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Jesus is direct with me. When Jesus speaks, I better listen. Jesus has something to say.

There are times I have no sense of God. Nothing is impossible with God. I write it and I say it. I believe it but not all the time. I have no sense of God. That is just plain. Jesus points it out to me, if I am willing to listen.

Jesus is challenging me. How many times does he have to tell me? How many times does he have to perform miracles to convince me? How many?

The good news is that Jesus comes through in spite of what I believe. That is real good news because it is a gift and not anything I earned.

God is God. God’s will is going to be done.

When they came back down the mountain to the other disciples, they saw a huge crowd around them, and the religion scholars cross-examining them. As soon as the people in the crowd saw Jesus, admiring excitement stirred them. They ran and greeted him. He asked, “What’s going on? What’s all the commotion?”

A man out of the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought my mute son, made speechless by a demon, to you. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and goes stiff as a board. I told your disciples, hoping they could deliver him, but they couldn’t.”

Jesus said, “What a generation! No sense of God! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this? Bring the boy here.” They brought him. When the demon saw Jesus, it threw the boy into a seizure, causing him to writhe on the ground and foam at the mouth.

He asked the boy’s father, “How long has this been going on?”

“Ever since he was a little boy. Many times it pitches him into fire or the river to do away with him. If you can do anything, do it. Have a heart and help us!”

Source: Mark 9:14-22

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