’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!
Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!
“Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’.”
‘Oh, for the grace to trust Him more!’ The father of a demon-possessed boy believed Jesus could heal his son and sought after the healing of his son. However, before his encounter with Jesus he asked the disciples to exorcise the demon out of his son; they could not drive out the demon. Why? Just days before Jesus sent out the twelve two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits. To be most effective, empowered, full of love, joy, peace, patience… to overflowing, hence spilling over your supernatural living faith, even in miraculous ways as God determines, requires humble reliance and prayerful dependence on God all the time in every context.
The father’s plea is an honest reflection of a man who believed, yet had doubt and unbelief. He humbly asked Jesus to help him overcome his unbelief. Jesus honored the father’s imperfect faith and healed the boy. The disciples expected to deliver the boy from the demon. However, their self-reliance and taking for granted the power given by God demonstrated their unbelief. When the disciples asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” Jesus, although disappointed and initially said, “O unbelieving generation…. How long shall I put up with you?” was gracious and full of patience in his response, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”
The disciples were chosen by Jesus unto salvation, except maybe Judas Iscariot. Therefore, saving faith wasn’t the issue. They were not completely trusting and depending on God through prayer to help them do what Jesus called them to do. In our human condition we certainly can relate to both the nine disciples and the father of the boy. Your regenerate heart and mine too struggles and is like the father of the healed boy. I do believe, yet unbelief is experienced too. Many times over I experience a poverty of faith by relying on myself and/or get complacent, arrogant, or overconfident and presumptuous like the disciples in this context. Forgive me Lord. May my recognition and likely yours too prompt us to ask God for help to overcome and pursue, pursue, pursue our gracious Father through the Son, in the power of the Holy Spirit. We sing with heartfelt conviction, “‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus… Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er; Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! Oh, for grace to trust him more.”
A gal asked me recently, ‘do I really believe we live forever?’ Absolutely! Yes! “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.” You know the supernatural joy in Christ, many times welling up to overflow with eagerness to share about this great salvation. Christ is our Rock on which we stand, salvation is secure because of God’s mercy and abundant grace.
The process of working-out this salvation, the daily pursuit, even struggle as we contend for the gospel with intense effort, resisting evil, crying out with an attitude of moment-by-moment dependence on God reflects true active living faith that trusts, humbly expects God to work in and through you and me to his glory. I need to be reminded and encouraged by this everlasting truth. I forget or at least lose focus and rely on myself or fret over circumstances, get caught up in the unexpected, the noise of the day and fail to pray without ceasing. You know the struggle.
Beloved in Jesus, be encouraged to persevere in his strength.
Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.
I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.
Sisters in Christ are meeting to pray. Friday morning @ 0900.
If you are not connected on Friday mornings, please reach out.
The joy of knowing gals meet to encourage and pray together. A genuine expression of faith in our gracious God as the body of Christ meets to love and encourage—A necessary help for the body of Christ. Thank you, sisters.
Brothers are meeting too! Zoom. 0730.
Feel free to join brothers for a time of sharing, encouragement, and intentional prayer before the throne of grace. Virtual doors are open! You are invited. By God’s grace we endure and continue to pray for wisdom as we look forward to gathering in person when the timing is right. Pray with us to this end.
 Mark 9:24
 Mark 9:17-18
 Ibid 6:7