Editor’s Note: Ever forgotten Valentine’s Day? Or your friend’s birthday? Yeah, it doesn’t feel good. Hasty preparations say, “Hey. I know I *say* you’re important to me, but really, you’re not.” Easter has a way of just sneaking up on us. We don’t want it to just “sneak up” on us. So to prepare, we’re doing 40 days of devotionals. Each devotional is written by a Stage3 leader about Jesus – and what His life, his death on the Cross, and His resurrection mean for you and I. May these devotionals help you anticipate Easter 2012.
17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”
19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”
20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”
“From childhood,” he answered. 22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
“Everything is possible for one who believes.”
You have two options.
What do you choose to believe each day? When you wake up in the morning, do you put a smile on your face, believing that because God allowed you to wake up, He certainly must have a special mission for you to succeed in? Or do you drag yourself down, believing that, before the day even begins, you’re defeated? I’ll fail my math test today. I’ll get in a fight with my sister. I won’t have fun at Church. I’ll say the wrong thing. I’ll do the wrong thing.
Everything is possible. If you tell yourself, “I’m no good. I’m too tall or too short. I’m not funny enough or not talented enough,” then what you’re doing is speaking defeat into your life. But if you choose to believe, “I’m God’s masterpiece. He made me on purpose. I know that my personality, my talents, and my faith is according to God’s perfect plan and his flawless design,” then you’re setting yourself up for success. You’re letting God dictate your life, instead of Satan.
The Bible tells us that we can do all things through Jesus Christ, because He strengthens us. So even if you’re feeling inadequate, choose to believe that Jesus Christ is sufficient. Jesus fed thousands with only a few loaves of bread and a handful of fish. He healed the sick, restored sight to the blind, and raised the dead. He cast out demons and He even calmed the raging seas. God’s power is infinite. And through His Spirit, living inside of each of us, we are more than able.
Sometimes it’s difficult to believe. But like the father of the demon-possessed son in Mark 9, we can choose to declare to God, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
When you do that, God will hear you, and He will answer you. He will give you a godly confidence and a peace that surpasses all human understanding. And the more He answers you, the more you will believe. But you’ve got to start somewhere. Why not here? Why not now?
To tap into God’s limitless world, it starts with believing that God has a limitless world and that you and I are invited into it.