Entry #033 Praying, ” Lord I Believe, Help thou my Unbelief”
There are subtle differences between unbelief, disbelief, misbelief, and nonbelief. Unbelief is absence of faith, an unwillingness to believe or count as true. Disbelief is the inability or refusal to accept that something is true or real, astonishment. Misbelief is a wrong or false belief or opinion, heresy. And nonbelief is the refusal to accept something as true, failure to believe. In order to become a follower of Christ we have to be a believer. And throughout our walk with Christ, we have to daily chose to believe in His word, His will and His way. We have to believe and be fully persuaded that Jesus loves us, He died for us, and that He is coming back for us. We cannot realize the promises of God if we do not believe them .Because we have two natures at war within us, we can have faith and doubt present at the same time. It is possible for us to have faith that God can do anything, but doubt that He will do it for us. The only solution is to feed our faith and starve our doubts. We have to be intentional about rehearsing God’s promises daily, and mediating on His words. We must command our minds to think on the things of God and not on the problems and situations. We have to keep our flesh under subjection, and not fall into the temptation to give up. We are in control of our thoughts, feelings, and emotions. We don’t have to live in unbelief; we can choose to believe God’s word. We don’t have to live in disbelief of God’s goodness; we can stand in awe and gratefulness at His grace. We don’t have to have misbelief concerning the lies of Satan; we can choose to believe the truth about God’s good report. We don’t have to feel nonbelief toward the testimony of other; we can be encouraged by their message of hope and overcoming. If we are not there yet, we can ask the Lord for help. As the father in the bible wavered in his faith that Jesus could heal his child, we can cry out, “Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief.” And Jesus will do it for us. Have faith in God.