Mark 9:23-24 “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”
My God has so provided for our faith to grow.
The smallest amount placed rightly in Christ brings an excellent yield.
Matthew 17:20 “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
What is it that causes faith to fail? We are presented with the gospel message to save our soul from an eternal, fiery Hell. Yet, to use the same faith to trust promises given by the same God who saves us is more difficult? Why is that?
Is it that we don’t fully grasp the authority and sovereignty of our God?
A Roman centurion who’s sick servant caused him to request healing of the Savior. He was a well-loved man of the Jews who helped them to build their synagogue.
Luke 7:4-5 “And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.”
His understanding of authority and the chain of command caused him to send a servant with the request as he felt unworthy to come into Christ’s presence.
Luke 7:6-8 “Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.”
In acting on his faith, the centurion caused the Savior to make this statement:
Luke 7:9 “When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.“
Sometimes a situation has been with us for such a long time; we come to accept it, thinking God doesn’t care or take notice. The man who came to the disciples with his lunatic son was at his wit’s end. I am sure he had tried everything.
Having seen the disciples cast devils out of others, this father came with hope for his boy. Then, nothing.
They brought the man and his boy to Jesus, who rebuked the foul spirit and cast him out.
We, too, cry “Help Lord, our unbelief!” when there seems to be no answer to a challenging prayer request. Your nation may be in turmoil. Your family persecuted. You may have suffered a loss beyond any you have ever sustained.
Yet, God says to us as he did to the man with the lunatic son.
“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”
There are mountains I need to move. There are obstacles in my way to what God wants me to do. I can believe God can, but must employ my faith and believe.
Doubt and worry are killers of our faith. Satan loves to our faith die on the altar of doubt and fear. We must trust God for what He says in His Word. He asks that we prove Him.
James 4:7-8 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
To entertain those thoughts of doubt or worry opens the door for faith to fail. I have heard this statement:
“Do not undo in doubt what was decided in faith.”
Our decisions will be tested. Decisions of faith will always be tried. But as we continue to make decisions and gather the evidence of answered prayer, our confidence in the next decision can come easier. God did it before. He can and will do it again.
The slightest measure of faith can move mountains. Your Word says so. Help Lord our unbelief in the troubling times!