This chapter has me dealing with unbelief. Beth goes on to describe that unbelief is a sickness that plagues the bride, the body of Christ. It is a plague debilitating many a believer. Believing His Word is essential for breaking free.
Psalm 146: 6b - 9
He remains faithful forever, executing justice for the exploited
and giving food for the hungry.
The Lord frees prisoners.
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord raises up those who are oppressed.
The Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord protects foreigners and
helps the fatherless and the widow
but He frustrates the ways of the wicked.
What a beautiful expression of just how much God's love can accomplish in the life of those who choose to receive it.
At times, circumstances and happenings have caused me to choose not to believe the Word that God has spoken over my life. And yes, I said choose because unbelief is a choice, it is a deliberate action.
I remember a time when my husband was out of work and I had lost my job suddenly. I remember thinking about bills that needed to get paid....mortgage, car insurance, etc. I had totally disregarded what God said about Him being my Jehovah Jireh...He alone is my provider. My former employer had given me severance pay which was exactly the amount of my salary for the length of time I was without employment. So basically, God gave me three weeks paid vacation! I worried for absolutely nothing. But the serious offense was doubting my Father's divine providence.
The Word is filled with examples of men and women that stepped out in supernatural faith.
This experience did increase my faith and served as an example that I should never doubt God's love for me. He has promised to never leave me and I have seen the manifestation of His promises fulfilled over and over again in my life.
God has proven His truthfulness and loyalty to His Word. However, when unbelief grips us we have to cast it out in the name of Jesus. We should declare what His Word says regarding the situation and speak life to it. The worst thing we could do at that point is doubt the Lord.
Beth shares the following points on pages 212-214:
1. God tells us He loves us. (Deut. 7:8)
2. God demonstrates his love for us. (John 3:16)
3. God thinks about us constantly. (John 17:24)
4. God testifies to others how He loves us. (John 17:23)
God made sure to inscribe his love for us in His Word so that we can always refer to it.
I want to always keep in my mind that belief is not a feeling. It's a choice!
Beloved, let's believe God's proclamation of love for us and walk in that blessing. We can always run to Him when our faith needs to be strengthened. And it's ok, He is there waiting for us and willingly will give us exactly what we need...less of us and more of HIM!