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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)

Spirit of Unbelief

Crushing the Spirit of Unbelief

Many followers of Christ have a limited “believer”. I know that sounds like a strange statement, but sometimes unseen barriers, like brick walls hold us back. I am convinced that there are irrational issues inside of us; demonic in nature, that limit our ability to engage faith. 

Faith & Spiritual Life:

Its similar to the ignition of a car. We might turn the key and get some sound, but if the engine has no spark it will never start and never move us down the road. Ignition is simply the spark that starts an engine. Faith is the spark inside that ignites the heart to trust God, to love God and believe in His promises for our lives. 

The Stubborn Heart:

The inability to obey the instructions of Jesus and trust in the Promises of God, often leads to 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 offences can find their dwelling in the heart and be controlled by a demonic spirit that paralizes the heart in unbelief.

The Frustration:

My ”old man” was unbelieving to the bitter end, but I remember receiving Christ and being confident that all things would become new (2 Cor 5:17). The carnal part of me was now fully engaged in a battle with God’s truth, and I recall feeling that I could not submit to God’s ways (Rom 8:7). I couldn’t please God, because I had no faith in His purpose for me (Heb 11:6). The spirit of unbelief made me feel like I was living in a fog.

Deliverance from Unbelief: 

Praise God, there is deliverance from the spirit of unbelief, but it doesn’t come without a fight. Those controlling spirits get into our ”believer” and go unchallenged until we learn to break covenant with their activities. While Satan will do all in his power to resist the Word of God and get us to accept mediocrity, God has a destiny of freedom in store for us. Our history does not have to be our destiny.

My Personal Testimony: 

I remember feeling tormented in my soul as I struggled with my own unbelief in relation to the Word of God. I would listen to lots of great teaching and study the Bible with other strong believers. Yet the truth would make little impact upon me. Every revelation was encountering resistence in my mind and heart. I noticed it most when I chose to make spiritual commitments to obey God. There was no power within my life to release faith.

Break Covenant:

It wasn’t until I made a decision from the heart to love God and fight for His Fatherhood in my life, that I really came to understand the problem. Even though this was only the first step to victory, it was a powerful step. I broke the covenant I had made in my heart to trust Satanic lies. I needed to become violent in order to break the demonic control and sever the spiritual captivity in my heart. What I could renounce and break free from just kept giving me more freedom. Soon I found a boldness to believe God and trust His promises that I had never experienced before.

Release the Spirit of Faith: 

Overcoming unbelief came as I gained the ability to release the Spirit of Faith. I could rest in the power of the Holy Spirit and experience Him as the Spirit of Faith spoken of in Scripture. Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit, as well as a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It was released more and more as I allowed the Spirit of God to penetrate my thoughts and permeate my prayer life. It was an amazing process that required a few seasons of fasting, but awakened my heart to enormous breakthrough. It literally crushed the spirit of unbelief.

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