Getting Rid of Unbelief
Duane Vander Klok
Jesus said, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23 NKJV
When you are going through something difficult in your life, it can be easy to think, “If only I had more faith, everything would be fine.” Perhaps you actually have faith, but need to deal with the issue of unbelief.
Yes, it is possible to have faith and unbelief at the same time. That was the condition of the man you can read about in chapter 9 of Mark. His son had a mute spirit that had caused him to have seizures ever since he was a child. When the father asked Jesus to have compassion on them and heal his son, Jesus said, “If you can believe, all things are possible to those who believe.”
The father didn’t hesitate. We are told that he immediately replied, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” At that response, Jesus commanded the spirit to come out and return no more. The son was healed!
The disciples had previously tried to heal the son and had failed. Jesus said that it was because of their unbelief. They had faith, but they also had unbelief. It is a human condition that can be remedied by a lifestyle of prayer and fasting.
Be encouraged today to have a heart like the father in this account. Be willing to admit when your faith is mixed with unbelief, and ask Jesus for His mercy and compassion. When you have a humble heart, you can go “boldly to the throne of grace, and obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Truly, all things are possible because God is faithful to keep His promises.