“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

Mark 9:23 NIV

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Possible

Back in the 1860s, the president of the Montreal City Bank had a problem – people were counterfeiting his paper money. He made an appeal for someone, if possible, to create an ink that would make counterfeiting paper money difficult. In 1862, Canadian Thomas Sterry Hunt, a professor at Laval University in Quebec, invented an ink he called Canada Bank Note Tint, an anhydrous sesquioxide of chromium. His tint of green is still used today by the US government to make their paper bills green.

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While human beings are able to accomplish some pretty amazing things – even things that at first seem impossible, some things are simply impossible. No human being, for example, can survive in the vacuum of space without a space suit on and oxygen pumped in. This is why, sometimes, we find it difficult to believe that nothing is impossible for Jesus. This was the case with a father, in Mark 9, who had brought his demon-possessed son to Jesus for deliverance. He had already brought the boy to Jesus’ disciples, and they weren’t able to deliver the boy. He must have wondered if Jesus was really able to. He said to the Lord “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” We too often bring our needs to Jesus like this. “Lord, if you can do everything, help me.” If? Jesus asks that question – “if you can?” And then he goes on to say, “everything is possible for one who believes.” Nothing is impossible for Jesus, and the man really wanted to believe. So, he asks what we need to ask: “I do believe – help me overcome my unbelief.”

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley