Last post I introduced ‘Unbelief: What the Bible Says About It‘, so if you didn’t read that, take a look at it first. Now we move on to what unbelief actually is, and why is it so dangerous. To start this off, I would like to first share what it is NOT. It is NOT a lack of belief or faith. How do I know this? Allow me to show you.
The disciples were going around casting out demons. They were not practising, they were doing it. There was no doubt that they had faith, otherwise they would not even be attempting this kind of ministry. All of a sudden, they come across the boy who they can not deliver. When Jesus comes over to see what all of the fuss is about, He seems to blame unbelief, as the father asks Jesus to help him overcome his unbelief. This appears that unbelief is not a lack of faith, but something that opposes faith. Mark 9:24. The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” So how does this work? Here is a simple illustration. I hold a healing ministry meeting, and you come along. I speak about the authority that we have in Christ, the fact that we have been told to heal, the fact that anything is possible if we believe. I show you how it is God’s will that we are all healed, and I show you how we can overcome illness. You are now fired up, faith oozing out of you, belief is the order of the day. Then you go over to someone to heal them, and as you open your mouth, you think the following: This didn’t work last time. What if I get their hopes up and fail them? Do I really have this authority, can I really heal someone? What if it doesn’t work? This is unbelief. Is it a lack of faith? No, you had faith, you still have it, but there is something opposing it. Think of it this way, if you had a horse (faith) pulling a carriage, the carriage would move forward. What if you had another horse (unbelief) pulling from the other side? You would then still have just as much faith, but it would be rendered useless because of the unbelief. Understand? You will then be pulled from both sides, and this is what the Bible says about that (James 1:6): But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.
So unbelief could be described as any opinion or thought which opposes those which we believe to be true from scripture. I can just imaging the disciples during the Mark 9 story. They are happily casting out demons, until they come across one who won’t leave. All of a sudden their unbelief starts to grow, which in turn starts to cancel out their belief. Do they really have the authority? Can they really cast out the demon? Even this one? I can imagine that they start to question the things that Jesus had told them. Then Jesus pitches up, and the father even shows unbelief. “Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.” The have mercy on us, becomes have mercy on us IF you can. Unbelief. Jesus’ response is classic. “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” Jesus speaks the truth straight back into the situation, eliminating the unbelief just like that. I think that we often start to dwell on the unbelief in such a time as this. If someone came to you and said, please heal my child if you can, would your response be like Jesus’?
So we have now seen what unbelief is, and why it is so dangerous. It is dangerous because it is our faith and belief that sees miracles happen, and unbelief opposes that belief. If we want to see more healing, deliverance, and in fact salvation, we need to eliminate unbelief. I have a passion to see people set free, free from illness, demonic strongholds, sin, oppression and anything else which is not from God. Unbelief is not the only reason why we don’t see healing, but it is a major one, the others can be found in my series ‘Why We Don’t Get Healed‘. In order to do what God has called me to, I need to eliminate unbelief. Are you going to join me?
Next post will be entitled ‘Unbelief: How to Overcome It’.
Until next time.