I don’t know about you but I want to live my life completely devoted to Jesus Christ. Not just when I feel like it or when it’s convenient for me. The way I see it is like this either you know Jesus and have a relationship with him or not- There’s no in between. When I was thinking about this the Lord reminded me of these words from Paul in Philippians: “I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:10-11 NLT) This verse prompted me to ask myself this question “What does it mean to truly be living for Jesus in everything I do?” I still fight the battles and have those moments where it’s all I can do to find the faith to believe His promises for that day or in that situation I’m facing.
Lately, I was reminded of the time in the Bible where Jesus heals the Demon Possessed Boy and what I love about this passage in Scripture is the fact that it is another great example of what it means to have faith in Jesus regardless of your current circumstances. I believe the point Mark is trying to get us to understand is that even though the disciples weren’t able to cast the demon out of the boy his dad never lost hope in the matter because he believed that Jesus could heal his son. My favorite verses are 9:23-24 where Jesus and the boy’s father are having a conversation about what it means to believe in Him. “What do you mean, ‘If I can?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:14-29) I can honestly tell you that those words have been my prayer quite a few times over the years and it’s those honest and heartfelt moments where I feel closest to Him. There’s such joy in being honest with God because truthfully he already knows our hearts, so why not be honest?
I have come to the understanding that it’s much more difficult at times to deal with the unbelief as opposed to actually having the faith to trust and believe the promises He has for us! This is also one of Satan’s main objectives because the more he can keep us blinded and caught up in unbelief, the less effective we are for Christ and what He has called us to do. My prayer for all of is that our unbelief will give us an opportunity to recognize our lack of faith which will bring us to repentance and forgiveness that is only found in Jesus!
Thank you for Your word and the truth it possesses! As I continue to grow stronger in You help me to be reminded of the faith of that child’s father and strengthen my unbelief. Show me once again how to believe the promises you have just for me!
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