Fresh Hope – 26th August 2020

Can faith and doubt co-exist? 

Pause here, pull out your Bible and read Mark 9:14-29. 

Here is the story of a man desperate for Jesus to deliver his demon-possessed son. The son received his deliverance and healing. 

Whilst there are no copy and paste formulas for receiving healing, there are some important principles here that were in place in order for this man to receive healing for his son. 

1. He was desperate for God. He wasn’t complacent about receiving healing for his son. He was hungry. God operates through our desire. 

Being desperate for God to break through in your life is a great place for a miracle to start!


2. He was honest – He quickly admitted his doubts. 

Verse 24 – ‘Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Being honest with God is a great place for Him to step in.

 3. Despite the father struggling with doubt, he ultimately trusted God in his heart. 

A real hallmark of faith is not your level of intellectual belief. It is about your trust in God.  Faith is not a mental/emotional feeling. In fact, most times you will have to exercise faith when you mentally and emotionally don’t feel like it and you doubt. 

Faith is not a psychological state where we attempt to hype ourselves up into believing something. 

Many times our mind and emotions will not be in a good place, but in honesty and desperation, you trust God (hope in the nature of who God is). 

The security and foundation of our faith is in the God who is faithful. 

Psalm 88:3, Psalm 89:46 

Emma Burchell

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