John’s ultimate purpose, “That you believe and ____________ Jn. 20:31
Our purpose today: Take the next step of ____________ in the character
and promises of God as revealed in His Word.
•Understanding and assessing unbelief
2 types of unbelief represented in this scripture
a) Overt: ‘the crowd’ v.11-12 & 19-20
b) Covert: ‘the brothers’ v.2-10
*At the root of BOTH is _____________
*Proximity is no guarantee of belief
•Belief killers v.13
2. ‘Fear of Man’
1. The Word v.14-18 & Mt.7:29
2. Faith Rm.10:17 & Jms.2:14-26
3. Repentance Mk.9:22-24
•Looking back with belief
Description: A pattern of depending upon one’s own wisdom, strength and methods instead of trusting in the character and promises of God as revealed in His Word.
Please check any boxes that you believe may apply to you:
I find myself disappointed and even offended that God doesn’t work in my life as I think He should.
When I hear of other people’s spiritual experiences or answers to prayers, I am often skeptical.
Prayer is usually a last resort for me. I try to figure things out or work on them myself first.
I think my situation, my sins, my fears, my marriage, my spiritual condition, my __________________ (fill in the blank) will never change.
I don’t give to the Lord’s work consistently because I don’t think I’ll have enough for my needs.
I don’t seek God’s will because I’m afraid of what He might ask of me.
Visible circumstances have a stronger influence on me than do the written Word or things God has revealed through prayer.
I am not confident that I have spiritual authority through Jesus Christ.
I tend to be self-sufficient and independent from others and from God.
I have a hard time accepting that the entire Bible is true.
I’m not sure I can have the ‘abundant life’ Jesus promised.
I’m a firm believer in “God helps those who help themselves”.
I don’t expect God to use me in miraculous ways.
I don’t pursue intimacy with Christ because I doubt it will ever happen.
When people talk about hearing God, I am suspicious that He really speaks to them.
There are some situations in my life that I don’t really trust that God is working out for my good.
If God calls me to step out in faith and do something, I find myself scared or resistant and often procrastinate until it is too late.
The 4 ‘R’s for Unbelief
Repent: Take responsibility for unbelief by confessing specifically your own sinful rejection of the truth of God’s character and Word. Name areas of unbelief specifically — finances, relationships, spiritual life etc.
Prayer: Father, I confess that I have chosen to trust in my own strength, wisdom and abilities because I doubted You would meet all my needs. I confess that I have not believed Your Word to be true, and I have not trusted that You are perfect in all Your ways. I confess unbelief in the areas of _______________________ (name these) and ask you to forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness.
Receive: Thank the Lord for how He has freely forgiven you. Receive His full cleansing and rejoice. Ask Him to fill every place that was once inhabited by the sin of unbelief with the fullness of His faithful Spirit.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for cleansing me completely. I receive Your full forgiveness and rejoice that my sin of unbelief is as far from you as the east is from the west. I receive the fullness of Your Spirit into my heart right now.
Resist: Renounce every lie you have bought into that reflects a stubborn heart of unbelief. Renounce lies about God’s character and lies about His promises to provide. Sever all association with the evil of unbelief by the power of Christ in You. In the authority of Jesus Christ, actively resist the enemy’s efforts to oppress you through your sin of unbelief and close the door firmly on his activity in your life.
Prayer: I renounce the lie that God is not sufficient for me emotionally, physically, financially, mentally, relationally and spiritually. I renounce the lie that God does not care for me nor look out for my best interests. I renounce the lie that self-reliance is the safest way to go. I sever every tie I have had with a doubting spirit by the blood of Jesus Christ. In His Name I resist every lie and all unbelief, evil, scorn, doubt, skepticism and fear. Lord, the enemy no longer has any access to my life through unbelief, so I command him to flee.
Replace: Acknowledge and embrace the truth about God’s sovereign power, tender goodness and perfect wisdom. Speak out the following affirmations or write your own based on the Scriptures above to demonstrate that you now want to walk in the spirit of faith and trust instead of doubt and skepticism.
I will renounce doubts that come my way and replace them with faith in the truth of God’s Word.
I will stop living by what I see with my natural senses; I will live according to the Word and the revealed promises of God.
I will no longer depend on my own abilities and reasoning but will call upon you Lord.
I will commit to spending more time in God’s Word and listening to His voice in order to increase my faith.
I will no longer live in rebellion by fearing a life of true obedience to the Lord.
I will step out boldly in faith to minister in ways like Jesus ministered to others.
I will live confidently in the spiritual authority that is mine in Christ.
I will respond to God’s wooing of my heart and purpose to grow in intimate knowledge of Him.
Walking in the Opposite Direction
To walk in the opposite spirit means to take risks—-to step out in faith even when we feel insecure and shaky. We need to identify the specific lies we are embracing when we hold back for lack of faith. We need to commit to getting our marching orders from Jesus on a regular basis as we listen to His voice. As we grow in our willingness and ability to hear Him and carry out Jesus’ ministry, we will begin to see the enormous gap between what we can do in our own strength (natural), and what we can do in the power of the Holy Spirit (supernatural).
That gap is bridged when we step out in faith to do what Jesus said we would do, should do, and could do! Every time we take these steps of faith and something supernatural happens, our faith – and our confidence – is reinforced. As faith grows, unbelief is diminished!
And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:58
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. John 14:12
For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen. Mark 16:14
Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. Hebrews 3:12
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firmin addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.