Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Refreshing Honesty

I went to the library to work on a couple of sermons and it was so stinking loud in there. Lots of kids for a reading program. So here I sit in Starbucks preparing the messages.

In a few weeks I will teach from a portion of Mark 9. As I was reading the back story leading up to the portion we will look at I came across the story of Jesus healing a boy possessed by and evil spirit.

Jesus and the boy's father have a brief discussion where the man asks Jesus to heal his son. He says to Jesus, "...But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us."

Jesus says, "If you can? Everything is possible for one who believes."

To which the man replies, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief."

I love this passage, because it resonates in me. Do I believe Jesus is who he claims to be? Do I believe that he conquered death? Do I believe that he offers me full life if I am willing to trust him? YES I do, but when it comes to the realities of day to day operation, I struggle with unbelief.

I look at people and tend to write them off, there is a sense of unbelief that God could change that person.

I look at a situation that seems hopeless, there is a sense that God is nowhere to be found, a sense of unbelief.

I look at the bills pouring in, I look at the income, I struggle with unbelief that it will add up.

On and on it goes.

I believe in the big things. I believe in Jesus, he has my heart, but I need his help to overcome my unbelief in the realities of the day to day grind.

If you are honest today, do you believe, but need help in overcoming your unbelief?

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