What is Unbelief?

 
Unbelief is commonly perceived as “a lack of faith in God.” But this view can obscure the underlying problem. Unbelief is not just a lack of faith in God. In actuality, unbelief is “having too much faith in ourselves and our own ways” from moment to moment in our lives. This over-dependence upon ourselves keeps us from fully experiencing God’s power and purpose for our daily lives and also the peace, joy, and spiritual rest which are meant to be available to us through our faith relationship in Christ.

Mark 17A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”

19“You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”

20So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.

21Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”

“From childhood,” he answered. 22“It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

23“ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

24Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Spiritual Obesity

Spiritual Obesity: taking in but not giving out; sitting in church every Sunday and soaking it in without truly seeking service to God; higher expectation for action placed upon one’s church than upon one’s self.

The eventual result of spiritual obesity:

The Dead Sea

The Jordan River is the only major water source flowing into the Dead Sea, although there are small perennial springs under and around the Dead Sea, forming pools and quicksand pits along the edges. There are no outlet streams. The Dead Sea is roughly 8.6 times saltier than the ocean making for a harsh environment in which animals cannot flourish (hence its name). The high salinity prevents macroscopic aquatic organisms such as fish and aquatic plants from living in it.

1 John 3:18  Little children, let us not love merely in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

Count Your Blessings – Frequently

Plain and simple: If you are not sufficiently thankful for the blessings you have, you will never be content with what you do not have.

“Content” – in a state of peaceful happiness –  a state of satisfaction.

 Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.