BCL Grow: "Help My Unbelief!" — Mark 9:23-24
Mark 9:23-24 (Faith)
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 9:23-24
“Doubt wars against our faith. Just as we must strive to subdue our flesh, so we must strive to banish doubt lest it damage our faith, for as Gouge concluded, faith and doubt ‘stand together as two implacable and irreconcilable enemies. The combat must cost one of their lives.’” — Joel R. Beeke, Knowing and Growing in Assurance of Faith, p. 181-82.
Steps to Take
1. Reflect: At some point in time we all may doubt our faith. What causes us to doubt? What can we do about it?
2. Remember: Even David doubted—we can sense it clearly in Psalm 42. Our flesh is weak at times. Satan may assail us. Our struggle against our own sins may lead us to doubt our faith. Yet God calls us to continue in faith, to trust him, and to believe his promise that he will never leave nor forsake us (Deut. 31:6; Heb. 13:5). He has given us the means of grace (the preaching of his word, the sacraments of the Lord’s Supper and baptism, and prayer) to build us up and nourish our faith. And we have each other, the body of Christ, his church, to share our burdens and encourage us. Finally, it is God who helps us—by his word and Spirit he helps our unbelief—he hears our prayers and he answers them.
3. Respond: Do not neglect the means God uses to give us his grace and to strengthen your faith. Be in worship among God’s people. Continue in prayer. Hesitate to react to feelings, and instead, immerse yourself in God’s promises and believe him. Lay aside every weight and sin, and run the race with endurance looking to Christ Jesus, the founder and perfecter of your faith (Heb. 12:1-2).
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