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Resisting Unbelief

Unlocking the "Promise"

Unlocking the "Promise"

“Now the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation complain against him by bringing a bad report of the land; those very men brought the evil report about the land, died by the plague before the Lord.” (Nu. 14:36-37)

We often believe partially… like having faith for breakfast, but stopping short of believing God to meet all of our needs.

Let’s look at what happened in the Bible. God had Moses lead the people out of Egypt. Then He said I’m giving you a Promised Land that flows with milk & honey. So Moses sent out spies to check out the land God promised them. Joshua and Caleb came back in agreement with God’s promise (the land is good). The other ten spies came back with a bad report, focusing on the giants in the land and doubting God. How you see… is more important than what you see!

Seeing & Believing:

I know how tempting it is to focus on the negative instead of believing what God has promised! You must actively allow God to shape your perception while you look at realities that seem contrary to the Word of God! Seeing and believing are two very different issues. The Bible says that the people believed the spies with the bad report and wanted to stone Joshua and Caleb. Imagine fighting to agree with lies… that is where doubts lead us. It is amazing to watch reason or “how we see”, bring people into complaining and away from belief in God and His Promises. Doubt requires no creative energy at all, in fact it is an open door for a spirit of unbelief. When we are struggling to trust God, we need to resist the spirit of unbelief, because it is stubborn and will lead us into deception and paralyze our vision. You must exercise your faith in God’s Word, if you want to see the “promise” in your promised land!

  • God is truth!
  • He is not a man who would lie.
  • In Him there is no darkness at all – He’s not even capable of telling a lie.
  • The devil is the father of all lies, he is the deceiver and thief.
  • God is good, and His plan for us is good.
  • God is faithful and will always make Himself available.
  • He will never leave us, nor forsake us.

Don’t Open the Door to a Plague!

Doubt is not something that God puts in us. The Bible says that God gives every man a “… measure of faith” (Rom. 12:3). God has placed faith in our heart, but the devil tries to negate our faith by attacking us with fear and doubt. Doubt comes in the form of thoughts that are in opposition to the Word of God. This is why it’s so important to know the Word, speak the Word and walk in the Word. If we know the Word, then we can recognize when the devil is lying to us. Realize that he lies in order to steal from you… he is after the “promise” of the Promise Land. He wants to undermine all that Jesus revealed to us in His life and purchased for us at the cross, through His death and resurrection.

Don’t let the devil rob you of your inheritance!

Encourage yourself in God’s Word and speak out loud who He is and what He has purposed for you. Give no room for the devil to deceive you. If you allow doubts to become a stronghold of unbelief in any area of your life, not only will you miss out on your “promised land”, you will end up living under a “plague”! The stubborn heart will make you feel as though you are dying in your personal wilderness. Fight the good fight of faith… and don’t entertain negative thoughts that contradict God’s Word. Take those thoughts captive and fight for fresh vision and promise (2 Cor 10:3-6)!

Faith opens the door to your spiritual inheritance! Remember the words of David, “no evil, no harm and no plague shall come near your dwelling” (Ps. 91:10), since faith comes by hearing, and hearing (breaks the spirit of unbelief) by the Word of God.

How You See

I find myself often very confused by people who feel motivated to criticize others. Its not just because I tend to see things more positively, because I am probably more of a realist that an optimist. I think critical people seem to feel a sense of duty and credibility when they project their judgements upon others.

Our society has encouraged this behaviour in that our news reports and highly charged analysis groups spew enormous amounts of negativity across our media outlets. If we are unable to point out the imperfections in Gov. Sarah Palin or President Barak Obama we are considered ignorant or labeled an extreme… something or other. Our Western Culture has come to believe that if we cannot find something wrong with someone, we are abnormal. Are any of us really that good that we have to seek very far to find imperfections.

Paul told us that, “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23).

It would seem to me that we would become more surprised when a person got “it” right rather than flaunting a mistake or flaw in somebody.

My father used to say “it takes no intelligence what so ever to criticize… its easy to point out the obvious, but can you give me some solutions that show your creative smarts”.

My father was a realist as well I guess, because he believed it was a waste of time to find the flaws in others. He often would explain the difference between problems and opportunities… simply how we see them!

I think that is why I get so tired of critical people, because I was raised to see different. Being a critic is all about how you see! Contemplate this thought for a moment… spending our time seeing the mistakes of others actually causes us to miss our opportunity to witness thousands of moments of greatness that came from good intentions mingled with the grace of Heaven.

The Bible tells us to rejoice when we face various trials of our faith (Jam 1:2-3), because something great is produced in us – “patience”… which is really just a way of seeing. Patience is a way of seeing that waits for something expected to reveal itself. It seems to me that we become more credible when we are patient with others, than when we are critics.