20 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. 21 “How long has this been happening?” Jesus asked the boy’s father. He replied, “Since he was a little boy. 22 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.” 23 “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” 24 The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:20-24)
I was challenged last night at our Encounter God Service as I listened to my friend Gina preach a message about believing. Have any of you ever tripped over verse 24 before? I know I have. I never understood how someone can say they believe, but ask for help for their unbelief in the same sentence. But what I learned last night was that our times of unbelief are not necessarily that we do not believe. But it’s that our faith is weak. So when this father asked Jesus to help his unbelief, he was admitting his weak faith.
I get it now. There are some things I have been believing God for, and others that I believed Him for in the past, that I sort of gave up on. And I thought perhaps I had stopped believing in those things, those dreams that God put in my heart. But I do believe. It’s just that sometimes my faith is weak. And that’s when I need God to help me to have the faith to dig deeper to pull those things, those dreams, out of me once again.
Lord, help my unbelief!
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