“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:13-14
Our unbelief causes us to breach the Greatest Commandment: “You shall love the LORD your GOD with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37; Deuteronomy 6:5). Everything flows from our relationship with GOD. Did you read that statement carefully? EVERYTHING flows from our relationship with GOD.
Unbelief thrusts us into common sense effort and human flesh as we personally face adversity. Unbelief thrusts us into human ingenuity, business tactics and strategy as we strive to “grow” our churches. Unbelief subtly corners us into the walls of independence, arrogance and humanism. Unbelief breeds pharisaical judgments and condemnation upon those for whom GOD’s redemptive plan was ordained from the foundations of the world.
As we walk in unbelief we become offended by the culture that surrounds us and we withdraw ourselves from it rather than being “provoked to engage” it (“The Next Christians,” by Gabe Lyons).
Belief, on the other hand, compels us to love GOD with all our heart, soul and mind. Belief, on the other hand, drives us to trust GOD with all our heart, soul and mind. Belief, on the other hand, causes us to collapse into a state of divine rest in the very arms of our Father Who is greater than the enemy.
Belief produces within us genuine brokenness and humility. Belief drops us prostrate with our faces in the mud crying out to our GOD. Belief relentlessly pursues GOD in all things. Belief abruptly and powerfully turns us from unbelief and toward rest in the bosom of the One True and Living GOD. Belief provokes us to proclaim loudly and walk boldly in the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ which is the power of GOD unto salvation . . . not politics . . . not programs . . . not strategies . . . not humanism.
Belief disrobes us from the garment of flesh and brings us naked before the world and our GOD and in our nakedness we cry out, “I am not ashamed of THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, for IT is the power of GOD for salvation to EVERYONE who BELIEVES . . . (Romans 1:16)” and upon this rock, the gospel of Jesus Christ, GOD is building His Church to breach the depths of hell and the very gates of hell will not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18).
Let us heed the call of GOD to repent of unbelief and let us march forward clothed only with Holy Spirit and “with all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on [behalf of one another] in the opening of [our] mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which [we] are ambassadors in chains; that in proclaiming IT [we] may speak boldly, as [we] ought to speak (Ephesians 6:10-20).”