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Lord, I Believe, Help My Unbelief

Mark 9:24

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A father with a demon-possessed, or epileptic, son brought the boy to Jesus to have him healed. If Jesus can. Jesus responded that everything is possible for the one who believes. And the quote below is the father’s response to Jesus.

I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!

Mark 9:24b NIV

The father’s words here really strike a chord with me, and I periodically echo his cry. I believe. But oftentimes, it seems that belief is pretty shallow and has little impact on my life.

Struggle With Unbelief

There is no doubt in my mind that God exists and that he has a purpose for me. I am convinced that God inspired the Bible and that faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection is necessary to enter into a relationship with God. I believe! And yet I struggle with unbelief.

If I really and truly believed that this world and all that it contains is only temporary and that I was created for something more than this, should it not impact how I live here? Would I not spend more time preparing for eternity than I do in enjoying the temporary? Would not the work He has for me have a higher priority than other things I choose to do?

I believe, at least intellectually. But unfortunately, my belief does not always translate well into practical terms. Lord, help me in my unbelief!

Note: This post was first published on October 22, 2014

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Ed Jarrett

Just an old clay jar that God continues to see fit to use in his kingdom's work. I am retired, married with 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. I have followed Jesus for many years. And I love to share what He has given me from His word.

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