Help My Unbelief

The deeper I dive into the fruits of the spirit, the harder it gets to write. I am pretty sure that is no coincidence. Paul started with the all encompassing fruits and narrowed down to the root of our salvation.
Today we land at faithfulness. This is one of those churchy words that we seem to see all the time. In hymns, Sunday school, holidays..etc.
The reason we see it so much is because its that important.

But what is it?

The greek word for faith is Pistes which translates as assurance of belief, faith, trust, value, proof

I only know of one person in the Bible who exhibited the fullness of Faith. Jesus. He taught multiple lessons on faith throughout His time here on earth. One story that always shakes me to my core is mentioned in Matthew 17:14-21, Mark 9:14-28, and Luke 9:37-42.

I’m going to jump between the three so I pray you can follow me.

One thing I want to mention about studying the Bible is the importance of translation. All the different versions translate from greek to English (NT) and Hebrew to English (OT). With the above translation of “faith” you can see how we have multiple versions. Like our bibles have different versions, the disciples have different ways they describe this lesson they learned.

None are wrong, and all encompass the same lesson.

I don’t own multiple versions of the Bible, Get you the Bible app and you can swap between versions whenever you need to! When I prayed over this topic I knew there was a story about a man who said “help me with my unbelief”, and I knew there was a time Jesus said “this can only be done by prayer and fasting”

As I searched the Bible app for these phrases I realized it was a version problem and I swapped to the new King James Version and found them both..and they were same story..haha. Thank you Lord.

I say all that to help you see how I study. I say it so you can study it yourself. I wish I could say that I can spout off books and verses off the top of my head, but I can’t. We have the technology so USE IT!

Don’t believe what I say. You have to go dig in and read yourself. I’m just a vessel here, following FAITHFULLY a calling God gave me 😉

Let’s get to it!

We start off with a boy with an unclean spirit. He was mute, would fall out and foam at the mouth.
The disciples had tried to cast out the demon and could not. So here this poor dad is begging Jesus to help his son. (Mark 9)
Mark 9:23-24 And Jesus said to him, ‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes. 24. Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe, help my unbelief”

    Help my unbelief

This is the basics of faithfulness. We can’t do it alone. We need help. Praise the Lord Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit our Helper to see us through our unbelief (John 14:26). Let’s ask for help now.

Dear Lord,
Help me with my unbelief. Help me in the small things and the big Lord. I believe because I have accepted you into my heart, but my flesh evades me. It makes me doubt. The enemy uses this against me and I pray now and every day you will help me die to that fleshly desire and remain faithful in my walk with you. Amen.

The next part I want to point out is where the disciples asked “Why could we not cast it out” (Matthew 17:19b)

We see first a common person who struggles and admits he needs help and then we have the disciples on the other side who feel like failures.

Jesus’s response…well lets just read it..

Mark 9:29(NKJV) “and he said to them, ‘This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and FASTING.’

Matthew 17:20-21(NKJV) “So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard see, you will say to the this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.

Luke did not mention this part-probably cause he was a physician and doctors don’t want to admit failure….I am only kidding here 😉

Prayer and fasting

    How do you handle the real hard stuff? Prayer and fasting. Fasting is a tool I have learned over the last few years and I can’t even begin to mention all the beautiful responses I have had from true prayer and fasting. In my disciple group I teach how to start off with small things like, sugar, social media, caffeine..etc.
    You choose a time frame and you refrain from the substance. When your body craves it, you pray. Once we have done this a couple of times; we move on to fasting from food.

    Ya’ll.

    This is tough, but it truly opens your heart and mind to what God is wanting to tell you. If you are at an impasse with a decision, your marriage is struggling, your job is terrible, illness, debt, infertility then this can only be hashed out with prayer and fasting. These disciples got a hard demon to cast out and their unbelief in the power they had from Jesus, failed them.

    Stop looking at your circumstance as punishment and fall on your knees. Sacrifice food to pull you even lower so that you must depend on his spirit to satisfy the physical hunger. The physical hunger will humble you and He will deliver you. Start small and watch your faith grow daily. Be faithful in the process and He will be faithful in His deliverance.

    Dear Lord,
    We live in a society that loves to boast. We boast about our skin care products, our hair tools, our favorite cheese dip, bean dip, recipe, our children and all the things. Lord I pray today we stop and dive into what we should be boasting about; you and your faithfulness. I pray our faith would be strengthened daily by reading your word and boasting about it on Facebook, instagrams, twitter, at work, at church and everywhere. I pray we would move mountains with our faith. We read in romans 8:1 that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus and I pray we cling to that promise. You are faithful and I pray you would help us all in our unbelief through prayer and fasting. You are our redeemer and friend. Thank you for answering all of my prayers. Thank you for telling me no when I needed it.
    In Jesus name
    Amen.

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