Can God Handle Our Doubts?

Can God Handle Our Doubts?

January 22, 2016

"I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" Mark 9:24b (NIV)

If you’ve ever whispered: "I’m not sure what I believe, Lord. I just don’t have enough faith," then be encouraged. A story in Mark 9 shows us what God can do when we wrestle with doubt.

First, we meet a desperate father, whose son was possessed by a demon that threw the boy to the ground, leaving him rigid and foaming at the mouth. Jesus’ disciples tried to drive out the evil spirit, but failed.

When the Lord arrived and learned what happened, He didn’t mince words. "You unbelieving generation … how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you?" (Mark 9:19, NIV). He rightly called them, "You faithless people!" (Mark 9:19a, NLT), because faith was the missing element.

Jesus wasn’t unhappy with His disciples. Rather, He was pointing out the spiritual state of the crowds who followed Him but hadn’t placed their trust in Him. Because of their unbelief, demons roamed the land. Because of their lack of faith, a young boy lay stiff on the ground. Because they doubted God’s power, His people couldn’t call upon it.

Beloved, we needn’t wonder why there is so much evil and suffering in the world when people who claim to know God have stopped believing in His power. Deep down, they don’t think He can triumph over evil. They aren’t convinced He can really fix things. They may call Him the great I AM, yet struggle to believe it.

Listen to this boy’s father, whose words reflect that kind of uncertainty: "But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us" (Mark 9:22b, NIV).

"If?" Clearly this man didn’t know who he was talking to, because Jesus can do anything! Still, we can be every bit as doubtful as this needy father. We place our requests before God, then take them right back, fretting over how we’re going to solve our problem, not convinced God can really do anything about it.

The Lord repeated this man’s words back to him — not to mock him but to underline the father’s misplaced doubt. "‘If you can’? said Jesus" (Mark 9:23a, NIV). It’s a gentle but firm reprimand as well as a loving reminder of His power.

Then comes the good news we’ve been waiting for, the response to his question, "Can you help me, Lord?" The answer is "Yes, yes, yes!" Jesus told the man, "Everything is possible for one who believes" (Mark 9:23b, NIV).

A man who thought nothing could be done, yet pleaded for something to be done, just learned all things can be done.

I love what happened next. "Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, …" (Mark 9:24a, NIV). This father didn’t think at length about the Lord’s words. No, he responded instantly. We can almost feel the tightness in his chest, the stinging sensation in his nose, as he tried to keep from crying. But he had to speak, had to blurt out the truth.

"I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" (Mark 9:24b).

There it is: his confession of faith. And, in the same breath, his admission of doubt. What an example for all of us! He embraced the unbelief inside him — his fear, his uncertainty, his trust issues — and gave it all to Jesus, saying, "I do have faith! Please help me to have even more" (Mark 9:24b, CEV).

For those of us who believe in God, worship God, and yet have times when we doubt, here is proof that we can admit our lack of faith to God and ask for His help.

He knows how to ease our suspicions and fears, our misgivings and apprehensions. He can handle our cynicism, our incredulity. He understands our doubts.

However wobbly our faith may be at times, our trustworthy God never changes. He hears and answers when we cry out, "Come quickly to help me, my Lord and my Savior" (Psalm 38:22, NIV).

Heavenly Father, we want to believe. Help us with our unbelief. Remind us Who You are. Remind us You can do anything. Keep our eyes on Your Word and our lives in Your hands. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Luke 24:38-39a, "He said to them, ‘Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see.’" (NIV)

Mark 5:36b, "Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’" (NIV)

Liz Curtis Higgs’ devotional, Rise and Shine, offers encouragement to start your day in the right way, bringing you gentle humor, poignant stories and biblical lessons to strengthen your faith.

Our loving God is not afraid of our fears, nor does He have doubts about us when we have doubts about Him.

What doubts or fears do you harbor in your heart? Ask God to help your unbelief, and trust Him to strengthen your faith.

© 2016 by Liz Curtis Higgs. All rights reserved.

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  1. Deena Maga says:

    This was from God I asked God to give me a sign of exactly what I was praying for, and when I prayed today about something that was bothering me I told God the exact same thing, thank you Liz thank you very much!!!.

  2. I Do BELIEVE!!!


  3. What incredible timing! We are waiting for our house to sale in Florida so we can join my husband in Colorado. We have prayed for several years for him to have a job with normal hours due to his diabetes and health issues and have a peace he was blessed with this new job which he loves. We know God is in control and this trial will grow our faith.
    Thank you for being such an encouragement to others through this ministry.

  4. Sue Tarkin says:

    Beautiful lesson.
    My doubts concern my relationship with my son and his family who have all decided they don’T want me involved in their lives in any way.
    Help all of us, Jesus. I know you can and will.

    • Yes He can and yes He will. Prayed for you just now, Sue. A very difficult situation, for sure.

    • Bonnie Root says:

      Sue I too am struggling to live life without my son and his young family around….when I start to feel hopeless God reminds me of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. It is so like our heavenly father to remind us of that anxious father and point to our own sin that he redeemed and how he waited for us to accept his Grace and how we came to him at last. It has been over a year now since I hugged my son but I stand on God’s love and Grace and wait for the moment I can run down the road and embrace the son I see from afar. God is amazing and omnipotent… we can agree to pray for each others faith and the turning of our son’s hearts. I pray too that I learn to love unselfishly and have the grace God grants me everyday when at last I embrace my son, his wife and their two little boys.

    • So sorry, Sue. Just prayed for you & the reztoration of your family. That love will prevail. God bless ♥

  5. Dee Schlabach says:

    Thank you Liz for your timely devotion! As my husband and I are in our start up business (an “innovation” due to 2 years of unemployment) I tend to think our surviving/thriving is all up to us. What a great and loving reminder to ask the Lord to help my unbelief and respond in faith to him! I can only imagine how many women were blessed, like me, by your lessons of faith revealed in your writings. God is good all the time!

  6. God is so good!!! His love never wavers!!! He is the same, yesterday, today and will be tomorrow!!!

    It is us who waiver, weaken, and change…

    Help us Lord, to rely on your strength and totally accept the gift of Your Holy Spirit.

    Thank you for reminding us that we need to let go and let God!!!

  7. I know He can but I’m not sure He will. How do you deal with that?

    • Donna Caldwell says:

      Krista, one of my go-to verses when doubt invades my mind is John 14: 1-2. Even those who witnessed Jesus’ miracles doubted. In this passage, He calls us to believe and experience His peace. To reassure us when we doubt, He says, “If it were not so, I would have told you.”
      Praying for you this morning…

    • Krista, remember this important line in the Lord’s prayer,
      “Thy will be done.”
      What we want for ourselves may be good, but God’s plan is better. Sometimes we’re asking for the bottom-of-the-line, while God offers the best-of-the-best. We ask for something that improves this moment, God is shaping us for eternity. Jesus prayed that he wouldn’t have to go through the suffering of the cross, but that suffering was part of God’s salvation plan. Remember Ephesians 3:20: “him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”

      • I love what you said. “We ask for something that improves this moment, but God is shaping us for eternity.” Very well said and a needed reminder. Thank you.

    • Stephanie says:

      Trust that He is in control. Trust that whatever answer you get was His best for you and the situation. Might not understand now, might not make sense at all and might be so very hard to deal with, but if you believe God is God, sovereign over our lives, then trust that He is not asleep to your requests.

    • Krista, your sisters here have offered wise and timely counsel. All I can add is, He will if it is His will. Proverbs 19:21 tells us,” Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” The more we rest in and trust in His sovereignty, the more peace we’ll experience, and the fewer doubts we’ll wrestle with. Praying for you as I post this, dear sister.

  8. Great message! God has answered my prayers many times …. I have learned to be patient and trust God and listen to God. There is such inner peace when we let go of what we think we need and accept God’s plan for us. Dear God help us all to believe in you and trust you fully. Amen.

  9. Krista, that is the same struggle I have. There is no doubt in my mind and heart that God can do anything, but will he do it?

    • Many of us have offered words of encouragement to Krista, dear Ana, and they are meant for you as well. You are definitely not alone in asking this question. Here’s one thing you never need to wonder or worry about: “Does God love me?” Yes, absolutely, and forever.

  10. Needed this so much today!!! Thank you pray gor my faith .

  11. Where do I start to build my relationship with God for the first time?

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thank God. For everything, for all that you cherish about your life and all that you don’t love or don’t (yet) understand. Thank God even for your questions, doubts, and fears, and thank God that you may turn to Him, as this wonderful devotion teaches. I thank God for you!

    • Jen, begin your relationship with God with a simple prayer, such as this: “Dear Jesus, I know I have sin in my life. I believe that you are the Son of God and I ask you to forgive me of all sin. I believe that your Spirit lives within me, and that you will never leave me . Help me to live a life pleasing to you.” Then spend time with Jesus, as you would a trusted friend. Talk to Him (prayer), listen to Him (reading the Bible), and meet with other believers for help and encouragement. Reading these devotions every day is a great habit!

    • Admit you are a sinner.
      Be willing to turn from your sins.
      Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the dead.
      You can pray a prayer like this: Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior, In Your name, amen..
      Phone 1.877.247.2426
      Listen to K-LOVE on line or on the radio (or other Christian radio stations)
      Attend a Bible believing church
      Bible versed: “But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12 ESV
      “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 ESV.
      Hope this helps,
      You are in my thoughts and prayers today!!
      You will NEVER regret the decision to follow Him!
      Much love,

    • What wisdom and direction your sisters have offered today, Jen! I’m thrilled you’ve asked such an important question. The good news? Your relationship with God has already begun, and we can be certain of that because you are HERE. Reading His Word, and listening to sisters who love Him and know Him. He is wooing you, Jen. Drawing you closer. He created you. He loves you. And He wants a deep and abiding relationship with you. Read John 1:1-18 and know that He is speaking directly to you, His beloved:

  12. Dear Heavenly Father, forgive my unbelief in health issues and financial issues. Thank You that You are always with me!! You have always made a way when there seemed to be no way. Help me to never forget that You are Faithful, willing and very able!! Thank you Father for what You have done, are doing now and will continue to do in the future!! Give me the confidence to walk in this truth everyday!! Amen

  13. God’s faithfulness is always on time, always assuring with such a clear confirmation of His devotion to us all when we(I) doubt. I just told God my Father yesterday morning’s devotion
    “Father, I feel like You are treating me like Esau”
    He probably would have said “My,My, what am I going to do with this girl!”
    God encourages me to do things like fasting which I don’t commonly think about doing at all after the Prophetess Anna devotional He did. Since no one knows me in person(not a brag at all) here
    I did do the three day fasting before Christmas.
    It was really tough b/s I made a long trip to go for Christmas Dinner shopping for Asian food at my children’s suggestion where demo tables were every nook and cranny to say the least!
    Thank you for using the gift of writing and utilize it for His own glory! You do inspire.

  14. Edwina L Kaikai says:

    I don’t want faith and fear to co-exist in my heart. Just the words I needed to start my day today and begin to resolve that conflict.

  15. Oh, how I love my Jesus! This is the topic of my Pastor’s series. I am also currently reading “God is Able” by Priscilla Shore as I am struggling to remain strong and continue to grow in faith during this wilderness experience. I have NO doubt in my mind, heart and soul what God can do.I am starting to struggle with the belief for the hopes and dreams I have for my life. But each time I have those weak moments, I think about how far HE has brought me, how He has blessed me through this experience and I ask for forgiveness, I give HIM praise and focus on the fact that I serve and believe in the only GOD who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever ask, think or imagine! I will keep believing and focusing on not my problems or the seeming lack, but the abundance and powerful abilities of GOD.

  16. Please everyone pray for my faith and me and my friend Kristi to be friends again

  17. I think part of the problem is that God doesn’t always answer our prayers as we think He should. Or we are afraid of the answer He might give. I have learned that God’s perspective of a problem can be vastly different from my own. Will want out God wants me to grow by going through!

  18. Stephanie says:

    I have no trouble with believing God can do anything. I’ve seen Him do it, and know He can. I just know it’s up to Him whether he will or not. So, not that I don’t believe He can, but will He? Does it fit in His plan?
    I don’t struggle with this, as I know He is sovereign. I believe He will take whatever happens and work it around to His good, even if I may not see it.

  19. Thank you for this encouragement today! We just talked about this passage of Scripture in Mark at our ladies bible study on Tuesday night! “For with God, nothing shall be impossible!” Luke 1:37 Trusting & believing God can & will do what may seem like the impossible!

  20. Any words of encouragement or advice when you KNOW God CAN do ANYTHING..your doubt comes in not knowing if He WILL. Sometimes it really feels like God doesn’t care enough, or maybe I’m doing something to hinder Him interceding. I want to have faith that He WILL, I know that He CAN.

  21. Wow! I really needed to hear this. It was so to the heart of the matter and yet encouraging. I’ve been a believer since I was 7 and I’m now 46. I’ve even seen miracles but yet I still have moments where I know He can fix things but doubt He will. I’ve been struggling with chronic undiagnosed pain for almost three years and know He can heal me. Yet, I still keep searching on the internet for answers. Maybe it’s not that I don’t believe He can heal me but that He doesn’t want to. Thank you you for setting me straight. God used this to really speak to me.

    • Jeanie, if you want to look at another site, go look at Dr. Axe. His ways are not the easiest but many have had health restored by knowing what foods hinder us from getting better. Hope ok to say this on here. May not be the answer for you, but you can at least look. He is on facebook and many places. So interesting. God bless you with His answers. I am praying for you this morning.

  22. Thank you Liz! This is exactly what I needed — God spoke through you! I woke at 3:30 a.m., so anxious and fearful about my health and my work situation! Feeling very hopeless! I do trust God and do believe, but then get consumed with worry — a real battle! Loved the verses: Ps. 38:22 “Come quickly to help me, my Lord and my Savior!” Mark 5:36b “Don’t be afraid, just believe.” God knows my fears and everything about me and He will help me! God is good all the time!

  23. Thank you so much, my sore heart needed this reminder this morning. I often pray to Jesus, I DO Believe, my question is IF it is your will or if you will give me an answer. And I know, this is Still un-belief. I am so thankful I have a loving, understanding God who is my Father. I CAN come to Him with all my troubles, doubts and fears. I do Pray for a firmer walk before Him in Faith, Believing In Who He is, and rest in peace, leaving ALL to Him. Thank you again, and God bless you and all those who struggle in this area!

  24. Yvette Williams says:

    I was really encouraged by your statement that we can ask God to help us with our lack of faith. I believe when we get honest with Him, He can begin to work in us and with us!

  25. I love Liz’s writing and how she speaks God’s truth. My husband was diagnosed with cancer in Sept. It was supposed to be easily taken care of with surgery. Long story short, cancer has spread into lymph nodes and small spot on a bone. I know God can heal, I know He is upholding us with His righteous right hand. He is growing our faith through this. I pray God will heal him, and He will, one way or another.

  26. I really needed this today. There are so many things going on in lives of my family and extended family. My husband and i are in financial difficulties and trusting that God is going to provide or here the money is going to come from is very hard. My sister has another situation going on and when you see your children enslaved by drugs… it is hard. But I’m asking the Lord to help me believe and trust which I do but I need more belif.
    Thanks and God Bless

  27. I know and have the faith to know my Lord CAN do anything, it’s the ‘will he choose to’ do what I am asking. That’s when I pull my worries back and tell myself maybe He is not going to “fix” this.

  28. Sherrilyn McKendry says:

    This is an answer to prayer. I have a difficult decision to make today and realized I was here fretting over the answer.
    Yesterday during prayer the Father spoke to my heart to not fret! When I read this Peace flooded my soul. I am not alone!
    Thank you for this wonderful, timely reminder that My God is the God of the impossible.

  29. I think sometimes I struggle more with the HOW than the IF. I beleive God will help me And I beleive that he uses all things for good…but as in many examples in the bible alot of times its for abgreater good that we don’t see. Sometimes terrible and scary things happen to us personally but work towards a greater good that we may never know of. So thats where I struggle. I k ow God will help me and I know he can…but somtimes he allows really bad stuff to happen or continue and that freaks me out!!! That can pressure my faith not only wondering if he can or will but how he will. I recently went through a terrible experience in my marriage and it was all my fault. I feel like things got way put of control and was totally brought to my knees and alot of people didnt understand and I truley beleive it was God getting my attention and unfortunatly the simple easy or comfortable way wasnt working so he let things get really uncomfortable and bad in a situation where for alot of people it maybe wouldnt have but I think he was calling me home.

  30. Jennifer Johnston says:

    Thank you for this message. It was exactly what I needed to hear today.
    I feel my faith & UNbelief sinking together. This message has shown me I’m not alone in the battle of unbelief.
    Thank you

  31. Jayne Smith says:

    Awesome devotional…….thank you for writing about something every Christian has done at least once…DOUBT…..but was too embarrassed to admit it.thank you.

  32. Thank you for the reminder that I’m not the only one who struggles with doubts and unbelief and that our loving father and Jesus our Savior understands and encourages us to trust in him. That trust, that level of commitment, that surrender is easier said than done. Lord, give me strength to overcome my doubts, fears and unbelief.

  33. I am going through a loss of a job on Jan 6th due to a layoff, thank you for these encouraging words. I am trying to let go and let God and I can’t seem to stop my worry.

  34. Rebekah Cheung says:

    Thank you for this message, Liz! It’s music to my ears and medicine to my aching soul. I am feeling pressed on all sides right now and am in the midst of carrying my family through a crisis…BUT EVEN NOW, I know that Jesus is walking with me and working through me. God Almighty knows my every need and He knows exactly what He placed in store for me from the beginning of time when He created me. He can, He does, and He will provide and pour His grace and mercy over me, my family, and my situation. PRAISE THE LORD! HE IS A GOOD, GOOD FATHER! Amen!

  35. Faith can be hard sometimes, but in my life time and time again Jesus has been there and has always helped me in every single hardship I have faced. One of my favorite bible verses is Matthew 17:20- if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove to yonder place, and it shall be removed… The last part is my favorite- and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 💙All we need is the tiny faith of a mustard seed and he will provide like he always does.

  36. Just when I think that I fully believe, there is something that makes me see that sometimes I still doubt. I don’t like to doubt, but I guess it is a part of being human. I want to fully believe. I am like that boy’s father in Mark 9: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24b). Thank God, God doesn’t leave us based on our flaws.
    I am very happy this message came today. I am not the only one who doubts. I am asking Lord, that you help me overcome my doubts, fears, and unbelief. And thank You for continuing to be with me through it all!

  37. Becky Kneller says:

    Sadly, this was me last night. My son awoke abruptly with stomach pains. He thought he was going to vomit, but had diarrhea instead. I prayed over him, but lacked the trust to not fret. For the next 1 1/2 hours I listened for my child. I should have gone back to sleep knowing that I put him in the hands of our heavenly Father.

  38. Thank you so much for this article. It was exactly what I needed. I have been struggling with my lack of faith for sometime now. I have faith in God no doubt, but there is times when I struggle to have faith if God is going to answer certain prayers. I know him to be a faithful God and he has not failed me yet but there is always that lingering fear/doubt that he may not show up on my behalf…Lord, help my unbelief

  39. I am so thankful that God handles my doubts. He loves me even when I doubt myself. Praise God!

  40. I LOVE ur devotions… Thank u for this sweet reminder of God’s love and faithfulness… I do believe that He CAN do ANYTHING… But I tend to doubt that He WILL… Lord forgive me for my doubts that I allow to rule over me… Help my unbelief and trust in ur Word that I believe when I’m not doubting… Break this stronghold in my life and grow my faith as deep wide long and high as ur love is for me!

  41. Thank you Liz, that’s what I needed to here. It’s amazing how the Lord works.God bless you.

  42. I struggle with unbelief that He will restore my marriage. We are already divorced already and he is with someone else but there’s something in me that won’t let me give up hope.

  43. Wow. This is exactly what I needed to hear today. Last night I was weeping to God, “I know I’m supposed to have faith that can move mountains. I know You’re my provider. But I’m really freaking out right now! Help me trust You…” Thank you for unfolding this today. Now I know how to pray and allow God to be in my messiness.

  44. Maryanna Medford says:

    Thank you Liz! I have been dealing with a lot on my plate here lately and to add more to my plate another thing aon Mar. 3 . I know God never said life would be easy but I thank him everyday for being there for me. I don’t know how people make it that don’t know Him.
    Will keep this one archived.

    Maryanna Medford

  45. This is just what I needed to see today, my family and I have been having alot of trouble and I havent been putting all my faith in god knowing he will take care of everything, I love god its just things in my life have been so difficult but I know now to trust in the lord and he will take care of all my worries thank you and please pray for my family.

  46. Michelle Walter says:

    Thank you so much for this word today Liz! It is EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED….God and his PERFECT timing gave me you this morning!

  47. Thank you for reminding me that I need to let go and let God. I have been praying for a troubled child for years, who is now an adult. I pray constantly and never just let God take care of it. I need to give it over to God. I need to be free of this worry and anxiety. God has His own timing. God Bless!

  48. Thanks for the confirmation! I’ve been meditating on and trying to apply this same verse for the last month! I’ve read this Bible story numerous times but it wasn’t until recently that Mark 9:24 jumped out at me.

  49. My husband has been unemployed from a full time job for 3-1/2 years, He has had small jobs that have helped us get through, but nothing reliable. I have prayed all these months for the Lord to help us find my husband fulltime employment. I Do believe, but I still my faith seems to grow weaker. This is a hopeful message. Please lift us up in prayer. we are both close to 60 years old.

  50. You have NO idea how often I pray these very words!

  51. My husband hasn’t seen his daughters in 2 years because of a vindictive mother. Every time we think he’s going to get to see them its taken away. It’s so hard to trust that God is working and this is His will. He wants to see them and they want to see him. He is a dad who loves his daughters. It’s so heartbreaking!! Thank you for this devotion!

  52. Emily McLoughlin says:

    Tomorrow morning I have to play music at funeral for a nine month old boy who passed suddenly this week from SIDS. It has definitely put me into an attitude of doubt about God’s plan…. please pray for baby Jason, his parents, family and friends for peace and healing. pray also that our music will be a comfort to them and also for me that I can find trust and belief in His plan even in hard times

  53. I have been struggling with results if some bad decisions I made and 11 weeks ago had no income except Soc sec and laid awake and prayed all night. I have been saved but did not know who would provide and Jesus was right in front of me trying to get my attention!! When God whispers to you listen don’t try to figure out anything without wise Councel. I put on my armor every morning and I have not yet had to move I am doing some catering and give My God all the glory. I feel so humbled by his Love. Friends you will never regret standing with God and he will never forsake you🙏

  54. Stephanie Catalano says:

    Thank you Liz for this much needed encouragement

  55. Pat Archer says:

    Thank you for your words!

  56. My 10 yr old son has been diagnosed with bipolar and ADHD. His anger and his behavior is ripping our family apart! Medication doesn’t help as promised. When I look at the situation it’s easy for me to feel like the father in the story did. But reading this devotion this morning reminded me that God is able AND willing to do anything we ask of Him. Anything we need Him to do can be done. Liz thank you for this timely word of encouragement. Needed this reminder desperately!

  57. So needed this today. I dedicated 2016 to trusting God and your words are encouraging. Thank you

  58. Today’s devotional encouraged me and reminded me of what scripture said about fear and doubts, which I’ve been struggling with lately.
    Thank God for your faithfulness to remind me of the scriptures.

  59. Don’t we love God’s way to handle doubts?
    Peter in the water

  60. Amen to Jesus!

  61. I needed to see this, it touched my heart. The company my son-in-law works for is closing the office where he works. His last day is in June. As an industrial designer there are not a lot of openings unless they are out of state. I’m heartbroken knowing they will have to move away again.

  62. I needed to hear this message tonight. A friend told me how she was healed by a Shaman and had some of her questions answered about loved ones past on. According to scripture, Christians are not to involve themselves in this type of behavior. How do I share with my friend that I trust in the Lord to keep my soul safe without even knowing if I am believing this. I question whether evil spirits have invaded my body and I don’t even know it. How do I pray to the Lord about this?

  63. Anita Morton says:

    I have the same problem. I KNOW God cares for me, and CAN fix my problems, but I don’t have enough faith to really believe it. I’ve been unemployed for a year, living in a subsidized house when I shouldn’t be anymore, because my kids are gone, but I can’t move till I get a job, and my car just broke down. I never have a chance to get one problem sorted, and something else comes along. I’ve been single for 10 years, so there’s nobody else to support me or pay for anything. I have spent so many nights in tears, because I’m so scared. This devotional was a good reminder to REALLY believe.

  64. Monica Heinemann says:

    Loved this devotion! Very meaningful for me!

  65. As I sat down in front of my computer this morning to have my “God Time” I opened up this devotion and read “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24b (NIV) I thought to myself Oh I can skip this one and find a different one that might help me more prepare for my life today. Something that will resonate with me today. I thought I am a faithful believer this one must be for a new believer. I read it anyway!!! God knows exactly what we need to hear and the exact moment we need to hear it. I very often find myself in my life speaking to God asking for help with my depression, to help me with my lonesomeness being a stay at home mom, helping me in all different areas of my life. Then I move on after my prayers and lean on the outside world to help me with the anxieties of life the depression… I know God can but often don’t feel like he will. Like I am not worthy enough he could help so many other people with so many worse things in their lives. God has always been there for me provided and I know the path I am on he has put me on and I am where he wants me to be. I guess I really needed to hear this today I don’t actually give it up to him. I feel like I need to control things and don’t let him in the deepest places because I am not worthy enough to receive his graces and his healing. I am not sure how to but I will pray and I will ask for this help as well. I want to surrender all of my life to him I want to feel the weight lifted. I want to feel good enough that I am worth receiving the every day miracles that I see in others lives. I want that for my own. Even as I am typing this I am feeling why why would this be something he would waste his time on. I, NO HE has a lot more work to do… Please pray for me and my struggles. Thank you!

  66. Yep, my hand is up…even after knowing the Lord for 50 years…sometimes I just don’t understand why the Christians in the Middle East are going through such unspeakable atrocities. I do want to say to Him, ‘where are you Lord?’. And over the years I’ve had a hard time with seeing the photos and hearing the horrible stories of the Holocaust. And wonder again, where were you Lord? But I do finally work it through in my mind and in my spirit, that I am not God…He is the Great I AM. And only God can see the big picture of things and how it all works out for His Glory.
    I realize my job is to pray, stay in the Word, and to trust our Holy God.
    Thanks for the great reminder Liz, that He loves us even through our questions and unbelief at times.
    Blessings to you and yours! I pray 2016 is getting better and better for you all.

  67. My believe is at the center of every person’s life should be the belief in the supremacy of God. You can doubt everyone and everything in this world and have peace but faith in God is central to happiness.

  68. Your message is timely for me just reading it today.

  69. Taylor Mooney says:

    Thank you so much for this Mrs. Higgs! It has really helped me see a couple of areas of doubt I’ve been harboring about God’s ability to help me fight a couple of person demons. I often recite I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, but now I see the walls of doubt around certain areas of my life that need to be broken before Christ can draw me near to His strength. Thank you again!

  70. Courtney Williams says:

    Hi Liz, Thank you for this wonderful devotion. I keep going back to this and reminding myself that God is in control. I am going through a heart break right now and I’ve been very discouraged with my prayers lately and not seeing answers. God has perfect timing and he’s never failed me before. My prayers are impossible for me to work out but I keep reminding myself that God can do anything. Needless to say I need to apply Mark 9 to my life and watch what God can do with my prayers. It’s time to stop doubting and start believing!

  71. Please pray that I will believe, it just seems like I can never make any changes, when I try and place things in God’s hands, I just continue to feel like a failure, I am so tired of feeling like this.

  72. I have not received my daily reading since January 22. I have updated my information, which is the same, and am still not receiving. This has happened before. What to do?

  73. Teresa, I know how you feel. I have struggled my whole life with feeling like a failure, like I never measured up. I’ve always felt like I had to meet a certain standard and do everything just right for God to love me. But, The Lord has been working in my heart, and I wanted to share that with you. He opened my eyes to the fact that I had been trusting in myself and my own actions. I realized that I wasn’t saved and I came to Him and asked Him to help me to trust in Him and not myself. That was about 3 years ago, and let me say, He has been answering my prayer. It has taken time, and I’m nowhere near arrived, but I can see changes. My heart was ensnared by unbelief!! I did not think God was enough. And the fact that I see this now and know that is how I was shows me He is working! I have learned that I must DAILY sometimes moment by moment, CHOOSE to believe in the truth of His word and not my feelings. It truly is a choice! And realizing that has helped me. Feelings are strong. They get the best of you if you let them. But they are not the truth!! God, I don’t FEEL saved right now. But his word says they that call upon the name of The Lord shall be saved. Which do you believe? Lord, I am going to trust in the truth of your word right now even though my feelings are screaming the opposite at me! God does love you, Teresa. Just as I’m learning He loves me as I am. But it’s about trusting. Choosing. “Blessed is the man who trusts in The Lord and whose hope is The Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river and will not fear when heat comes but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 I want to be like that tree. Talk to The Lord about it. Be honest with Him. Choose to truly trust Him over your feelings. Keep your focus on Him and not your own doings. It’s not easy, i know! But you’re not alone. And his mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness! Lamentations 3:22-23

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