Help My Unbelief

In chapter eight of Jerry Bridges’ book Respectable Sins, there is a paragraph that uses the passage in Mark 9 (where the name of this blog comes from). It comes in the context of Bridges discussion on anxiety and frustration and I thought it was worthy to post here separately:

It’s true, however, that oftentimes the situation at hand looms larger in our minds than the promises of God. We then find it difficult to believe the promises. In those times, I find the words of the father of a demon-possessed son encouraging: ‘I believe; help my unbelief!’ (Mark 9:24). There is a vast difference between stubborn unbelief such as was demonstrated by the people of Jesus’ hometown, Nazareth (see Mark 6:5-6), and the struggling faith of the son’s father. God honors our struggles, and the Holy Spirit will help us. The important issue is that we seek to honor God through our faith, even though weak and faltering, rather than dishonoring Him through rank unbelief.”

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