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After such a mountain top experience, Jesus and his disciples hit reality again.  Just as Jesus hit the base of the mountain, a father came pleading for Jesus to heal his demon-possessed son. Problem was, the disciples  were trying to do it, but failing miserably.  Jesus healed the boy and sent father and son on their way.  Exasperated, Jesus continued–but, then, the disciples asked the question, “Why couldn’t we heal the boy?”

“Because you have so little faith.” The words had to have stung like whips. While it was true, Jesus had not uttered the words as a rebuke.It was simply that Jesus wanted His guys to understand that they had not yet arrived–they were still in process. If they would just have the faith the size of a mustard seed; they could literally move mountains. It was Jesus job to teach them about faith, but, it was their job to start walking in that faith.  Certainly, they had attempted to heal the boy while Jesus was on the mountain; that itself was a sign that they had grown in their faith .  Knowing what lay ahead for these men, however,  Jesus needed them to have more faith.

Like the disciples, our relationship with God is also a journey. We continue to be transformed into His image, as we continue forward. In Philippians 1:6, Paul reminds us that Christ, who began this great work in us–will carry it to completion until His return. Still, He offers us the guidance that we are to be transformed by the renewing of of our minds. (Romans 12:2). Paul also tells us to set our hearts and minds on the things above, not on earthly things.  If we will, we will see our faith grow into the size of that mustard seed! Then we can move mountains.  It is a progression, but, one with guidance, comfort and help from our Lord’s Spirit! 

God Bless You

When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” [21] [a]