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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, May 23, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
The disciples had been given the authority to do the healing, but they had not yet learned how to discover the power that God has given us to do things. Jesus’ frustration is with the unbelieving and unresponsive generation. His disciples were merely a reflection of that attitude in this instance. Jesus’ purpose was not to criticize the disciples but to encourage them to greater faith.
The disciples were unable to cast out this demon, and they asked Jesus why. He said their faith was too small. It is the power of God, plus our faith, that moves mountains. The mustard seed was the smallest particle imaginable. Jesus said that even faith as small or undeveloped as a mustard seed would have been sufficient. Perhaps the disciples had tried to cast out the demon with their own ability rather than God’s. There is great power in even a little faith when we trust in God’s power to act. If we feel weak or powerless as Christians, we should examine our faith, making sure we are trusting God’s power, not our own ability to produce results.
If you are facing a problem that seems as big and immovable as a mountain, turn your eyes from the mountain and look to Christ for more faith. Only then will you be able to overcome the obstacles that may stand in your way. (NLT)
Matthew 17:14-20 – When they arrived at the foot of the mountain, a huge crowd was waiting for them. A man came and knelt before Jesus and said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, because he has seizures and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. So I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.”
Jesus replied, “You stubborn, faithless people! How long must I be with you until you believe? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.” Then Jesus rebuked the demon in the boy, and it left him. From that moment the boy was well.
Afterward the disciples asked Jesus privately, “Why couldn’t we cas out that demon?”
“You didn’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I assure you, even if you had faith as small as a mustard seed you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
Jesus looked at [the disciples] carefully and said, “It’s impossible for human beings. But all things are possible for God.” — Matthew 19:26 (CEB)
John Bown (Minnesota) titled his story “GOD’S POSSIBILITIES;” here is a portion of John’s story:
“. . . We often limit our vision to what we believe is possible. But God’s realm of possibility is very different from ours. I know that God will not grant us everything we ask for, but I have seen God respond to people who ask with faith. No request is too big; all things are possible with God.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – No prayer request is too big or too small for God.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for listening when we ask for your help. Help us to serve others as a way of serving you. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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