In the wilderness, the Israelites believed the lie that God was powerful enough to bring them out of Egypt, but not faithful enough to bring them into the Promised Land. Unfortunately, often times we do the same thing. We believe what He accomplished for us on the cross. We thank Him for saving us, redeeming us and delivering us. But we have trouble continuing to believe that He will fulfill His promises in our life. If we allow unbelief in the door of our hearts, we believe the same lie as the Israelites. We in essence believe that He was powerful enough to bring us out of darkness, but not faithful enough to bring us into the promise.
This is how the Lord reacted to the unbelief of the Israelites:
“The LORD said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them?” Num. 14:11 (NIV)
But the WORD says:
“…it is impossible for God to lie…” Heb. 6:18
“I am the way and the truth and the life…” John 14:6
“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Heb. 10:23
To the contrary, when we simply believe what He has said, it trills Him! It also gets His attention. You can tell how important something is to someone by their reaction. Let’s look at how God has reacted to people who believed what He said.
“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead-since he was about a hundred years old-and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”” Rom. 4:18-22 (NIV)
“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” Luke 1:45 (NKJV)
“He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. BUT SAY THE WORD, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, `Go,’ and he goes; and that one, `Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, `Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, HE WAS AMAZED AT HIM, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such GREAT FAITH even in Israel.” Luke 7:6-9 (NIV)
To the contrary, Jesus called the following LITTLE FAITH:
Worrying about our physical needs, of food, clothing, and shelter. Matt. 6:25-30
Fearing that the winds, waves, and storms of life are going to take you under. Matt. 8:26
Fearing about not having provision. Matt. 16:8
Inability to drive out difficult demonic situations. Matt. 17:19,20
Even Peter, though He walked on water just like Jesus did, as soon as he started fearing the storm he began to sink (Matt. 14:29-31). Jesus caught him and told him, “You of LITTLE FAITH…Why did you doubt?” Why would Jesus say Peter had LITTLE FAITH when he just walked on water? It wasn’t just because of fear of the winds. He took his eyes off of Jesus, the Author and Finisher of his faith, and put them on circumstances.
Most of the time, we believe God only as long as we see circumstances lining up with what God has said. Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith will allow us to be sustained in the natural realm when there is no physical reason for the support. OUR FAITH can only be GREAT FAITH when our heart is fixed on Him alone as our SOURCE.
This centurion, an “unbeliever,” didn’t need any outward manifestation to believe. All he needed was just to hear the Lord speak the Word, and he knew it would be done. This got the Lord’s attention and it moved Him to act and take notice! Jesus said this was “GREAT FAITH.” We must be careful how we categorize people, as God sees much deeper than we do.
We call ourselves believers, and those who do not know God, unbelievers. But can we truly characterize ourselves by that title? What has God spoken to you? Do you believe what He has said will come to pass? Or are you wavering back and forth?
We must allow the Lord to reveal and unearth any unbelief that may be hidden in our heart, as it will sabotage your faith. Let Him reveal Himself and His faithfulness to you afresh, that you may truly be A BELIEVER.
Blessings to All,