Unbelief - It's More Than Meets
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will have the power to overcome
the wiles of Satan as well as to bring glory to God through being empowered
to do miracles of healing and other things. If we do not believe we can
be overcomers through our Lord Jesus Christ and the power of His Holy Spirit,
what can we say of ourselves but that we are guilty of unbelief?
Sadly, far too many truly Godly
Christian parents, even Apostolic pastors, have children who are anything
but godly. They wring their hands and wonder why. After all, they
protected their children from seeing ungodly things on TV, didn't
allow them to wear clothing considered by the church to be unholy, never
let them go to movies or "dress out" in shorts for physical education,
never let them go to the public beaches or swimming pools where they might
see someone of the opposite sex in scant clothing and lust or be lusted
after by others who might see them in scant clothing. So why did
these children go off into sin as soon as they were old enough to go out
on their own?
The Bible tells us, through Solomon,
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will
not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6). 'But I DID train up my child
in the way I believed he or she should go and they still went bad. Was
it in their genes?''
Let me ask you, how do you become
strong? Do you lie in bed and have someone bring your food to you and you
just lay prostrate day in and day out on the bed? No! That produces
exactly the opposite result. Doctors and other health care professionals
refer to what happens to people who do not exercise as "atrophy" or the
shrinking and weakening of the muscles. To obtain strong muscles
and bodies, you exercise, eat right and get sufficient, but not too much
rest. Right? Now let's apply this to Christian child rearing. How
would you expect to develop your child's spiritual muscles? By keeping
them isolated and no allowing them to face test and trials of their faith
and their beliefs? Hardly! This is the sure-fire way to cause them
to be spiritually weak and their spiritual muscles to atrophy. And
worse, this is a clear demonstration of your unbelief - in this case, a
lack of trust in the Lord to keep and protect your children as they flex
and exerise their spiritual muscles. How can they let their lights
shine before men that they may see their good works and glorify the heavenly
Father as Jesus commands in Matthew 5:16 if they are never allowed out
into the darkness?? How can they learn that "Greater is He that is in you
than he that is in the world?" (1 John 4:4)as being a reality and
not just words in a stuffy old book that nobody they know lives by if they
are never given the opportunity to overcome obstacles? What if not fear
and therefore unbelief is it that makes us as parents refuse to allow our
children to exercise faith muscles?
That child will be a powerhouse
for God whose parents teach them the right way and then allow that child
to flex his or her muscles by doing right when faced with the possibility
of doing wrong. That child will be a powerhouse for God whose parents
teach their children the right way and then allow those children to flex
their muscles by doing right when faced with the possibility of doing wrong.
Yes, do allow your
|child the opportunity
to stumble and fall occasionally but you be there then to pick him or her
up and teach them by their mistakes.
In John 15:19, Jesus says, "If ye
were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not
of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore, the world
And in John 17:15-18, He prays "I
pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou
shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even
as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word
is truth. As Thou has sent Me into the world, even so have I sent them
into the world." Thus, we are IN the world but not OF the world.
“But let all those that put their
trust in Thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest
them: let them also that love Thy name be joyful in Thee.
“For Thou, Lord, wilt bless the
righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.” (Psalms
“O Lord, my God, in Thee do I put
my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me,” (Psalms
The Psalmist boldly declares “And
they that know Thy name will put their trust in Thee: for Thou Lord, hast
not forsaken them that seek Thee.” (Psalms 9:10). We who call ourselves
Jesus' name Apostolic Christians claim to know the importance of His name,
but how often do w fret and worry about things we cannot control? Don't
we know that "All things work together for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28). So
what can we call our fears and doubts? Unbelief, of course.
We can quote the scripture, “The
Lord is my Rock and my Fortress, and my Deliverer; my God, my Strength,
in whom I will trust; my Buckler, and the Horn of my salvation, and my
High Tower"(Psalm 18:2). But then, how often do we lie in bed at
night and worry about problems that in the natural seem insurmountable?
What is this? What else cane call it but unbelief?
In closing, I have one solution
to the problem of rampant unbelief among us Christians. In this day
when we seem so wrapped up in having to go, go, go, we MUST MAKE
the time to be holy. We must find time or make time to read our Bibles
and pray and seek God's face. "If My People which are called by My
Name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from
their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their
sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14). We need
to realize that "So then Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word
of God." (Romans 10:17); "Pray without ceasing." (1 Thessalonians
5:17) and "The effectual, Fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth
much." (James 5:16b)can and will bring our unbelief to an
end and our victories to the forefront in our lives.
-- S. M.
FOOTNOTES: (*See Acts 2:36-39.
**See Acts 16:29-33.)