Help me overcome my unbelief

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems.  Deb

Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.  (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”  — Mark 9:24 (NLT)

Jesus’ words do not mean that we can automatically obtain anything we want if we just think positively.  Jesus meant that anything is possible if we believe, because nothing is too difficult for God.  We cannot have everything we pray for as if by magic, but with faith, we can have everything we need to serve him.

The attitude of trust and confidence that the Bible calls belief or faith is not something we can obtain without help.  Faith is a gift from God.   No matter how much faith we have, we never reach the point of being self-sufficient.  Faith is not stored away like money in the bank.  Growing in faith is a constant process of daily renewing our trust in Jesus.  (NLT)

Mark 9:14-29 – When they returned to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd surrounding them, and some teachers of religious law were arguing with them.  When the crowd saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with awe, and they ran to greet him.

“What is all this arguing about?” Jesus asked.

One of the men in the crowd spoke up and said, “Teacher, I  brought my son so you could heal him.  He is possessed by an evil spirit that won’t let him talk.  And whenever this spirit seizes him, it throws him violently to the ground.  Then he foams at the mouth and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid.  So I asked your disciples to cast out the evil spirit, but they wouldn’t do it.”

Jesus said to them, “You faithless people!  How long must I be with you?  How long must I put up with you?  Bring the boy to me.”

So they brought the boy.  But when the evil spirit saw Jesus, it threw the child into a violent convulsion, and he fell to the ground, writhing and foaming at the mouth.

“How long has this been happening?” Jesus asked the boy’s father.

He replied, “Since he was a little boy.  The spirit often throws him into the fire or into water, trying to kill him.  Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.”

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked.  “Anything is possible if a person believes.”

The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”

When Jesus saw that the crowd of onlookers was growing, he rebuked the evil spirit.  “Listen, you spirit that makes this boy unable to hear and speak,” he said.  “I command you to come out of this child and never enter him again!”

Then the spirit screamed and threw the boy into another violent convulsion and left him.  The boy appeared to be dead.  A murmur ran through the crowd as people said, “He’s dead.”  But Jesus took him by the hand and helped him to his feet, and he stood up.

Afterward, when Jesus was alone in the house with his disciples, they asked him, “Why couldn’t we cast out that evil spirit?”

Jesus replied, “This kind can be cast out only by prayer.”

Quoted verse: Jesus said, “Everything is possible for one who believes.”  Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

“Story” – Kevin L. Thomas (Alabama, USA) titled his story “OUR UNBELIEF;” here is a portion of Kevin’s story:

“. . .  Jesus was brutally beaten, crucified, and buried.  Even after a violent death, on the third day Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to 500 followers.  That story is the cornerstone of the Christian faith.  But many in the world, even many in the church, may confront that story with an honest prayer: ‘Lord, we believe.  Help us overcome our unbelief.’

“The good news is that Jesus meets us where we are.  Jesus’ goodness made up for whatever lack of belief the father in Mark 9 had, and it will make up for a lack of belief in us as well.  Christ invites us to come as we are.  When we offer ourselves – unbelief and all – Jesus redeems us.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God’s goodness covers my weakness.

Prayer: Dear Lord, we do believe in you, but sometimes we doubt.  Help us overcome our unbelief.  Amen.


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