Mark 9:4 Overcome The Unbelief

Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:4

Belief in something is always an active, personal choice that has to be made. It is easy for people to find a reason not to believe in something.

In today’s internet world, it is common for articles to be written to cast doubt upon anything said or done. Pictures and words can be manipulated to cause questioning of the validity of what really occurred. For this reason many struggle to believe what they have not already personally experienced.

A man came with a demon possessed son to be healed by the disciples. When Jesus came, the father asked if He could heal his son. Jesus said anything is possible with belief, so the father asked for help with his unbelief.

It is common for people to go to those in the world first for help. When that fails and God shows up, they struggle with belief in God being able to do it or being willing to do what is needed. This translates into unbelief in God’s power and mercy.

Most believers believe that God can do something, but many also carry an unbelief that He won’t do anything. And often they stay there, not wanting to overcome the unbelief. They do not want to face the facts shown in scripture, but desire to hold on to their unbelief.

In order to please God, a person must have faith and believe in God. He must be willing to seek God’s help to overcome and destroy the unbelief in his heart.

This overcoming can occur when one takes note of all that God has already done in his life and in the lives of others. If God has done it before, He can do it again.

You may have a situation in your life that you need God’s supernatural intervention to resolve. You may be questioning God’s ability or mercy to do it.

Stop and take a moment to realize all that God has already done in the past. Remember all of the promises God has made. Then allow God to help you overcome your unbelief. Step out in faith knowing that God has the power and mercy to meet all of your needs according to His glorious grace and love.

God is waiting to do great things in and through you, but you must first believe for those things to occur. Overcome the unbelief.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in God and His abilities; that you will know what God can and is willing to do; and that you will see God at work in your life.

Mark 6:6 A Lack Of Faith Or Faith In The Wrong Things

He was amazed at their lack of faith. Mark 6:6

Every person has some faith of some sort in some thing. All faith is, is believing in something that one cannot directly see.

People have faith every day that when they sit down on a chair that it will hold them. They have faith that the other drivers will stay in their own lane. They have faith that their boss will pay them correctly on pay day.

Faith is nothing new to people, but only what their faith is in.

Jesus had went back to His hometown of Bethlehem. While there He could only do a few miracles and healings because the people lacked faith in Him.

Every where one goes there are people who are desiring some type of miracle in their lives. People want to see great and sudden changes in their own health or in some other area of their life. While they hope for something, it is not hope and faith in God.

This problem often occurs inside the church. Many believers lack faith in God for every area of their life. They may have great faith for God to bring about a healing, but do not trust Him with their finances, not giving the full tithe.

God is always wanting to work in the lives of people in great and miraculous ways. Yet many refuse to have full faith in Him alone, but rather trust themselves or in other things or people.

If a believer can have faith that Jesus has forgiven him and will save him, he can have faith that God can do other miracles in his life as needed. Either God is a God of His word or He is not God at all.

God has already given you a measure of faith. Most likely there is an area in your life that you need help or a miracle in. Do not put your trust in yourself, people, things or ways of this world, but have faith in God. He has already promised to meet all of your needs.

There is nothing too big or too small that God cannot do in your life. Do not allow yourself to be like the people of Bethlehem and lack faith in Him. Allow God to do miracles in and through you.

See what God is willing and can do when you have faith in Him.

Today I pray that you will know God’s great power in your life; that you will put all of your faith in God; that you will allow God to work in your life; and that God will be able to do miracles in your life.

Matthew 14:22 Sent Into A Challenge

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. Matthew 14:22

Leaders will sometimes send people forward to accomplish various tasks, without always fully revealing what is ahead. Usually they will give details of what a person is being sent into in order to allow them to be fully prepared for what is ahead.

Some people will enjoy walking into the unknown, while most will shy away from it. This is especially true if the unknown can represent danger.

After feeding over five thousand people, Jesus sent the disciples in a boat to the other side of the lake. He did this knowing a major storm was coming up and would appear to threaten their lives.

Going through life will often present various dangerous challenges. People often attempt to avoid as many of the dangerous challenges as possible. They want to be safe.

Believers are not exempt from these challenges. In reality, God will often send His people directly into them, just as Jesus did with the disciples. He sends them in to those challenges to see where their faith is.

Too often one’s faith is in self or what one can directly see or understand, not in God. When a person is sent by God into a dangerous situation, he often gets angry and blames God for it instead of trusting God to get him through the situation.

Every believer must know and understand that God is really in control of everything. Nothing happens, good or bad, without His permission. God works everything out for the good of those who believe Him.

In the end the disciples saw Jesus and Peter walk on water and the storm calmed. The danger had built their faith up in Jesus.

There will be times that God directs your path a certain way. As you walk that path dangers may arise threatening your life. At that moment you have a choice to make, will you cry out or run in fear, or will you call out to God trusting Him.

Knowing that you were sent on that path by God, you can trust He is in control of the situation and wants to do something in your life. It may be to reveal His power to you or to reveal it to others watching you. In this do not be afraid to go where God leads.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s voice leading you; that you will obey God’s leading; and that you will trust God in every situation.

Matthew 9:6 Get Up And Go

“But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take up your mat and go home.” Matthew 9:6

The world often wants to know all the details on how something is to occur, before they step out into it. Unless they see it with their own eyes and understand it with their own minds, they do not believe it.

With this type of attitude, many people turn down opportunities in their lives out of fear of risk of it ‘may be wrong’. Fear and lack of faith stop a lot of people from stepping out and accomplishing something or seeing something happening.

Jesus had just forgiven a paralyzed man of his sins. Many could not believe it. So Jesus told the man to get up and to take his mat and go home.

In order to prove faith, one must step out in action with faith. Just saying that one believes does not prove anything. Those are just mere words. Action must follow faith.

God has given many promises throughout the bible. Many believers claim to believe in those promises. However, not very many will get up and go in belief in those promises. Their belief is only in the mind, because that is what a believer is ‘supposed’ to do, not because it is a part of the heart.

Getting up and going is a risk. Will God do what He said He would do or not? The believer must never forget that God will always keep His promises. All a believer must do is have faith and act upon it. He must take that risk as he steps out in faith with what God has told him to do.

As a believer, there will be things God has told you directly to you and promises you read in His Word. Either way that you hear of these promises, you have a choice of whether to believe them or not.

If you believe in God’s promises, you must then act upon them. This means that you will get up and go out, knowing that God will do what He promised as you do what He tells you to do.

The promises are in forgiveness, direction, healing, provision, protection and any other area in life. Are you getting up and going? Or are you shrinking in fear?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s promises to you; that you will understand God’s authority; and that you will get up and go as God commands you.

Matthew 8:26 Why Be Afraid?

He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. Matthew 8:26

Throughout the lifetime of most people there are things that occur that are unexpected. Some of these events will often cause fear in the hearts of people, because they do not what will be the final result. People fear the disaster that may come from the situation. These fears can be based upon physical problems or disasters, or things with the emotions. Either way it is fear of the unknown.

As Jesus and the disciples were in a boat and Jesus was sleeping a great storm came up swamping the boat. The disciples woke Jesus in fear. He got up, calmed the storm and then asked them why they were afraid.

Large storms can be a scary event for many people. Heavy storms that go through an area will often leave a path of destruction and damage. People fear for their lives and can only see extreme damage coming, forgetting who is in control and His great love for them.

Many believers are just like disciples when a storm comes up in their lives, they cry out in fear. While there is nothing wrong with calling out to God for help, it is wrong to call out to God in fear. One must know God’s great love for him and know that God will not allow anything to happen outside of His control that is not what is best for that person.

Believers are willing to believe Jesus for salvation, but are scared for their lives in times of possible disaster. There must be great faith in all things with God. The physical life should not be of so much importance that disasters allow fear and forgetting that God is in control.

As with the disciples, there will be times a great storm arises in your life that will begin to swamp your boat. You have a choice to make. Your two choices are: will you believe and trust God or will you not believe and trust Him.

Keep in mind the times God has already taken care of you and trust Him to continue to do so. One of three things can happen during that storm. One is that you die and go to heaven. Another is that God brings you through it. The last is God calms the storm. Either way you win on God’s side. Trust God.

Today I pray that you will trust God with all of your life; that you will not fear any storm in your life; that you will go to God in faith, not fear; and that you will see God work in every situation in your life for your good.