Have you ever put a puzzle together only to find there is a piece missing? You look in the couch cushions, under the chairs, everywhere you can think of but can’t locate that one piece that completes the picture you spent so much time putting together. How very frustrating! So you throw the puzzle away only to find the missing piece a week later in your closet, stuck to the bottom of your shoe.
I was listening to a teaching on Sunday morning that I had recorded, actually a three part series which I listened to twice by Creflo Dollar on unbelief. I had dvr’d it over a month ago, but sometimes God knows when you’re ready to hear something and receive it, so he saves it for a specific time. I can’t share the entire teaching, but I’d like to share a few points with you because I truly believe that this is an area of our lives that has to be dealt with so that we can see the manifestation of the promises of God come to pass in our lives.
Unbelief comes from the following:
1. Through ignorance. Simply not knowing or the lack of knowledge.
2. Through disbelief. This is defined as wrong teaching. Sometimes man will but his own twist on things based on his knowledge and not the revealed knowledge of God.
3. Through natural things. Our five physical senses will cause us to not believe in the promises of God.
4. Through a hardened heart. The more we focus on unfulfilled promises, we harden our heart to the possibility of it happening, thus rendering the Word of God ineffective in our lives.
I’d just like to focus on number 3 for a minute, because that seems to be where most of us tend to land. We are so affected by what we see with our natural eyes that we allow it to dominate us. Matthew 17: 15-17 tells about a man who had taken his epileptic son to the disciples to be cured but they couldn’t do anything, so Jesus cast out the demon and healed the boy. Go with me to verses 19-20, “Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
So we see that it had nothing to do with their faith, but rather their unbelief. Tiny faith can move mountains, but doubt will keep it stuck right where it is. Do you see that? We don’t need more faith to obtain the promise, we just need to believe more than we don’t. Instead of throwing the puzzle away, ask God to show you where the missing piece is and wait for him to show you. We’re so impatient that many times we simply miss out because we can’t ‘see’ it. That is why it is so important to read the Word of God, to see what he did then and know that he is the same yesterday, today and forever. What he did for them, he will do for us.
Your age is not a factor. Your body is not a factor. Your job is not a factor. Your lack is not a factor. You need to change your thinking to BIG GOD, tiny problem. Romans 8:11 says; “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” There you go!
Father, thank you for giving me your Holy Spirit. He leads me into all truth, making me aware of how great you are. Thank you for putting things in perspective for me, showing me just how small the things I face are compared to your great and mighty power that works in me. This natural world has to respond to the supernatural power of God in me. I call forth life into visions and dreams. Is anything too hard for you, oh Lord? Like Abraham, I won’t consider what things ‘look’ like in this natural, ever changing world. I will only consider the promises you’ve made to me. I see you putting substance onto those dreams and breathing your life into them. I will accomplish the things you’ve told me to do and you will get all the glory for it. In Jesus Name, AMEN!