“Then the brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “from childhood. And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, 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!” When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him, and he became as one dead, so that many said “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.” (Mark 9:20-27)
Here comes a guy whose son has a deaf and dumb spirit. It’s been tormenting the kid all his life. The father was desperate to get help for him because it was getting worse. That’s the way the devil is. You just can’t live in peace with the devil. He is going to keep pushing you and pushing you until he destroys you completely. That’s what he was doing to this boy. Throwing him into the water and the fire trying to kill him.
The father first took him to Jesus’ disciples, but they couldn’t cast it out. Jesus was pretty mad at them for not having the faith to minister to the child. The spirit got really stirred up when he saw Jesus because he knew who He was and he knew He was about to be cast out, so he really starts tormenting the boy by throwing him on the ground and convulsing him. Jesus knew the situation, yet he engaged the father in a conversation. Why? He wanted to bring out where the father’s faith was–to help his faith grow.
Jesus picked up on the father’s statement “IF you can do anything.” Jesus turned it back to HIM by saying “IF you can believe, ALL things are possible.” He still does that today. People say “Jesus IF you can and want to heal my cancer.” He still turns it back to YOU by saying “IF you can believe, ALL things are possible.” He is willing and He is well able to give you the victory. The question is “do you believe it?” Jesus still says to us thousands of years later “ALL things are possible to him who BELIEVES.”