The next day, when Jesus, Peter, John, and James had come down from the mountain, a large crowd met Jesus. A man from the crowd shouted, “Teacher, I beg you to take a look at my son, my only child. Look, a spirit seizes him and, without any warning, he screams. It shakes him and causes him to foam at the mouth. It tortures him and rarely leaves him alone. I begged your disciples to throw it out, but they couldn’t.” Jesus answered, “You faithless and crooked generation, how long will I be with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.” While he was coming, the demon threw him down and shook him violently. Jesus spoke harshly to the unclean spirit, healed the child, and gave him back to his father. Everyone was overwhelmed by God’s greatness. (Luke 9:37-43a, CEB)
Why were the disciples unable to cast out the demon? I would venture to guess that they doubted they could.
Isn’t that what we all know and are told over and over. If you think you can’t, you can’t. When you doubt you can do something, you won’t be able to do it.
If you had to heal someone, could you? Would you doubt you had the ability to do it?
God gives us the ability to do things we think we don’t have the ability to do.
Believe in the power that God gives each of us.
Can you do that?
Loving People. Loving God.