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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)

A Walk of Faith

I love to watch the wheels turn when people of faith gather for fellowship. There are those that find faith easy and those that have to really stretch. Some will search for it with great expectation, others will wait for it and hope it drops out of the sky. Perhaps the most important thing is that the heart must become open to it. My sense is that at times we try way to hard.

 When a person places their hope in Christ and begins hearing the Truth for themselves, faith arises and that is when we finally “get it”. Baa-bing! Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Rom 10:17). It really is that simple. Like one of those “ah-ha” moments that we have all experienced at one time or another.

 This is the basis of revelation knowledge… its God revealing Himself to us as we look into the very face of Jesus Christ (2 Cor 4:6).

The Apostle Paul prays in Scripture (Eph. 1:17-18) about a release of the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Just look into His eyes. The eyes of your understanding will be enlightened. Every vision of Christ offers another facet of Glory and grace.

  These words make all the difference, “by faith we understand…” (Heb. 11:3).

 We will know and understand when our hearts can willingly say ”Lord Your face will I seek” (Ps 27:8).  The Prophet Jeremiah said God can be found by those who seek for Him with “all of their heart” (Jer 29:13). Everyday in God must become a quest from the heart, because it is a walk of faith.

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