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"Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose" (Mark 9:27).

Mark 9 recounts the story of a father who brought his demon-possessed son to Jesus and asked for help. According to the scripture, Jesus rebuked the spirit and commanded it to come out.

Simple enough, we think. But in verse 26, Jesus was in a position to undo everything with unbelief...or simply trust. "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."

What a situation! The man brings his son to Jesus for help. Jesus rebukes the spirit, casts it out, and now the boy looks dead! From a purely natural perspective, it looked as though Jesus had just made the situation worse.

You've probably felt the same way where laying hands on the sick is concerned. Maybe you've laid hands on someone, and they haven't looked healed. Or, maybe you're not even willing to risk laying hands on someone because you aren't sure they'll be healed.

Well, settle the issue here and now and forevermore.

When Jesus was faced with what was happening to that little boy, He had more faith in the Word of God than He had in his natural senses. He wasn't moved by physical appearances. He simply trusted that what He had said was done. In verse 27, "Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose." He arose!

If you've laid hands on someone, and they haven't look healed, don't let that tempt you into believing that healing didn't come. Healing always comes. Your responsibility is to be obedient to the Word of God and lay hands on the sick.

Now, not everyone may be healed. Sometimes people won't receive the healing. Sometimes they're full of fear or doubt or unforgiveness, and they can't receive what God is giving them.

But when that happens, the last thing you want to do is withdraw your faith and say, "Well, I guess it didn't work this time."

Don't do that! Your faith may be the only hope that person has! Keep believing God. Act like Jesus did. Trust. Don't be moved by what you see with your natural eyes. Say, "Lord, I did what Your Word said. I laid hands on the sick and as far as I'm concerned, every person I've laid hands on is recovering. I'm standing in faith for that recovery. God, open the eyes of their understanding, so they can fully receive their healing."

Once you do that, never back off again. Go forward in faith. Boldly lay hands on the sick. Expect God to do exactly what He promised. And just like the little boy, there are people out there right now who need someone with enough faith to deliver their miracle—people who are waiting for someone just like you!

Speak the Word: In Jesus' Name I lay hands on the sick and they recover. (Mark 16:18)

For Further Study: Mark 9:14-29

Daily Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 18-19; 1 Timothy 5

Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

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