ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE
Mark 9:23 ¶ Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
I often think of an old picture taken of me outside of our first church on Kawanee in Metairie. I was standing by our church sign which had the scripture on it that says, “All things are possible to him that believes”. In those early days there was an incredible excitement and expectancy in our services, we knew great things were ahead of us. Our joy and faith were overflowing their banks. Faith is the supernatural ingredient that makes everything come alive, it is the supernatural deposit of God in our hearts. When His faith is present, no problem seems to big, no challenge seems too extreme. The Lord is sufficient in every circumstance. John Calvin made some interesting observations about faith in his comments on this verse, try to get past the old language and enjoy the hidden nuggets in his words.
“If thou canst believe. “You ask me,” says he, “to aid you as far as I can; but you will find in me an inexhaustible fountain of power, provided that the faith which you bring be sufficiently large.” Hence may be learned a useful doctrine, which will apply equally to all of us, that it is not the Lord that prevents his benefits from flowing to us in large abundance, but that it must be attributed to the narrowness of our faith, that it comes to us only in drops, and that frequently we do not feel even a drop, because unbelief shuts up our heart. It is an idle exercise of ingenuity to prove Christ’s meaning to be, that a man can believe of himself: for nothing more was intended than to throw back on men the blame of their poverty, whenever they disparage the power of God by their unbelief.
All things are possible to him that believes. Christ undoubtedly intended to teach that the fullness of all blessings has been given to us by the Father, and that every kind of assistance must be expected from him alone in the same manner as we expect it from the hand of God. “Only exercise,” says he, “a firm belief, and you will obtain.” In what manner faith obtains any thing for us we shall immediately see.”
Thinking back to those services at Kawanee, I think of the supernatural atmosphere that gave birth to so many miracles. I remember the young girl in her pink hot pants that was gloriously saved, the single mom that had a dramatic deliverance from demons in a Sunday morning service, and who could forget the night we sang in the Spirit for hours as people broke into spontaneous interpretive dancing. Those were very special days, so are the ones we live in now. Young women are still being saved, demons are being cast out, and we are still dancing after all of these years. I guess Jesus was right after all,
“All things are possible to him that believes”.