What is Unbelief?

Scripture: “Watch out, brothers and sisters, so that there won’t be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by sin’s deception. For we have become participants in Christ if we hold firmly until the end the reality that we had at the start. As it is said: Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion. For who heard and rebelled? Wasn’t it all who came out of Egypt under Moses? With whom was God angry for forty years? Wasn’t it with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, if not to those who disobeyed? So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.” – Hebrews 3:12-19 (CSB )

What is unbelief? Unbelief is a lack of faith. Sometimes the level of faith we confess with our mouth doesn’t match the level of faith that our heart is confessing. Without faith it is impossible to please God. God wants all faith. He doesn’t want us to be lukewarm.

When the Israelites were in the wilderness they were happy and believed God was there until the smallest problem arose. They immediately lost their belief or faith. I see myself doing this. It is so easy to have faith and believe that Jesus is there when life is great. No problems exist. Then, you get a hospital bill in the mail that sends you into shock, we lose a friend unexpectedly, or we are just simply having a bad day, and our faith plummets.

We have to guard our hearts and faith from our flesh. Our flesh will lead us into negative thoughts, but our hearts and faith will remind us of God’s promises. God will always provide in every aspect. We have to make a choice to believe or not to believe. We have to make a choice to believe in the highs and lows. When all we see is a problem and no way out we have to believe. God is there providing. Trust in Him and have a consistent belief. The devil is after our faith. It is important to stay focused on God’s calling in our lives.  

Heavenly Father, thank you for your word. God, forgive me for not having a consistent faith. I will focus on my calling, on Jesus, and Your love for me. Holy Spirit lead me today. In Jesus’ name! AMEN


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