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Transformed by Faith - Part 9, Transforming Unbelief
Miles McPherson - November 27, 2005

Message Recap

After a hard rain, or a neighbor washes their car, a flow of rushing water follows down the street next to the curb.

Often times as kids we would throw sticks or leaves into the water and follow it down the street. However, sometimes there would be a pile of debris that would interfere or fully stop the leaf or stick trying to make its way down stream. If we remove the debris there is a clear pathway for the stick to make its way downstream.

Imagine God removing the unbelief from your life? What is the greatest obstacle to transformation? The answer is unbelief. Therefore, the greatest asset to transformation is faith. To each of us there is a measure of faith, but there is also a measure of doubt. Will we allow our faith or doubt to control us?

Come to Jesus

Think about the problems in your life. They can almost always be traced back to some form of unbelief. Sometimes our problems are self-imposed. We can even create the drama in our life. If we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, our problems are no longer problems, but situations in our life.

We must choose to bring the results of our unbelief to Jesus. Realizing the problem of perspective, we can identify the issues in our life that cause unbelief and lay them at the feet of Jesus.

Mark 9:17-20 states, then one of the crowd answered and said, "Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not."

He answered him and said, "O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me." Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.

And Surrender

He is willing and able to do the impossible if we just come to Him and believe.

Why do we deem things unrealistic or impossible? Why do we fail to ask for things, or pray about things just because we don't think they can happen?

Mark 9:22-23 states, Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes. "Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!"

Admit and surrender your unbelief to Jesus; He already knows it, and He shows us in His Word that He is willing and able to do the impossible if we just come to Him and believe.

Feed your Faith

So what can we do? How do we surrender our unbelief?

Mark 9:25-29 states, when Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!" Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, "He is dead."

But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" So He said to them, "This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting."

Jesus performed the impossible but also noted the significance of prayer and fasting. Overcoming unbelief isn't always an immediate result. To grow we have to take steps. Just like an athlete practices faithfully, working out on a daily basis, to perform well in the game, so should we as Christian build ourselves up through prayer, fasting, and so on to overcome unbelief.

Remember there are things we cannot handle on our own. Knowing that God can do the impossible, let's choose today to come to Him and surrender the obstacles that hinder our faith in Him. Let God be God, and watch what He can do!

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