Simply Believe! (November 2, 2023)
“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)
Unfortunately, our Christian faith can fluctuate with the changing circumstances of our lives. We are flawed like all human beings, and our trust in God often ebbs or flows depending upon whether or not we’re experiencing happy times or life’s trials. Satan constantly attempts to deceive us, draw us astray in our walk by faith with God, and bring about our ultimate downfall and defeat. However, we must remember that He who is in us—Jesus Christ living in our hearts through the Holy Spirit—“is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4) Simply believe!
When doubt and fear cloud our well-placed trust in Christ, we can allay our apprehension and anxiety by focusing on our unchanging and ever-faithful LORD rather than dwelling on our shifting circumstances. We must recall God’s past faithfulness to deliver us from our woes according to His will and perfect timing. As difficult as they are to endure, we should never forget that our hardships offer unique opportunities for spiritual growth and strengthened faith. Remember too that God often uses adversity to test our faith and shape us into the image of Christ. Simply believe!!
In seasons of skepticism and instances of unbelief, we, as children of a God of goodness and grace, can know by faith that our heavenly Father is unwavering in His love and true to His promises to bless our obedience and walk with us through life’s storms. Ponder Jesus’ words to the concerned father before casting out the evil spirits that had long tormented his son, a miracle Christ’s disciples had lacked the faith to do. “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’” (Mark 9:23) Simply believe!!!