Read: Matthew 13:53-58 , Mark 11:20-24Mark 9:17-27

We all know someone who has been blinded to reality. Maybe, you’ve been that girl or that guy. The girl who thought she had a boyfriend, despite her friends saying it sounded more like a hook-up. Or the guy who was so sure he’d gotten the promotion, it took a minute to realize everyone was clapping for someone else.  

Just like infatuation and pride stop us from seeing life as it really is, a lack of faith blinds us from seeing life as it can be (Mark 9:23).

One of the biggest barriers to making bold moves comes from inside each of us. Without believing that Jesus is who He says He is, we’ll never do what He tells us to do. 

Without believing that Jesus is who He says He is,
we’ll never do what He tells us to do. 

Jesus spent a good amount of time commenting on people’s faith, and after a while, you see a trend emerge. He celebrates people who are full of faith, and He challenges those whose faith is lacking.  

Jesus wasn’t having an ego trip when He pointed out someone’s lack of faith. He simply knew what they were missing, and He loved them enough to point them to the truth. Just like those friends who told you that guy was just not that into you, Jesus tells us when we’re not seeing clearly because He wants better for us. 

Without faith, we can only see what’s right in front of us. We make decisions based on what’s plausible rather than what’s possible. We’ll bury a God-given dream because it seems impossible, or avoid a conversation because we’re worried we’ll seem crazy. This doubt that stops us short is not from Jesus. 

“Have faith in God,” Jesus says in Mark 11:22.

For God, everything is possible and believing that opens up a whole world of opportunity. When we realize the Creator of the universe is the one calling these shots, we realize we aren’t responsible for the outcome. Just the obedience to follow through. 

We find the courage to make bold moves —to do what doesn’t make sense and to believe what hasn’t happened yet — when we stop putting our faith in our own abilities and begin to trust in His.  


  • Where are you lacking faith today?

  • People in Jesus’ hometown missed the Messiah because of their unbelief (Matthew 13:58). What might you be missing out on because you aren’t seeing your situation as God sees it? 

  • How would your day change if you started it full of faith in God and trust in His character?