God Helps Our Unbelief
"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." (Mark 9:23-24)
The crowds that had gathered around Jesus were shocked and probably a little frightened. A man had brought his demon-possessed son to Jesus. As soon as the boy met Jesus, he fell to the ground, rolling and foaming at the mouth.
Jesus asked the father how long this problem had been going on. The father replied that the boy had had the demon since he was a child. Sometimes the demon threw the boy into fire or water as though trying to destroy him. If you can do anything, please have compassion on us, and help us, the father pleaded.
Jesus' eyes saw right into the man's heart as He said, All things are possible to him who believes.
The father knew that he had unbelief in his heart. He said to Jesus very honestly, Lord, I believe; help me overcome my unbelief.
Jesus rebuked the demon and told it to come out of the boy – and with an awful cry, it did! For a moment, everyone thought the boy was dead. Then Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up. He was healed – free from the horrible demon that had tortured him all his life.
Is there anything in God's Word that you have trouble believing? God says He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). But maybe you have prayed for an unsaved grandparent or friend for years. Nothing seems to be happening. God says He will complete the good work He began in you when you were saved (Philippians 1:6). But maybe it seems like you will never be able to conquer the sin of losing your temper. Or maybe you long to be free from fear – fear of the dark, fear of a certain person, fear of being home alone, or fear of giving oral book reports at school.
Maybe it seems God is not keeping His promise, and that He will never help you change. You can trust God's Word. If you doubt it, even a little, confess your unbelief to God. Just like the father in Mark 9, tell Jesus, Lord, I believe; help my unbelief. God can and will turn your doubts into faith.
God helps you believe His Word when you have a heart of unbelief.
» Have I asked God to forgive me for my unbelief and help me believe His Word?
Truth In Real Life
“I am so glad that Jesus loves me!”
Born on July 9, 1838, Philip Paul Bliss is one of the renown hymn writers of Christian history. An accident cut his life short, but if he had lived as long as other writers such as Fanny Crosby and Ira Sankey, he might have written even more hymns.
Having been born in a log cabin to a poor family, Bliss knew at an early age that he would have to work hard to survive. He was given very little education, yet he was wise in the things of God. For the first ten years of his life, his only schooling came from his study of the Bible. His father loved music and encouraged young Philip to sing and to write.
Bliss’ childhood was not easy, but God had His hand upon him. At age 10, Bliss heard a piano for the first time. At age 11 – because his family was so poor – Philip left home to make a living for himself. At age 12, he came to understand the Gospel, and he trusted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
One summer night in 1869, Bliss went to hear the great evangelist, Dwight L. Moody preach in town. Moody was without a music director for the service and Philip Bliss offered to help. That night was the beginning of one of the greatest evangelistic teams ever. Bliss gave up his business and become a singing evangelist, traveling around the country.
Bliss wrote both the music and the words to some well-known songs such as “Dare to Be a Daniel”; “Hallelujah, What a Savior!”; “Jesus Loves Even Me”; and “Wonderful Words of Life.”
God took Philip Bliss and his wife home to heaven by a train accident caused by a bridge collapse. Bliss lived through the accident, but died trying to save his wife. He was thirty-eight years old.
His hymns continue to encourage Christians everywhere. The chorus of “Dare To Be a Daniel” reads: “Dare to Be a Daniel; dare to stand alone! Dare to have a purpose firm! Dare to make it known!”
Are you sure of God’s purpose for you? Are you doing your best to trust Him and obey His leading for your life?
1 Corinthians 16:13 – Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.