The Demon – The Storm

Matthew 17:15–20: “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic, and is very ill; for he often falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to Your disciples, and they could not cure him. And Jesus answered and said, ‘O unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.’ And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’ And He said to them, ‘Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, move from here to there, and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible to you.'” (NASB)

Many love this verse as it seems to infer that if we had enough faith we could do anything – have anything we want. However, if you look more closely at the context you realize that Jesus (God) sent His disciples on a mission, they did not go out on their own volition.

Although Jesus sent them on a mission, they came upon something that was just too “big” for them to handle. However, was this too big for Almighty God to handle? Is moving a mountain too big for God? No! Then neither is casting out a demon. In other words, if Jesus (God) sends you on a mission, He will also empower you to accomplish His will – His mission.

Luke 17:5–10: “And the apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ And the Lord said, If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you. But which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down to eat’? But will he not say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, and properly clothe yourself and serve me until I have eaten and drunk; and afterward you will eat and drink’? He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he? So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.'” (NASB)

When we accomplish God’s will – God’s mission we have a tendency to think we’re something special; however, you simply were sent on a mission by God. How can you boast being nothing but His servant, just accomplishing what you were sent to do? To God be the glory!

Matthew 14:28–31: “And Peter answered Him and said, ‘Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.’ And He said, ‘Come!’ And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’ And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?'” (NASB)

Here we see Jesus, God in the flesh, give a command, but Peter looking at the storm lost his faith that God was bigger than the storm and began to sink.

John 17:4: “I glorified Thee on the earth, having accomplished the work which Thou hast given Me to do.” (NASB)

The only way to bring glory to Almighty God is to obey – to accomplish His will for your life.

John 17:11: “And I am no more in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep them in Thy name, the name which Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, even as We are.” (NASB)

Most will say, but that’s Jesus; however, Jesus prayed that we would be one even as He was one with the Father. Could the Father say no Jesus’ prayer when He was only accomplishing the Father’s will – the reason why the Lamb of God was sent? If the Father said no, how then can we now call God our Father?

The way to Almighty God was now open to whosoever would accept God’s lamb, Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins – symbolized by the tearing of the veil from top to bottom allowing the forgiven to enter the Holy of Holies, i.e., removing the veil of separation through the blood of God’s lamb; the very thing the Father sent His Son to accomplish.

The way to the Father is now open to those who accept the sacrifice of God’s Lamb (Jesus), wiping away the sin we inherited from Adam. Adam chose to disobey God the Creator, in essence, making himself as a god by deciding for himself what is right and what is wrong in his own eyes. We’re now seeing this “god attitude” coming alive as never before worldwide.

Jesus’ obedience to the Father wiped out the disobedience of Adam for those who accept God’s Lamb, Jesus, for the forgiveness of their sins. To do so, you must first understand you’re in need of forgiveness; the self-righteous have no need for a Savior; hence, their sin remains which await Almighty God’s judgment – the Lake of Fire, the same which awaits Satan and all others who become as god – saying: “I will decide what’s right and what’s wrong; I will decide my own way of salvation.”

As with Adam, Jesus (God in the flesh), had a choice as He could have decided not to drink of God’s cup. Jesus, as He sweated blood, asked for the cup of suffering to be taken away if there was any other way of salvation; however, He also said to God the Father: “Nevertheless, Your will be done.” The obedience – the sacrifice of God’s Lamb (Jesus) allowed us to be cleansed of the sin inherited from Adam so we could be born-again with God’s Holy Spirit unto salvation. Why is Jesus (God in the flesh) – God’s Lamb – the only way of salvation? Only the Creator can redeem His creation.

John 5:19–20: “Jesus therefore answered and was saying to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and greater works than these will He show Him, that you may marvel.” (NASB)

Jesus, God in flesh, had power on earth to accomplish the Father’s will. Jesus often prayed in order to hear from the Father. Are you praying to hear the Father’s will for you? If so, then God the Father will empower you to accomplish His will as well – not your will.

What is the common thread which ties all these Scriptures together?
This is not about your will, but Almighty God’s will.

To God be the glory!

Watchman Raymond D. Sopp