‘IF YOU HAVE FAITH.’ MATHEW 17:20 NIV
When Christ’s disciples come down from the mount of Transfiguration, they were faced with an epileptic boy who kept falling into fire and water. His heartbroken father told Christ, ‘I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him’ (Mathew 17:18). Notice: 1) Mountain-top expdrience are to equip us for our next encnunter with the enemy. If you don’t understand that, you won’t be prepared for the challenges ahead.
2) We’re called to minister to people who keep falling into
situations that hurt them. And it’s going to take more than
personality and religious platitudes to set them free. Christ’s disciples were powerler becaus they were prayerles. Jesus said: This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting’ (Mathew 17:21). If we keep doing the ‘same old, same old,’ we’ll keep getting thd same old results. Persistent, Prevailing prayer is the price we must pay for walking in God’s power.
2) We must rise above the attitudes around us. Jesus confronted the core problem: ‘”O faithless….generation”‘ (Mathew 17:17). We’re fighting the faithless of a generation moulded by secular media and godless values. If we let it, it will pull us down and wear us out. But we can prevail. That day Jesus said, ‘”If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move’….and it will move”‘ (Mathew 17:20-21 NIV). Observe two things: a) ‘If you have faith’. Everybody around you doesn’t have to have faith in order for you to see results. b) you don’t have to be a spiritual giant; just use tiny, mustard-seed-size faith and God will move mountain.
Soul Food Read: Isaiah 38-41, Mathew 12:2-37, Psalm 108, Proverb 3:31-32