THIS KIND OF UNBELIEF GOETH NOT OUT EXCEPT BY PRAYER AND FASTING. 2
Yesterday, we saw that a Believer has no faith problem.
He already has been imparted with faith by the Presence of God’s Spirit within.
However, we saw that a Believer may be WEAK in EXPRESSING OR DEMONSTRATING HIS FAITH.
For example, let’s see how this weakness may affect THE DEMONSTRATION of our AUTHORITY IN CHRIST.
Matthew 17:19-21 (KJV) Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, 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.
Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
Now, we see something very clear.
The disciples of Jesus couldn’t EXORCISE (CAST OUT) A DEMON.
They watch on and on as this devil Afflicted a young child.
They had done all they know to do.
Earlier, they had casted out devils.
Matthew 10:1 (KJV) And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
Luke, recorded in another account that 70 Disciples went out and came back with testimonies, the demons were subject to them in Jesus’ name.
Luke 10:1, 17 (KJV) After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
However In the case of this child, the ACTIVITIES OF THE DEMON had OVERWHELMED THEM.
Even though, we know that the Disciples in the four Gospels didn’t have the Indwelling of the Spirit, however this story is one we could learn a lot from, even as believers in Christ.
The POSSESSION OF AUTHORITY IS NOT SAME AS THE DEMONSTRATION OF AUTHORITY!!
We saw in this story that there are PERCULIAR DEMONIC ACTIVITIES THAT PLAY TRICKS ON OUR MINDS, WEAKENING OUR DEMONSTRATION OF FAITH.
Look at how the devil demonstrated itself.
Matthew 17:14-15 (KJV) And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
The demon had a VERY AGGRESSIVE DEMONSTRATION.
And let me be clear with you, there are demonic activities that may seem COMPELLING, VERY VIRULENT, VERY OVERWHELMING.
Why FAST AND PRAY?!
The disciples wondered how Jesus could cast out the devil but they couldn’t, Jesus was very clear, it was about their FAITH.
Not His Authority given them.
He clearly told them, it was due to UNBELIEF!!
Then He was clear, this kind of UNBELIEF, IN DEMONSTRATING THE AUTHORITY WE HAVE, GOETH NOT OUT EXCEPT BY FASTING AND PRAYER.
Brethren, VIA FASTING AND PRAYER, WE EXPEL UNBELIEF.
BEFORE WE FACE THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF LIFE AND TELL THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES TO SHIFT, WE MUST FIRST CAST OUT UNBELIEF FROM OUR OWN HEARTS.
Many of us, because of the aggressiveness of our circumstances.
Because it had lingered long.
We have come to a place of UNBELIEF.
MANY OF US HAVE FASTED AND PRAYED WRONGLY.
FASTING FOR POWER, FASTING FOR AUTHORITY etc are all a waste of THOSE EXERCISE.
The BELIEVER IS NOT POWERLESS, ALL OF US JESUS’ AUTHORITY INDWELLS US!!
However, we can be WEAK IN FAITH, we can be FAITHLESS IN OUR DEMONSTRATION.
It is one thing to equip a POLICE OFFICER WITH ALL GARDGETS NEEDED TO COMBAT CRIME, IT IS ANOTHER ISSUE FOR THE POLICE TO BE FULL OF CONFIDENCE THAT HE CAN TAKE ON ANY CRIMINAL IN THE WORLD AND BRING THE CRIMINAL TO SUBJECTION.
FASTING IS A VERY IMPORTANT EXERCISE. IT FOCUSES US ON THAT WHICH IS GLORIOUS WITHIN.
IT DRIVES US AWAY FROM THE PHYSICAL THINGS OF THIS WORLD TO THAT WHICH IS WITHIN.
PRAYER IS BOTH AN EXPRESSION AND EXERCISE OF OUR FAITH.
SOME KIND OF UNBELIEF NEEDS FASTING AND PRAYERS, MY BRETHREN.
THE ISSUE IS NOT THE SITUATIONS OR CIRCUMSTANCES, BEFORE WE LOOK AT THE SITUATIONS, LET’S FIRST CAST AWAY UNBELIEF FROM OUR HEART.
LET’S CAST OUT UNBELIEF FROM OUR HEART.
CAST IT OUT TODAY!!
BE FULL OF POWER AND GLORY.
NOTHING SHALL STAND BEFORE ME!!
I AM FULL OF AUTHORITY!!
NO POWER CAN STAND BEFORE ME!!
SPIRITS ARE SUBJECT TO ME!!
I AM ABOVE AND BEYOND CANCER.!!
I AM ABOVE AND BEYOND FINANCIAL AFFLICTIONS!!
NO DEMON WILL TOUCH MY BUSINESS!!
THERE IS NO DISFAVOR AROUND ME!!
I AM FULL OF POWER, I THEREFORE FAST AND PRAY TO FOCUS ON THIS GLORIOUS ETERNAL REALITY!!
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