Matthew 17:14-20
When they came to a crowd, a man came up to Jesus, knelt in front of him, and said, “Sir, have mercy on my son. He suffers from seizures. Often he falls into fire or water. I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t cure him.” Jesus replied, “You unbelieving and corrupt generation! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to me!” Jesus ordered the demon to come out of the boy. At that moment the boy was cured. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and asked, “Why couldn’t we force the demon out of the boy?” He told them, “Because you have so little faith. I can guarantee this truth: If your faith is the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

This poor man was grieving over his son’s seizures. Can you imagine if it was your child who had seizers. Imagine you had to repeatedly rescue them from from falling into fires or deep waters. Doctor after doctor told you it was hopeless. What if you heard that there was a band of itinerant healers who had the reputation out performing miracles, and they are in your neighborhood. Wouldn’t you rush to them and beg them to cure your child? Of course you would. Now imagine that nothing, absolutely nothing, happened when they laid hands on the child. If you’re like me, you’d say, “Let me speak to your boss.”

They did. And he did. And the boss said, “You unbelieving and corrupt generation! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you?” We have a expression, a come to Jesus meeting. That is exactly what the disciples had.

Why couldn’t we force the demon out of the boy?” They asked. I can see a major flaw in the disciples actions. Did you see it? Why couldn’t WE They had faith. Misplaced faith. Faith in themselves and their power. If they had the tiniest amount of the right faith, faith in the power of Jesus, the child would have been healed.

I’m in no position to point fingers at the disciples. I too often try under my own power when I should be relying on the power of God. It’s almost like telling Jesus, “Step aside, I’ve got this.”

Now I’ve admitted my faults, examine yourself. Are you guilty of going under your own power when you should have been yoked with Jesus?

Matthew 11:29-30
“Place my yoke over your shoulders, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble. Then you will find rest for yourselves because my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

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