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What Does It Mean to Believe God? (Y1.T2.D7)

Updated: Feb 16


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This isn't a question I ever asked myself until I read Beth Moore's book Praying God's Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds. Consider what she wrote in Chapter 2 of her book :


I sensed the Holy Spirit speaking to my heart, "Beth, I want you to believe Me." I was appalled. "Lord," I answered, "Of course I believe in You. I’ve believed in You all my life." I felt He responded very clearly. Adamantly. "I didn’t ask you to believe in Me. I asked you to believe Me."


I sat very puzzled for several moments until I was certain the Holy Spirit had faithfully shed light on my pitifully small faith. I sensed Him saying, "My child, you believe Me for so little. Don’t be so safe in the things you pray. Who are you trying to keep from looking foolish? Me or you?"

Before you read the verses today, take a deep breath and imagine you are not reading a book, but a beautiful message from the most trusted friend you have in this world.


To echo Beth's last paragraph—since you won't be reading the verses in her book but those in this blog—imagine for a moment what life would be like if we believed everything God promised us in his Word with the same confidence as we do the law of gravity.


Stop for a moment. Bring to mind the most pressing need you have in your life right now.


Now, run that request to Jesus with the same urgency as the father in our story today. If you are struggling to believe he will make possible the impossible, then during your prayer, say to your loving Father, "I believe. Help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)


He wants to bless us, to take care of unimaginable heartaches. Will you give him yours?


I Believe Him


37 On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great multitude met him. (Luke 9:37)

Matthew 17:14a, Mark 9:14a


14b and scribes questioning them. 15 Immediately all the multitude, when they saw him, were greatly amazed, and running to him, greeted him. 16 He asked the scribes, “What are you asking them?” (Mark 9:14b–16)

Matthew 17:14b–17, Mark 9:17–19, Luke 9:38–41

Mark 9:20, Luke 9:42a


20 They brought him to him, and when he saw him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground, wallowing and foaming at the mouth.


21 He asked his father, “How long has it been since this has come to him?”


He said, “From childhood. 22 Often it has cast him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.”


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


24 Immediately the father of the child cried out with tears, “I believe. Help my unbelief!”


25a When Jesus saw that a multitude came running together, (Mark 9:21–25a)

Matthew 17:18a, Mark 9:25b, Luke 9:42b


25c saying to him, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again!”


26a After crying out and convulsing him greatly, (Mark 9:25c–26a)

Matthew 17:18b, Mark 9:26b


26c The boy became like one dead, so much that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and raised him up; and he arose. (Mark 9:26b–27)

Matthew 17:18c, Luke 9:42c

43a They were all astonished at the majesty of God. (Luke 9:43a)

Matthew 17:19, Mark 9:28

20 He said to them, “Because of your unbelief. For most certainly I tell you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. (Matthew 17:20)

Matthew 17:21, Mark 9:29


30 They went out from there, and passed through Galilee. He didn’t want anyone to know it. (Mark 9:30)

Matthew 17:22, Mark 9:31a, Luke 9:43b–44

Matthew 17:23a, Mark 9:31b

23b They were exceedingly sorry. (Matthew 17:23b)


Mark 9:31b–32, Luke 9:45


24 When they had come to Capernaum, those who collected the didrachma coins came to Peter, and said, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the didrachma?” 25 He said, “Yes.”


When he came into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth receive toll or tribute? From their children, or from strangers?”


26 Peter said to him, “From strangers.”


Jesus said to him, “Therefore the children are exempt. 27 But, lest we cause them to stumble, go to the sea, cast a hook, and take up the first fish that comes up. When you have opened its mouth, you will find a stater coin. Take that, and give it to them for me and you.” (Matthew 17:24–27)

Meditation Moment


Dear God,


I come ready to believe you have great and miraculous work to do through me (John 14:12). You promised no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no human mind has conceived the wonderful things you have prepared for those who love You (1 Corinthians 2:9). You promised to strengthen and uphold me with Your righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10). Clear my mind of all misinterpretations of your word. I trust the Holy Spirit to teach me everything I need to know (John 14:26).


Amen.


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