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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Unbelief



 

I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, “May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,” and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.

—Mark 11:23, NLT

 

What you believe is what you will experience. Believing God is essential to experience what the natural mind deems impossible. When it is the Word of God, you believe, all things are possible. Jesus told the disciples that they could speak to a mountain and tell it to be thrown into the sea. But they had to believe it without any doubt in their hearts. "I tell you,” Jesus said to them, “you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours” (Mark 11:24, NLT).

 

Believing in the Truth of God’s Word without any doubt makes the difference in whether you live a defeated or victorious life! Jesus told the centurion, who asked him to pray for his servant, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened” (Matthew 8:13, NLT). The centurion’s faith brought healing to his servant. Unbelief stands between you and the promises God reveals to you in His Word. To receive, you must believe. And you need to believe in the Word of God with no doubt in your heart. Where do you get the faith to believe? Perhaps understanding unbelief will help.

 

One kind of unbelief is a lack of knowledge. “My people," God said about Israel, "are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6, NKJV).  A lack of knowledge in God's Word can destroy your ability to experience God's healing power. When what you are taught becomes established in your heart, you believe it. If it is the Truth of God's Word, it speaks life and blessing. If it is wrong teaching, it speaks death and curse. Wrong teaching is a roadblock to believing the Word of God. To believe, you must know God's Truth. 

 

Double-mindedness is another problem. A double-minded man is unstable in all His ways (James 1:8).  His opinion changes based on how he feels.  If you are double-minded, you have not decided in your heart what you really believe. When you allow the Word of God to settle into your heart, you experience transformation. Your mind is transformed by the Truth you receive. How you feel eventually lines up as a result. To not be double-minded, you must be convinced of God’s Word, and believe it without doubting.

 

Belief based on what you feel comes from your natural senses—what you see, hear, taste, touch, and smell. Living by your feelings is detrimental to believing the Word of God. When you try to believe God and your five senses tell you that it is not working, you have chosen defeat based on your feelings. When you experience something that has become a disappointment or a disillusionment, emotions try to embed in your heart. In experiencing this kind of unbelief, your five senses rise to dominate your mind. Renewing your mind with the Word is essential to overcome your senses—your feelings, and believe that the Word is true (Romans 12:2). 

 

Jesus saved and healed you at Calvary. Everything in the natural world screams that this is not true, but it is true. What you feel is not factual in God's Truth. "My child,” God speaks, “pay attention to what I say. Listen to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body” (Proverbs 4:20-22, NLT).

 

Unbelief holds us back. Study and meditate on the Word. Pay attention to what it reveals. Hold on to what God shows you. Let the Word penetrate deep into your heart. His Word brings life when you grasp its meaning. It brings healing to your whole body. Be transformed by the Truth of God's Word. Believe what the Holy Spirit reveals to you. Doubt will flee, and you will be able to take captive every thought or feeling from the enemy. Take authority over your mind and believe.  

 

©2020 Lynn Lacher

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