Friday, July 27, 2007

Hidden Unbelief

I'm reading this book called "When Heaven Invades Earth" by Bill Johnson. It's life changing. Some excerpts I read recently that impacted me....

"The Biblical command repeated most often is: Do not fear. [Interjection... do not fear is actually commanded in 2/3 of the books of the Bible] Why? Fear attacks the foundation of our relationship with God...our faith. Fear is faith in the devil; it is also called unbelief. Jesus would ask His fearful disciples, 'Why are you so faithless?' because fearfulness is the same as faithlessness. Fear and faith cannot coexist--they work against each other."

"When I have misconceptions of who He is and what He is live, my faith is restricted by those misconceptions. For example, if I believe that God allows sickness in order to build character, I'll not have confidence praying in most situations where healing is needed. But, if I believe that sickness is to the body what sin is to the soul, then no disease will intimidate me. Faith is much more free to develop when we truly see the heart of God as good."

"There is something amazing about unbelief--it is able to fulfill its own expectations. Unbelief is safe because it takes no risk and almost always gets what it expects. Then, after a person gets the answer for their unbelief, they can say, I told you so."

"Unbelief is anchored in what is visible or reasonable apart from God. It honors the natual realm as superior to the invisible. The apostle Paul states that what you can see is temporal, and what you can't see is eternal. (11 Cor. 4:18) Unbelief is faith in the inferior. The natural realm is the anchor of unbelief.

"People of faith are also realists. They just have their foundation in a superior reality. Unbelief is actually faith in something other than God. He is jealous over our hearts. The one whose primary trust is in another grieves the Holy Spirit."

"Faith does not require understanding to function."

"My faith is not just abiding faith; it is active. It is agressive by nature. It has focus and purpose. Faith grabs hold of the reality of the Kingdom and forcefully and violently brings it into a collision with this natural one. An inferior kingdom cannot stand."

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