Unbelief – Guest Post


Today’s guest is from my friend Bill Grandi, Bill is the Lead Pastor of Owen Valley Christian Fellowship and fellow blogger at Cycleguy’s Spin. Bill is one passionate about God brother and I believe you will be bless by visiting his blog often. Enjoy his thoughts here today and please leave feedback for Bill.
Bless ya! – Jay



When Jay asked me to guest post, he left it open-ended. My first thought was “Sure. I can do that, but on what?” Well, I cannot tell a lie. This post was inspired by another I read recently at http://eileenknowles.com/90-trust/

It got me thinking about one of my favorite “Jesus-encounters” in the Bible. It happened after the mountain top event of the Transfiguration. Jesus and the three (Peter, James & John) come down from the mountain only to be greeted by a man distraught over the disciples’ inability to cast the demon out of his son. (You can find the story in Mark 9:14-29). The part that intrigues me is the conversation Jesus has with the father. After a question from Jesus on the duration of this problem, the father says, “But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus then tells the father, “If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” The father then states some words that have intrigued me for quite some time: “I believe; help my unbelief!” Then, of course, Jesus does His thing and casts the demon out of the son.

I have no trouble with Jesus’ words. In fact, I cling to them more than I can say. It is the father’s words that I have stewed over. “I believe; help my unbelief!” How can he say he believes when at the same time he asks Jesus to help his unbelief? I may be wrong in this, but here is how I have come to understand it. Let’s say we use a ruler to measure our faith; and let’s say that faith measures 5 out of 10. Could it be the father was saying, “I have faith that would put me at five. But I want a complete faith (a 10). Help my five-faith become a ten-faith.” He brings what little faith he has and gives it to Jesus, admitting an incomplete faith. Jesus takes what little faith he offers and makes it greater.

I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have come to God with a Number 5 faith (sometimes even lower or higher), and watched God “grow” my faith into a more complete one. He has graciously taken what little I have to offer and honored His promise.

Have you ever had that experience? How have you understood that Scripture? I would like to hear your thoughts.

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Arny said…
I like these thoughts bill...really insightful!
To me...
I think the father meant...i believe...but maybe a small part of me is doubting...
To me...
Jesus is teaching us that maybe even having the faith of 1/2 a mustard seed is enough!!!!
it was jesus saying...even though you may have doubted just a little bit...YOU CAME TO ME!!!
you didn't stay home and cry about it...
that showed me enough faith you have...even with a little doubt...
bill (cycleguy) said…
 i appreciate your thoughts Arny.  I like what you say about not staying home but coming to Him.  Thanks for the comment.
floyd said…
I don't know anyone who is completely honest that can't relate to this. So often, even while in the middle of God's miracle begin to doubt. We all have the weakness of the flesh, our senses betray us. We take what we can see, touch, smell, hear, and reason, based on what the world believes that we begin to squeeze out the very Power of God that sustains life. It's crazy, but it's reality. 

One of my favorite verses that Jesus quoted along the same lines is, (partial) "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"... That wraps it up pretty well huh? 

Thanks Bill, and thanks Jay, you two are like a one-two punch.
bill (cycleguy) said…
 Going to try to reply again Arny. I like what you wrote about he didn't stay home but walked to Jesus.  So crucial.
bill (cycleguy) said…
 Thanks Floyd for the compliment considering me in Jay's ballpark. I like your reference to Jesus' statement. 
Lindamew said…
Hi Bill,
I've wondered over this response from the boy's father when I come across it in my reading too.  It's just a thought that I have when I read Mark 9 today that the father might be saying 'I believe that you are from God, but I'm struggling with unbelief about whether my son can be set free from this evil spirit'.  Help me to believe it can happen right here and now!' 

I've heard of stories in the past of believers who can believe (or have faith) for some matters but struggle with unbelief for something else that is occuring in their own lives.   If this is so, then we should be able to find a couple of examples of this shown in the scriptures.  Right now I can't think of any possible example, other than perhaps the prophets who did astounding things during their lives and then died of a sickness or something like that. 
See you back at your blogsite tomorrow.

Eileen said…
Glad it inspired you, Bill.  You words definitely resonate with me.  I've often come to Him with level 5 faith too and, like you said, when we simply become willing to bring this little faith to Him, he does amazing things.  He moves mountains with our mustard seed!!
Trek23rider said…
 Thanks for your thoughts Linda.  It is possible the father was expressing those thoughts. 
Trek23rider said…
 Your post was a good one Eileen.  I am glad I read it.  I like the moves mountains picture.
Awesome thoughts, my friend.  I agree with your interpretation.  It also tells me that wrestling with unbelief is something we can be open about with God. It tells me it's okay to pray, "God, I trust you in this... but there's a side of me that doesn't, and I need your help!"
Jay Cookingham said…
Hello everybody! For some strange reason, some of Bill's comments have not been coming through. So I will copy and paste from email and comment from me but it will be Bill's "voice" you "hear". Bless you all! - Jay
Jay Cookingham said…
From Bill...

Thanks Floyd for the compliment considering me in Jay's ballpark. I like your reference to Jesus' statement.
Jay Cookingham said…
From Bill...

I like what you wrote about he didn't stay home but walked to Jesus. So crucial.
Jim F. said…
This song kept running through my head as I read the post

Trek23rider said…
 That is a good way to put it Stephen.  Thanks for the affirmation.
Dan Black said…
Faith is such an important aspect to living as a Christian. I always pray god would increase my faith. I often pray “I believe; help my unbelief!” Great post and thoughts. 
Tom said…
Thank you Bill, one of my favorite verses as well that is so reassuring. I always feel that this is true honesty. There is freedom and reliance in confessing we do not possess, even belief in Him, without Him. Blessings!
Trek23rider said…
 Thanks Dan.  May your faith be increased.
Trek23rider said…
 Honesty is so important Tom when it comes to belief.  Thanks.
Michael Kimball said…
I think you're right on track, Bill. We come to God with what faith we have and He is pleased that we have come, our steps have taken us in the only direction in which help may be found, our Father. Our belief has brought us near although our battle with doubts may yet be well underway. It depends, as you point out, on the particular matter at hand. We not only seek Father's answer to our petition, we seek the strengthening of our confidence in Him, our right knowing of Him, help against our unbelief so that we might draw ever closer and closer to the God and Father of us all.
jasonS said…
I have had the same thoughts about it, Bill. Faith and unbelief seem to be mixed and competing so many times. I wish I could say I was to a 5 but many times I feel so far below, but the amazing thing is that when we call on Him, He makes the difference no matter how great it is. He is so good! Thanks Bill.
Andreasratih said…
Sugiarto dukung Tommy jadi juara dunia

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Icuk, yang juga legenda bulu tangkis Indonesia menilai Tommy harus berusaha
lebih keras agar bisa mengimbangi pesaingnya seperti Lin Dan dan Lee Chong Wei.

"Tidak ada juara yang tidak melalui proses. Jujur kalau tidak berlatih
keras secara mental dan fisik, tidak akan bisa mengalahkan Lin Dan dan Chong
Wei," ujar Icuk saat ditemui di Senayan, Senin (19/8/2013).

Pada kejuaraan dunia lalu, Tommy memang harus mengakui keunggulan Lee Chong Wei
di babak perempat final. Tommy langsung kalah dua set.

Icuk pun mengaku akan terus mendukung perjuangan Tommy. Dia berharap, Tommy
bisa lebih baik dari dirinya.

"Saya harap Tommy bisa meraih medali emas nanti di Olimpiade 2016 dan
memenuhi harapan PBSI," tuturnya.

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Rima Mar said…
dibuat tak berdaya Si Nyonya Tua

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Pada laga kedua, Juventus semakin menggempur jantung pertahanan Lazio. Menit
52, Giorgio Chiellini menggandakan keunggulan Juventus, melalui serangan
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Ratih Gema said…
terpilih sebagai rider of the day GP
Indianapolis 2013

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Doctor terpilih sebagai rider of the day. Sebanyak 70 persen
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Pembalap Repsol Honda, Marc Marquez, menempati urutan kedua.
Juara MotoGP Indianapolis itu mendapatkan suara sekitar 21 persen.

Hal yang wajar jika pembalap asal Italia itu
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Indianapolis sejak latiha hingga sesi kualifikasi. Bahkan, ia gagal masuk dalam
lima besar di seluruh sesi.

Di awal balapan, Rossi terlihat tidak mampu
memacu tunggangannya lebih kencang dan diprediksi gagal meraih posisi enma
besar setelak jaraknya dengan Stefan Bradl terpaut jauh (sekitar 3,5 detik).

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sebagian pembalap mulai mengurangi ritme karena bannya yang sudah aus. Rossi
masih mampu menjaga catatan waktu di kisaran 1 menit 39,5 detik per putarannya.
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mencetak catatan waktu terbaiknya secara personal.

Dan seperti biasa, aksi Rossi yang
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Chhunmeng CoolCool said…
Samba staying put

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Earlier this month, the Dagestanskiye
transfer listed their entire squad in order to abide by UEFA Financial
Fair Play regulations.

The Russian Premier League side have already
offloaded Aleksandr Kokorin, Igor Denisov, João Carlos, Lassana
Diarra, Mbark Boussoufa and Yuri Zhirkov this summer, with
Willian expected to join Chelsea in a £30 million deal sometime this week.

In addition, Samuel Eto’o looks to be on his
way out of Dagestan, with Arsenal and Chelsea reportedly interested in the
former Barcelona and Internazionale talisman.

The club has seen better days, but Samba
insists he is going absolutely nowhere.

“I’m not going anywhere,” said Samba. as reported by Indo Eleven.

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Chhunmeng WinWin said…
Insigne pens new deal

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Insigne, a product of the Napoli youth
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in a number of scintillating performances at the 2013 UEFA U-21
Championship in Israel this summer. as reported
by Indo Eleven.

The Italy international, 22, has already won
two international caps for his country and scored the Azzurri’sonly
goal in a 2-1 defeat to Argentina at the Stadio Olimpico earlier this

“This morning I met Lorenzo Insigne and we
extended the contract for five years. Since this season Lorenzo will earn
700,000 Euros plus bonus,” said De Laurentiis via Twitter.

“I wish ‘Lorenzinho’ a great career in

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Chhunmeng LuLu said…
Clark angered by ´unsporting´ goal

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to lodge a complaint following Yeovil Town’s controversial equaliser in a
League Cup tie on Tuesday.

Clark was left bemused as their Championship
rivals levelled things up at 2-2 in the last minute of their meeting at Huish
Park to send the game into extra time.

The goal came through defender Byron Webster,
who chipped into an empty net for the home side after Birmingham goalkeeper
Colin Doyle’s had kicked the ball out of play to allow team-mate Dan Burn to
receive treatment for an injury.

Webster’s decision to equalise instead of
returning the ball following the resulting throw-in prompted ugly scenes
between the two sets of players.

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson did attempt to
calm the situation somewhat, instructing his side to allow Lee Novak to score
unopposed in extra time directly after the hosts had taken a 3-2 lead through
Luke Ayling. as reported by Indo Eleven.

Birmingham went onto to progress to the next
round via a penalty shootout, but Clark is eager to see further action taken by
the game’s governing bodies.

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Rima Mar said…
Meski Bukan Perfoma
Terbaik Napoli, Benitez Tetap Puas

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27 tahun silam.

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Kemenangan atas Milan membuat Napoli terus
membayangi AS Roma di posisi teratas klasemen dengan perolehan nilai sama, 12
poin. Plus, ini adalah kemenangan kelima beruntun tim Naples itu di seluruh

Ratih Gema said…
Napoli Kalahkan
Milan di San Siro

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Sementara itu, bagi Milan, kekalahan ini membuat
posisi mereka turun ke peringkat ke-11 klasemen sementara dengan perolehan
empat poin hasil empat kali bertanding.

Gol cepat Miguel Angel Britos membawa Napoli
unggul 1-0 sampai turun minum dan diperbesar oleh Gonzalo Higuain di awal babak
kedua. Mario Balotelli menciptakan gol hiburan bagi Milan di menit-menit akhir

Eko Dinda said…
Petkovic Sebut Lazio
Tak Layak Kalah dari Roma

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Kemenangan Roma dalam laga yang dihelat di
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Lupi juga
melepaskan 18 attempts (5on
target), lebih banyak dariattempts Lazio yang berjumlah 8 dan tidak ada
satu pun yang tepat sasaran.

Namun, Petkovic menilai bahwa Lazio bermain
lebih baik. Andai Biancoceleste mencetak gol lebih dulu, dia yakin ceritanya
bakal berakhir berbeda.

"Saya puas dengan cara tim bermain,"
ujar Petkovic.

Ratih Gema said…
Suarez mengaku bertahan di Anfield karena

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