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The keys to the exercise of this power are faith and prayer. Notice the demon manifested in the presence of the disciples. “And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, of a child,” (V. 21). Notice demon was deeply embedded for a long time. “And of times it hath cast him into the fire, and into waters, to destroy `him; but if thou cans’t do anything, have compassion on us, and help us,” (vs. 22). Notice Jesus lets the man give the history of the demon.
Jesus asked the man questions. He did not just rebuke it instantly and there were no manifestations. He told him the key to this boy’s deliverance.
The boy’s father says, “If you can do anything take pity on us and help us.”
“What do you mean if you can, everything is possible for him that believes,”
“If thou cans't believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”
Interaction of faith. “And straightway the father cried out, and said with tears, Lord I believe; help thou my unbelief.”
Notice Jesus interacted with the man . . . Not the Demon!
1. “Jesus rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him,” (Vs. 26).
Notice when Jesus spoke to the demon it was a command to leave, no conversation.
“And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.” (Vs. 26).
1. “. . . This kind can come forth by nothing but by prayer and fasting,” (Vs. 29).
3. Keys to exercise this power are faith and prayer and fasting.
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