I love this quote from a dad who was asking Jesus to heal his son. Jesus says to the dad that all things are possible to him who believes. The dad’s reply sounds like something I’d say, “I do believe; help my unbelief!”
For me, believing is often easier said than done. I can talk all day about believing God, trusting in God, having faith, etc, but when the rubber hits the road, sometimes I struggle with the believing thing. Of course I want to believe, so the desire is solid. But the actual believing is often where I fall short. When I think about why I struggle with believing, it’s mostly because of either past experiences or my brain goes into skeptical mode. So I deeply appreciate this dad’s honest words with Jesus, “Help my unbelief”. Like me, he’s saying that he wants to believe, but it’s a hurdle and he needs help to overcome this hurdle.
Here are some pointers for overcoming unbelief:
be truthful: hiding or cloaking unbelief is counterproductive, but bringing our weaknesses to Jesus is where strength starts
ask for Help! Since the Holy Spirit is our Helper, seems like a good idea to give the Helper access to the places of unbelief with which we struggle.
Jude 20 says that we build up our faith when we pray in the Spirit #selah
let’s remember that faith works by love, so the absence of love could be the catalyst for our unbelief #selah
Let’s decide that there is no unbelief in our lives that cannot be transformed into a place of strong faith!
I prefer open doors rather than closed doors, but it seems to me that God leads us not only with open doors, but also with doors that are shut airtight. Sometimes it bugs me when a door is closed to me & I can take it as personal rejection, which is always tough. But if I choose to see a closed door as part of God’s guidance, then it doesn’t seem to hurt as much & doesn’t feel quite so personal. It also helps me to remember that the Apostle Paul had his fair share of closed doors, many of which he was locked behind as a prisoner!
Let’s consider that God has the right doors to open for us & we can trust that God is working all things together for our good as we stay in love with God & stay true to the divine purposes in our lives!
Ever struggle to remember stuff? All of us can likely recall something important we’ve forgotten: maybe you’ve forgotten to collect a kid from school or you missed an important appointment. One of the symptoms of having a concussion is some shortfalls with memory. This is a polite way to say that I keep forgetting stuff since getting a concussion recently from a snowboarding accident. Thankfully, people are generally understanding, but it’s definitely frustrating to me. But alas, there are also some advantages to being forgetful. Consider some of the things below:
God helped Joseph forget the troubles from the past – Gen 41:51
We have permission to forget the things behind us & press forward – Phil 3:13
The Holy Spirit helps us to remember what Jesus says (John 14:26) & I’m praying that the Holy Spirit helps me remember lots more as well!
Next time I decide to write a blog about waiting, I’ll certainly take a few minutes to reconsider. Yesterday morning, I wrote this lovely blog about the benefits of waiting. Little did I know that I’d be waiting for three hours for a delayed flight. Yesterday, I was forced to live in the “benefits” about which I wrote – easier said than done.
Sometimes we have “go seasons” where the waiting is over. These seasons can also be tricky to navigate for various reasons:
we’ve adjusted to “waiting” so “going” kind of upsets the applecart,
going can mean shifting into something unknown & for some folk that’s scary,
going requires more energy than waiting
Let’s be careful that we don’t use the idea of waiting as an excuse for procrastinating. Let’s be careful that we don’t let fear keep us stalled in a waiting mode. Let’s be careful that we don’t use waiting as a justification for being disobedient to something God has told us to do.
There are waiting seasons & there are going seasons. The key thing is to stay in step with the Holy Spirit in every moment!
I’m writing this in Indiana, as I’m waiting for a driver to take me to the airport. I was waiting earlier for an interview & when I get to the airport, I’ll wait some more to get on the airplane. Seems to me that we often spend time waiting for various things – stop lights, job interviews, school acceptance, for the right mate, direction from God & heaps more.
Sometimes it’s easy to get impatient in the waiting times. So here are some benefits to help you while you wait:
Waiting gives us the space to catch our breath & collect our thoughts
Waiting can be the prep time we need for the next season of busyness, activities & responsibilities
In Isaiah, it says that when we wait upon the Lord, He renews our strength & we all need supernatural strength
I grew up on a canal & we had various wildlife including snakes, which are no bueno for me. So this morning when I read in Acts 27 about Paul getting bit by a snake, I recoiled. The people who saw the snake fasten onto Paul decided that he was just getting justice for some evil he did & he merely shook off the snake & went about his business. He didn’t swell up & die, as the observers had expected but rather he went into the town & prayed for someone’s dad who was healed.
Despite being misunderstood & wrongly judged, going through a cataclysmic storm, surviving shipwreck & being bit by a snake, Paul just kept going.
There are always plenty of reasons to curl up in a corner & quit, but let’s be more like Paul, shake the snake & go pray for someone to get healed 🙂
Do you ever feel like you’re out of synch with the people around you? This is an uncomfortable feeling, but it’s also possible that the people around you need you to be out of synch.
I say this because of reading about Paul in a massive storm in Acts 27. When everyone had virtually given up hope of surviving the storm, Paul offered everyone hope. When everyone hadn’t eaten for like 14 days, Paul broke bread & told them to eat. When everyone couldn’t see past the immediate circumstances, Paul told them they’d survive & make it safely to land.
Maybe we should think about staying out of step rather than conforming to everyone around us. In my thinking, the best way to do this is to stay in step with the Holy Spirit, Gal 5:14 🙂