Mark 9:23 – “And Jesus said to him, “‘If You can!’ All things are possible to him who believes.” NASB
I had a person say to me, “I wish I could have miracle faith!” They were sincere and genuinely wanted to have the kind of faith that moves mountains. The individual was and is serving God and walking in all the ‘light’ they have. Their cry was, “More God!” Not more so that they could heap things on themselves but so they could help others and fulfill the words of Jesus to “destroy the works of the devil and see the captive set free.” That is commendable.
Their declaration, once again, sent me to the prayer closet, the Word of God, and caused me to do some deep introspection into my own heart and life. Do I have Miracle Faith? Can I have Miracle Faith? What is Miracle Faith? All questions that I sought the LORD for confirmation and reconfirmation.
This passage is incredibly powerful when embraced fully and incorporated into our lives, but lifeless when rejected or ignored. The statement of this verse is that the person who believes has an open door to the realm of the impossible. That is intriguing, challenging, and inspiring on one hand and depressing on the other. It demands more investigation.
A casual look at this passage or any passage is insufficient to enable us to reach a lasting conclusion and develop a conviction as to its validity or truth. The words of 2 Timothy 2:15-16 keep pounding in my head and heart, that we are to “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.”
I believe there are four considerations that are germane to our consideration of this verse. We must examine and consider the Person of the passage, the Reason this is possible, the Provisions contained in its message, and the Implication that it reveals. I ask that you walk with me as we briefly touch on each of those points.
THE PERSON OF THE VERSE – “…him who believes.”
For this to apply to us we must be in the company of ‘those who believe.’ But what are we to believe? I believe that wild bears live in the woods, is that enough? NO! I believe that birds eat worms, is that enough? NO! I suggest that it is a belief in something specific and that specific is directed toward God and the need presented to Him.
What are we to believe? We are to believe that the thing we are asking God for will happen based on and in harmony with His word! We must believe that God is and is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. We must believe not only that He can but that He will and is doing what we ask. We see it done! That is the eye of Miracle Faith, the finished product not the pesky problem.
THE REASON – The Word of God!
The reason for our belief is that we are members of the family of God and thereby ‘heirs’ of God and ‘joint-heirs’ with Jesus. We are totally and completely dependent on God’s ability, integrity, and power. We have the historic record demonstrated in the Word of God and in life that He is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent. He is God and nothing is impossible with Him!
When I consider His miraculous work in the fledgling nation of Israel bringing them to their Promised Land, I find hope. When I consider His work in the early church, my faith grows. When I consider the work that He has done in my own life, I find cause for rejoicing and hope. Jesus said in John 10:10 that He came to give ‘abundant life.’ In Luke 12:32, our LORD informed us that it is the Father’s ‘good pleasure’ to give us the Kingdom. And in Romans 12:3 we read that God has given to each of us a or the ‘measure of faith.’ The Reason I believe is because of God’s Word and His Promises!
THE PROVISION OF THE VERSE – “All things are possible…”
When I turn to Matthew 19:26 and Mark 10:27 and hear Jesus say, “With men this is impossible but with God all things are possible” my heart soars with hope and inspiration!
But what is possible? What did He say? ALL THINGS! I take the revelation of the apostle John to heart and read, 1 John 5:14-15 – “And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” That is more than amazing!
The Promise and Revelation of John is a promise that either causes our hearts to leap with joy or brings sorrow. It makes a declaration of guaranteed answers and if I am not getting those answers, I question what might be wrong. It is not God, therefore James 4:2 must be involved or what happened with Daniel when he prayed is the key. Either way, I need to come to Him, persist, and press in until I know that I know that I know and rest in His promise.
Let me offer the following passages for you to consider: John 15:7; 14:13-14; 15:6; Hebrews 4:16; Mark 11:22-24; and Romans 8:17. What is Possible? ALL THINGS!
THE IMPLICATION FOR YOU AND ME.
We are, according to the revealed and declared Word of God, more than conquerors through Jesus! If we live John 15:7 – “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you.” Asking amiss will not exist for us. The signs and wonders of Mark 16 will be present in our lives. We will pull down the devil’s strongholds and enforce the Victory of Calvary. We may lose a few battles, but we win the war.
All things are possible with God. All things are possible to the believer and all of us have been given a or the measure of faith. We need to dismiss the word “Impossible” from our vocabulary. God Can and through God, we can! What do you need today? Ask and receive!
May the LORD help you in all things as you press onward in this wonderful day!