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The Royal - Book One: Warriors (Week 3)
Miles McPherson - June 20, 2010

Message Recap

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and father figures out there!

In introducing today’s passage, Pastor Miles reminded us that Biblical Narratives are stories about real, imperfect people (except for Jesus, who was perfect) and events that really took place.

We are all living our own Biblical Narratives every day. We have multiple stories playing out in our lives: relationships, roles, and actions. Sometimes we play the role of God’s friends, and sometimes not, but God is always the hero in our lives. We often look for people to be our heroes, but we must go to God for help.

In this passage from Mark 9, Jesus comes to His disciples and sees a crowd has gathered around them. A father has brought his demon-possessed son to the disciples for help, but they cannot help him. (Remember that people are not always going to be your solution, either! Sometimes God can use people to help you, but sometimes you just need Him!)

Jesus is frustrated by the lack of trust and faith around him. He steps in, saying, “Bring him to me.” (Mark 9:19) Christ is the answer to our problems! If someone needs help, bring him to Jesus!

1. Confess everything to Jesus.

Jesus asks the father in verse 21, “How long has this been happening to him?”

When Jesus asks this question, He already knows the answer; He already knows how long this child has been suffering. He simply wants the father to say the truth aloud, so that everyone watching and listening will know how big the miracle is.

God knows all of your shortcomings, pain, and struggles. Admitting them to Him has purpose, because it brings awareness of His intervention and change.

2. Identify and admit your unbelief.

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,[a] all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:23-24)

Jesus says that if you can believe, all things are possible. That is amazing! Don’t you want that kind of possibility in your life? God created the heavens and the earth. He can help you with anything!

The father in this narrative wants so much for Jesus to help his son that he admits his doubt and asks for Jesus to help him believe. Just as the father did in this narrative, you must confess and surrender your doubt. Asking for faith is powerful. If you have a problem you are trying to overcome, God can fix it, but He only does it His way.

3. You must fast and pray for God’s hand to move in your life.

In verses 25-26, Jesus rebukes and casts out the unclean spirit from the boy. His disciples privately ask Him later, “Why could we not cast it out?” (Mark 9:28), to which Jesus replies, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:29)

We are often deceived by perceptions of our own goodness. Just because you’re not a murder, that doesn’t mean that God will give you favor! The movement of His hand in your life is not an automatic default. He wants to know you intimately and be handed the reigns of your life! How faithful are you? Do you pray? Do you fast? Association with God all by itself does not guarantee you His power. You have to commune with God, surrender to him and draw upon His strength.

When you get more of God, you can do more things the way He does. The Bible says we can’t please God without faith. Surrender your doubt to Him and ask Him to replace it with faith and trust. God knows and loves you. He knows your struggles and your doubt and he desperately wants to replace them with power, faith, and a sound mind.

Genre: Biblical Narrative/Gospel (read like a novel)

Place – Jerusalem
Time – AD 30

Key People:
Author – Mark
Audience – Christian Gentiles living in Rome

God’s Friend – Father of girl and daughter
Satan’s friend – The demon possessed boy’s father

Plot – Demons are tormenting the boy
Plot Resolution – God, the hero casts out the demon
Read - {Mark 9:14-22} Discovery: Jesus wants us to bring our problems to Him.
Reflect - We need to share all of our burdens with Jesus.
Respond - Confess everything to Jesus.
Read - {Mark 9:23-24} Discovery: Jesus requires us to exercise faith in Him.
Reflect - Our lack of faith hinders the miracles in our lives.
Respond - Identify and admit your doubt and unbelief.
Read - {Mark 9:28-29} Discovery: All authority in heaven and earth belong to Jesus.
Reflect - There is unlimited power available to you.
Respond - Fast and pray for God’s hand to move in your life.

Using the guidelines below, here is a daily Bible text for you to READ, REFLECT and RESPOND.
MON – 1 Samuel 17: Warriors (Biblical Narratives)
TUE – 2 Samuel 11: Warriors (Biblical Narratives)
WED – 1 Kings 11: Warriors (Biblical Narratives)
THU – 1 Kings 18: Warriors (Biblical Narratives)
FRI – 2 Kings 22-23: Warriors (Biblical Narratives)
SAT – Daniel 3: Warriors (Biblical Narratives)
SUN – Daniel 6: Warriors (Biblical Narratives)

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