Belief vs Unbelief
Heard another message that really hit home for me this morning….like a ton of bricks….my head still hurts (Ha!).
The speaker was teaching about how Christians can be saved, but still have unbelief. Not that we don’t believe in God and that Christ died for us – but rather how we often focus on our issues or problems rather than the promises of God.
The speaker said that unbelief comes to be when we do not consider (meditate on or bear in mind) the promises of God. Instead we focus (or consider) on the problem/issue more – and all of this comes to us in a variety of ways:
- Disbelief – when we are given incorrect teaching of God’s word
o Can be countered by our reading and studying His word for ourselves
- Natural Unbelief – is relying on what we physically see and hear – what we naturally experience
o Again countered by what we know of God’s word and not on our own emotions/senses
- Hardened Heart – a result of what you will not consider/accept
o Countered by considering/meditating on the promise rather than the issue – instead of thinking that something is or is not going to happen (based upon your knowledge or experience about the issue) – you simply believe that although you don’t know how, you know for sure that God will take care of it and it will happen in a way far beyond your imagination
Our own unbelief often stands in the way of the promise being fulfilled. And we’ve all read and heard that before. But I guess I never thought of it past believing in God and that Christ died for me. I never thought of it in terms of my thinking or views having an impact on the results. I mean – yes, I’ve said to myself or others ‘God will take care of us’ – or something along those lines. But what was really rolling around deep inside my mind at that time?
Funny thing is though, as I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I have been learning a lot lately. About myself. About God. About my life and this journey I’m on. And I had already come to realize that I need to re-direct my thought process as I’m working to trust and have more faith in God. And this message today simply reinforced what I have been processing in my own mind lately.
For example, I have been working through some financial issues of late – and I knew I was in for some very rough times. It was going to be bad. On paper, I simply was not going to make it, folks. But then I corrected myself and thought ‘No, I am going to trust God. He is going to see me through this. I am going to rely fully on Him and stop worrying about what I cannot change.’
I have to tell you – I was nauseous with worry about what I was going to do – and several times throughout the day I would speak with God about it. And I would remind myself to stop worrying, trust God – stop thinking about it, trust God…..you get the picture. Over and over I would go through that process. It took a couple of days – but the anxiety subsided. It took time, I believe because if I wasn’t careful, I would find myself getting anxious and contemplating the horrible things I just knew was going to happen ‘IF God decided not to help me out of my predicament’. I also praised Him and thanked Him for taking care of me and my son. Each time I caught my mind wandering back to the dark side – I would praise Him and thank Him and claim His promises to me. And of course, He was faithful and He worked it all out for me! I just had to focus my thoughts on my heavenly Father and stop focusing on the things of this world. Why oh why do we make things so difficult on ourselves?
Ultimately, this has taught me to think a little deeper and do some serious soul-searching about my ‘self-talk’. I am the expert in telling myself that something is not as good as it should be or why would God do this when I did that, etc. Few people know that I have a Commercial Art & Advertising education on my resume – the reason? I was so critical of my own work it was not rewarding to do the work. Therefore, I never pursued that field as a career.
So, on this piece of my journey I am striving to redirect my thinking. To stop and tell myself, ‘No – I am not going to think that way. Instead, I’m going to believe and trust that God is going to do _____.’ I am going to keep reminding myself daily that I am loved. I am worthwhile. God is waiting for me to get out of my own way – so He can do miraculous things!
Wishing you a blessed day! Take care