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The Stubborn Heart

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” (Mk. 9:23-25)

It has been my experience, that literally thousands of people struggle with unbelief. Real barriers stand between their desire and the reality of God’s Will! Like this father they hear the words that Jesus would love to heal, deliver or bring hope; but they are stuck. They know the truth that if they could just believe, nothing would be impossible… but there is no believing, no receiving and no “heart” at all. There is just the nagging reality of hopeless effort, tears and shameful discouragement. And worse yet for many, they construct a new theological platform of resolve… “I will choose to not believe any longer, because it just leaves me hopeless!”

The Spirit of Unbelief:

The inability to obey the instructions of Jesus and trust in the Promises of God, often leads to this frustration. We want to please the Lord and experience all that God has said, but something in us resists faith. We find we “cannot” believe even when we want to. This can be due to a “spirit of unbelief”. Lies, deception, fears or offenses can find their dwelling in the heart and be controlled by a demonic spirit that paralyzes the heart in unbelief. This spirit is real and dangerous, it is pervasive and advancing across the landscape of Christianity and it lives in the midst of the “Church culture”… where all is not fine in paradise!

Authenticity:

I receive many emails and calls about this issue and I find it a bit shocking that the problem is so wide spread and growing. Yet in my opinion there is a root cause that we must uncover and shine the light of truth upon… people are living superficial lifestyles. They rarely stop and contemplate the meaning of their existence. To ask the simple question, “WHY!” is not blasphemy, nor is it going to lead us into deception. Perhaps it would even offer a lot more authenticity to our journey!

Jesus said in Matthew 7:7… “Ask, seek and knock… and the door will be opened!”

Authentic communication with God – opens the door of relational truth. Things that are difficult for us to understand, come into the light of His wisdom and love. God is a “father”, He knows how to take care of His children and He is faithful. He is anticipating our needs to be vocalized and to come streaming into His Presence (Heb. 4:16). The Apostle Peter, who seemed a lot like us; said you and I need to be “casting all our care upon Him, because He cares for us” (1 Pet. 5:7). He cares for us… and He knows all about our issues of faith. This idea that we can avoid our problems and they will just go away… well – that is the greatest deception of all! They do not go away, in fact they produce the fruit of disappointment, which I spoke of earlier. We tend to create and believe a false perception of God’s heart toward our reality.

So – here’s the point…

  • Stop living without meaningful communication with God!

Spend time telling God of the frailty of your faith, the brokenness of your heart and the weakness in your perceptions… ask Him “why?!” and then wait… wait… wait… for the doors to open! They will, my friend they will… they will open wide and the King of Glory will come in. Who is this King of Glory… He is the Lord Strong and Mighty! (Psa. 24:7-10)

Defining Tragic Moments

Opening the Clouds

Seasons Change

“Into every life a little rain must fall.”

 Well, if we were to define that rain as a hurricane I would agree… it seems the average life has major tragedies almost yearly. The Psalmist David said, “many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers them out of them all” (Ps 34:19).

 I believe deliverance is sometimes confused with avoidance.

 We must never avoid our problems or explain them away.  This is a cruel world that hands us more than we can handle at times and if it were not for God’s mercy and grace, I would have been a statistic rather than an overcoming Child of God. If we desire deliverance we must give God the opportunity to move… He enjoys transforming tragedy into the testimony.

 Tragedy often defines the important moments in our lives…

 Seasons come and go, but its the tragedies that so often create the emerging testimony within the seasons we experience. Its a wonderful joy to watch a person be healed of cancer, but the afflicting disease takes an enormous toll on the body for weeks, months and sometimes years before the healing comes.

 Jesus sees our pain, gathers our tears and comforts our hearts so that deliverance on whatever level can emerge from the midst of struggle.

 The testimony is like the blossom on the rose bush that appears to speak of glory, while the bush itself hides thorns and pain. Let me state clearly that I believe we must help folks find hope in the crucible of pain. Pain is a rather odd gift that God uses to help us evaluate our experience with wisdom and counsel. Pain actually allows us to set values and share emotionally with others.

 My father used to say, “you must not judge until you walk a mile in the other man’s shoes”. So true… in that the only person who can define any tragic moment is the person who walks through it in the pursuit of a testimony.

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