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Day #24: The Answer is Jesus
“Doubt and Unbelief”
14-17 “I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.”
19-21 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. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” (Matt. 17:14-21 NKJV)
Accepting Christ Jesus as your Lord and Saviour of your life, is not the end but the beginning. Receiving the Spirit of God upon salvation is not the end, but only the beginning. For you have now entered into the wonder and the vast realms of the Glory and Kingdom of the Lord. It is simply the way and the nature of the Kingdom of God to be able to ask whatever you wish and receive it, that you might move mountains by your child-like Faith that is given you of Heaven. Hence you cannot go to Him with anything of yourself, but only in your naked honesty, hope, and faith that has been given you from Above.
“How long should I put up with you?” Jesus said, speaking to His disciples; these men who have walked with Him, stood by Him, and believed in Him (like you and I). “It is because of your unbelief!” I am not sure if you have noticed but believers can suffer from *unbelief. We as those who have been entrusted with the Word of God, even trained and approved to preach the Word and lead the people of God, can suffer (and preach) from a spirit of Unbelief and Doubt. It is for this very reason that I so encourage you to personally and continually seek His Presence and Love manifest upon your life as the underlying root cause and drive of your life. For as a result, the active Presence of the Lord upon your life will remove even the residue of doubt and unbelief, imparting of His very self.
In the same way that we are called to love the Lord with all we are, just as He does us, let us also come to seek Him with all we are – nothing withheld; a life FULLY yielded unto the Lord. It is here that He withholds nothing from you. Come and seek His Presence manifest, seek the active reality of our Living and Powerful Saviour manifest upon your life and He will respond to the cry of your heart. Live in the tangible and active reality of the Presence and Love of Jesus resting upon you, and daily open the ‘gates’ of your heart unto the Lord (Ps. 24). Seeking this with all of our heart, with all of our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength; in this we are truly coming into agreement with the Love of God and guess what … He responds!
How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God? (John 5:44 NKJV)
Believers can suffer with unbelief. So therefore, let us come and make greater place for the Spirit of God for He will remove even the trace residue of doubt and unbelief. Faith without any doubt is the most powerful force in the universe; for you, a mere man, move the Hand of God. But this faith without doubt cannot be achieved by your flesh alone, but is gifted of the Holy Ghost as you live a lifestyle and attitude of waiting upon the Lord. Be encouraged for nothing is of your flesh; “not by might, nor by strength but by my Spirit says the Lord” (Zech. 4:6). Come put your heart at rest: Faith without doubt and unbelief is not matured by your own flesh effort, zeal, or self-discipline, but it is freely gifted you of the Holy Spirit. The spiritual cause of Doubt and Unbelief is broken as you come and set your heart to “seek the honour that comes from the only God”.
It is such a privilege that you can live your life fully submitted and subject to the Holy Ghost, for in this, you have given Jesus full rights to work and show Himself active on your behalf (Is. 64:4)
Faith is a lifestyle and is not something that is activated only when you need answer to prayer. It is about where you choose to abide, who are you joined with, and where you dwell each day. The ‘prayer’ that God sees is your whole life laid bare before Him and not just the brief uttering from your mouth. Not just as a reed bending in the wind (Is. 58:5), but the honesty of who you truly are and who you are attentively listening to.
To involve and entrust even your slightest cares to the Lord, He prepares you to be able to involve Him and trust Him with the life-threatening cares that come. He Himself builds your faith. Practice here: entrust all your cares in Him and enter into the Rest of the Lord, that the active Presence of your Provider may richly grace your life. And the Words that proceed from the mouth of God may begin to instruct your soul and impart of His Son. Besides, cares can be like viruses (seeded by the demon) that separate, or are like debris that restricts the flow of the Branch of whom you are ‘grafted’ in (Matt. 13:7). We all need a firm rooting; bonded and connected tightly to the Branch, becoming one in Him, ie; ‘abide’ and ‘remain’.
As a born again believer do you abide in the Love of God, being raised and instructed in soul by the Lord God Almighty? Are you being led into meditation of the Word of God with the burning Presence of the Lord within, or do you only live fully conscious and aware of the cyclic issues and desires common to this life? Surely you realise that being rooted in the Life of Jesus that He raises you up above the life of this world? His Life within you giving you the capacity to speak over the issues of this life; pronouncing God’s Life and Blessing. Gain the attitude of the Counsel of God that brings about His Life and the reality of the Kingdom of God into your world. In truly giving your life over to the Lord, God even charges His angels to go out before you and prepare the way for you. So much so, that even the issues that you cannot now think of the Lord has already prepared for. Therefore, as a Christian choose to truly make Him Lord and this not just in word alone.
(*Unbelief has its origins in he who leads rebellion against Heaven. So the question is, whom is your ear inclined? Satan speaks into the soul of man saying “become as God knowing Good and Evil” (Gen. 3:5), or otherwise said, “become as a god in your own right and strength, choosing for yourself what is good and evil, and become independent of God”. Repent and cast this ‘Thief’ aside. Rather incline your ear, and retain a deep hunger for the Manna, the Bread of Heaven, even more so than your daily bread – ‘your daily needs’ (Matt. 6:11). Come and live your life as an open invitation, waiting upon the Lord for the outpouring move of the Spirit upon your life. For you are “not born of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:13))
Eagerly seek the Lord God Almighty: with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength, ie; nothing left over. A lifestyle of quietening your soul unto the Lord, even in the midst of the hecticness of life. As an open invitation unto Jesus knowing full well that He will guide you even in the very next step of life and that of your ministry. Even unto the leading of the very fullness of Himself. The onus is not on you but on the Lord of whom you entrust yourself fully to, in each moment and in every situation – free of cares. He will guide you and prepare the way for you, as you have guided yourself and fully prepared the way for Him. In united bond one on one with He who is Love. With the deepest of ties with He who is Life. These deep ties being established as the Spirit and Presence of God comes upon you each and every day.
‘Waiting upon the Lord’ means just that: sometimes you’ll just have to wait. But He will come and “dress himself to serve, He will have you recline at the table, and will come and wait on you” (Luke 12:37). Learn to quieten yourself down and wait upon the Lord, retaining the knowledge that your invitation has been extended to the Lord, and the Lord will come according to His Word, in His own time.
(The root drive: “love the Lord God with all you heart, with all your soul, with all you mind, and all your strength. And love others as yourself.” An underlying purpose of loving God is to lead you into maturity to loving others, ie; it is His Love that naturally gifts you with capacity to love. As the Love of God rises up and comes upon you (even daily), you gain immeasurable ability to love your spouse, your children, your friends, even your enemies. This is gifted you and made manifest of the Holy Ghost and is by no means contrived of the flesh. Man’s love continually fails but God’s Love always triumphs. The laying down of your life is by no means an abandoning of responsibilities. It is not an abandoning of loved ones, friends or enemies; but He gifts you, He drives you, He empowers you with the Love, Counsel, and Power of God to minister and heal them. You becoming as a pillar of God, an oak of righteousness, and a gateway of the Kingdom of God to your world.)
Pray this prayer with me. ‘Lord, please root out of me the spirit of Unbelief and the spirit of Doubt. I recognise them as spirits that are intent to rob from me and try to stand in between me and that of which you have purposed for me. Lord, in the place of these foul cunning spirits please come into my life, please instil the Faith of Jesus into my soul. By the Spirit of the Living God take that of which Jesus’ and insert it into me according to your Word. In Jesus Name. Amen’.
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