“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature” Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Mark 9:29. τοῦτο τὸ γένος, etc. This lack of faith is not just a lack of belief that God can heal but involves much more: it involves a life of faithfulness. Is Christianity stronger than it was before textual criticism, or is it weaker? They said. Jesus Healing Demon-Possessed Boy – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license, Please also opt me in for Exclusive Offers from Patheos’s Partners, Mark 9:2-13 - The Transfiguration of Christ. A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles (Mark 9:29). Therefore they have revival in China – while the Western churches Since I believe that You can do all things, I pray that You would help me in my great difficulty. . • It should not go unnoticed that the responses of Jesus, concerning the boy with the unclean spirit, were instructions that included cleansing for those who needed to help ...read more “I DO BELIEVE; HELP ME OVERCOME MY UNBELIEF!”. [Jesus] said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing, except by prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:29). It does not compute.”. Sin with Dignity: Musings from Moses to Steinbeck. They are simply unable to III. That is the first thought I would bring out about our text. I love You and want to serve You, but I know that I am weak and fail You often. The Barna poll tells us that the churches in America lose over 88% of their young people. Begin wherever you are, but make a new beginning today. Not just praying about the one great difficulty in your life but praying, by which I mean praying without ceasing and praying for all things? It would have been better if the faith of the boy’s father were greater. But this kind was different. The departure of people from the…church is their unmasking (John MacArthur, D.D., The MacArthur Study Bible, Word Publishing, 1997, p. 1967; note on I John 2:19). What was the situation? God will punish the false Christians of the “last days” by sending judicial judgment. And now it’s your turn. Jesus doesn’t even qualify the words prayer or fasting. Only two Alexandrian texts do not have them. Amen. I will simply say that two ancient manuscripts, leaving out this verse, were discovered in the late 19th century. deliverance from Satan. Second, a lack of recognizing the importance of this text has kept Western This led nearly everyone to discard the words “and fasting.” As an indirect result Christians have forgotten the importance of fasting for the conversion of sinners. To those who have sought Thee, Thou never saidst “No,” That can only come by receiving a new mind in I believe he meant that in these… cases the ordinary preaching of the Word will not avail, and ordinary prayer will not suffice. Mark 9:29: The Lenten Fast: John Percival: Mark 9:29: Healing of a Demoniac Youth, After the Disciples' Failure: J.J. Mark 9:14-29 (29b) - “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.” • Share the backstory of the text. When Jesus casts out a demon which the disciples were unable to cast out, Jesus tells them that “This kind can come out by nothing but praying and fasting.” The implication is not that “I’m God and you’re not, so of course you could never cast out a demon.” In fact, the disciples had cast out demons earlier. Prayer: Lord, I believe: help my unbelief. Third, the importance of this text must be realized and practiced for God is calling you to greater faith and faithfulness. Thus, when they are financially able to do so, they sin by leaving the church. Solo Sung Before the Sermon by Mr. Benjamin Kincaid Griffith: Please click here to learn how you can make a monthly donation to help us in this great work of preaching the Gospel to the whole world. Maybe a reconsideration of the place of fasting in our lives is in order. There must be an unusual faith, and to get this there must be an unusual degree of prayer; and to get that prayer up to the right point, there must be, in many cases, fasting as well (C. H. Spurgeon, “A Desperate Case – How to Meet It,” The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Pilgrim Publications, 1991, volume X, p. 35). “He that committeth sin is of the devil” (I John 3:8). Yet I think it would be hard to find a modern sermon on these verses. But my former pastor Dr. Timothy Lin disagreed. Please click here to learn how you can make a monthly donation to help us in this great work of preaching the Gospel to the whole world. I say that textual criticism in all its forms has weakened, rather than strengthened, the churches in our time. The traditional idea has been that Jesus here prescribes a certain discipline by which the exorcist could gain power to cope successfully with the most obstinate cases of possession, a course of prayer and fasting. Let us fast and pray, as we are able, for those who are unsaved in the church. For this reason, it is the faith and righteousness of Jesus Christ that is my hope, and not my own performance.