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Humble Hero, Page 199

he poured out the story of his trouble and disappointment.

“Master,” he said, “I brought to You my son, who has a mute spirit. And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down. ... So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.”

Jesus read the unbelief in every heart, and exclaimed, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you?” Then He told the distressed father, “Bring your son here.”

The father brought him, and the evil spirit threw him to the ground in convulsions of agony. He lay wallowing and foaming, filling the air with unearthly shrieks.

Again the Prince of life and the prince of darkness met on the field of battle—Christ to “proclaim liberty to the captives ..., to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18), Satan seeking to hold his victim under his control. For a moment, Jesus permitted the evil spirit to display his power.

Jesus asked, “How long has this been happening to him?” The father told the story of long years of suffering, and then, as if he could endure no more, exclaimed, “If You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” “If You can”! Even now the father questioned Christ’s power.

Jesus answered, “All things are possible to him who believes.” With a burst of tears, realizing his own weakness, the father threw himself on Christ’s mercy: “I believe; help my unbelief!”

Jesus turned to the suffering one and said, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” There was a cry, an agonized struggle. Then the boy lay motionless, apparently lifeless. The crowd whispered, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand, lifted him up, and presented him to his father in perfect health of mind and body. Father and son praised their Deliverer, while the scribes, defeated and crestfallen, turned away sullenly.

Faith Connects Us With Heaven

“If You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” How many a sin-burdened soul has echoed that prayer! And to all the answer is, “All things are possible to him who believes.” In Christ, God has provided means for subduing every sinful trait and resisting every temptation, no matter how strong. But many feel that they lack faith, and therefore they remain away from Christ. Let these people not look to themselves, but to Christ. Faith comes by the Word of God. Grasp His promise, “The one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.” John 6:37. Throw yourself at His feet with the cry, “I believe; help my unbelief.” You can never perish while you do this—never!

In a brief space of time, the three favored disciples had seen humanity as transfigured into the image of God and as debased into the likeness of Satan. They had seen Jesus proclaimed the Son of God and had seen Him meet the demon-possessed boy gnashing his teeth in agony. This mighty Redeemer had stood glorified a few hours before. Now He stooped

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