11959417_sMatthew 17:19-20 Afterward the disciples asked Jesus privately, “Why couldn’t we cast out that demon?” “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”

The challenges that our young people face seem insurmountable. Freddie Gray’s death like all the others makes us feel so helpless in trying to salvage our young men. There is story after story of young men dying and it seems like we are powerless to save. What is it going to take to stop the killing, the violence, the incarceration, the maiming, the truancy, the arrests?

There was a father that brought his son to the disciples of Jesus because he had a demon that kept throwing him into fire and water. The father recognized something that was working against the character of his son. If he knew this was the character of his son he would not have wasted the time in bringing him to the disciples. People ought to be able to bring their sons and daughters to the Discipes of Christ for help. The church ought to be a place of refuge but in this story they didn’t have any success in helping.

However, when Jesus arrives he simply commands the unclean spirit to come out and it leaves the boy alone. The Disciples ask Jesus, “why couldn’t we do that?” What he told them is the same reason we are ineffective with our young people today.

1.  Your faith is too little! It’s not the size of your faith but the capacity of your faith that matters. Jesus said that if we had the faith of a mustard seed we could move mountains. The mustard seed is the smallest seed but can grow to the biggest plant. Our faith grows as we use it. The more faith we exercise in God the more God is able to exorcize stuff out of our children.

2.  You can move mountains just by speaking to them. God is waiting on us to open our mouths. We are shouting at mole hills and staring at mountains. Jesus said, “speak to the mountain!” Whatever it is you think that is the biggest challenge in front of you, tell it to get out of your way and it has to move. ”

3.  Realize that nothing is impossible. Difficult takes a day, impossible just takes a little longer. Jesus has given each of us the ability to get our children out of impossible situations. Just ask Moses’ mother. Look at Barak Obama’s mother. Ask Abraham about Isaac. Ask Carolyn Spencer about me. Ask Mary about Jesus and they will all tell you that God is able to do just what you ask him to do. He’s going to fulfill every promise to you. Don’t give up on God because he won’t give up on you. He’s able!

Dear God,

Thank you for giving me the ability to do what is impossible. Thank you for saving my sons from the dangers within and without. Just by making me a father you worked a miracle! You broke generational curses by allowing me to raise my sons. Do the same for those who are trying to raise boys and girls in a world that is trying to kill them. Call out every demon that is trying to kill them. We call out violence, disobedience, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual promiscuity, low self esteem, prostitution, rape, child sexual abuse, gangs, illiteracy, gun violence, mob mentalities, racism, police brutality, teen pregnancy, poor schools, poverty, absent fathers, unconcerned teachers, bad neighborhoods, generational curses, post traumatic stress syndrome,peer pressure, environmental racism, small mindedness, bullies, stress from academic anxieties, and any other demon that would try to come against them. We bind all these up and send them back to the pits of hell and we loose success, prosperity, scholarships, jobs, good friends, good neighborhoods, stellar schools, strong fathers, sexually pure minds, strong self esteem, healthy families, strong support systems, a good church home, and a strong sense of self centered in Christ Jesus!

In Jesus Name,

Amen