Have you ever been in a situation, thinking it was “hopeless”; without hope? Now don’t get “religious” and say you never have, because we all have been in thoughts of desperation at times. To understand what “hopeless” means, we need to define the word HOPE; “hopeless” is obviously the reciprocal of HOPE.
HOPE can be defined as a” heartfelt expectation, with an outstretched neck”. Hope always should be paired with “A “Right Now” Kind of Faith”; an outstretched neck. Turn to Hebrews 11:1:
“NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title-deed) of things [we] hope for, being proof of the things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses.” Amplified translation.
I found in God’s word evidence of a seemingly “hopeless situation” and how “A Right Now” Kind of FAITH” turned things around. The story takes place in the Book of Mark, Chapter 9. Jesus, Peter, James and John had just come down from a mountain experience when they came upon a great crowd. A man approached Jesus with what appeared to be a “hopeless situation”. His son was “dumb in spirit” (verse ,17). Dumb in spirit meant that his son was a deafmute, voiceless individual. The Greek adjective is “aphonos” or “kophos” ; which can denote that the man was “blunted or dulled.” Verse 18 details what the family was dealing with when the man would have convulsions, foaming at the mouth, grinding his teeth and falling down in a motionless stupor; wasting away. I would definitely call that a “Hopeless Situation”. The father further tells Jesus, that he asked His disciples to drive out the madness in his son but “they were not able to do it.”
Verses 19, Jesus says, “…O unbelieving generation [without “Right Now” kind of “Faith”]! …Bring him to me.”
Go now to verses 22-23 to see how things were turned around. The son’s “hopeless situation” is further explained to Jesus.
Verse 22, “And it [the boy’s situation] has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water, intending to kill him. BUT if You can do anything…” I am desperate Jesus. Do something…please!
Does that last verse not imply that the father is HOPELESS and can’t figure out what more that he alone can do?
And Jesus said to the father in verse 23, “…[You say to Me], If You can do anything? [Why,] all things can be (are possible) to him who believes!”
JESUS is asking you and me this question: “What can you believe for?” It isn’t what Jesus can do for me, because ALL things are possible in whatever situation we are in. We need to be “possibility thinkers“. Don’t limit what God can do for you. What is heaven waiting for from you and I?
1. For us to believe.
2. Don’t wait for God to do something.
Have you ever had an “At once” realization in the middle of a unsolvable situation? In Mark 9:24, the father of the boy who seemed to be in a hopeless situation came to that “At once” realization. He was introduced to the “Law of Receiving” when Jesus tells him that “all things can be possible to him who believes.” He receives word seed that was spoken. It is more than just “asking” for something; it takes “A Right Now” Kind of FAITH” that is received from the Word spoken.
Mark 9:24, “AT ONCE the father of the boy gave [an eager, piercing, inarticulate] cry with tears, and he said, Lord, I believe! [Constantly] help my weakness of FAITH!”
How can I demonstrate that “Right Now” FAITH in any situational position?
Before David came on to the scene, God told Samuel to invite Jesse, David’s father and his sons to the sacrifice being held in Bethlehem. It was a church type of service to give you a picture. God tells the Prophet that He will pick out the replacement king not Samuel. Look now at I Samuel 16:7:
“BUT the Lord said to Samuel, Look NOT on his [Jesse’s eldest son’s] appearance or at the height of his stature, for I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as a man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
“Right Now” FAITH isn’t something you can ‘fake it till you make it’ type of FAITH. God looks at our intentions in a situation and not on how religious we appear to everyone around us. Have you ever done this on Sunday church? I have with repentance. Our FAITH has to be kept FOCUSED if we are going to see manifestation of our “believing” in what God tell us in His Word.
That is where The Word Detective will be searching the evidence given in God’s Word next: “Keeping Your Faith Focused“