Do You Believe?
14 And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.
15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him.
16 And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?
17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;
18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
In this story a man brings his son who is mute and suffers from seizes to be made free from the condition he has had for many years.
It seems very easy to say that one believes the word of God, but do you really believe?
The father who came to Jesus for his son to be free for years watched and lived with his son suffering in this condition. Have you ever been in a situation for a long time that you hoped for change; however, it seems like things just wont change? This man watched his son in this condition, and I can imagine him hoping, praying, and waiting for his son to be delivered.
He heard that Jesus was near by, and I am sure that he thought to himself: if I can just reach Jesus, I know that he can help my son. Have you ever felt like that? If I could just get to church, things will change? If I could just talk to someone about how I'm felling, they will give me the direction I need to feel better and steps to take next.
However, in this story when the man goes to ask Jesus to heal his son, the conversation went a lot different than expected. Jesus said in verse 23, "If you can believe all things are possible to him that believes." Wow! Then the man responds, "I believe, help my unbelief." Whoa!
What is it that you need God to do in your life? Do you really Believe?
Believe- to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so:
Do you have confidence that what God has promised you whether in the Bible, in your prayer time, or through prophesy will come to pass? Even when it does not look in the natural that it is possible at all, do you really Believe?
The man answer is astounding. Remember for years he has been desiring for his son to be healed, and also, he is the one who sought out Jesus for what he was asking. It does not seem plausible for him to be in this situation and have done the things he has for there to be any unbelief. However, Jesus knows where we stand. The man's honest response it powerful: "Lord, I believe help my unbelief."
The man said God I believe, but the areas in my heart and mind where there is any unbelief, Lord help me. Have you ever prayed that prayer?
The enemy fights our faith in God. He plants doubt, worry, fear, and stress in our hearts for things that when God addresses we should no longer ponder. Therefore, we need God to help us in the areas in which we are weak. We need for him to help us Believe despite all odds against us. It may not be in the time that we desire, through the person we desire, or the way we desire, but God's word is true. Choose to Believe today, and desire to believe so much that you ask God to help any areas where there is a lack of faith.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;