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Faith
Anonymous - June 6, 2015
Devotional

Faith Mark 9:23-24 - "Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!" Faith itself is a gift from God. Sometimes I think that so much is dependent upon me to have enough faith in God, in His Word, and in His promises. I try to believe and I try to have faith when praying and when asking God to intervene, to fulfill a promise, to work in my life, etc, but sometimes I find that in myself I just can't find the faith. I struggle with really believing. I want to have the faith to ask God to do great and awesome things in and through me but I find myself doubting even in the smaller simpler things. James 1:6-8 speaks about a lack of faith: "But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways." I don't want to be that man who but in myself I just can't find enough faith at times. I've been thinking on this verse in Mark 9 and of the statement the man makes when he says, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!" It seems he had the same struggle. He did believe and he did have a small amount of faith but he seemed to recognize that he still had some doubt as well. He wanted to believe but couldn't in himself either. So he asks the Author and finisher of our faith to "help his unbelief" and to give him more faith. I'm realizing more and more that God is the giver of faith and that I can ask freely for more of it when I am doubting. "As God has dealt to each one a measure of faith", says Romans 12:3. He gives us the faith we need when we don't have it in ourselves. Now when I pray, I try to really think about what I am asking and praying for and I ask myself, "Do I really believe God will answer this?" I am being more honest with myself and confessing my lack of faith to God. He's not disappointed, He knows I am human and is waiting for me to seek Him for it. And God gives to all liberally. 1 John 5:14-15 "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him." In those times that I don't have enough faith I simply ask God to help my unbelief and trust Him and His Word that is unfailing and unchanging. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He always hears and He always answers even in my lack of faith at times. Remember God can handle your doubt! Just be honest with Him and pray as that man did in Mark 9 did, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!"; give God a chance to work in spite of your shortcomings or insufficiencies. Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions.