For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
When Jesus walked this earth, we are told He was tempted and suffered just as we are. Our pain and suffering moves Him with compassion. Our Father understands our pain, weaknesses, and needs but what He will never tolerate nor allow is a faithless unbelieving heart. He is True and Faithful and in Him is no deceit or variableness. He has never failed to prove Himself to be who He has proclaimed Himself to be, nor has He ever failed to fulfill the promises He has given us.
Unbelief is an extremely dangerous thing to harbor in our hearts, and scripture spells out clearly what happens when we allow unbelief to take root and grow in our lives.
Dangers of Unbelief:
1. God can not work in a heart of unbelief
And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.
2. A heart of unbelief leads to a heart of stone & Rebuke from God
Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen.
3. Unbelief steals our peace and keeps us from finding “rest”
So we see that they were unable to enter (into rest) because of unbelief.
Unbelief = Heart of stone = God’s Rebuke = No Rest….
Hebrews 3:5-30 (ESV)
A Rest for the People of God
7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,
“Today, if you hear his voice,
8 do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
on the day of testing in the wilderness,
9 where your fathers put me to the test
and saw my works for forty years.
10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation,
and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart;
they have not known my ways.’
11 (I)As I swore in my wrath,
‘They shall not enter my rest.’”
12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. 15 As it is said,
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
16 For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned,whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.
When my faith falters and the trials and burdens of life press down upon me, I find victory to overcome unbelief by remembering, recording, and recounting the goodness of God. My history with Him is the lifeline of my faith. He has never forsaken me or withheld His love or goodness. Who He was yesterday is who He will be today and tomorrow. There is no room for unbelief.
What has become bigger in your life, your problems or the “Solution” to your problems?I Overcome unbelief by switching your focus from the problems to the “Truth.” Remember yesterday’s A to Z! “The truth will set you Free.” Hear His voice, believe His words, overcome your fears, pain, anxiety….
Amen. Thank you so much.
Thank you for stopping by!
This is so true. There are days I have to fight to believe, not necessarily out of struggle but sometimes even out of complacency. Thank you for the encouraging words.
You are so right! I tend to do better when I am in the midst of a fight. Leave me alone and I tend to coast and get complacent! Great thought!
Sobering truth expressed here. I love the advice of remember, recounting, and recording God’s goodness as tool for overcoming disbelief. I think remember is so important. In the heat of the battle we can lose track of the fact that God has delivered us before.
Thank you for stopping by Wanda. I have always looked at Israel with the though “how could they forget all that” but God’s grace and mercy poured out upon me is as great a wondrous work as well. He parted the sea for them, but he parted a heart of rebellion, unbelief, and sin for me. They got to walk to the other side on dry land, but I get to walk to the other side to live with Him!!!
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and a special thanks for the ping! Blessings!!!
True indeed. The beginning of one’s journey in Christ is by believing unto him. Yet unbelief has turned out to be such a major obstacle to entering God’s rest as people who once believed in Him get enamored by the the deceitfulness of sin. Yet God forgives those who desire to again have faith in Jesus! Faithful is the Lord God.