The following devotion is written based on a sermon by Rev. Alan Ray, “Spiritual Kryptonite”

4 Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.” 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 And he was amazed at their lack of faith. Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Mark 6:4-5

Reading from Mark 6:4-5, we see that Jesus could not heal in his own village, his own hometown.  And why could he not heal?  Because they did not believe.  They did not have faith.  Oh, how we need to heed these words. Could healing not be given to you because of lack of faith?

This sermon was so powerful to me the morning this message was delivered.  I had been struggling with my mom.  She had under gone one of the worst bouts of pain imaginable for a 48 hour stretch.  Since this bout of horror, her pain, she was living in absolute fear of it’s return. I had become impatient with my mother.  She is a believer in Jesus Christ and prays and studies God’s Word occasionally. However, her fear has left her with such little faith.  She has no faith in healing.  Absolutely none.  I have grown weary that she has given up on life.

As a child of a parent with chronic pain, the struggle can be very difficult.  We watch our parents writhe in pain and there is nothing we can do. We want so despartely to fix everything and take their pain away.   However, after this sermon I  for once was able to release my insecurities.  It is my mother’s repsonsiblity to believe.  I can not make her believe that God has the power to heal her.  That some of  her choices may be adding to the detriment  and progression of her disease  She has to believe.  I can’t force her to believe.  If Christ himself could not heal members of his own home town  and family because they did not believe, then who am I to think that I can help heal my mother if she does not believe.

Let me share a little more of Rev. Ray’s sermon.  First point:  we stifle the power of God when we refuse to see Jesus for who He really is.  They saw him as the boy next door, their cousin, or their old neighbor.  He couldn’t be the almighty Messiah?  We have to see Him for who he really is.  Our savior.   The Healer.  The Mighty One.  The Creator.  Point number two:  We stifle the power of God when we refuse to believe in His power or His plan.  His home town did not believe his power was “devine”, from God.  How often do we out right refuse to believe that God has the power to heal us OR to empower us to do anything in his name?

Please don’t let unbelief stifle God’s power.  Pray today for God to reveal to you if you have any unbelief that could be keeping you from getting well.  God does have the power.  Amen.