The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

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Today's Verse:


kjv@Mark:9:14 @ And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.

kjv@Mark:9:15 @ And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him.

kjv@Mark:9:16 @ And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them

kjv@Mark:9:17 @ And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;

kjv@Mark:9:18 @ 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.

kjv@Mark:9:19 @ 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.

kjv@Mark:9:20 @ 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.

kjv@Mark:9:21 @ And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.

kjv@Mark:9:22 @ 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.

kjv@Mark:9:23 @ Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

kjv@Mark:9:24 @ And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

kjv@Mark:9:25 @ 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.

kjv@Mark:9:26 @ 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.

kjv@Mark:9:27 @ But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.

kjv@Mark:9:28 @ And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?

kjv@Mark:9:29 @ And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

kjv@Mark:9:30 @ And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it.

kjv@Mark:9:31 @ For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day.

kjv@Mark:9:32 @ But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.

Today's notes:


Key Concepts:

What is God's righteousness observed doing?:

What does this tell us about God's righteousness?:

How is man reacting?:


Fasting had been somewhat discouraged by Jesus during His earthly ministry, the engagement feast of the Groom. That would be to lay the blame strictly at the foot of the disciples though and Jesus does not seem to do that. He blames the faithless generation instead, perhaps connecting the other's responsibility as a generation of people to prayer and fasting for the reason that men of God could perform their Christ empowered works.

Faithless generation is nearly always brought up in the context that Christ would only for so long be here with us as well as suffering us.

The nature of a evil spirit is not to cohabit with a hospitable host, it is always to destroy the host. Satan himself intends only to steal harm and destroy. Why we think any good would be intended or that we could just get along or that they seek to replace the goodness of God with a goodness of their own is completely unfounded given the scriptural evidence. The temptation is that they could lead us into being as gods not the reality, the reality is that they despise us and what we represent in their severed relationship to God; the plans God had for us are the original cause for their fall and damnation.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. I have heard many say that they would rather be in hell than heaven because the sinners are more fun. The thought I guess is that Satan is going to be able to replicate all the things that God will have pulled out of providing. Think of all the vast and manifold mechanisms God has in place for providing for pain and hunger and thirst and wellness that Satan will have to somehow manufacture. Concerning to me though is that even the devils fear the torment of that place and time and beseech Jesus not to torment them before that time. Concerning is the evidence that Satan has never been discussed as an alternate God who is capable or even desirous of being any type of God to these much inferior worms that were the cause of his disgust with God's plan. Satan's thought rather is that if he is going down so are they. They're thought is that this much puffed up self exalted being that somehow unbelievably deceived the nations is now going to provide for them all the things only God could just so that they could continue to party.
  2. Men tend to draw a multitude of men around them only when they fail. Can you think of an instance reported where a multitude gathered around the disciples for any of the other hundreds of successes the short time that they were given the power? No, giving these men credit would be to give Jesus credit for He was the one surely that empowered these men to do this.
  3. It is rather awkward logically that so many are of the belief that it is their faith alone within them that heals them, but the blame is transferred to another when it doesn't happen. Which is it? It is almost an accusation here that "they could not" as if they did not connect me to my own faith enough. The notion I guess would be that Jesus better facilitated people's faith in themselves. Scripturally however, while there are a few instances where Jesus pointed out other's faith, there are also the thousands (the all that were brought to Him) that were healed without reference to their faith suggesting that faith may put one in proximity to Jesus, but it is the Father confirming and glorifying HIS son Jesus as Christ that actually does the work. So faith brings us closer to where we can observe/partake in the confirmation of the HIS Son. Faith should have lead this generation to prayer and fasting, instead they are gathered in multitudes blaming the perceived failings of Christ's empowered disciples, looking for political advantage.

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