Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.
What an incredible statement. Jesus actually said that all things are possible to him who believes. If it wasn't said by the Lord Jesus Himself then it might be a little hard to swallow, but here it is in black and white for all who will receive.
Let's look at the entire verses surrounding this scripture and see what was going that prompted the Lord to make this statement, starting with vs. 14.
Mark 9:14. And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them. 15. Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him. 16. And He asked the scribes, What are you discussing with them? 17. Then one from the multitude answered and said, Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. 18. And wherever he seizes him, he throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast him out, but they could not. 19. He answered him and said, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me. 20. Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. 21. So He asked his father, How long has this been happening to him? And he said, From childhood. 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! 25. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to him, You deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him, and enter him no more! 26. Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, He is dead. 27. But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.
Leading up to this statement we see that the father of the boy with the mute spirit had found some of Jesus disciples and came to them for help. The disciples were having a bit of trouble with this, and could not cast the demon out. There were a lot of things going on by the time Jesus had come up to them wasn't there? The disciples had an audience of the scribes, some of the elite religious leaders of the day were there as well giving the disciples a hard time. They were in the midst of the kaos that was going on stirring things up even more and putting pressure on the disciples to do something. You can bet on this that they were not there to encourage or help the disciples. They didn't want to see them succeed. Just like in today's ...
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