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And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

Mark 9:17-29

Critical to our ability to operate in the extraordinary, to do greater works, is our intentionality to develop, nurture, and sustain a deeper relationship with God. In order to allow God to work through us; the releasing of His power, presence, and promises that are bigger than we can even ask or conceive, we must be in a relationship with Him that is beyond the superficial. Diligently seeking to be the very image of God is the very thing that pleases God, your acknowledgment, not just with your voice but also with your feet, your actions, that God is and that you believe Him. Believing God is the best thing you can do for Him, more than dotting every “i” and crossing every “t”. Our believing God, as a direct result of knowing Him, an intimate relationship with Him, makes us transparent so that God is seen in and through us; we decrease so God can increase through us, and thus we can ask what we will and God will do it. You have God’s Most Favored Status because He desires to be seen in and through you as the Crown of His Glory!


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