Sunday, September 23rd - Evening
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe. - Mark 9:23
— Morning & Evening, with Charles Spurgeon Devotionals
a certain man had a demoniac son, who was afflicted with a dumb spirit. The father, having seen the futility of the endeavours of the disciples to heal his child, had little or no faith in Christ, and therefore, when he was bidden to bring his son to Him, he said to Jesus, "If Thou cast do anything, have compassion on us, and help us." Now there was an "if" in the question, but the poor trembling father had put the "if" in the wrong place: Jesus Christ, therefore, without commanding him to retract the "if," kindly puts it in its legitimate position. "Nay, verily," He seemed to say, "there should be no 'if' about My power, nor concerning My willingness, the 'if' lies somewhere else." "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." The man's trust was strengthened, he offered a humble prayer for an increase of faith, and instantly Jesus spoke the word, and the devil was cast out, with an injunction never to return. There is a lesson here which we need to learn. We, like this man, often see that there is an "if" somewhere, but we are perpetually blundering by putting it in the wrong place. "If" Jesus can help me—"if" He can give me grace to overcome temptation—"if" He can give me pardon—"if" He can make me successful? Nay, "if" you can believe, He both can and will. You have misplaced your "if." If you can confidently trust, even as all things are possible to Christ, so shall all things be possible to you. Faith standeth in God's power, and is robed in God's majesty; it weareth the royal apparel, and rideth on the King's horse, for it is the grace which the King delighteth to honour. Girding itself with the glorious might of the all-working Spirit, it becomes, in the omnipotence of God, mighty to do, to dare, and to suffer. All things, without limit, are possible to him that believeth. My soul, canst thou believe thy Lord to-night?
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1 Peter 1:15-16 (KJB) But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Matthew 5:48 (KJB) Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
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Great Bible Verses about Grace
But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. –Galatians 5:18 (KJB)
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: –Romans 3:24 (KJB)
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. –John 1:17 (KJB)
I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. –Galatians 2:21 (KJB)
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. –Titus 2:11 (KJB)
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