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The Afflicted, The Affected, The Anointed

Mark 9:14-29

 

 

And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.

[15] And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him.

[16] And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?

[17] And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;

[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.

[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.

[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.

[21] And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.

[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.

[23] Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

[24] And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

[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.

[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.

[27] But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.

[28] And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?

[29] And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

 

I.                   The Afflicted:

a.     Teenage Pregnancy

b.     Dope (crack)

c.      Robbing and Killing

d.     Child Abuse

e.     Domestic Violence

 

II.                 The Affected:

a.     Parents

b.     Schools

c.      Neighborhoods

d.     Churches

 

III.          The Anointed:

We must come down off the mountaintop for the work is in the valley.

 

This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

a.     What is prayer? (Conversing with God)

b.     What is fasting? (Denying oneself for the ministry)

 

If my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

 

 

     The Problem of the Church is Spiritual Immaturity and Powerlessness:

(Matthew 17:14-21; Luke 9:37-42)

1 Spiritual immaturity belittles and shames (v.14-18)

        a. The crowds gathered (v.14a)

        b. The Scribes questioned (v.14b)

           c. A powerless ministry-of the disciples (v.18b

2 Spiritual immaturity grieves the Lord (v.19-22)

        a. The faithlessness of men (v.19)

        b. The pitiful condition of a person's need (v.20)

        c. The desperate plight of loved ones (v.21-22)

3 Spiritual immaturity must be acknowledged to receive God's blessings (v.23-27)

        a. Acknowledged by faith (v.23)

        b. Acknowledged by humility and crying for help (v.24)

        c. Result: Spiritual blessings are secured by Jesus' word and power (v.25-27)

4 Spiritual immaturity can be conquered; spiritual power is available (v.28-29)

        a. By seeking (v.28)

           b .By prayer and fasting (v.29)

 

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