Unbelief Can Be Deadly
Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:58
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. Matthew 17:20
Jesus Christ always received answers to His prayers. He never once prayed in vain. When we pray we should not expect to have any less than He. That’s because He’s given us the authority to use His Name. When we speak in His Name, it’s as authoritative and effective as Jesus Himself speaking to the Father. When Christians pray, God listens because they’re His child, and they pray according to His will. Whilst listening to them, He doesn’t consider their prayer with respect to another person’s. He doesn’t hold something back from them just because another person has asked for the same thing you asked for. He relates with them on the personal level. And “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27).
God doesn’t prefer one of His Children above another; He relates with each person as though he is the only one in the whole wide world. And one of His children were the only person on the whole earth Jesus would still have come to die for them! God is very person with each one of His children and He shows partiality to no one. He said, “…ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24). Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me” (Psalm 50:15).This is God’s promises: if we ask Him, we shall receive! If we call upon Him in the day of trouble He will deliver us and we shall glorify Him.
Through prayers we can prevail on circumstances. God has shown us in His Word that we can change anything, including things that were divinely destined to be. However if you are sick with a terminal illness and believe that God’s doesn’t heal or do miracles today or believe it’s His will that you be sick then it will be deadly for you! Mind you if you have some brains and know the bible you can change God’s will immediately like King Hezekiah did. The bible records for our profit and instruction:
In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, “Thus says the LORD: ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’ ” Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the LORD, and said, “Remember now, O LORD, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. And the word of the LORD came to Isaiah, saying, “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will add to your days fifteen years. Isaiah 38:1-5
Through prayer you can change any hopeless situation and we are not just referring to the kind of casual praying some folks engage in sometimes; we are talking about the earnest, heartfelt, continued prayer of the righteous man! That kind of prayer, according to the bible makes tremendous power available, dynamic in its working (James 5:16 AMP). King Hezekiah turned his face to the wall. He turned away from men and the world around him unto God, after the prophet Isaiah had announced to him God’s verdict of death, and prayed intensely. The result of his action was that the sentence of death on him was immediately reversed and the lord added fifteen more years to his life (Isaiah 38:4-6).
God loves us just the way we are. He didn’t create us to be a failure but to be head over all things and to have authority over all things. And the word of God tells us that it is God’s will that we be well and be blessed in all things! However there are people who believe that it’s God’s will to be healed but have unbelief which counteracts or negates their faith! Wrong teaching about healing hinders people from receiving in faith! You either believe or don’t believe. A simple pure faith will accomplish great and wonderful things including Jesus promise’ 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!
Unbelief means faith in a wrong direction. People have three kinds of unbelief including ignorance, wrong teaching and natural unbelief! To remove unbelief through ignorance we read, study and preach what God’s word says on any subject including healing! Apostle Paul tells us Now concerning spiritual gifts (the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith , gifts of healings, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, different kinds of tongues, the interpretation of tongues) brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant (1 Corinthians 12:1). We remove ignorance through knowledge of what God’s word says is true and spiritual gifts are for today including healing and miracles!
Unbelief through wrong teachings requires a bit more work to deal with the source of unbelief. Some of these come false teaching such as God doesn’t heal today, miracles have passed away with the apostles, God wants you to be sick, nothing happens without God’s permission, and God allows things including sickness because of judgment. These kinds of teaching create unbelief and must be corrected with the knowledge of the truth.
Natural unbelief such as trusting our five senses always which is not necessarily wrong however could be a stumbling block to our faith if God tells us to do things that doesn’t appear to work even though God’s word states “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive (Matthew 21:22). Some things require time for a miracle or healing to be manifested. The bible tells us that the lepers were healed along the way to the high priest:
Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? “Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:12-19
Yes, our faith can make us well because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever! But being well in Christ is more than just good health or financial prosperity we need to grow in God and attain the fullness of Christ. God needs to mould us and perfect us in God so that we may reflect Christ in His doings and words. Lord Jesus Christ, when He was in this world, healed all who were sick and oppressed. And God wants to use us to bring deliverance and healing to the others and draw them to His love and power so they may also taste His love and goodness. God’s word is true:
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head-Christ- from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 4:11-16
Now if it wasn’t possible for us to grow up in all things into Him who is the head; Christ than God’s word would not insists for us to grow in the Lord till we attain the perfect growth in Him. It would not propose that we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Of course we cannot do all this by ourselves in any way we need the help of the Holy Spirit and to be obedient to whatever God tells us to do! As we abide in the Lord, He makes us perfect and we become completely holy. Then all the people shall come to us. We shall wear them as ornaments just like a bride. Yes, when we become perfect all these blessings shall come seeking us. The Lord will bless us and make us channel of blessing to others. But we need to seek the Lord diligently and faithfully. The Lord will make us grow and enable us to attain the fullness of Christ. And blessings and honor shall abound in our life. And the Lord shall make us a blessing to others and bless us. God’s word is true:
Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:8-12