The Kingdom Unhindered #7 – Matthew 17:14-21
14 When they reached the crowd, a man approached and knelt down before him. 15 “Lord,” he said, “have mercy on my son, because he has seizures and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.”
Mark 9:17-18, 21-22
17 Someone from the crowd answered [Jesus], “Teacher, I brought my son to you. He has a spirit that makes him unable to speak. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid.”
21 “How long has this been happening to him?” Jesus asked his father. “From childhood,” he said. 22 “And many times it has thrown him into fire or water to destroy him.”
7 “As you go, proclaim: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with leprosy, drive out demons…”
12 So they went out and preached that people should repent.13 They drove out many demons, anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
> Am I living in the fullness of the power of God?
Power is the “ability to do things, through strength, skill, resources, or authorization.”
1 Chronicles 29:11-12
11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty… 12 Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.
> What does God’s power do in the believer?
1) God’s power strengthens our inner being.
16 I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through his Spirit…
2) God’s power gives us all we need to live a holy life.
2 Peter 1:3 (NLT)
3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.
3) God’s power gives us the ability to serve Him.
Ephesians 3:7 (NLT)
7 By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News.
4) God’s power is always God’s power, not ours.
Acts 3:16 (NLT)
16 “Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes.”
5) God’s power will do more than we can imagine.
Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)
20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
17 Jesus replied, “You unbelieving and perverse generation, how long will I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.”
“Unbelieving” – Gr. apistos – actively disbelieving
“Perverse” – Gr. diastrepho – to distort, or turn off the right path
18 Then Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and from that moment the boy was healed. 19 Then the disciples approached Jesus privately and said, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” 20 “Because of your little faith,” he told them.
> Jesus challenges us to step outside of the natural, into the super–natural.
20 [Jesus continued,] “For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
31 [Jesus said,] “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It’s the smallest of all the seeds, but when grown, it’s taller than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the sky come and nest in its branches.”
Mustard seed faith is persistent faith.
> Our mustard-seed faith must always be based on who He is, and what we know to be true.