As a kid, I would lie on the floor and look up at the ceiling. Imagination spurred me into thoughts of walking on the ceiling around hanging lamps, stepping over door frames like they were short walls next to a sidewalk. Now, suppose it was night, and someone, also walking on the ceiling, handed me a shovel. Could I dig a hole in the ceiling, and look down at the stars? OK, that's random!
Returning to sane thoughts.
Last night we watched Colton Dixon streaming live on Stagehop: Night of Joy from Walt Disney World. #DisneyNOJ . One of my favorite songs by Colton is Limitless. Prior to singing this song, he reminded us of Philippians 3:13 and the promise of that verse. This is a song of faith. Regardless of our condition (young or old, shy or bold) what we can do in Christ is limitless based on the amazing character of God.
The disciples experienced a crisis of belief in Mark 9:14-29. They were asked to cast out a demon that was tormenting a child and his family. No problem, they had done it before. But this demon, he wasn't going easily. The disciples, the child's father, and even the crowd were distressed.
Then Jesus showed up and it was a different story. When he (the boy and his demon) saw Him (Jesus), the evil spirit caused the boy to convulse violently. Recall what James 2:19 says about believing faith, "You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder." (NASB) The disciples and crowd thought they believed God's power could cast out the demon, the demon had no doubt and he shuddered!
Jesus admonished them (really us, too) for our lack of faith, "O unbelieving generation". The child's father asked Jesus to remove the demon, if you can. Jesus' answer should cause us to shudder, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” Maybe we should respond like this father, Help my unbelief!
Back to Colton's Limitless:
Fear sees a ceiling
Hope sees the stars
Do we put a ceiling on what God can do? Do we believe God can help us reach a few people for his glory, or millions? His inheritance is as uncountable as the stars, limitless!
Colton Dixon's Limitless appears on his new acoustic EP Calm.
And Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.” Mark 9:23-24 (NASB)