John 3:16-18 NKJV – Unbelieving believers

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

I guess these Scripture verses just about say all that needs to be said.  The deepest possible expression of love comes from the Father; who loved us so much that He gave.  God the Father gave His Son, Jesus to the world.  The Father’s love is perfectly expressed in His nature.  “And we have known and believed the love that God has for us.  God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in Him.” (1 John 4:16 NKJV)  Jesus came to save the world through Him, though there are those who don’t believe.  “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.  He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.” (John 1:10-11 NKJV) 

There was a time when I did not believe.  I had my reasons and at the time they all seemed reasonable.  At least to me they were reasonable.  I had my life in the palm of my hand and I thought that I was doing pretty well.  But I was seeing everything through rose colored glasses.  I couldn’t see the truth because I was blinded from the truth.  Things changed quickly in my so called “perfect lifestyle” and I was given a choice.  I had to choose to live or to die.  I chose to live.

Unbelief did a lot of damage to me.  It caused me to doubt everything.  It caused me to live outside rational thinking.  What I mean to say is that all my thoughts were focused on self.  And I didn’t care what others thought or were facing.  As long as I was in control, I would be ok.  What I was doing was painting myself into a corner to the day when I was out of control and I couldn’t do anything about it.

I have shared my testimony before and if you’re interested in reading it, go to our home page and then to “Categories” and look up “Testimony” and read Isaiah 14:3 Parts 1, 2, and 3.  But really what I want to write about is the concept of unbelief in believers.  That’s sounds like an oxymoron – Unbelieving believers.  That’s exactly what I mean.  Unbelief is a failure to trust God and it holds back God’s blessings.  It also leads to spiritual death.  Unbelief is rebellion against God.  “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God.” (Hebrews 3:12 NKJV)  Did you catch this?  It says if we do not believe we possess an evil heart.  This is a heart that keeps us from God and away from His rest. “So we see that they could not enter in (rest) because of unbelief.” (Hebrews 3:19 NKJV)

Unbelief questions God’s faithfulness.  “He who believes in the Son of God has the witness of himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.” (1 John 5:10 NKJV)  There are consequences of persistent unbelief.  Unbelief is sin and sin separates us from God.  “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36 NKJV)  Rejecting God grieves Him.  Rejecting God means you also reject all the benefits of Him.  But Glory to God, restoration is available through the ministry of Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ redeems believers from all forms of sinful bondage.  Unbelief is a chain of bondage that must be broken.  Jesus paid the price for your unbelief through His death and resurrection.  The price of that redemption represents a ransom paid to secure your freedom from the bondage to sin.  Jesus paid your debt.  There is power in the Name of Jesus.  Power sufficient to break EVERY chain of bondage that is upon you.

Friend, when we refuse to believe in the Power of God, we dishonor God.  When we reject God for our own devices and abilities, we dishonor God.  When we refuse to go to God in prayer because we don’t believe He will answer, we dishonor God.  When you find yourself in a state of unbelief, call upon the Name of Jesus to rescue you, to restore you, to redeem you, and to forgive you.  Calling upon the Name of Jesus may be as simple as “Save Me Jesus” or “Help Me Jesus”.  Three little words, but powerful words.  (See Prayer devotion entitled, “Matthew 14:28-30 NKJV – Three Little Words)  Go to the Lord when you feel separated from Him.  It may be unbelief that is keeping you from all that God has for you.

Father, thank You for giving us Your Son, Jesus to save us.  Thank You that all we need to do is believe to have everlasting life.  Forgive us Father for our unbelief.  Help us to draw closer to You so that when those times come where doubt and sin separate us from You, we can call upon the Name of Jesus to be rescued, restored, redeemed, and forgiven.  In Jesus Name.  AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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