“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” (Mark 9:23)
Jesus said the above to a father who had a demon possessed son who was trying to rid him of that particular unclean spirit. What Jesus said relates and pertains to all of us in our daily lives.
The statement by Jesus hangs on the one little word, “If”. What Jesus is saying is despite any condition or situation, can you can believe. This is more difficult that it may first appear. Jesus is speaking about unconditional belief. Do we have that? Or is there a situation where and when our faith in Him would falter. Is there a mountain too big for Jesus to move in our eyes?
We must self-examine to see if there is any condition or situation in which we would not or do not have complete faith and belief in Christ. Is there an “If” in our life that adds a condition that would cause us to doubt?
Which brings up part two of the “If”. What belief is he talking about when Jesus says, “If thou canst believe?” Is Jesus speaking about the belief that the act or action can happen? Or is He speaking about the belief in Himself.
Jesus got frustrated and mad when the people did not have complete faith, belief and trust in Him. In this particular situation His disciples were unable to cast out the demon. Jesus got mad and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.”
Here’s the long and the short of the situation. When we accept Christ as our Savior we are in Him and He is in us. Consequently, the physical presence of Jesus is not required for miracles to happen because spiritually He is already with us. This is what Jesus was trying to communicate to everyone when He said, “how long shall I be with you?” He was asking how long must I physically be present. When will you learn I am already with you in spirit? Therefore, the power to expel demons, cleanse illnesses, move mountains or whatever miracle it may be, that ability is inside you because I am inside you.
All things are possible to those who believe. But that belief must be in Christ with the understanding that Christ resides within us.
If thou canst believe