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If You Can Faith {testing possibility}

      “How long has this been happening?” Jesus asked the boy’s father.
       He replied, “Since he was a little boy. The spirit often throws him into the fire or into water, trying to kill him. Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.”
       “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”
        The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”
{Mark 9:22-24}


Many a man is eulogized with the compliment: He was a man of great faith.


No one is remembered with the statement: He was a man of “if you can” faith.


It just doesn’t sound strong and pious. “If you can” faith sounds feeble, smaller than a mustard seed, even.


If you can–


riddled and shot through with doubts.


If you can–


caught in the here and now, the overwhelming distraction of circumstances.


If you can–


strapped into humanity’s straightjacket of impotency.


If you can–


grasping a last-chance-hope that Someone could, possible help…maybe.



“If you can” is every desperate cry rolled into one wave, one prayer.



It is the answer to every question and doubt.


Even the foundational questions we pose to God every day: Do you exist? Do you care? Can you help?


Some of us feel lost and wandering.


Some feel unredeemable, unworthy.


Some feel insignificant.


Some feel dirty.


Some of us feel confused and doubtful.


Some of us feel needy and embarrassed.


Some of us feel desperate and frustrated.


Some of us are angry.



But WHO are we talking to? 
WHERE are we taking our pain?


That is the power in If You Can faith–where we place it.
Because the power is in the undaunted, unchangeable answer: Anything is possible if you believe!


And belief we can do. Belief starts with “If” sometimes and ends with the open-handed, empty-hearted expectation.
A breathless waiting. And faith will meet the if with possibility.


And He will help with your unbelief. He will provide peace and healing.


Can Jesus really do that?
Well, he said, anything is possible. He’s perfectly okay with your “If You Can” faith.


Do you struggle with faith and unbelief? Is this idea of “If you can” faith encouraging?
Will you go to Jesus with the unbelief of If and wait for his answer?

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    • Thanks, Ronna – I’m working on my punchy delivery 🙂 I tend to be too verbose, sometimes. But I loved seeing the “if” in this passage — such a short word with such a huge affect, made me need to explore it a bit:)

  1. We all have doubts. In our doubt I think God speaks to us. He calls us to seek the truth, in that truth we find peace and joy that can only be explained by the supernatural power of God himself. He does “help my unbelief.”

  2. Don’t you love that, Floyd – that he hears our request for help in that area and he adds to our deficit and boom! we have faith. Miracle. All we need is the willing heart that says “help”.

  3. This was just perfect for me to read today. “If he can,” I want to watch as he fixes a bad situation. If he can? Of course he can, oh me of little faith.

    I’m praying for more faith.

    • And, you know he’ll meet you with just the right amount of faith. Sometimes I think we wish he’d drench us with it, give us more than we need…just in case. But maybe faith is a bit like manna–enough for each day. Bless you, Lisa, as you wait in expectation. Keep looking to Jesus.

      • I’ve saved your reply so I could re-read it several times today and be encouraged by the truth in it. I’m not sure I’ve ever thought about God meeting with me “just the right amount of faith”, like manna, but what a satisfying thought. He always provides! Even in how he gifts us with faith.

        Thanks, Alyssa.

  4. roseann elliott says

    faith will meet the if with possibilities…so thankful God will take the smallest faith and with that can move mountains…
    great post…blessings to you…

    • Roseann,
      First, I love your name –the whole thing :roseann elliott. It’s poetic. 🙂 Thanks for coming by, and for commenting. I hope you are moving mountains with Jesus today!

  5. Oh, just lovely, Alyssa!
    You get it.
    It amazes me everyday that Jesus loves me just the way I am. He takes me at my worst. Even though He can see what I can become–He loves me in the moment I’m in. Even in my unbelief.
    What grace.
    Thank you so much for sharing with your heart open wide!
    All for Him,

    • Aw, Nikki — and what it’s taken to get me to “get it”. I am a slow learner. A friend posted this passage on fb yesterday and I couldn’t get past the “If you can” in the verse. I realized there is a truth there often overlooked — the size of the father’s faith wasn’t the issue, but WHO he was talking to that mattered. There is freedom in accepting the fact that we are limited and God understands that about us. Bless you today!

  6. I love this! I have been an “If you can” person more than not. It’s funny how the senses both prove and disprove the existence of God, yet when I find myself against the wall, I talk to Him as if I have never once doubted His reality! Thanks for linking up!

    • Thanks KD — I had a lovely time reading through all the posts that linked before me. I love to read about the personal God who is working in the lives of others- so encouraging. Have a happy, happy day, my friend.

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