Unbelief is paralyzing the Church, destroying the effectiveness of Christians, and excluding men from the kingdom of God. It has been characterized as a “capital and fountain of evil,” and probably no generation more than our own has been guilty of this offense against God, an offense which goes to the very heart of man’s relationships with God and God’s revelation to man.
That unbelief is a grievous sin, an offense of the greatest magnitude, we are loathe to admit; but such is the case, and it rests as a pall across our world today.
We are prepared to accept the discoveries of science and to avail ourselves of the advantages proceeding therefrom, but only too often we ignore or reject the God of Creation. In so doing we live in a jeopardy of our own making.
Unbelief is based on man’s rejection of God’s revelation of Himself. It consists of evaluating Him by our own limitations and, yet more serious, sitting in judgment on God and his Word.
“Your God is too small” is an accusation which can be leveled at every human being, and in a very special way at those of us who have limited him by our own unbelief.
Unbelief stems from ignoring the nature of God—his sovereignty, power, omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, love, and mercy, to mention but a few of his attributes.
Probably our greatest mistake is a concept of God which, because of this age of science, rejects his supernaturalness and continuing miraculous manifestations.
Unbelief is seen in our treating prayer as a mere “pious exercise” rather than as a God-given privilege whereby the very battlements of heaven are stormed and captured for God’s glory and man’s immediate and eternal benefit.
Unbelief runs rampant as man ignores or rejects the clear promises of God. Not for ...1
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