If You Can Believe

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

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

 What is belief?  Is belief the same as faith?  This is important to Christians because we know that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). 

I’ve found myself worrying about this.  But the funny thing is that the only way it is possible to worry about lacking faith is by having faith.  So to reassure some of you, if you’ve worried about this verse before you don’t have to worry.

“Lord I believe, help my unbelief.”

Cognitive Dissonance: the discomfort experienced when simultaneously holding two or more conflicting cognitions: ideas, beliefs, values or emotional reactions.

I recently met with a psychologist and one thing he told me is that we are all full of contradictions.   It’s like saying we are constantly trying to make up our mind but unintentionally cannot.  Another way of putting it is we are all trying to find ourselves.

In the process of looking for ourselves I think we often look for God.  But in looking for God we have made the first mistake.  The popular saying when you lose something is, “It’s always in the last place you look.”  I’ve traveled the country looking for God.  I’ve traveled the country looking for faith so I could please Him.  I’ve complicated things.

In looking for faith, I already have faith.  In wanting to believe, I already believe.  God is not found externally.  He does not exist more in one church than He does in another.  He does not exist in one country more than He does in another.  He does not exist light years away in space more than He does here on earth.  He does not exist more in heaven than He does in hell.

Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” –Luke 17:20-21

It’s always in the last place you look.  I think the secret is to stop looking.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.

There is no escaping, and there is no need to look.  He is everywhere.

Colossians 1:15 says, He is the image of the invisible God.

Who is He, and where do we find Him? It is a mystery which has been made known.  He is:

Christ in you, the hope of glory.

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One thought on “If You Can Believe

  1. Karl D Rhoads

    “So Paul, standing in the middle of the Are-op’agus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, `To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all men life and breath and everything. And he made from one every nation of men to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their habitation, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after him and find him. Yet he is not far from each one of us…” –Acts 17:22-27 (RSV)

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