“I Do Believe; Help Me Overcome My Unbelief!” ( Mark 9: 24, NIV ) by Carley Evans

Saturday, December 25, 2010 at 7:22pm

Jesus’ disciples are unable to heal a boy “who is possessed by a spirit that robs him of speech,” throwing him on the ground, rigid and foaming at the mouth. (Mark 9:17) Jesus is perturbed at His disciples and at the present “unbelieving generation.” (Mark 9:19) He says, “How long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you?” (Mark 9:19)


The boy’s father says to Jesus, “But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” (Mark 9:22)


Jesus repeats the man’s words, ” ‘If you can’? ” Then tells him, “Everything is possible for him who believes.” (Mark 9:23)


The boy’s father does not hesitate, but exclaims, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”


Jesus immediately commands the “deaf and mute spirit” to come out of the boy; it does. (Mark 9:25)


Look to Jesus for help, help even with your unbelief, your doubts, fears, worries. For “everything is possible” with God. Jesus says it Himself. There is no question Jesus can do something, can help. He is able to help the man overcome disbelief. He is able to drive out our doubt. We need only ask.

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