Help My Unbelief

Romans 12:2 NASB
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Mark 9:23-24 NASB
But Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible for the one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief!” Emphasis is mine. Gotquestions.org has a good overview on this particular Scripture, which can be viewed here.

Unbelief can take many forms. One form of unbelief might be where faith or trust in the shed blood of Jesus, the Christ, to pay the price that the wages of our sins require, where our actions, words and thoughts are judged by a Holy God, is rejected outright, as being not something that one has to contend with, because belief in God is rejected. No God, no accountability.

The rejection of us being accountable to God is not a difficult concept to grasp. A large segment of our society adheres to this concept today. That’s one form of unbelief.

But there is another more subtle form of unbelief, that can be equally damning, and that is where we, as Christians, allow ourselves to become conformed to this world and we do not allow our minds to be renewed in the pursuit of coming to seek, know and trust in, what the good, acceptable and perfect will of God is, for us. 

And sadly, this other form of unbelief is also rampant within our society, including some of us who profess to follow and serve Christ, our Saviour, and that is where the worlds thinking, the worlds fears, and the worlds uncertainties, become our own fears. And the manifestation of our double “focus” is demonstrated by that which we alternately focus on.

We see on one hand, Scripture verses being quoted, on how our faith and trust in God is our guiding source, but on the other hand we also see, just about every conceivable fear that one can imagine, being put forward as contrasting evidence that we are being mislead. And that’s not to say that there isn’t some valid evidence to support this supposition of being mislead, because there is, but according to God’s Holy Word, I don’t see any Scripture where we are instructed to focus our minds, hearts and energies on these possibilities that the world tells us “may” lay before us. What matters is not what some within this world may tell us, what matters is what God’s Holy Word tells us about God’s good, acceptable and perfect will for us. And one cannot read God’s Holy Word and not come to the conclusion that the world’s thinking and fears are not the same as God’s will for us, because the two are not one and the same. That is a reality. Jesus told us NOT to worry about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34). The “tomorrows” are the what if’s. 

One does not have to be a rocket scientist to know that the world is not doing well. But the fears of this world, according to God’s Holy Word, are not to be our fears. Jesus told us what things had to happen, but He also told us not to fear, because He had already overcome the world (John 16:33). Either you believe that or you don’t. You can’t fear what is happening in this world and trust God at the same time. And whether we realize it or not, the vast majority of our uncertainty or lack of faith, is rooted in fear. 

Fear of starving. Fear of losing what we have. Fear of being mistreated or killed. 

There is one Bible verse that always clarifies all things for me and it is Romans 14:7-8 NASB which reads: For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.”

When we allow ourselves to be tossed about by every conceivable fear that presents itself on the Internet, what message do we present to others? What we say we believe and what we show we fear, is NOT one and the same, if we are continually going back and forth between our “hope” and our “fears”. This is exactly how Satan tries to destroy our witness and he is quite successful at it, much to our shame. 

The disconnect that happens when our “faith” clashes with our “fears”, is our unbelief.
See it for what it is and stop adding to the problem, rather that demonstrating God’s solution. 

For your consideration.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

9 comments

  1. The fears of this world are not to be our fears. Amen, brother! There are times when I commit myself to God’s truth and the enemy whispers something like, “I’m coming to get you.” I usually say a prayer and then remind the enemy He’s gonna have to get past Jesus to get to me.

    The terrible, evil things that happen in our world can truly be disheartening. But giving in to despair is not the answer. This is still our Heavenly Father’s world.

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    • Amen, David. There are days when it can definitely be warfare. But our victory lies not in what we have done, but in what Jesus has already done. Death – where is thy sting! Blessings!

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