Rev. E. Anderson
Help My Unbelief!
by Jon Walker
“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24 (NIV)
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Recently, I’ve been thinking my life verse should be Mark 9:24: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
I do believe, yet I have so much unbelief in my life. I walk in faith, yet my faith is often more in the things I see than the things I don’t see. I follow God, yet I repeatedly find myself stumbling down the path of my own choosing.
I believe; God, help me overcome my unbelief –
• I believe; help me live like I believe.
• I believe; help me choose like I believe.
• I believe, help me trust like I believe.
Help me to live like I really believe you are trustworthy. Help me to abandon my mythology of like I believe in you, where I believe I am more trustworthy than you, and so I live like I believe in myself instead of like I believe in you.
“I do believe, but help me not to doubt!” (Mark 9:24 NLT).
What does this mean?
• “Help my unbelief” – You cannot work yourself up to greater belief; instead, your belief deepens as you deepen your fellowship with God. Tell him, “I believe; help me overcome my unbelief.”
• Believe God, not yourself – As you face decisions today, ask yourself, “Is this decision based on my belief in God or my belief in myself?” Keep confessing, “Lord, I believe; help me overcome my unbelief.”
• Focus on knowing God – Knowing God is more important than knowing the details. Oswald Chambers says, “Living a life of faith means never knowing where you are being led. But it does mean loving and knowing the One who is leading. It is literally a life of faith, not of understanding and reason – a life of knowing him who calls us to go.”