“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24b
“Lord, I believe, but help me overcome my inability to believe!” This the
cry of the heart of His child who longs for more faith. These words reveal areas
where I lack faith, but they also reveal how my faith has grown. Sounds like a
paradox, doesn't it? "I do believe, Lord, yet I need more faith to believe." As
I grow closer to Him, I know Him more, and experience His power in my life. But
at the same time I am more conscious of the times when I fall short of complete
trust in Him. This is the soul's growth. There is increased ability to believe,
and then comes a plea for greater faith. It is a cry to overcome all my
unbelief. It is a cry for complete and perfect trust in Him. My heart's cry is
heard, and He answers my prayer with more faith. He also reveals where I still
lack in faith, and imparts the power to walk the path that leads, step by step,
upwards and closer to Him.
Trusting Him completely is my gift to Jesus for all He has done for me. I have a friend who says trust is that perfect place of rest that comes from knowing He takes care of all the concerns of her heart. He has all things covered because that is what He promises in His Word. Another friend says that perfect trust comes when the “essence” of all He is rests in Jesus. Christ's perfect love casts out all fear, and then perfect trust rises from the heart. Our human minds cannot analyze the depth of such love, but our hearts can receive it. The Lord speaks to our hearts and minds to be still and know He is God (Psalm 46:10)–to focus on Him (Isaiah 26:3). When I allow all the “essence”of who I am to rest in Jesus Christ, perfect trust will blossom.
If you are struggling to trust Him more today, decide to trust Him more. Make “help my unbelief” the cry of your heart. Make a conscious decision, and bring your thoughts captive to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). You can never reason trust. Your mind can never grasp it. It will never happen. Perfect love is birthed by faith in Jesus Christ, and that is where perfect trust will take root. Allow the essence of all you are to be at rest in the essence of all He is. You will be renewed in the spirit of your mind (Ephesians 4:23), and perfect trust will flourish.