31 Days with the Spirit: Help my Unbelief


Do you remember that verse (Mark 9:24) when Jesus is talking to a father of a son possessed by a spirit who says, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”?  I completely understand how he felt.

I’ve done a lot of study on the Holy Spirit for the past several years, and while I try to wrap my brain around some of the things that I’ve read and studied, I come back to this verse.  I believe, but struggle because my beliefs sometimes don’t line up with things I’ve been taught.  I remember as a teenager asking specific questions about Spiritual gifts.  I was told that “somewhere in the Bible it says that Spiritual gifts were only given to people who the apostles laid their hands on, and when they died, that was the end of Spiritual gifts.”  Frankly, I have read the Bible cover to cover several times, and that information is not found.  But I struggle, because there are people that I highly esteem as pillars of faith who believe that, and I wonder why I’m not coming to the same conclusions.

Examples of the Holy Spirit’s gifts fills the book of Acts.  There are chapters in 1 Corinthians (12-14) that spend a lot of time discussing the Spirit’s gifts.  We are taught to desire Spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.  2 Peter 1 has quite a lengthy discussion on prophecy as well.

The thing is, I believe in modern day prophets.

I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!

I don’t believe that prophets are going to bring us any new information.  In fact, in that same chapter of 2 Peter we read that:

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”  2 Peter 1:3

But I believe there are prophets today who boldly speak God’s truths.

I also  believe Spiritual gifts are still given to us and when we deny that, we are quenching the Spirit and his power.

I certainly don’t claim to know all the ways in which the Spirit works, but I do believe that He does.  I believe that we should not put him in a box by setting limitations on what we think He can do.  The fact of the matter is, the Spirit is God, and God’s power is limitless.  Just because we haven’t seen examples of the Spirit working in ways He worked in the early church doesn’t mean it can’t still happen.

So there it is.  What I’ve been tiptoeing around.

I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!


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