A fellow pastor and good friend gave me a podcast to listen to by a local GA Pastor. After listen only half of it and waiting for the other part to come out in the coming days my mind is blown away.. How is it I missed this simple truth over all these years. The difference between having Faith and Unbelief. I am digging deep in to the word studying this simple truth. Maybe its not that we have lack of Faith as its we have Unbelief that He is going to do something or something will happen. My mind is still going crazy over this fact and how I missed it in all these years. I am sure I will post more in the next few days as I listen to the rest of the podcast as it comes out. Until then I will dig and do a study of my own on just this topic. “Maybe it’s not that I need more Faith but I need to decrease my Unbelief.” Here are a few powerful truths I found on it so far.
– Faith believes the Word of God; but unbelief questions it (Psa 106:24).
– Faith holds fast to a promise of God to help; but unbelief says, “How can these things be?” (Rom 4:19-21; 2 Kings 7:2; John 3:11,12).
– Faith will make you see love in the heart of Christ; but unbelief will imagine wrath in his heart (Matt 15:22,28; Num 13; 2 Chron 14:3).
– Faith will give comfort in the midst of fears; but unbelief causes fears in the midst of comfort (2 Chron 20:20,21; Matt 8:26; Luke 24:26,27).
– Faith will suck sweetness out of God’s rod; but unbelief can find no comfort in his greatest mercies (Psa 23:4; Num 21).
– Faith makes great burdens light; but unbelief makes light ones heavy (2 Cor 4:1; 14-18; Mal 1:12,13).
– Faith helps us when we are down; but unbelief throws us down when we are up (Micah 7:8-10; Heb 4:11).
– Faith brings us near to God when we are far from him; but unbelief puts us far from God when we are near to him (Heb 10:22; 3:12,13).
– Where faith reigns, it declares men to be the friends of God; but where unbelief reigns, it declares them to be his enemies (John 3:23; Heb 3:18; Rev 21:8).
– Faith puts a man under grace; but unbelief holds him under wrath (Rom 3:24-26; 14:6; Eph 2:8; John 3:36; 1 John 5:10; Heb 3:17; Mark 16:16).
– Faith purifies the heart; but unbelief keeps it polluted and impure (Acts 15:9; Titus 1:15,16).
– By faith, the righteousness of Christ is imputed to us; but by unbelief, we are shut up under the law to perish (Rom 4:23,24; 11:32; Gal 3:23).
– Faith makes our work acceptable to God through Christ; but work done in unbelief is sin. For without faith it is impossible to please him (Heb 11:4; Rom 14:23; Heb 6:6).
– Faith gives us peace and comfort in our souls; but unbelief works trouble and trial, like the restless waves of the sea (Rom 5:1; James 1:6).
– Faith makes us to see preciousness in Christ; but unbelief sees no form, beauty, or comeliness in him (1 Peter 2:7; Isa 53:2,3).
– By faith we have our life in Christ’s fullness; but by unbelief we starve and pine away (Gal 2:20). – Faith gives us the victory over the law, sin, death, the devil, and all evils; but unbelief lays us obnoxious to them all (1 John 5:4,5; Luke 12:46).
– Faith will show us more excellence in things not seen, than in them that are; but unbelief sees more in things that are seen, than in things that will be hereafter;. (2 Cor 4:18; Heb 11:24-27; 1 Cor 15:32). – Faith makes the ways of God pleasant and admirable; but unbelief makes them heavy and hard (Gal 5:6; 1 Cor 12:10,11; John 6:60; Psa 2:3).
– By faith Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob possessed the land of promise; but because of unbelief, neither Aaron, nor Moses, nor Miriam could get there (Heb 11:9; 3:19).
– By faith the children of Israel passed through the Red Sea; but by unbelief the generality of them perished in the wilderness (Heb 11:29; Jude 5).
– By faith Gideon did more with three hundred men, and a few empty pitchers, than all the twelve tribes could do, because they believed not God (Judg 7:16-22; Num 14:11,14).
– By faith Peter walked on the water; but by unbelief he began to sink (Matt 14:28-30).
Also something to think about is this. Many times when we don’t see the answer to our prayers, we believe we lack faith. However, at the point of salvation, every Christian received THE measure of faith. (That’s a topic in it’s self as the Greek says “The” not “A”) The issue is not a lack of faith but the presence of unbelief. Unbelief cancels out faith and renders our prayers ineffective.
In His Grip,