“I want to believe in God” is the name of this website and blog. I chose this name because it’s a very popular phrase that people often think. I have thought this to myself before. I think a lot of people in their lives and their search for life’s answers often think to themselves, “It would be nice to believe in God.” A very popular Google typed phrase is: “I want to believe in God but I can’t.” Most people who say this will tell you that their rational thinking or their mind keeps them from believing. Today I would like to focus on the mind and encourage you to “free your mind!” Jesus said: “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)
Sometimes very rarely at church I will come across a sermon that speaks so personally to me it’s as if God himself had come down and was behind the pulpit having a one on one conversation with me. When this happens the entire church is blocked out of my mind. It’s just myself and the pastor—or I should say the Holy Spirit’s voice—communicating. The last time this happened to me was when Jon Courson had come to our church as a guest speaker. Jon is one of those anointed speakers and he often goes off of no notes and will speak on a different matter even from 1st service to 2nd service. He told us this is what he was doing today and the Spirit had led him to talk to our specific group on the subject of unbelief. The thing I remember the most from that sermon is the quote: “Lord I believe, help my unbelief.”
This is the quote of a man who says this to Jesus in Mark chapter 9 of the Bible. The man has a demon possessed son and he has come to Jesus and his disciples in hopes that they will cast the demon out. First the disciples tried to cast out the evil spirit and they could not. After having no success with the disciples the man desperately turns to Jesus and says: “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:22-24)
Immediately after Jesus casts the spirit out and the boy is healed. I think we could all agree that the point the father was making by his statement is that he wants more faith and he was asking Jesus for help.
After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.” (Mark 9:28-29)
From this story we realize the power of prayer and we see that Jesus can help us but you have to first ask for help. If you are like this father today and feel that you need help to overcome your unbelief and you need a stronger, truer faith then please ask Jesus for help. He is right there just waiting for you to do so.
I think the statement “Lord I believe, help my unbelief” is very similar to saying “I want to believe in God but I can’t.” The difference is one is looking at the situation with the glass half full and asking Jesus for help, while the other statement is looking with the glass half empty and giving up. By saying you want to believe in God I would go a step further and say that a part of you already does. There’s an old song by the Christian artist Carman that says: “your desire is the confirmation the destination’s there.” Your desire to believe in God and your desire to have faith means that in your heart you already do. It is your mind that has not yet accepted it. You must free your mind from the lies the enemy has instilled in you.
“He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)
Here Jesus is talking about our biggest enemy—Satan. Evil does exist in this world and it is lead by Satan. He is a murderer and a liar and stands for nothing good. He wants nothing more than for you to suffer and to corrupt your mind into thinking it is impossible for God to exist. He is a deceiver and does not want you to know that he exists himself. The first question to ever appear in the Bible is when Satan disguised as a serpent asked Eve “has God said?” He has been influencing humans to question God from the very beginning. He will gladly rob you of your happiness and leave you with an unfulfilled life of misery that appears to have no purpose.
“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3)
There is meaning to life and you can have peace, joy and hope. You can have eternal life! God does exist and He loves you!
DO NOT LET YOURSELF BE ROBBED OF THIS!!
“Letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” (Romans 8:6)
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Phil 4:8)
Do not listen to Satan’s lies anymore. How can anyone see the stars or a beautiful sunset and say “there’s no God, that beautiful sunset is just a bunch of gases in the sky”? Knowing the science behind something does not explain its beauty and its creation—God does.
“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” (Romans 1:20)
If you want to believe in God then take a step of faith and say “Lord I believe, help my unbelief!” Cry this out to Jesus in prayer and believe that He will help you. Look at it with the glass half full today and with an expectance of God to fill up the rest because He will and it is His will to do so.
Jesus said: “If God were your Father, you would love me, because I have come to you from God. I am not here on my own, but He sent me. Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It’s because you can’t even hear me!” (John 8:42-42)
Free your mind today and welcome in peace. Listen to the advocate and not the adversary. Listen to Jesus and not Satan. Listen to God because He is there and waiting to listen to you.
“So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” (John 8:36)
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