Posts Tagged ‘opinion’

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!


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)

Talk Matters

Don’t be fooled – talk matters.

These days, people spout off about all kinds of stuff. Whether it’s an opinion on politics or the latest story from Oprah, we can’t keep quiet about all the juicy details. Somebody told me that the average person uses over twenty thousand words a day. Obviously I haven’t used all of mine today. We are a talkative people; yet I wonder whether we consider the implications of our words? While we often argue for our freedom of expression, Scripture actually warns us to be careful with our tongues.

Talk Exposes:

Yeah, we enjoy speaking our mind, but the ancient world understood the purpose of speech quite differently. For them, “speaking” was a unique reflection of one’s position within in the tribe. It was not only a reflection of a person’s character, but of status and honor. They believed that honorable people would speak honorably. Now that would be a neat trick for our politicians, don’t you think.

Solomon’s Thoughts:

  • “Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning” (Prov 10:13)
  • “Words from a wise man’s mouth are gracious, but a fool is consumed by his lips” (Eccl 10:12).
  • “Wicked men… whose words are perverse, who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways” (Prov 2:12-14).

Jesus said:

  • “Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks…men will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Mt 12:34-37)

Drawing from the same tradition as Solomon, Jesus reiterates that the tongue directly reflects the heart. Essentially He’s telling us that people are the sum of their words. The manner and content of their speech mirrors the essence of their life.

Perhaps the wisdom of James should be considered at this point…”Therefore my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak.”  (Jms 1:19). I know its something I have to remind myself often. My dad used to tell me, “Son, a fool is never discovered, until he opens his mouth.”