5/30/16: Do You Believe Enough?

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I realize that hindsight is 20/20, but it still always amazes me how many contemporaries of Jesus saw with their own eyes what He could do, yet still didn’t fully believe. For example:

  • The man who was disappointed when the disciples couldn’t heal his demon-possessed son, turned to Jesus and said, “…if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” And when countered by Jesus’ “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes,” the man came back with the tearful confession “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:22-24 (NKJ). He did not believe enough.
  • When Jesus was talking with Martha after her brother Lazarus had died, He plainly told her, “Your brother will rise again.” When she proclaimed her belief in the fact that he’d rise again “in the resurrection at the last day,” Jesus again spoke plainly and identified who He really was. He said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:23, 25-26). Martha replied that she believed He was the Christ. She did not believe He was the resurrection and the life that her brother needed. She did not believe enough.
  • Even after the Jesus’ resurrection, just before His pronouncement of The Great Commission, Matthew records the scene when “the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted” Matthew 28:16-17 (NKJ). They did not believe enough.

Jesus, the One who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, can heal us, raise us, and send us forth with power. Unlike those living in Jesus’ day, we have the privilege of looking back on the Bible’s accounts, and on over 2,000 years of the testimonies of the saints. Hebrews 12:1 tells us that we are “surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses” and since that’s true, we ought to “lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

Running that race demands that we believe all that God is, that we believe all that Jesus opened for us, and that we believe all that the power of the Holy Spirit can accomplish in and through us. Start today and believe enough.

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2 Responses to “5/30/16: Do You Believe Enough?”

  1. The question, Do we have faith enough? I would propose is framed incorrectly. Ephesians 2: 8; “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves , it is the gift of God-not by works so that no one can boast.”To me, this means that everyone starts with a gift of faith-yes, a mustard seed sized faith; however, it comes to us from God as a free totally undeserved gift.

    As we (Christians) move on our journey from justification-being made right with God to becoming Holy as God is Holy through the procedure of sanctification our faith grows and matures. Over time we are able to reach out to more and more people with God’s Word and point them to a deep intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Then and only then can we be delivered from afflictions and adversity through the person of Jesus Christ. As our relationship with Jesus Christ develops, we become one with the Father and God’s gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit binds us together as Children of God.

  2. I am so blessed to be a close relative of a close relative of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. I relate as part of my testimony the last few years of our Dad’s life he spent as an Alzheimer’s victim. When my late Wife & I would bring the kids to visit him & my Mom, he would greet them all lovingly & call them by name. Then he would lean close to my Mom & point to me, his unsaved first born, and ask, “Whose that?” Of course I was hurt, but little did I know then that because I “wasn’t” saved, he, a very righteous earthly father, could not recognize me, his first born son. I’m beginning to see the world as my Dad saw the world, through the eyes of faith & thrust in our High Priest, Christ Jesus, who intercedes for us at the right hand of Almighty God! Hallelujah! Amen!

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