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The next miracle in our series is  Healing The Demoniac Boy …This miracle is recorded for us in Matt 17:14-21, Mark 9:17-25, Luke 9:37-43

In this miracle, we have a demon possessed boy who is described as a “lunatic”, “sore vexed”, “he falls into the fire and into the water”, “has a dumb spirit”, “he foameth”, “gnasheth his teeth”, and “pineth away”.  From this variety of descriptions we can easily see the horrible condition this boy was in and the basis for his father’s great concern.  The father brings this son to the disciples of Christ who are unsuccessful in casting it out.   Then the father brings the child to Christ who successfully casts out the demon and heals the child.

Afterward, His disciples come to Him questioning Him, “Why could not we cast him out?  And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief:”   Jesus then continues…

If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

To understand Jesus response we need to know that the mustard seed is the smallest of the commonly planted seeds of the day.  What He was saying is simply that with the smallest amount of genuine, God given faith we can see great miracles take place in our lives and the lives of others.

(Please keep in mind, Godly faith involves, among other things…

  1. an acknowledgement that He is Sovereign (able to intervene in any situation)
  2. a recognition that His will is ALWAYS done in all areas of living
  3. what takes place is ALWAYS for His glory and the good of His people.
  4. A desire for His will to be done above our own desires

This type of faith is shown in our lives as a spirit of submission to His will above our desires.  When the above four principles are sincerely and deeply held beliefs, we find that He answers every one of our prayers in accordance with His will.

Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting  – Christ continues by explaining how we can develop this type of genuine faith in our lives.  It is through prayer (communion with Him and recognition of our need for His intervention in the situation) and fasting (the denial of the fulfillment of fleshly desires which brings us into submission His will above our own desires.)  The combination of these two practices are great aids in the development of a Godly faith that stands in times of trial and need.

Do we have a faith that allows Christ to work miracles as we come before His throne of grace?

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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  1. Faith is often misunderstood for determination, perseverence – there is a difference; the person who knows faith understands the distinction.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      I agree with you. Faith involves assurance and confidence. To be determined and to persevere can be motivated by assurance and confidence, but in mnay cases, they are not related. Thanks for a very interesting observation. Much appreciated. Lord bless.

  2. Susan Michaels says:

    Powerful! Thank you for the reminder to guard our hearts from unbelief.

    • Rob Barkman says:


      The Lord’s word certainly does contain very powerful life giving words. When we apply the principles of the Word to our lives, they will revolutionize us… beginning with salvation and ending in glory! Lord bless. Thanks for a great addition to the posting.

  3. Naphtali says:

    Pastor this is really good.

  4. Debbie says:

    This is a real blessing to me today, Pastor Rob . . thank you. I so appreciate your taking the time to do this, and for showing us what faith is. It was a confirmation to something He showed me today, as I undergo some difficult situations . . .thinking that I might not be able to say what I should say, stay humble, but go “off” on them, giving them some of their own medicine. I felt a peace from Him that I would not be able to just go ballistic. I would be able to be who He needs me to be in these situations, because of Him. It was sooooo encouraging! And so is this post!!!
    God bless you!

    • Rob Barkman says:


      I am so thankful the Lord has chosen to use this posting to be a blessing to you. It seems like there are many people struggling with issues that are very difficult to face. It is during these times that are faith is being tested and tried. I’ll be praying for you that the Lord graces you and enables you to do what He desires. Whenever this issue comes to a close for you I’d appreciate you letting me know how things went. (no need for details, just like to know that it is over for you and if you could see the Lord’s blessings in the midst of it all. I’m praying for you Deb. Lord bless

  5. Faith isn’t something I can ‘gee up’ of myself. Faith is a gift of God. I believe that as I submit to His will, ready to act on His direction, He supplies the faith for me to step out, and He undertakes.

    A truly amazing God!

    • Rob Barkman says:


      Thanks for your comments. I absolutely agree with you faith isn’t something we can bring in and of ourselves… it is clearly a gift from God. I’m afraid perhaps I gave the wrong impression about prayer and fasting. I,on purpose,used the term “develope” for lack of a better. I’m just not sure what term I should use.

      Here is my way of thinking. Christ made it clear that for this miracle to take place was because of their “unbelief”. He then explains the mustard seed principle fo faith. So I believe that the lack of faith is what hindered this miracle from being performed.

      At the very end, He then makes the statement… “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting”. This seems to indicate to me that there is some connection between prayer, fasting and the increase of faith in our lives. Keep in mind, He said no miracle was due to “unbelief” and, here, He seems to be saying that the remedy for this is “prayer and fasting”.

      There is something about prayer and fasting that is used by God to strengthen our faith. We can see this in the lives of several of the saints that fasted and prayed during times when great faith was needed. (Acts 14:23, 1 Cor 7:5, Dan 9:3 etc.) Also, I seem to have had this taken place in my own life. During times of fasting and prayer my faith does seem to be strengthened.

      I equate it to something like James 1:2-3 where we are told that it is through us exercising faith in trials that our patience becomes strengthened. Although patience is a gift from God, He uses our faithfulness in trials to give us that patience.

      So to summarize, I absolutely believe that faith is a gift from God that cannot be brought to ourselves. But, there is some type of connection between faith, fasting and prayer. The Lord has chosen to increase the faith of those who pray and fast in a Biblical manner.

      I would really appreciate any additional thouhgts you may have on Jesus instruction in this miracle or anything I have said. It is an interesting subject to me and I do have a great respect for your insight.

      Thank you for your comments. Lord bless.

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