The Sin of Unbelief

As we know, life is about seasons. Through the ups and downs God gives us direction and promises in His Word. Many times in my life I have been reminded of the promises or instruction that apply to my situation from Gods Word. It is not enough to receive the promises, I have to actually believe them. You would think it’s pretty common sense…”Why would you believe the enemy when he is the father of lies instead of the God of truth?” I asked myself the same question. The enemy can track our weaknesses and struggles. He takes the truth and disguises it. He will try to convince you that you are not capable of victory, nothing has ever changed or that’s just the way you were made. If you bite the hook on this he wins. He takes a truth and twists it into a lie. Doubt can destroy. Have you heard the statement, “Hold on to God’s truth”? Cling to the truth like a life raft. It will bring life to you. I have held two truths in my hand before and had to chose which truth is life-giving. Maybe you are also holding two truths. We sometimes get impatient in the process of what we are going through and begin to  believe “maybe that doesn’t apply to me or maybe I heard wrong”.  I came to a road block in my healing process and wondered what I was doing wrong. It took a friend pointing me to James 1 to open my eyes.

I had been fed a line. I had gotten distracted on my circumstances  and the things around me instead of looking forward to the future God had for me. I had turned aside from all of His promises and focused on everything else. You see, I had been given specific truths for my life. Instead of highlighting them, I marked the existing circumstances in BOLD. I focused so much on the present that I couldn’t see the future, nor did I even believe it was still my future. I’m thankful for the conviction of the Holy Spirit. I had become like an Israelite murmuring and complaining in the desert. I had gotten stale and ungrateful in the process. I had become double-minded and tossed.   In James 1:6 it is clear 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. 

OUCH! Decide what you will believe.  It may not be that you don’t believe God. The unbelief comes when you elevate the circumstance above what God says about it. Example: “I’m hurting from the situation.” This is true. The other truth is Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Yes, you may be in pain but you have to make the choice, “Do I want to focus on the pain or focus on the Healer that binds up my wounds?” Whatever your circumstances are, you must choose to look to the Giver of Life and believe what He says about the situation.

You must stand against the enemy. There is nothing worse than seeing a child bullied by another and refuse to stand up for what is right. Sometimes we can become bullied.The fear and control will paralyze you. You must stand your ground! Romans 8: 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. The enemy will not get weary and leave you alone. He knows what is at stake. You have the opportunity to lead others to Christ and build the kingdom. Let me encourage you… YOU CAN STAND! God has given us everything we need to guard ourselves and be victorious. You have been promised a hope and a future. You are a child of Christ. Hold onto that and don’t be double minded. Believe the truth of God’s Word and make your focus that, not every “fact” that you know.

Unbelief is sin. It is a subtle weapon that can paralyze you and keep you from the promises you have been given. Let’s highlight the Truth of God over our circumstances and live a fruitful, victorious life!

Mark 11:24  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

with love,

Ashley

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  1. Lisa says:

    Well written! Let us not grow weary in doing good for in due season, WE WILL REAP A HARVEST! (Promise!) Honored to walk with you!

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  2. Teresa says:

    Gosh this is so good!! I’ve been so burdened with something similar…that just because we have a right to feel or react a certain way, doesn’t make that the best, most God-honored way. His truth always wins when we let it fight for us. Love you and so proud to call you my friend!!

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  3. Dale says:

    Good read, “sister”. Believing the truth not a lie today and always! Thanks for these encouraging words. Love you!

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  4. Lauren says:

    I love reading the thoughts and encouragement God has poured into your heart. Thank you for doing this

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