. “Often it has tried to kill him by throwing him into fire or water. If you can do anything, have compassion and help us.”
“If I can? All things are possible if you believe,” responds Jesus.
With a burst of tears, the desperate father cries, “Lord, I believe! Help my unbelief!” (You can never fail with this prayer–never.)
Jesus speaks to the devil, “Come out of him and don’t return.” The young man convulses violently, then stops, so that everyone whispers, “He is dead.”
Jesus takes his hand and lifts him up alive and whole.
When Jesus is alone with the disciples, they ask, “Why couldn’t we cast it out?” They are remembering how demons fled at their commands.
“Your unbelief,” answers Jesus. “If your will catches onto God’s will, a grain of mustard seed is enough to move mountains of obstacles that demons pile on your path. Nothing will be impossible for you. However, this one won’t leave without prayer and fasting” (requires God-focus and complete connection).
The disciples had spent a week in doubt, questioning Jesus’ identity. In their negativity, they had separated from God and weren’t prepared in heart or mind to meet The power of darkness, Satan himself.
Matthew 17:18-21,  Mark 9:20-29,   Luke 9:42-43

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