“Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’ Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!'” Mark 9:23-24 (NKJV)
I am sure it is a component of the human condition to not believe in certain things. Some don’t believe in aliens on other planets. Others don’t believe in time travel. But there are many who do believe, in both things. But what about when it is our faith? When we proclaim Jesus as Lord, and learn of the many miracles He has done and continues to do, why is it so terribly hard to believe?
Can it be because we believe He will do it for someone else, someone who walks closer than us, or who gives more monetarily? Or how about the one who spends countless hours working inside and outside the church? What about our preachers, and their families? Surely they are blessed beyond anything that we can imagine!
The true fact is that we allow the enemy to tell us to not believe. Yes, that’s right. He takes great pleasure in stealing our joy. He is one who only wants our suffering. He does not want us to benefit from any of the wonderful gifts Jesus has brought before us. Things that He died on the cross for, that we may have that abundant life He spoke of, are stolen from us because we listen to the wrong voice.
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10
The Lord our God never intended for His people to live in spiritual poverty, or even in physical poverty. He never wants us to have illness or heartbreak. Remember, He sent His Son here to heal the brokenhearted, to set the prisoners free.
The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD. Luke 4:18-19
To believe sounds easy, but in truth, because of the fallen world we live in, and the expectations society teaches us to have, we tend to doubt that anything good can happen to us personally. Yet that is exactly the purpose that Jesus has for us, to be the recipients of every good thing that comes from the Father, through Him (James 1:17).
We pray, we don’t see results. We pray, and we feel He doesn’t hear us. We pray, and we believe in a very small way, that maybe this time, He will answer our prayer. We pray, and we don’t trust in His Word, that He is concerned with every thing that concerns us. We pray, but we pray with unbelief.
Let us try to change that entire process. Let us be in His Word, so that we can understand what He says about us, what He has for us, and what He will do for us. Let us pray in absolute belief. Let us stand on His Word unfailingly, and show others in the faith that we do indeed believe. And let us show this belief to unbelievers, that they may find the hope that we as believers have, even when we are plagued by our unbelief.
We can be healed of our unbelief. The scriptures tell us this. We need only ask Jesus to help us to believe, and He will. We must depend on Him, and on His promises to us. For He is Our Hope, and He does bring us life, and abundantly. Let Him heal our unbelief!
What situations have taught you to believe? How did you realize you could believe that Jesus will be there for you? Please share on www.mystoryofgrace, that we may celebrate your victory. If you have not yet received victory, please comment on this post, that I may pray with you.