In Mark chapter nine there is an interesting passage about a man who brings his demon possessed son to Jesus for healing. He had previously taken him to the Disciples but they were unable to help (v18).
In verse 22 the man says to Jesus, “…But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” To this Jesus responds, “Everything is possible for him who believes” (v23).
I really love the fathers honest answer. He says, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief”. You can almost hear him saying, “I believe, but I am, well, umh, not really sure if You will heal him. After all I took him to the Disciples and they couldn’t help”.
The father’s faith was far from perfect, but he still asked Jesus for help. His faith was still mixed with unbelief, to which he asked Jesus to help him with that too.
I find this a good thing to ask Jesus for – helping us in our unbelief. All of us have times when we are 100% rock solid in our faith and belief that Jesus can do anything. However, at times and through life’s circumstances we sometimes lose sight of this.
In these times we need to hold firm and ask Jesus for what we need and also ask Him to help us in our unbelief. I know from experience that when I waiver or I am fearful that this type of prayer really helps. It is not long before my faith is 100% rock solid again.
If you are trusting Jesus for help in your current situation at the moment, why not tell Jesus that you believe and ask for help with your unbelief too.
This morning my wife and I were reading Psalm 24 together. It is a great passage of Scripture. Many people would have heard Psalm 23 – the Lord is my Shepherd passage. It is common at funerals and when people are going through hard times.
Today we read both Psalm 23 and Psalm 24 together. It was a great reminder that not only is the Lord God our shepherd who is with us in hard times, but He is the one who created all things, owns all things, rules all things and we can experience His presence with us.
Here are both passages. Please enjoy them together…
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters. Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob. Selah Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty– he is the King of glory.
I read a great quote from Rheinhard Bonnke on Facebook recently. It said, “For the born-again Christian, death is not a full stop at the end of the last chapter. It is only a comma after the first paragraph”.
This has been rolling around inside me for the last few days. I really believe that if we can get our heads around the fact, that we will spend way more time in eternity than we will living this life, then our lives will be irrevocably changed for the good.
Today’s Bible verse of the day on BibleGateway.com echoes these thoughts. It comes from John 11:25 and says, “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;”
Faith in Jesus Christ gives us so much. It gives us abundant life now (John 10:10) and it gives us eternal life (John 3:16) when our “first chapter” is finished.
Let’s walk in abundant life today and look forward with hope to the eternal life that awaits all who trust Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Amen!
In Mark 1:16-20 we see Jesus calls the first disciples or followers. It was when He was about to start His public ministry. As I read through this passage, I found three interesting points that are worth reflecting on.
1. They were ordinary people
We see from the passage above that the first followers of Jesus were fisherman. They were not pious or religious scholars or known to all of the chief priests. They were just ordinary men trying to make a living. They were labourers who knew how to work hard.
2. They answered straight away
The men knew straight away this was a compelling call and they had to follow. They didn’t have a big prayer session, they didn’t discuss it, or they didn’t phone a friend like on Millionaire! They just dropped their nets and followed. There was no hesitation.
3. They didn’t look back
The men were totally committed to Jesus and followed Him day and night for three and a half years. They didn’t ask to go and tie up the boat or sell the business. As a result they saw many of the things Jesus did and put some of it into practice themselves. It was the ultimate apprenticeship!
One of the great things I love about Jesus is that He calls ordinary people to partner in His work. Let’s purpose to be like the disciples when Jesus called. Let’s answer straight away and not look back.
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Whenever I read 2 Peter 3:10-11 it always gives me a powerful reminder of three things. It says…
““But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives”
It reminds me that at any time Jesus could come back. It reminds me that this world has a use by date. It reminds me that I need to live right as I wait for His triumphant return.
I think it is worth reflecting on these three powerful truths from this passage today.