My Dear Brothers and Sisters, I greet and bless
everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our
Lord. The blessed word that God has
given for you
today is from the book of Matthew 17:17 “ O faithless and perverse
generation, how long shall I be with you ? How long shall I bear with you. Bring him here to Me.”
The above passage
picturises a lesson on faith and power. This incident happened on the
day after the transfiguration of Jesus Christ. Jesus and his three disciples
had gone up to the mount of transfiguration. And they were coming down to
rejoin the others. There was a crowd at the bottom of the mount waiting to meet
Jesus. Just then a man cried out to Him. He was pleading Jesus to heal his son.
He said that his son, was an epileptic and suffers severely. He said to Jesus,
that his son, often falls into the fire and often into the water. Mark, in his Gospel
speaks of his foaming mouth, grinding teeth rigid body and not being able to
speak. Luke mentions his crying out, convulsions bruises and so on. The boy was
actually demon possessed. He had an evil spirit that tried to kill him by causing
him to fall into the fire and into the water.
Jesus had given to his twelve disciples the power to
overcome unclean spirits, and to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of
diseases. But in this particular case the disciples could not, drive out the
demon. Hence the man tells Jesus very that he approached his disciples but they
couldn’t cure the boy. Then Jesus answered and said the above statement. “ O
faithless and perverse generation, how long shall be with you. How long shall I
bear with you?” Then Jesus moved with compassion towards the boy, rebuked the
evil spirit out of his body. Immediately the boy
was cured. Jesus restored him and set him free from his bondage.
Some of you like this boy must be suffering from some
kind of bondage. You might have tried different ways and means, to overcome
this bondage. But may not have
succeeded. And hence you might be in a
dilemma as to what you should do about it. The Bible says, then they shall call and the Lord shall hear, they shall cry,
and He shall say, here I am.
Which means the
Lord is ready to answer your call. The Lord says, when they call on Me I
will answer. I will be with them in trouble I will be with them and deliver
them. When you have such a wonderful God, the Lord Jesus, why don’t you turn to him and be healed. For God says, “For I am the Lord who heals you.” Do not
delay, This is the day of salvation, Or this is the time of favour. So turn to
him and be healed. God bless you.
Prayer: Our loving heavenly
Father, we thank You for this
blessed day. Lord help us to realize
your power of healing. Teach us to exercise our faith in a useful manner. Give
us the strength to overcome all our weaknesses. Help us to walk in wisdom.
Thank you Lord for healing us and setting us free from bondage.