Unbelief is a lack of belief or faith in God and His provision. While unbelief does not
hinder God’s faithfulness (Romans 3:3) “for what if some did not believe? Shall their
unbelief make the faith of God without effect?” God forbid! It does affect the
individual’s capacity to receive the benefits of that faithfulness. The unbelief of many
Israelites, for example, kept them from seeing the Promise Land (Hebrews 3:19, 4:6).
The unbelief of the Nazarenes prevented them from witnessing Christ’s miracles
(Matthew 13:58). Doubting skeptics are limited in what they might see or know, while
“all things are possible to him who believes” (Matthew 9:23). So you can see why the
scheme of the devil it to get you into unbelief. Unbelief comes from 3 sources of
ignorance: 1) You never were told: The Bible tells us in Hosea 4:6 “My people are
destroyed for lack of knowledge”. Paul tells Timothy in I Timothy 1:12-13 “And I thank
Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, for that He counted me faithful, putting
me into the ministry; who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious;
but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief”. The Bible tells us to
study to show your self approved. 2) False teachings – you were told something in
error. (there are some who are told that miracles and healings are not for today).
You then have to empty out all unbelief and commit yourself to agree with the word of
God. Get the truth about the subject. You have to make the Bible the final authority.
3) An unfavorable experience. People get into unbelief when they take their
experience over the word of God. They say I know the Bible says that, but this is
what happened to me. Just read the red, and do what it says, is a simply way to fix it.
Remember we walk by faith and not by sight.
You have enough faith, it’s the unbelief that will negate your faith. Jesus was with
Jairus as he heard the bad news about his daughter, Jesus told him “be not afraid,
only believe” (Mark 5;36). When the disciples could not cast out the dumb spirit out
of the boy, Jesus rebuked them for their unbelief (Matthew 14-20, Mark 9:17-29).
Prayer and fasting drives out unbelief.
Just like when you learned the multiplication table, it took awhile and when you had
memorized them. Now it is in your heart and you can say them without counting. The
more word you understand the better life will be, because “the word is life” (John 6:
63). It is written “the entrance of the word brings light”. The light you get on the
subject, the more understanding you get on it.
James warns us not to be double minded (James 1:6-8) “but let him ask in faith,
nothing wavering for he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and
tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A
double minded man is unstable in all his ways”.
We have to deal with any unbelief. We are to surround ourselves with people of like
faith. Shut off the end road to unbelief, by taking care what you hear, say and
watch. Remember faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God.
Sermon by: Harriet Bond
Date: July 14, 2006