Series Title: What It Is And What It Is Not
Faith: What It Is And What It Is Not
Matthew 17:18-20 KJ2000 18 And Jesus rebuked the demon; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. 19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, Remove from here to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
The Greek word for “unbelief” in the above scripture is “apistía” which is found in the New Testament twelve times and each and every time it is translated “unbelief” by the King James translators. It is unfortunate that many of the new modern translations use the phrase “little faith” instead. I am sorry but unbelief is NOT little faith.
Faith is believing God and His word. Unbelief is believing satan and his lies. That is it – topic closed! It is NOT how much you believe but WHAT you believe that makes the difference.
For example if you believe lies like, “I can’t do that, I am not worthy”, or “I don’t have enough faith”, or “I don’t know if it is God’s will to heal me”. etc… If you believe those lies then your unbelief will stop the miracles God is trying so desperately to send your way.
Now if you said that your “pride” was getting in the way of your faith (which is the essence of our topic of believing more in yourself than you do God) – now that is a statement I tend to agree with – but I refuse to believe that God is withholding the gift of faith from you.
Jesus purposely choose the smallest thing to illustrate that it is NOT the amount of faith you have but what you believe that is important. He went out of His way to make this point and yet we still manage to twist the truth into a lie as the devil whispers in our ears, “You don’t have enough faith”. As you believe those lies so they become true – according to your faith.
The last thing Jesus wanted was for you to believe in yourself – in your own faith. He wanted you to believe in HIM – not how much faith you have. He is the one we are to believe in and …
to believe that YOU don’t have enough faith is accusing HIM of not supplying enough grace.
“Do you” or “do you not” believe in the CROSS? That is the question you really need to be asking.
With so little preaching on the cross these days it is no wonder so many Christians struggle in their faith and accept the lies. Faith in the cross was the main preaching and topic of the New Testament and yet you rarely here about it today.
I am sorry, this just gets me a little riled up. After all that Jesus has done for us and yet we still want to look towards ourselves for spiritual power and deliverance – it is just so insulting to our precious Lord and Savior.
Do you really believe that Jesus promoted believing more in yourself? – in your faith? – in your ability to believe? As though we don’t already have enough “pride” — do you really believe Jesus wants you to have yet more?
NO a thousand times NO! He wants you to believe in the CROSS! That is it! Believe in His blood and His sufferings. You need not believe in anything else – He is enough!!!