And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.
And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him.
And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?
And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;
And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
– Mark 9:14-24
Quite often it happens that the greatest enemy to your progress in life is the person living under your skin. Yes, you can be the biggest obstacle to your own progress through the things you think, the things you believe and the things you say. One of the most popular sayings attributed to Henry Ford is “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you are right.” He says in other words, that the man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can’t are both right.
The council was given by Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the U.S. is: “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
It is indescribable what happens at that point that you accept the reality that a task that once seemed impossible can indeed be accomplished. One explanation to what happens at such a moment is this: At that point, you come into agreement with God’s own declaration that nothing is too hard for Him to do (Jer. 32:17). This makes you a vessel God can use. “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23).
Sir Winston Churchill described a pessimist as one who sees the difficulty in every opportunity; while an optimist, he says, is one who sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Don’t be a pessimist. Choose instead to be an optimist.
Most of the advancements made by humanity are attributed to individuals who were driven out of their comfort zones by some form of adversity. When therefore you are confronted with the many challenges that are bound to come your way in the course of your earth journey, do not begin to wish them away or dodge them. Instead, confront them and uncover the opportunities that are coming your way in disguise.
- Pray for the renewal of your mind as you study and pray.
CONFESSION: Every challenge presents me an opportunity, not to go down but to climb higher. I move higher every day.