Saturday, May 19, 2018

Overcoming Unbelief
Mark 9:23-24

What do you have trouble believing when you consider your team’s prospects for the season?  Can you believe you’ll be conference champions?  Can you believe you’ll have a winning season?  Do you believe you’ll defeat your strongest rival?  Do you really believe you’ll win today’s contest?  Jesus saw a strong link between what we believe and what we achieve.

His words on this are recorded at Mark chapter 9 and verses 23 through 24, “If you can?’ said Jesus.  ‘Everything is possible for him who believes.’  Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

The father of a terribly tormented child came to Jesus for help, asking if Jesus could do anything.  Jesus strongly challenged the father that it was not a matter of ability, but a matter of belief.  The man responded well to Jesus’ challenge and asked for help in overcoming his unbelief.

The same is true for this team and each of you today.  You have plenty of ability to compete at the highest level.  The question for us is, “Do we believe it?”  What can we do to overcome our unbelief?

Unbelief is overcome through committed relationships.  As you commit strongly to your teammates and coaches, your trust and belief in their abilities is strengthened.  As you commit to struggling teammates, their own belief in their abilities becomes stronger and more powerful.  As you grow the trust and accountability on your team, everyone’s unbelief is overcome and you can do anything. 

In today’s competition, believe and achieve!

Bible Reading Plan:
Mark 14:53-65
Galatians 3:1-14
Psalms 112
II Samuel 13