Help My Unbelief
What is Unbelief?
Is it not a desire to have it in ourselves, to see it, to feel it, to know it,to understand it, to have it according to our minds? When it does not fit these categories we experience unbelief. –T. Austin-Sparks
Unbelief is rooted in the soul life and gives glory to self.
Unbelief keeps Jesus from being able to fully reveal Himself to us. The block is on our part not His. Our unbelief doesn’t diminish who His is—it reveals our heart.
Faith in rooted in the Spirit and gives glory to God.
Faith says, even though I cannot see it, feel it, can understand it, or know it with my mind, I will still believe who You say You are (not only as my mind can conceive).
Some Examples of Unbelief Today:
“I want to have Christ, the church, myself, and my brothers and sisters according to my mind.”
This unbelief keeps Christ, His church, and us impotent and in bondage to man’s constraints.
“I cannot be a new creation in Christ yet—I’m waiting to become a new creation when I get to heaven.”
This unbelief keeps us from walking now in the power of His Resurrection Life.
“Christ cannot be the functional head of His church. He cannot rule through a corporate, redeemed humanity. He cannot be the only source of life for the church.”
The result of this unbelief has helped create the institutional system of religion.
“Christ is still fixing my sinfulness.”
This unbelief keeps us so focused on our sinfulness and not reckoning that He demolished sin and its nature and keeps us from seeing the fullness of who Christ is for us.
“I can be made right with keeping the Christian law.”
This unbelief keeps “us” as the source of our salvation and keeps us from following the Spirit, which is what saves us fully unto transformation.
“Jesus cannot speak with me today.”
This unbelief keeps many from being able to follow the Holy Spirit, the law of the Spirit. So instead we have a preacher or leader we look up to.
“Eating his flesh and drinking His blood? How is that possible? He didn’t really mean that.”
This unbelief starves our spiritual man whose food is Christ. (In our attempt to try and comprehend this with our minds the Lord’s Supper has become a physical small wafer and a thimble of juice.)
“Take up your cross? Deny yourself? That’s not applicable for today.”
This hinders our souls transformation.
“Christ is separate from the church. I love Christ but not the church.”
Christ and the church are united and we can’t love one without loving the other.
“It’s not the true church if there is any structure or planning. Spontaneity is more spiritual.”
This unbelief starts creating another man-made system of things and keeps the church from learning to flow with the law of the spirit.
Living by Faith
What is faith? Well, faith has nothing under its feet but God, just God. It is the Lord. –T. Austin-Sparks
Unbelief allows us to boast in ourselves but faith puts all in God.
Romans 4:3: Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.
Romans 4:20: He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
Faith is belief and trust in God alone, not God plus something else.
Righteousness is available for all through faith.
Romans 4:16: For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all…
Faith accounts Christ to us, not things.
Why is faith so important? Because it gives us Christ.
God our Father has placed the seed of His Faithful Son, His life, in us and has given us a new nature, a divine nature, and a new divine source to draw from and live by. This is accredited to me by faith just as “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
It’s no different for us as it was for Abraham, Faith is what give us access to the living breathing, experiential reality of Jesus Christ living in us as our all! Faith will account unto us CHRIST, who is not only our righteousness, but also our holiness, faith, love, patience, joy, kindness, longsuffering, gentleness, forgiveness.
Repercussions of Unbelief (Living from the Soul Life)
- Being cut off
- Having no rest
Belief Allows Us to Rest
“I believe that Christ is all God says He is for me and unbelief prevents that from being so for me. It also keeps us from entering into the Rest that God has provided for His children. To believe is to enter into the Rest God has provided in Christ.”
Where Unbelief Comes From
“Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as when they provoked Me.”
Unbelief can be out of ignorance as in the case of Paul. He yielded to Christ expanding Paul’s view of Himself.
Unbelief can be hardened hearts:
- Many got offended with Jesus for trying to change their mindset of Him
- The unbelief of the Israelites in the desert
- The disciples following Jesus’ resurrection.
For the disciples after the resurrection, the Lord revealed Himself to them to overcome their unbelief. But Jesus says, “blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus. It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:12-17)