23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,[a] all things are possible to him who believes.”
24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
Many of us can quote all the faith verses. We know the promises of God. We can speak faith in front of a crowd. We have even seen God do many mighty things in our life and the life of others.
But there are times in life we are faced with circumstances and situations that are so far beyond our ability to solve or change. We don’t completely stop believing in God We don’t throw faith out the window but if we are honest we are much like the father in Mark 9 who makes the honest statement, “Lord I believe but help my unbelief.”
My Nannie recently went home to be with the Lord. During the last few weeks of her life I asked her many questions about the church she went to as a teenager, different ministers of the Gospel, and about her relationship with the Lord Jesus. Though she was sick and frail from not being able to eat anything in weeks. She would light up when talking about her church and Jesus. I asked her this question one evening. Nannie what are the keys to always trusting in the Lord. She replied, “son it is not always easy and many times even hard.” She went on to give me four keys that I had preached on and taught in bible studies. But something was sealed in my heart when she shared them with me that evening as she was transitioning from this life into eternity with Jesus.
She said, “to always trust the Lord you must stay in the Word, stay on your knees in prayer, and be willing to give everything to the Lord at the altar.” She went on to say, “son you have to learn to leave things at the altar and not pick them back up.” In her frail and weak voice she said, “son you can trust Him because He is faithful.”
Today if this was just my words or from my Nannie they may not be worth a whole lot to you. But yes it was her words but it is also the Word of God.
1. Stay in the Word!
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
2. Stay on your knees in prayer!
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
3. Learn to leave things at the altar!
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7
4. You can trust Him because He is faithful.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
If you ever find yourself in a position like the father in Mark 9. I hope you remember this wisdom from my Nannie but most importantly I pray you remember what the Word of the Lord has to say about trusting in the Lord.
In remembrance of my Nannie, Peggy Joyce Payne. Thank you for all your prayers. I know you are rejoicing in the presence of the Lord. I love and miss you!