“Battling Doubt” (Pt 1)

A crowd had gathered as Jesus, Peter, James and John descended from the mountain.  A man with his demon possessed son approached Jesus asking for healing.  Jesus said to the man, “Do you believe I can do this?”  The father’s response is one most if not all of us must admit too once in a while.  “I believe, but help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24).  WE don’t question God’s power, but will He?


This father was desperate.  I believe he had done everything possible for his boy.  He even asked the disciples to pray for him.  The boy continued to suffer.  But now the man sees Jesus!  Perhaps he saw our Lord as a last resort.  That also is like us many times.  We do lots of things to make ourselves or a situation better when we should make Jesus our FIRST choice, NOT the last resort.  Nonetheless, the father says he has some faith, but admits he also has some unbelief (doubt).


Whatever you may think of this dad, give him credit – he DID bring his son to Jesus.  You may be in the midst of a storm and it seems to be getting worse.  You’ve tried lots of things to improve your situation, but to no avail.  Here’s a couple questions: Where are you in your personal relationship with God?  Do you know Him as your personal Savior?  Start there.  Make sure you are where you need to be spiritually.  If you need help or have questions, send a reply to me and I’ll help you.  Secondly, have you completely put this situation in God’s hands?  Finally, don’t beat yourself up if you have some doubt – remember, Jesus said in the Garden, “If there be some other way let this cup pass from me.  Nevertheless, not my will, but thine” (Luke 22:42).   Tomorrow I’ll give you some things to do when overcome with doubt.  For now, fix your eyes upon Jesus.  Stay focused on Him, not your problem.


Pastor Carnes