Devotional

Let me tell you a story

And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
Mark 9:22‭-‬24 ESV

A man brought his boy to Jesus to deliver him from demon possession. Jesus asked the father how long his son had been like this. The father replied that he had been afflicted since childhood. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

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“‘If you can?’ said Jesus. ‘Everything is possible for one who believes.’ Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’ ” (Mark 9:22 – 24).

Right now, Jesus invites you to believe — to believe in him and to believe the truths taught in the pages of Scripture that guide our lives daily and into eternity. Be honest like the man who spoke with Jesus and tell Jesus about your doubts and invite him to help you with your unbelief. He will. He doesn’t want you to believe these truths are the right answer. He wants you to take them in your heart where they will affect how you will live.

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Here is the promise: what you once thought was impossible will now be possible. The more you believe, the more you see and discover the power of God. The more you believe, the more he changes you from the inside out to become the kind of person you have only dreamed about — filled with love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These virtues are displayed in your life like fruit on a tree for others to taste and enjoy.

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When we think and act like Jesus, empowered by his presence within us, little by little we become like Jesus. This is not only the most truthful and abundant way to live, but it is truly the best gift we can give to our family and others God places sovereignly into our lives.

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So, spiritual disciples, BELIEVE.

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Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Psalm 34:8 ESV

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