Their experience was so wonderful that Peter desired to remain on the mountain. One of the twelve disciples was not present at the time. But we talked last week about how our problems begin to be solved the moment we do as Jesus said, and bring them to Him. Let’s not allow let those times of doubt keep us from coming to Jesus. . After all, they had cast demons out before. I believe. That’s when we’re told in verse 24, “Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” That’s when we realize that . Why should that be any different?”. We're the "church on the hill. Said Jesus. But why was this happening? His father—and perhaps some of the disciples—had to bring the boy to Jesus. Lord, I believe; help my unbelief! 20-29). “Lord; help us!” I suspect that many of us have brought the needs of loved ones to the Lord in prayer with just that kind of feeling. If You are not able to help us, then I have nothing left. And so I ask God for all of us this morning, “Lord, help my unbelief.” God promised Abram in Genesis 12:2-3, “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you... and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Paul shows us that this promise is fulfilled in the gospel of Jesus, the Messiah. And Jesus and this group of three were coming back down the mountain to meet with the nine disciples that He had left at the foothills below. He was was at the end of his rope. It may be that the Lord Jesus allows those other things to fail in our lives, so that we will finally be driven to turn to Him. Strengthen it. One of the very important lessons I have learned from this story is that I don’t bring my problems to Jesus so that He will fix them on my terms, in my way, and on my time schedule. Jesus answered the father’s cry and delivered his son. Dear brothers and sisters; I believe we should just learn to expect this. Perhaps it was that the unclean spirit saw Jesus through the eyes of the boy; so that the demon saw Jesus when the boy saw Jesus. We are fickle people, turning the requirement of faith into the problem of faith. If his unbelief was understandable, it was also sinful! We’ve gone to this resource before and it didn’t help, and then to that one and it didn’t help, and so on, and so on. So; that’s one way we might be tempted to doubt Jesus—by the fact that, at first, things get worse. He invited Thomas to do what he wanted to do. First, we read in verse 18 that he brought the boy to the disciples. A Call to Worship: Alleluia And on the next Sunday that we get together—the Lord willing—I’d like for us to concentrate on that closing part of that story. Lord I Believe, Help My Unbelief William Wyne Mark 9:16-26 Life has its moments of doubts and seasons of unbelief! Was it because He didn’t know how long the boy had suffered? Rather, it’s a question of whether or not we will come and ask of Him, and trust and obey Him, and believe on Him and wait for Him to do what is best according to His own perfect timing. Answer: In seeking the Lord’s help, a man came to Jesus once, fell to his knees weeping, and said, “I believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24, ESV). But it seems to me to be the unclean spirit that was in him. His frustration comes because of ongoing unbelief. The Holy Spirit would come upon them and minister the presence of Jesus to them. May it be that we learn, in such times, to do as the Bible often says; and “wait on the Lord”. What might you have been tempted to do if you where that father? Peter, James, and John had experienced the glory of Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. What does it feel like to believe? Jesus faced their doubts head-on; and told them to go out into the world and proclaim Him anyway. And as he crumbled in his need before the feet of Jesus, he uttered a cry that has been the cry of countless believers after him: But the end of his story was victorious. And perhaps the father thought that as soon he brought his boy to Jesus, everything would instantly get better. © 2020 SermonSearch. Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. And perhaps more; it knew what would happen to it once it left. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. Theme: The best place to go when we have doubts about Jesus is to the feet of Jesus Himself. Jesus puts a definite article in the front of what He says—and the effect of it is to turn the words of the desperate father into a “thing” all its own. I don’t want to just read this word and walk into my job. Therefore submit to God. There’s something remarkable happening in the original language that is very hard to notice in the English translation. . He causes us to think of the gravity of our situation for a while; and to see things from His perspective. And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them. All of this teaches me that, when I have doubts about Jesus, the very best place to go with those doubts is right to the feet of Jesus. But nothing has worked. When the others told him that they saw Jesus alive, Thomas said, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe” (John 20:25). And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. Reflective Christianity involves questioning what you believe while continuing to believe what you are questioning. Thro… He would have turned to many resources. Jesus proved himself to be sufficient for his need. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. That’s when Jesus can really answer our cry of faith. In fact, it’s found in—quite literally—the very center of that book. We might be tempted to doubt Jesus because so many other resources have disappointed us in the past so often. What does belief look like? I want to believe. We fall into a “Here we go again!” kind of thinking. Mark tells us, “Then they brought him to Him. . . But the Holy Spirit chose to include that fact in the record for us. He will shoot every fiery dart that he has at us; and will seek to discourage us, in any way that he can, from coming to Jesus just as we are. So Lord, please help my unbelief!” I understand how he feels, don’t you? His name was Thomas. Notice Jesus words in verse 19. This is a good prayer. The reality of His presence would be confirmed to them. Said Jesus. All Rights Reserved. The man said, “If you can . . “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.”. A Problem to Bother Us a) Unbelief Displeases the Father b) Unbelief Deprives the Believer c) Unbelief Delights the Devil 3. I say the problem of unbelief is not unique to the disciples because the focus of this passage is on the unbelief of someone else. That which we believe so passionately today we are tempted to deny tomorrow. 1 Peter 2:1 KJV Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord … Jesus met John’s doubts by giving him proofs. Look at verse 20, for example. What a great principle of life to live by! I too have prayed, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”. There are 15038 characters in the full content. I’ve tried Christian support groups. Even if they still had doubts that what they were seeing was true, they would end up losing their doubts along the way; because He said, “and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (v. 20). It must have been very frustrating for the father that Jesus didn’t heal his son as soon as he came. So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. I want to keep believing, but my faith keeps getting knocked out of me. Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him. I believe in You; but to be honest, I also struggle with doubts that You can help us! Portland OR 97231, Posted by Pastor Greg Allen on January 21, 2016 under 2016 |, Message preached Sunday, January 31, 2016 from Mark 9:20-24. . This cry of “help my unbelief” is not a one-time occurrence: it happens every day when we find the sin and human nature in ourselves that would prevent us from aligning our lives with God’s Word and will for us. We talked about it last week; and we concentrated on Jesus’ command, “Bring him to Me”. The man’s request, startling in its paradoxical phrasing, is quite thought-provoking. If Jesus doesn’t do for them what they want Him to do right way, they leave Him. One can have moments of doubts, uncertainty, and a struggle with believing. And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting” (vv. In fact, I know of many people who refuse to wait. He has defeated us! . “I’ve tried getting more spiritual. Say, “God, I believe. Such people have faith in ‘faith’; and not a faith in Jesus—and to place our faith in “faith” is to place our faith in an idol of our own making.