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Session 16

How to believe even when it’s hard to see

Read: Mark 6:1-13

When was the last time someone told you something that was hard to believe? Previous evidence suggests that what the person says might not be true, but new facts lean in his favor. Eventually, you have to make the decision whether to believe this person or not.  

All of us know how it feels to choose to believe even when there is not enough evidence to know we’re right. That’s what faith is: belief without physical, tangible, hard evidence leading to only one logical answer. Without some lingering questions, it wouldn’t be faith. We would just be adding up evidence.  

There is plenty of evidence about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. But when it comes to accepting Him as Lord and Savior, we have to make a personal choice. Either we believe Jesus is God or we don’t. Jesus knew we would struggle with doubt and outright unbelief. In Mark 6:4-5, He taught that often people who know the most believe the least. That unbelief, in turn, prevents them from seeing God move in their lives.

Faith is believing before we see, and believing no matter what we see. 

Our senses try to convince us that physical is more important than mental, which is more important than spiritual. Driving away unbelief requires us to choose faith in Jesus, then allow that faith to guide our thinking and determine our behavior. Faith is believing before we see and believing no matter what we see.

Reflect:

  • Is there any area of your life where you’re waiting on hard evidence from God before doing what He’s already told you to do? What’s one way you can take a step of faith?
  • Has there ever been a time when you had to take a leap of faith? What did you learn about God during that season?

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