There Are No If’s
If he could just talk…If loud sounds didn’t bother him…If we could go somewhere without him running off… If we cut out dairy and gluten…If he could play with other kids…If God could do something, anything…If it was just a little easier… If …If…If…
It’s so easy to get stuck in an endless cycle of “If’s”. There’s still so much uncertainty with autism. Every Child is different. There is no one answer that helps all of them. And that is so hard for us as parents because we will do anything to help our children. So we try all of it. Then get discouraged when things don’t seem to get better. But there is one thing that is certain…that’s God. I believe His word is true and sometimes I need to be reminded of the basics. Things I know but gets lost in the everyday struggles. One of those things is to believe without a doubt that God is able.
In Mark chapter 9 a man brings his son to Jesus who had a spirit and he told Jesus that he asked the disciples to drive the spirit out and they couldn’t. Then Jesus asked the father how long the son had been like this. He told Jesus since he was a little boy. Then the father asks Jesus something I think we all have at some point in our lives.
“…But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us. 23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”” – Mark 9:22b-23
It’s time to stop doubting God’s ability to heal our children. I love how the message translation words verse 23… “Jesus said, “If? There are no ‘ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen.”
It’s time to stop the “if’s” in our lives. Anything can happen for those who believe. You can almost hear a hint of frustration in the way Jesus says “why are you saying if?” Don’t you know who I am? How many times do I need to tell you? How many miracles do you need to see before you believe?
Have faith, Believe without Doubting
There are no “If’s” among believers. It’s not a matter of IF God can heal our children. He has proven that he can time and again. So why is it so hard for us to do like this father did in Mark 9:24. “24 No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!”
It’s time we start to cry out to God. Believe anything is possible. Ask Him to help you if you have any doubts. Stop speaking out the “if’s” because there are no ifs among believers.
We see this throughout the scriptures. Look at what it says in James 1:6-7
6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
If we are doubting when we pray this verse tells us that we will not receive anything from the Lord. Whoa! This is how important our faith is. We need to settle this in our hearts now. That God is able and willing. Let me tell you, No matter how hard it is for you to believe. No matter what the doctors have said. No matter what the teachers have said. No matter what you’ve thought in your own mind. God loves you and He sent His son Jesus to die on the cross for you. To spill His blood and take stripes on His back so you and your children can walk in healing.
When thoughts of doubt come (and trust me they will) get your verses that you are standing on and start speaking them out loud. Don’t have any verses yet? Read This and use mine.
And remember what Jesus said…There are no ifs among believers. Anything is possible to him who believes.