By Published On: 12th December, 2022Categories: Nuggets0 Comments on Unbelief645 words3.2 min read


Mark 9:17-24, “Out of the crowd, one man answered Him, “Teacher, I brought my son to You. He has a spirit that makes him unable to speak. Wherever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I asked Your disciples to drive it out, but they couldn’t.” He replied to them, “You unbelieving generation! How long will I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him to Me.” So they brought him to Him. When the spirit saw Him, it immediately convulsed the boy. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. “How long has this been happening to him?” Jesus asked his father. “From childhood,” he said. “And many times it has thrown him into fire or water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Then Jesus said to him, “‘If You can’? Everything is possible to the one who believes.” Immediately the father of the boy cried out, “I do believe! Help my unbelief.”

The keys to this passage are: “everything is possible to the one who believes”, and, “help my unbelief”.  Now the truth of the matter is that everyone does believe, but the question is, in what do they believe?  The well-known Grace Minister Andrew Womack has noted that unbelief is the belief in ‘un’.  For example, we can believe we are un-worthy.  In the time of our need to conquer our un-belief, the ‘cure’ is to be found in Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need”.  Jesus has gone before, becoming our High Priest, not defiling himself with the sins of un-belief, walking in the obedience of His true divine nature, reconciling us with our true identity, so that we can cast-off our doubts as we come to the recognition of our divinity as co-heirs of God’s Kingdom.

We also see an example of the fear induced by unbelief with John the Baptist in Luke Chapter 7 where because of circumstances he questions Jesus’ Messiahship.  The response Jesus sends is essentially, “look at the reality of me and not the fear around you”.

The following table lists many other examples of ‘un’s believed in that are un-true.

un-accepted un-adopted un-adored un-affected
un-aided un-akin un-alert un-alive
un-allowed un-ambitious un-anointed un-apologetic
un-applied un-appreciated un-approved un-armed
un-atoned un-attractive un-available un-aware
un-balanced un-beautiful un-beloved un-bidden
un-called un-capable un-certain un-changed
un-circumcised un-claimed un-clean un-clear
un-comfortable un-committed un-common Un-conceivable
un-concerned un-conditioned un-confident un-connected
un-conscious un-consecrated un-convinced un-cooperative
un-couth un-cultured un-decided un-dedicated
un-deserving un-desirable un-devout un-dignified
un-eager un-earned un-easy un-educated
un-enthusiastic un-equipped un-ethical un-familiar
un-fit un-focussed un-forgiveness un-empowered
un-godly un-happy un-hinged un-holy
un-homely un-immune un-planned un-planted
un-honest un-honoured un-hoped for un-ideal
un-identified un-illuminated un-illusioned un-imaginable
un-important un-imposing un-impressive un-improvable
un-incisive un-indorsed un-influenced un-informed
un-inspired un-instructed un-integrated un-intelligent
un-intended un-interesting un-inventive un-invited/ing
un-joined un-joyous un-just un-justified
un-kempt un-kind un-known un-laureled
un-learned un-led un-lettered un-liked
un-lordly un-lovable/ed un-lovely un-lucrative
un-manly/feminine un-mannered un-married un-mastered
un-material un-meant un-mediated un-melodious
un-memorable un-merited un-nameable un-necessary
un-needed un-nerved un-noble un-noticed
un-official un-ordained un-original un-owned
un-pardoned un-paid un-peaceful un-pedantic
un-pedigreed un-perfected un-persauded un-placed
un-pleasant un-pledged un-polished un-popular
un-possessed un-praised un-predictable un-prepared
un-presentable un-principled un-privileged un-prized
un-productive un-profitable un-pronounced un-prosperous
un-protected un-provided un-purchased un-pure
un-purged un-qualified un-quickened un-raised
un-ransomed un-reached un-ready un-real
un-received un-recognised un-recompensed un-reconciled
un-redeemed un-refined un-refreshed un-regarded
un-related un-relaxed un-remembered un-renewed
un-renowned un-repaired un-replenished un-represented
un-required un-restored un-rewarded un-righteous
un-robed un-royal un-sacred un-saved
un-salted un-sanctified un-satisfied un-sealed
un-seated un-secured un-seemly un-selected
un-sensational un-sent un-shod un-shown
un-son un-sought un-spiritual un-strengthened
un-substantial un-suitable un-sung un-supported
un-sure un-sustained un-sweet un-taken
un-talented un-tempered un-throned un-titled
un-transformed un-usable un-valued un-venerable
un-vindicated un-wanted un-washed un-watched
un-weaned un-wedded un-welcome un-well
un-wholesome un-wise un-won un-wooed

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