The Bible says a lot about the importance of our faith in God. Throughout the Old and New Testaments, people accomplished the humanly impossible through their faith. The eleventh chapter of the book of Hebrews, for instance, tells us of many of God's servants who did great things through their faith in Him. One way for us to grasp the importance of our faith is by looking at the impact that unbelief has on our relationship with the Lord. When Jesus was among His disciples, He rebuked them a number of times because they fell short of His expectations. When He revealed to them the reason for their failure, oftentimes, it was not a matter of immorality but of unbelief (see Matthew 17:20, Mark 4:40, for examples). In the Lord's expression of His disapproval of His disciples' performance, He is revealing to us a vital key to successful Christian living. That key happens to be our faith in Him. One day Jesus visited His hometown, and the Bible says, "And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief" (Mark 6:5-6). His inability to do great things at home was not the result of His having lost any of His awesome power that He had demonstrated in other places. Rather, there must be an environment of faith present in order for Him to work mightily among His people. When the spirit of unbelief prevails, as it did in Jesus' hometown, His hands are virtually tied. Note, the verse does not say He would not do any great works there, but He could not. Hence, we can see the power of unbelief. The greatest tool we have for warring against personal unbelief and growing in our faith in God is the Word of God. Here is one thing I can promise you: if you seldom pick up your Bible and study it, you will have serious problems with unbelief. I am not speaking to your salvation or the lack thereof. Salvation is one thing, but positioning yourself to receive from God is something totally different. And the fact is, if you fail to live a life characterized by genuine faith in God, you have placed limits on what God can do in your personal life. Hopefully you are like I am in that I don't want to just be saved and go to heaven, but also I want to enjoy the Lord's blessings while I am here. We may attend church and study our Bible regularly, but how much of what we read and hear preached do we believe and act on? God is not a respecter of persons, but He is a respecter of our faith. That's one of the reasons the biblical accounts of how God dealt with His servants and His people at large are so important to us. When we walk in faith toward God as they did, He will deal with us in a manner consistent with how He dealt with them. By the same token, if we walk in unbelief, as the Israelites did when God told them to take the Promised Land, we will miss out on many blessings. All of us pray about things that only God can help us with. He stands ready, willing, and able to meet every need in our life. But it is our personal responsibility to make sure that we don't tie His hands with our unbelief. Frank King
Brother Frank, unbelief to me, is doubting what the Lord said or what the Bible said. Yet God says we are to receive Him and His words with childlike faith. The faith, the belief and the trust of a child, that's what He require of us.
If only we will see Him and believe Him as a child would see Him, we would have operate in unbelief. Many Christians go to church weekly and attend this or that class, yet they do not believe what the Bible say. These Christians are the unbelievers !!
May the Lord help us to trust and believe Jesus with child like faith. [img]http://www.tiptopglobe.com/skin/smile/s4737.gif[/img]
Thanks for sharing
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Doubt is such a negative thing! I hear it more than enough, the phrase I doubt it! Yipes! Unwavering faith, knowing that we can trust Him and are able to trust Him with childlike faith, as Hwa says! I. too want to enjoy the Blessings bestowed! Thanks for this encouraging message , Brother Frank and God Bless you mightily! Dave
This is a serious quality of life issue for Christians. We tend to want to walk by sight. Or, we want some sign from God that if we move out on His promises, things will turn out good. We should walk in wisdom, but we have to trust God and walk by faith as well. He won't have it any other way. IF we don't get with His program, we will miss out on a lot that He has for us.