All who have raged against him will be brought before him, disgraced by their unbelief —Isaiah 45:24
Still later, as the Eleven were eating supper, he appeared and took them to task most severely for their stubborn unbelief, refusing to believe those who had seen him raised up –Mark 16:14
It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience –Ephesians 2:1
So watch your step, friends. Make sure there’s no evil unbelief lying around that will trip you up and throw you off course, diverting you from the living God –Hebrews 3:12
Now I came to the Lord October 27, 1979 at approximately 2:40(am) in my parents basement, and during the over-30 years of Knowing my Lord, I’ve learned the magnitude of the sin of unbelief.
Just like you, I’ve read the verses above and many others along the same line, many times, as a matter of fact, but it’s finally beginning to challenge me to repent of my tendency to disbelieve my Lord’s Word and Abilities.
Yep, I’m guilty as charged. The word “unbelieving,” in the verses above means “not worthy of confidence, untrustworthy.” This definition implies–or outright states–that when we are faithless, we are concluding that Christ isn’t worthy of our confidence, that He is . . . (dare I say it?) . . . untrustworthy.
That hurts, doesn’t it? Our unbelief is our willingness to let the temperature of our faith rise and fall depending on our surrounding dynamics—whether the music is at the right tempo; whether or not we have an audience; whether we sang the right song or used the right scripture; whether or not the circumstances of our life are right—everything except the steadfastness of God’s Word!
I believe the primary cause of all spiritual failure is our lack of faith in God, Himself. We are more familiar with the power of the devil than the power of the Son of God. In many of our churches we learn more about the power and work of the devil than the wonder-working power of the Living God! Many believers don’t understand that the surrounding dynamics, like the length and depth of defeat; the environment surrounding them; whether the preacher said the right words, have absolutely no bearing on Christ’s ability to perform a miracle. Did you hear that? No bearing!
Take a quick look at the 9th chapter of Mark. A man brings his son who had been tormented by demons, and Jesus asked him how long that had been going on? The father answered that it had been going on for many years–“since childhood” (Mark 9:21). Jesus didn’t ask him that because it made a difference in the boys condition–or his deliverance–He asked the question so He could frame a miracle against the backdrop of hopelessness. After the father described the hopelessness of the boy’s condition, said something that probably shocks us a little: “But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” (Mark 9:22).
Jesus looked at him and said, “”If you can’?.” “Everything is possible for him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
I like that. First it’s pure honesty, but the really cool part of the father’s exclamation was his realization that, although he lacked faith, he wanted to believe! Then he did exactly what he should have done: he asked for help to overcome his unbelief.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done that. When I was new to the faith and following Jesus, I thought faith was my willingness to make a believing statement with my mouth, rather than face the questions of my heart. If only I realized how Romans 10:10 reverses that order: “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” It has to be in your heart before you confess with your mouth (otherwise you are confessing the unbelief that is in your heart).
If you don’t have bold faith, then start asking boldly for the faith you lack. The Lord wants to hold your face close to His and say, “Yes, it’s true that without faith it is impossible to please Me. But I am so anxious to reward you, I’m even willing to supply the faith you lack. I invite you to fearlessly and confidently–even boldly–to draw near to the throne of grace, so you may receive mercy for your failures and find the appropriate help–coming just when we need it. (Hebrews 4:16). “Ask Me for what you lack! I am the only One who can help you overcome your unbelief!”
Lord Jesus, I love You, even though I have never seen You. And though not seeing you now, I choose to believe in You, rejoicing with inexpressible and glorious joy because I know I am receiving the goal of my faith, the salvation of my soul (I Peter 1:8-10)
Motivated by faith Moses left Egypt behind him, being unawed and undismayed by the wrath of the king; he never flinched but held staunchly to his purpose and endured steadfastly as one who gazed on Him Who is invisible ~Hebrews 11:27
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