You Can't Do Miracles on Demand
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You Can't Do Miracles on Demand

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 You can't do miracles on demand. If you can do miracles on
demand - let’s stop the church service and go do some awesome things! If you
can’t - tune in! 

I want to welcome you to part three of our series. Three ways you can't follow Jesus. Three ways you can't follow Jesus because we believe that Jesus is unique. There is something unique about him and who he is and what he's done that we just can't do that, and so that's why we worship him. That's why he is God and we are not. And so we started this series by talking about how Jesus called people to follow him, like yes, that is a thing. When he was walking around on this earth, he showed up to some guys and we saw them. They were fishermen, Peter and Andrew and James and John, and he came up to their boat and said, Hey, guys, follow me and I will make you fishers of men. And so guess what they did? They left their job, they left their family, they left their hometown and they followed Jesus and they literally, quite literally, followed Jesus around for like three years, and it was really interesting. At the end of Jesus's life and time here on earth, he saw the disciples and he told them that I'm going to be doing something that you cannot follow me into, to which the loudmouth. Peter said, Jesus, are you serious? I signed up to follow you. Remember, all that time back in the boat, all that time ago. I said, I'm going to follow you and no matter what happens, I'm going to follow you. I would even die for you. But Jesus do Jesus knew Peter would not die for him. In fact, Jesus knew that he wouldn't even acknowledge that he knew him by the end of the day. And so we said that, oh, forgot, I had that in there. We said that when you aren't quite sure you would die for him, he died for you. And that's the second way, or that was the first way, that you can't follow Jesus is that you can't die to pay for the sins of others. And that's what Jesus did and we just we just can't do that. And so the second way, the second way that we can't follow Jesus, is what we're going to be talking about today, and that is you can't do miracles on demand. You can't do miracles within your own power or from your own strength. You can't do miracles on demand. But wouldn't it be awesome if you could, like that'd be great. Like, like, what if I could just pull a scarf out of my sleep? Look at this, you could just keep pulling it and keep pulling it and keep pulling it. Man, is there we go look at that. Look, yeah, it's a miracle. We just got. We got a scarf out of these are the jokes, people. They don't get any better than that. So what if we could do miracles on demand, right when I pull another one out of this sleeve? Right? What if we could do that? Could anybody say that they do do that? Anybody? If you can online, I want you to come, because I got a job for you. Okay, if you can do miracles on demand, we're going to stop this church service right now because I got some more important things. We're going to go over to the hospital, we're going to walk down the hallway and we're just going to look at everybody in their rooms and say you healed, heal, healed, healed, and then then we're going to go over to the senior livings facilities and the nursing homes and we're going to put this like heads or protection on them so that they can't get sick ever, and the covid stuff. Will just can stay away so that they can go see their family again and spend time with their loved ones. That is I got a jobs for you to do. There's more. I will take you to mental health institutions where people are struggling with mental illness, and you...

...will get rid of that. So give them their life back. Then I want to take you to some where the natural disasters are happening, and we're going to stop some wildfires that are destroying so much property and homes. We're going to stop some floods and some hurricanes and some tornadoes. But then, you know, let's let's get into the financial thing, like when it be great if you could just give everyone in here a thousand dollars. That'd be sweet. Will I stop at a thousand? Let's let's go to a million. Let's get everyone a million dollars, because, you know what, people are in need around this world and we need to give all that money away to help everybody. And then we, you know, we'll take care of ourselves a little bit too, but you know, we got so much stuff to do with all this this money. And then why stop there? Let's let's, let's attract the crowd because, you know what, we've got any eternal message to share with the world, and and the miracles that can happen here on earth are good, but like, let's do something that lasts for eternity. So let's get as many people as we can to show up. Let's walk on water or let's like levitate. You know, people will come to watch that, to come and see it, and then once everyone's here, then we'll tell them the good news about Jesus, so what he's done for them. But then even then, like why leave it to chance, right? These people, they have to they have to hear the message and they have to believe the message. So we can't force people to do that, but if you could do miracles, then you could make them hear it and you can make them believe it. See, I've got some jobs for you to do. If you can do miracles on demand. If people are sick, heal them. If they're in need, meet their need, if they're in danger, let's save them. But you know, this was one of the things that Jesus is known for. He's known as a miracle worker. Even even writings, ancient writings from around the first century, that aren't included in the Bible. They mentioned Jesus as a miracle worker. Like some of these writers, they not Christians, there against Christianity, but they put they agno that there was a man named Jesus and he did many miracles and that's something that he is known for. And we also read in the Bible, in the Scriptures, that there are some disciples, there are some people that follow Jesus and they also did some amazing miracles. And so what's that all about? But you know, every time that somebody else did a miracle, they always did it in Jesus name or they did it in his power and his strength and they if they tried to do it in their own power and in their own strength and their own name, then it doesn't work that way. Jesus did miracles on demand by his own power, in union with God, the father, and we the people. We just can't do that. We don't have that power within us. We cannot follow Jesus like that. We cannot follow him this way. It just doesn't work out. When we try and do or we attempt to do, we think we can do miracles on demand in our own power. And so let's check this out in the scriptures. If you have your Bible, turn with me to matthew chapter seventeen. Matthew was one of Jesus's disciples and that he wrote down all the stuff that happened and it's included for us in Matthew, in his Gospel Account. And if you don't have your Bible, and that is quite okay, that the words will be on the screen behind me and you, we would love to give you a free Bible before you leave today in the lobby. You can grab one at the new here area before you leave. We love to get that to you. And so we come in contact with this message in Matthew Chapter Seventeen, where we read that at the foot of the mountain...

...a large crowd was waiting for them. And yes, we're going to stop there after just a couple words, because that's what we like to do. At the foot of the mountain wall, okay, there was a large crowd waiting for who, for for Jesus and for Peter and for James and for John, and they were coming down off the top of this mountain after having experienced a pretty amazing miracle experience. It's called the the transfiguration, where Jesus takes these guys, these close disciples, up to the top of this mountain with him and he basically removes his earth suit and his glory shines like he's not reflecting glory, he's not. He's not doing that. He is emanating glory from himself, like he is glory, he is God and it is coming out of him everywhere, which is pretty incredible for Peter and James and John to be standing there next to him and seeing this, because in the in the Old Testament, in their scriptures, we read that if someone were to be in the presence of God like that, they were they were to die. And so here Peter and the guys are standing there and they're they're not they're not dead. They see Jesus, they experience this amazing glory and they're not dying. And I love Peter's response. He's like it is good for us to be here. It's like well, obviously, and so let's build a tabernacle, let's build a tent, and in saying that he's like I want to stay here, I want to be here, but I also like, I recognize that that you are like amazing and something completely different than me and so I'm going to build this, this tent, this place, this Tabernacle, so that I can relate to you. and Jesus is joined with two other people, Moses and Elijah, and so these are pretty famous people in the Bible. And what's incredible is a voice from Heaven, God, the Father, says this is my beloved son, Jesus, and whom I'm well pleased listen to him, and everyone falls down and when they get up, Moses is disappeared, Elijah's disappeared, the law is gone, the prophets are over and Jesus is left as the one that we are supposed to listen to, the one that we are supposed to follow, the one that is doing something new that in this world, and it is good to be with him. And so so they have this amazing, miraculous experience on the mountain. And, by the way, you can't follow Jesus in this transfiguration either, like that is unique to him. But they have this amazing experience on the mountain and when they come down from the mountain it's almost like when Moses brought the law down from Mount Cyani at the very beginning of Israel. There he brings the law down off the mountain. And what are the people doing? When he gets down there? They have already crafted a Golden God that they were worshiping. And Moses gets down off this amazing experience and he sees all of this unbelief, all of this evil, all of this just not good stuff, and Moses gets real upset and he breaks the tablets and it goes up and gets another one. But it's a really similar scene here in Matthew Chapter Seventeen, when they come off the mountain, they come into a situation with a lot of evil, a lot of unbelief, and it says that they meet a man and he came and knelt before Jesus and said, Lord, have mercy on my son. He has seizures and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. So I brought him to your disciples, but they, and everyone say this word with me, couldn't heal him. The disciples could not heal this boy like Jesus could...

...do. They couldn't follow Jesus in this way. And we can't do miracles on the man. We can't do them in our own power, we can't do them in our own name. So just imagine being these nine disciples that are down at the bottom of the mountain and they don't get to be the the top three that get to be with Jesus and have that amazing experience. They're left down here in the evil world, the unbelieving world, the suffering of this world, and they can't do anything about it. And what makes it even worse is that Jesus literally told them some time before. In Matthew Chapter Ten, has recorded that he sent his disciples out to any to go and get he gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. That's Matthew Chapter Ten, verse one. And here they can't do it. They're stuck. And how defeating is that? How frustrating is it when you can't do something? But isn't that how I can't makes you feel like. When is the last time that you said I can't recently? I can't do that, I can't. Maybe you didn't say it verbally to yourself, but so often we tell ourselves these types of things that I can't. How about just put it in and you got a new job, a new situation that you're in and the first thought or feeling that you might have is I can't do that, I can't do this, I can't live up to the expectations of my new boss. Like I can't live up to the demands of my new job, I can't seem to get along with my new teammates. I just can't do it. I can't do it anymore, and you haven't even started yet. But we tell ourselves all the time we can't do it, and think of all the million other things that we can't do. We can't get and hold a good relationship, we can't figure out the secret to marriage and find the good partner, we can't be a good parent, we can't understand what God wants us to do and how we can serve him. We can't seem to get ahead in life and make enough money to do all the things we want to do. And they say, whoever they are, that whether you think you can or you think you can't, what's the end of that? You're right and it's a nice little saying, but I think there's a lot of truth wrapped up in that and a lot of understanding of our faith and belief in God wrapped up into that. Statement, because if you can't get a good job and you can't find a girlfriend or a boyfriend and you can't seem to figure it out, the chances are you're not going to. And it's sort of like, sort of like swimming. Anyone can't swim. Can't swim. There's a lot of people that can't swim. So if you tell yourself and you believe that you can't swim, chances are you won't ever swim because you can't. But now, what if? What if you started to tell yourself that you can swim? Okay, you start to tell yourself enough times, you might start to believe it. Now, if you can't swim, but you tell yourself enough times that you start to believe that you can and you jump into the water like that's not going to go well for you. You can't learn how to swim like that right. So I'm not saying that there's magic words or a magic formula or...

...if you just tell yourself enough times that it is just magically happen like. That's not what I'm saying. What I'm saying is is, if you can't swim and you start to tell yourself a different story, you start to tell yourself I can swim, I can swim, I can swim, and you start to believe that you can. Then you might sign up for a swimming lessons and you might, like, get in the pool for the first time or the first time in a long time, and, you know what, you might work with somebody and you might start to figure it out and he might start to do a little bit of swimming and then, sure enough, along the way you're probably going to be like, I don't think I can do this anymore, this is a little scary, I'm not sure. I'm going to give up, I'm going to quit. And it's in those moments when you're saying that stuff and thinking that stuff to yourself you gotta believe it, you got to say it, you got to really understand it that you can. I can swim, I can do this, I can make it through, I can push through it, I can figure it out. See, it's not just a matter of telling yourself and having it all magically happen, but the fact that you can tell yourself enough times that you can believe it will get you on the process and keep you on the process of figuring out for real. And so the disciples are in this position where they can't, they can't heal this boy. They cannot heal him, and it's got to be so defeating and so frustrating for them. But it's also got to be so defeating and so frustrating for Jesus, right. I mean these are his followers, his disciples. He gave them this authority to do it and they can't do it. and Jesus is like, I only got a little bit of time left with you guys. You better figure it out. And he just got off this great mountain top experience and now he comes back to this earthly reality where there's pain, they're suffering and there's unbelief in the disciples aren't doing what he wants them to be doing. And so this is what Jesus says. He says, you faithless and corrupt people. How long must I be with you? How long must they put up with you? I love this, bring the boy here to me. It's like they don't get it, they don't figure it out. You know, I come on, just bring them to me, because Jesus is the miracle worker. And remember it was the man, the dad, that brought his son to Jesus and this dad. He said, have mercy on my son. He has seizures and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire, into the water. See, this dad knew he could do nothing about his son's condition and he asked Jesus to have mercy, to have compassion, to take a special interest in his son, for he had seizures and suffers terribly. If you're reading the King James Version, they translate that word there as lunatic, which I thought was pretty cool. But he often falls into the fire and into the water. And so Jesus does. He has mercy on him, he takes special interest in him, he has compassion for him, and Jesus will do that for you and your situation too. He will take care of your situation and so but just think about the faith that this dad had in Jesus. Like this dad, he could do nothing to fix his son's condition and so he brings him to Jesus and he asked them to do something about it, because it's totally out of his hands. And so what does Jesus do? He rebukes the demon in the boy and it left him and from that moment the boy was well. Jesus healed the boy. Jesus does miracles on demand, on his own power. Jesus healed the boy. But let me say you know, not every mental illness or Caizar problem is caused by demons,...

...but some, especially you know this one is certainly was. Jesus had full authority, has full authority over every evil thing, over every demon. They always listen to him, they always respond to him, they always know exactly who Jesus is. and Jesus does many miracles. And now I realize that this whole concept of miracles maybe a major reason why you don't believe in God. You say there is nothing supernatural, there's nothing that it just can't make sense. Right. How can this work? How? How? It's one of the reasons why you don't do this God thing and you don't do this Jesus thing. You're not sure about church, but for others of you it's stories of amazing miracles that are the reason that you believe. But for your friends, your neighbors, Meny, many in the community, this is a major reason why people they don't believe. Because why do you? Why do you need to do this? Right, like everything has a reason, everything is is natural. Right. You could study it you can look at it. There's a scientific reason why everything happens and we would know today, in this day and age, like this boy had a certain medical condition. We could name it, we could we could look at it and the reason he got better had certain reasons why. And you know, we might say it's not supernatural, it's not a miracle, and I get that, like I really do understand that way of thinking. It is hard to wrap our minds around. But I think we can think about it. We think. I think we can think about it in a couple different ways. So, for one, we often think of science as something that can be proven, something that we can be measured like it's in a test tube. You look at how it's structured, you look at how it changes over time, you measure it, you look at it, we study it and you can prove it in science. But but can you do that about other thing, all everything? Can you do it about the origin of the universe, of how everything came to be? Could you study that in a science lab? How about love? Can you break that down into molecular compound? Right? Can you do it with our mind, like our who we are, our soul, not not the matter of who we are, but the mind that we are. And when it comes to physics, the study of the NAT trull, it can be proven that if I drop this ball, it will go up. No, just seeing, if you're listening, where will it go? It will go down. But if it doesn't go down, okay, if if I let go of this ball and it doesn't go down, then either it's like a balloon and there's helium in it and it'll it'll rise up, or it'll be a miracle, because ball's objects, they fall because of gravity. Right, I told you, I don't have any more tricks left. And so so that's physics. Physics you can study. Right, it goes down every time. It's gravity, it's physics, one hundred and one right. But then there's this thing, this the study called Metaphysics, and Meta just means beyond or after and physics. So beyond physics, but beyond the natural, beyond it's it asked the question why, when science can't answer the question. And so you could ask questions about this ball, like like why did it fall? Like we understand gravity, we can measure it, we know it, but like why and why do we perceive that it's falling? So, like, what is space right? Like, why is it going falling in stead of like why? You know? Why is the orientation a...

...certain way? And then how long did it take to fall? You can measure that. But what is time? And would there be time if nothing changed? What is there's a whole whole world of quantum physics, quantum mechanics, and there is something called string theory where you could ask the question what particles actually fall and what do they look like and when they hit the ground? What particles actually hit the ground? See, we can get real deep real fast and it could just go away over your head. So what I'm saying is what I'm saying is, if is that there is more to science than often we think about as science, and there's more to life and miracles and the way we understand the world, then we can often understand and so, yeah, if I, if I drop this ball, it's going to it's going to hit the floor. Right. So if I drop it again and I catch it, did I just do a miracle? No, I interrupted the nature of the thing, right. I stopped it midway through the air. I interrupted the laws of nature, and the same can really be said about the miracles that Jesus this did because, yes, his his reason of interrupting is oftentimes unexplainable. But it's not like Jesus came and he made a circular square or something illogical. He he everything he did was within the bounds and the means and the understanding of science, of natural events. Like there was sick people and he healed them. Okay, you can do that, that happens. You can. You can change the chemical makeup of a liquid. Jesus did that. He made objects appear in fish. Jesus did that. But again, he didn't do something like illogical, something that you know, a circular square or something like that. Jesus did many miracles. He's the miracle on the man guy. He's got the power, and the disciples, well, they just aren't that people. We aren't that people. We can't follow Jesus in that way. And so naturally the disciples asked Jesus privately. I like that privately. It's like I don't want to ask this in front of everyone else. Why couldn't we cast out that demon? Man? This is a great question. Don't you want to know the answer? And let me just tell you you're not going to like the answer. Wouldn't it be great if Jesus answered this question with like the reason why you weren't able to cast out this demon is you should have clapped three times and then said the words bippity Boppity Boo, and then the boy was healed like that would be amazing, because you know what we would do then? Two thousand years later, we'd read that and we say, okay, that's right, we would be doing it all the time, because that's the way it works, that's the magic formula, that's the way miracles are performed. But that's not what Jesus tells us. In fact, when Jesus does miracles, every time we see them in the gospels, Jesus is doing things, he's healing people. He does it differently every single time. Sometimes the people are not even near him and he says you're healed. The other times he spits on the ground and he makes mud and he picks it up and he puts it in someone's eyes and they could see again, and then the yet next time he just touches them and they could see. Like imagine being the guy that got the spit on his face. It's like, Jesus, why you do...

...that to me right, you didn't have to do that, but you why do you do it to me? And then he does. He does all these things and they're do it differently every single time. So are you ready for Jesus's answer to this question? Why? Why can't you cast out the demons? He says you don't have enough faith. Jesus told them. I told you wouldn't like the answer. So put yourself into disciple shoes for a second. They've been following Jesus around for two plus years. Probably they see Jesus do all these amazing things. I have to be wondering, like, what do you mean? I don't have enough faith? Like, who are you to question my faith? Like, like, I have big faith, I have I have incredible faith. How do you measure faith? Do you measure faith in wait? Do you have ten pounds of faith? and Jesus is like, well, you should have had twenty five pounds of faith, or do you measure weight in length? I got ten feet of faith in Jesus said, well, you should have had twenty five feet of faith. Do you measure faith in time? I have ten years of faith, or you should have had, you know, that extra year and would have helped you. How do you measure faith? I told you, wouldn't like to answer. How do you have? Not Enough if you can't measure it. What is it? What do you how do you measure it? Thankfully, Jesus does give us an answer. He says, I tell you the truth, ruth if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, which was the smallest known common seed of the day, everyone wouldn't know what exactly what we're talking about. You could say to this mountain, move from here to there and it would move. Nothing would be impossible. So you got you got to love Jesus. So you're telling me, Jesus, that these disciples didn't even have this amount, small mustard seed amount of faith. Like, how much faith did they have? Zero. WHO has zero faith? Well, how can you get smaller than a mustard seed? And all that alls it would have taken is a small mustard seed amount of faith to heal this boy. And they couldn't do it. They can't do it. Jesus is teaching them, and he's teaching us a very important lesson, an important principle, and that's this. We can't do miracles on demand, but we can have mountain moving faith if we believe in the one who can see. It's not about our strength and our power doing miracles, it's about believing in the one who can. And so eventually in your life you will run into a situation where you can't, I can't do something, I can't do this anymore. I can't, I can't, I can't, and in that moment I challenge you take it to the one who can, take it to the one who can. So in Mark's account, Mark wrote a Gospel as well. He told this story and he tells us some important things that will help...

...us conclude our message today. And what's really interesting is if you're looking in a new living translation Bible, which is the translation that I use, we ended in verse twenty and the next verse in that Bible is Verse Twenty Two. So you might wonder what happened the Verse Twenty One, which is a really good question. And if I'm answering a question you're not asking, you will run it against this eventually. What happened to Verse Twenty One? Well, it's called textual criticism, okay, and so what it is is a way to look at the ancient manuscripts, the Bible was written by many different people a long time ago. To the New Testament, the gospels, let's look at specifically. We're written just a few years, ten decade or so, after the life of Jesus, about Jesus. And what's incredible about the New Testament is there are over five thousand of these ancient documents that are in existence today. And so where does your English translation of the Bible come from? It is translated from one of these ancient documents that were written in Greek. And so over the years these things are copied and they're translated and they're brought into our English version today. And so you might be thinking and you might be wondering, okay, if there are over five thousand versions of the Bible that were the original manuscripts and all of them might be a little different, doesn't that just destroy our faith in the Bible? How do you know what's true? How do you know what's right? And it is a good challenge by many people, but I think it's not a problem at all. In fact, it proves what the Bible really is like. It is a good, solid thing that that builds our faith to know that there is so much evidence for the word of God. There is so much evidence for these documents, like there's thousands and thousands and thousands of these documents. And like Plato or these other ancient writers, there's like six and they you know, everyone thinks, oh plato, he was the man right and nobody questions his existence. There's thousands more about Jesus, and so the fact that they're not all exactly the same also shows that there wasn't like a Bible that was written. You know, later in the in the history of the world, they would they all wrote it down and, you know, and they put it together and they bound it together and something like this, and they gave it to the world and was like here's the Bible. Like that's not how the Bible was made. God inspired, he worked through individual writers and eventually they were collected over the course of time, not actually that long, but they were collected. And then, because you have all of these different manuscripts, like you could literally go and see all the different versions yourself, like nobody's hiding this, and so you could look to see, like this one includes this and this one doesn't include that, and so you do this thing all the way back to this word textual criticism to determine which one would have been or could have been the original. And so you can decide that. And one of the amazing things after all those thousands of copies, handwritten copies, that there is not a major doctrine that is questionable between all of those different documents. There's not a major thing. It's a miracle really of how it was put together, how it was collected, how it was preserved, and God certainly was in it all all together. And so you didn't ask for that, but it's a really, really helpful and really important thing to know,...

...because there isn't a verse twenty one, but mark, mark fills us in on some of those things. And so well, here's what mark says to the answer of why can't you do this? Why can't you do this miracle and will Jesus told his disciples that this kind can only be done, cast out by prayer, and some version say fasting prayer and fasting prayer. So this tells us there's some different strengths of demons. Some, some, some are stronger maybe than others. Some you can maybe do your own power, but some you can't. And this was one of those things that you must do by prayer. And so here mark gives us a little window into one of the puzzles of how we can have this mountain moving faith if we believe in the one who can do these miracles. So I got three, three ways to help you have mountain moving faith, because we might not be able to do miracles on demand, but we have a relationship with a God who can, and this God he lives inside of every believer, every follower of Jesus, in the person of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit empowers us to live a life, a transforming life around transforming the world around us, and every day we get to be a part of God doing a miracle in someone's life, healing somebody, changing a relationship. But maybe the most awesome miracle that we get the chance to participate in every single day is the Holy Spirit working in people's hearts and changing their hearts to help them believe in Jesus, to go from darkness to light, to go from dead to alive, to being born in Christ, being made a new creation, to being born into the family of God like that is truly an incredible miracle that we all can participate in every single day and so how how do we see these miracles happen in our life? Number One, it starts with prayer, and Jesus tells us this. Prayer acknowledges that God is there. You're saying God, you're here, you're listening to me, you care about what I have to say and in these crazy I can't situations that we all follow run into, we just have to talk to God about it. And sometimes sometimes we say all I can do now is pray, and I just wonder what God thinks up in heaven as he's looking at you. He's like all you can do to how is pray. Shouldn't you be doing that all the time, from the very beginning until the very end, like, don't just tempt everything without him first, and then all we can do now is pray. No, all we can do now, every single time I'm is pray. We're acknowledging that God is there from start to finish and he is invited into our situation, into our eye can't situation, and he certainly can. So when you run into those situations, do you what do you do? What do you do when somebody in your family has a fight with you or someone at work says something that's insulting or hard for you, do you lash out right away or do you dwell on it and hold onto it, or do you take the situation and take that and take it to God in prayer and say God, I can't, but I know I know you can. What about? What about when Jesus says that? Jumping ahead here, sorry. So we want to pray and ask God to be with us in those moments for ourselves, but we have to have the right object to our prayers. We have to have the right object to our prayers. He praying in and...

...of itself is not really anything like a lot of people pray. It's the object of our prayers that matters. Who are you praying to? Like, you aren't just praying to a spiritual force or a spiritual essence of some kind. You are praying, you're talking to, you're listening to the all powerful Creator, God. You're praying to Jesus and the name of the father and sometimes, sometimes, when you don't even know the right words to say, the Holy Spirit helps you to pray and to say things that you don't even know how to have words for, and it's why we do a series like this where we can get to know the person that we're talking to better of who they are or what they do. and Jesus said this to he said, if you ask anything in my will, it will be done, which is pretty incredible promise that Jesus makes. And so does that mean I can just say, well, it's God's will that he gives me a hundred dollar bill? Right, it's God's will that he gives me a little bit more over here. And it's like, well, why doesn't that work? Like does God answer that prayer? He does answer that prayer and he answers it with no, because that is the nature of God. Like he does it in his name, in his will, and he just doesn't do that. He doesn't do that. So why do we ask for things that he just doesn't he doesn't do right. So we gotta we want to get to know him and who he is and he does things according to what he wants to do, according to his will. And then the last thing to have a mountain moving faith is that we need to act on our prayers. Our prayers need to have feet, they need to have hands and feet and go and do something. We can't just sit in a room and close the door and talk to God all day long and hope things will happen. You know it. That's certainly important part of it, but wait that time and prayer needs to translate into to action. And just think about the dad in the story that brings his son to be healed. He's got to bring his son to Jesus and he talks to Jesus and he asks Jesus for what he wants and he basically says, God, I can't do this, I don't know how to do it, I don't think I can do it anymore. So please do something about this. And then this is where mark gives us one final insight that helps us end for today. When that boy, or when that dad brought his boy to Jesus, Jesus said, I will heal him if you believe, and so that dad responds. I do believe. Help my unbelief, and maybe this is you today when it comes to the topic of miracles. You're just not quite sure. You don't really know if God's real or if he would really do something miraculous in your life. But you send something inside of you and that just may be the miracle of the Holy Spirit working in your heart and in your mind right now, like he's leading you, he's nudging you, he's saying something like trust me, take a step, you can do it, and I just encourage you listen to that voice, listen to the spirit, listen to what he's doing in your life, because he is at work and it is my prayer today, it could be your prayer today, that you just say something like Jesus, I do believe, help my unbelief. I think it could be all our prayers. It could be my prayer when we face I can't situations, when you face an eye can't situation in your life this week and you can't do anything about it,...

...because you can't do miracles on demand. God Can, and through his power we get the privilege of being a part of some awesome miracles, like you are sitting in a miracle right now. What God is doing through connect US church, through you guys, and what bringing us here, and God is certainly at work and transforming lives, touching lives, but sometimes, sometimes we just need a little extra help, a little extra faith. But it's got to be faith in the right person for huge mountains to be moved. And so do you believe it. Let's pray. God, thank you so much for how you are working in our world and in our life. Lord, you are here with us, and as we leave this place, you are here with us there. So, God, help us when we don't really believe. Lord, we might say that we believe, we want to believe, we think we believe, we go to church, we read our Bible, we pray, we want to believe, we want to believe, but, God, there's Times that I confess that we do things. I do things and I live. I try and do them on my own. I think I can handle it, I think I got it, I got the skill, I got the the talent I got, the experience I got. I got it. And God, forgive me for doing that and forgive us for when we try and do is apart from you, when we try and do life apart from you. God, it only takes the faith the size of a mustard see the smallest amount of faith. And so, Lord, when we doubt, or if we're doubting in you right now, I pray that you would help our unbelief and that we would believe that, while we can't, you can, God, with you anything as possible, help us to believe that in Jesus name, I pray Aymen,.

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