2024 Abide Fast Daily Devotionals

January 23 | Learning to Walk by Faith, Pt 2

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24 

Here is another question to consider: What is “walking by sight”? (See 2 Corinthians 5:7). It’s living your life based on how things look to the natural eye. It’s deciding and acting according to your perceptions and circumstances rather than God’s Word. It’s being dictated to by your feelings and thoughts. Your thoughts and feelings are yours. Examine them but don’t let them hijack you. Use your spirit-controlled temperament to bring your emotions under control. Too often, we are sandwiched between faith and doubt in a “catch-22” between what our transformed spirit says and what our carnal mind says. 

One day a distraught father brought his son to Jesus for healing. Jesus told him, “Everything is possible for one who believes” (Mark 9:23). At that point the boy’s father said, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” At times we experience both faith and doubt. This man was honest about his doubts, yet Jesus still worked a miracle for him. If he had needed correction, Jesus would have corrected him. If his faith was not genuine, the Lord would have known it. But Jesus accepted his declaration of faith, despite his doubts. 

There are three lessons here for us:

  • Don’t be afraid to acknowledge your doubts.
  • Don’t let your doubts overrule your faith. God’s Word in the matter is God’s will for you. Stand on it. 
  • Hand your doubts over to the Lord and say, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” 

Consider: The power of faith is very real. Many people say, “I believe God”, but if you find your faith lacking, ask Him to grow it in you as you repent of unbelief. 

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