Summary: Unbelief is one of the greatest hinderances to the Christian life and in some capacity it is the root of nearly every sin - learn how to practically crush every aspect of unbelief in your life and ministry.
Malcolm Mugridge - "Our 20th century, far from being notable for scientific skepticism, is one of the most credulous in all of history. It is not that people believe in nothing, which would be bad enough, but that they believe in anything, which is really terrible.”
Defined - Believing and acting based on my and the world’s lies instead of God’s Truth in His Word.
Unbelief can take on different forms:
Not believing God.
Not believing God’s Word.
Not believing God’s way is best?
Unbelief is Related to doubt.
Doubt dwelt on, not confronted and challenged
2Cor.10:5 - “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Hedy - unanswered questions - doubt which not dealt with -unbelief - yields effects.
A doubt can be a positive catalyst to growth - doubting and unbelief aren’t.
Unbelief is a big deal - Here are a few ways it affects us.
James 1:6 - “...he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”
Miss purpose; paint a picture.
Don’t take risks and miss adventure.
Miss seeing God work and growing closer to Him.
Trapped in Sins of omission and commission.
Practically You lose.
Jn.10:10 a not b! - “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
At an even bigger level eternity and others lose.
Rom.10:13-14 - “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
Ultimately God loses (Really)!!!
Mt.13:58 - Unbelief hindered God’s work
Mt.6:10 - “your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Where doubt comes from:
Satan: John 8:44 - Satan is the father of lies.
The World: 1 Jn.2:15-17 - “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world - the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does - comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”
My heart: Jer.17:9 - “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
And Fundamentally, not applying God’s Word.
James 1:22 - “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
Note: Teachers and leaders must be careful (James 3:1)
If I don’t destroy it, Heb.3:13 says I will be deceived and sin will harden me.
Destroying Unbelief and not letting it grow back (weed analogy).
1st, Persevere through it!
Learn to recognize it - Get in Word!
Walk by faith Applying God’s Word!!! (remember James 1:22)