“And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” (Mark 9:24)
Proven, verifiable facts, unquestionable truth is the bane of our adversary, and his greatest hatred is towards those whose faith rests in the Lord Jesus Christ. No doubts, no reservations, faith with purposeful intent.
Our unbelief needs to be put to the test, not so God will know, but so that we can grow. “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13)
The wise servant rarely asks for temporal items, perhaps for the physical pain to dissipate a little, for the knowledge to perform a task set before us by our employer or another person, but we pray for those things that are eternal, that will glorify the name of the Living God. Those tests prove our faith to ourselves, in all humility we give Him thanks for them.
“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;” (2nd Peter 1:5)
The circumstances across the planet are dire, that should add to your faith that the end of the time of the Gentiles, the end of the time of grace is coming to a close, we rejoice because we will soon go home. But that same knowledge for some is causing great fear, and in this fear, if they are truly born-again, they are being tested.
There are few things less useful in the Spiritual realm than one who has been crucified with Christ living in fear, and few things more profitable for our adversary.
That unbelief is not only detrimental to their witness for the Lord, for their continued growth, but it is also extremely advantageous for Satan. The light grows a little dimmer, the oil begins to run out, and those that they are to serve for the glory of God will find themselves in the darkness without the Light to lead them. It is occurring in many churches today. The context of the before and after service, the message of the sermon revolves around the wickedness of this ever-growing darkness, and mere minutes are spent in adoration of the Almighty, in praising His name for what He is allowing to occur, in seeking His face for His will in our lives.
Faith my friends, trust in the Almighty, does not grow well in the soil of continuously speaking of the evil of mankind.
“The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.” (Prov. 21:12) Not so they can fear him, but so they can stand against that wickedness, so they can go forward into the battle with the confidence that the Lord God goes before them, fear will kill you before the battle has ever begun. Unbelief, the lack of trust, first breeds fear. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” (1st John 4:18)
The mind that you serve Christ with should know no fear whatsoever, it should always be standing on the Rock of our salvation. It does not fear man, it does not fear our adversary, it does not fear death. But your flesh does, and rightfully so, for it knows the day you die, it dies forever.
Those tests that help your unbelief are there for a reason, to reveal to you that your Father can be trusted in all things. Doubt is what you must kill, unbelief is one of your greatest enemies, and that unbelief is a terrible sin against Him who gave His life for you.
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” (1st Peter 2:24)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart my friends, with every step you take, no matter what path He sets you on, it is the path that leads to that strait gate. If you have been crucified with Christ you are on that path and with each step that unbelief will fade away just a little more if you will but trust Him.