Hebrews 11:6 - "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
Unbelief is one of the most deadly sins a believer can commit. It was unbelief that caused the children of Israel to die in the wilderness. Unbelief immediately short circuits God's power in the believer's life. Because of unbelief, many believers live in weakness and defeat. Through lack of faith, crucial prayers go unanswered (Matthew 13:58).
Questions for Reflection: Are you often filled with more doubt than faith? Do you tend to worry and fret rather than trust God? Are you fully resting in God's promises or are you frequently anxious? Have you excused the sin of unbelief by claiming to be a "born worrier"? Do you excuse your doubt by saying, "I have good reason to worry"? Have you let disappointments weaken your faith and prayer life? A pattern of worry is not just a weakness; it is a willful sin against God. God promises perfect peace to those who choose to trust rather than fear (Isaiah 26:3). Do you need to confess the sin of unbelief and worry? (You may also need to talk to a godly counselor or doctor about the roots of your anxiety.) No matter how long you've doubted, God can give you true faith and a supernatural peace. Don't settle for anything less!
As we confess and forsake our sins of unbelief, let us ever place our sole trust in the "author and finisher of our faith." (Hebrews 12:2)
Ephesians 4:2 - "With all lowliness and kindness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love."
The primary mark of a Spirit filled believer is a kind, loving spirit. The primary mark of a carnal believer is a critical, angry attitude. A sure sign of carnality is a loud, pushy attitude which demands its own way.
Questions for Reflection: Do you have a kind, gentle spirit or are you argumentative and contentious? Are you often critical and harsh with people? Are you often insensitive to the feelings and needs of others? Do you tend to look for reasons to pick people apart? Are you quick to get angry and speak your mind? A gentle and quiet spirit is valued of great price to God (I Peter 3:4). Do others characterize you as having a gentle and quiet spirit? Are you quick to point out the weaknesses of others? Do you make excuses by saying, "I can't help it, that's just my personality?" Be honest in your evaluation of your heart attitude. Ask for God's forgiveness and cleansing. Be specific about ways to change your attitude (especially with family).
Even as we confess and forsake our sins of self centeredness and contention, let us rejoice in God's full acceptance (Romans 8:1; 1 John 1:9). His mercy is higher than the heavens!