Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, March 15, 2015

When Questions Become Answers: Part 3

Do you have moments of doubt about God? Where do you place your focus when times are good, when times are bad—life’s situations or God’s love and grace? Do you struggle with faith in Almighty God? So did a father who brought his demon-possessed son to Jesus. 

For years, the father watched his son thrash about and suffer injury due to an unclean spirit that inhabited him. Hearing about the words and works of Jesus, he went looking for a miracle. A great commotion arose when Jesus’ disciples could not help the man and his son.

Seeing the disturbance, Jesus asked what was going on. The man answered Jesus, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit.” And he proceeded to explain his son’s episodes, telling Jesus that His disciples couldn’t help him.

Jesus said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.”

After describing in depth the misery of his son to Jesus, the father said, “If you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”

Jesus answered, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

And the father cried out with the most amazing words, “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief!” (Mark 9 MEV)

Put another way, he might have said, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!”  (MSG)

Doubts? Yes, we all struggle with them, even as we try to believe. But why? Why doubt the Sovereign Lord? 

Let’s review the truth while working on faith. The Almighty God created us for relationship (Genesis 3:8, Colossians 1:16). When the relationship was crippled due to human sin, God established a plan to restore the bond (Genesis 3:15). He planned the sacrifice of His only Son where on a horrible cross the Lord’s righteousness was exchanged for our sinfulness. Jesus died to save us from our own destructions and made a way for us to enjoy life on earth and life in heaven through a repaired relationship to God (Amos 9:11, Zephaniah 3:9, John 3:16-17, 2 Corinthians 13:11)). He now sits at the right hand of Father God interceding for us and offering His Holy Spirit to daily strengthen us in His peace (Romans 8:26-27, 8:34, 15:13).

Are you still struggling with doubts? Meditate on the Word of God and ask yourself if you are focused on Jesus who is the Way, Truth, and Life or focused on your way, your truth, and your life. Be intentional with your belief (2 Thessalonians 2:13). Be trusting of Him who guards your heart and mind (Philippians 4:7). Be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10).

Do not withhold Your compassion from me, O Lord; may Your lovingkindness and Your truth always guard me.  Psalm 40:11 (MEV)

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.  Psalm 118:8 (MEV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding; 
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.  Psalm 3:5-6 (MEV)

Stay tuned for more truth........

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