While reading Matthew 20, I came across this text…When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “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. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” “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.” Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment. Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”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.” (Matt. 17:14-20 NIV)
At this point, my mind reverted to Luke Skywalker, training to be a Jedi Knight. While training, his X-wing starfighter sank deeper into a swamp. In his disgust and discouragement Luke says, “Oh…we’ll never get it out now.” And Yoda says to him, “So certain are you… Always with you what cannot be done. Hear you nothing that I say?” “Master moving stones around is one thing, this is totally different.” To which Yoda replies, “No! No different. Only different in your mind. You must unlearn what you have learned.” And Jesus says, “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.” We must unlearn what we have learned. Many of us have been raised in this seeing is believing philosophy. But faith dictates believing in what you cannot see. And this is where, we oftentimes, trip up. Your present circumstances, no matter how bad, do not dictate your future or the outcome for your life.
Faith knows that God’s Word is true and cannot be overridden.
To Yoda’s dismay, Luke then tries raising his ship, but fails. In his failure Luke tells him, “I can’t…It’s too big…You want the impossible.” And walks away. A lot of times we look at our troubles in the same manner, when we are overwhelmed, as being too big. Instead of facing them head on, we want to either dance around them or just walk away. Simply because we have a defeated attitude before the battle begins. But if we could only see through our troubles with eyes of faith, perhaps our perspective would be different in our minds. When faith looks into a situation it does not see it from a negative perspective. The eyes of faith see the supernatural wisdom and assistance. Faith knows that God’s Word is true and cannot be overridden. Where is your level of faith? Is it consistent? Is your faith diligently seeking God? In order to build your most holy faith you have to hold on to your faith no matter the circumstances. You must hold on to your faith whether times are good or bad. If you have wishy washy faith how can you expect anything from God? (James 1:6-8 NIV)
To Luke’s surprise Yoda then raises his X-wing starfighter out of the swamp. Thus proving the task was not impossible. Just as Jesus healed the man’s son. Luke then says, “I don’t believe it! To which Yoda replies, “That is why you fail.” Just as Jesus told the disciples, “Because you have so little faith.” That was the reason they could not heal the man’s son. That is why they failed.
Listen, you may not be able to raise a Jedi X-wing starfighter out of a swamp. But you can lift your mindset out of the Swamp of Unbelief to the Limitless Plains of Belief, with prayer, obedience, fasting and unwavering hope. It may not happen overnight, but if you remain persistent and diligent it will come to pass. Why? For all things are possible to them that believe. (Mark 9:23 NIV)
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