The Reality of Duality
Updated: Apr 28, 2019
Jesus says; "if you believe all things are possible to him who believes." (Mark 9:23)
In Philippians 4:6, and many other places in the Bible, we are encouraged to tell God what we need in prayer.
So you have a need and you pray believing that God can answer your prayer, but along with your belief is a degree of uncertainty, or unbelief. When you become aware of this duality, does discouragement set in? Do you stop praying thinking that God won't answer because unbelief is present?
The passage in Mark 9 tells of a man whose son was possessed by demons and brought the boy to Jesus disciples asking them to heal him, but they couldn't. Jesus told the father to bring the boy to him.
The father said to Jesus "If you can do anything, have compassion and help us." Jesus responded saying "If I can do anything? Anything is possible to those who believe." The boy's father replied, "Lord I believe, help me with my unbelief."
It's important to note that this man acknowledges the presence of both Belief and Unbelief within him. For many of us our adversary, the Devil, would have us believe that God won't answer our prayer because we also experience this same duality. His goal is cause us to focus on unbelief rather than the belief within us.
This duality was experienced by the great apostle Paul. We find this in Roman's 7;
"I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me."
Paul acknowledged this duality within himself, yet, it did not prevent God from using him in extraordinary ways. The father of the boy acknowledged the duality within himself and it didn't prevent Jesus from healing his son.
Satan, and our own sinful nature, try to get our focus on the unbelief, from our sinful nature, and off of the belief that is out of our reborn spirit. The enemy knows that a believer who focuses on his belief, while ignoring the unbelief will do great damage to his kingdom.
Do what the boys father did;
1. Acknowledge the fact that unbelief is present (within our old nature).
2. Focus on our belief in God and His
amazing Love, Power,and Ability.
It's been said that "Knowledge is Power". Know that until we are in Heaven we will exist with this duality, that DOES NOT limit God's ability to use us according to His purpose.
Embrace the Reality of Duality in your own life, and focus on the belief, born of the measure of faith He's given you, and become Satan's worst nightmare.