The Bible is full of truth. Until we believe that truth and make it part of our lives, it remains as print on a page. Did you know that part of the training for a new bank teller is to give them real money so they would instantly discern the counterfeit?
Unbelief is a counterfeit to truth. Unbelief is satan’s effective tool to keep folks from accepting Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. 2 Corinthians 4:4 says, “Whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God should shine on them.”
Here is something else that satan does. Ephesians 2:2 says that before salvation we walked, “…according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.”
Unbelief is disobedience to the gospel’s call. Romans 1:5-6 says, “Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ.”
What does the gospel call us to? Ephesians 4:1 says to walk worthy of the calling. 2 Timothy 1:9 says, “”Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.”
Accepting the gospel is not a once in a lifetime act. We are called to live out the gospel every moment in our lives. How do we do that? Romans 8:5 says, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”
Romans 6 is a blueprint we can build our spiritual life on. At salvation we died to sin. Verse 4 says, “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
James 1:6-8 is part of the gospel’s blueprint. It says that we are not to doubt. Doubt, fear, and unbelief cause us to see our impossibilities through our own eyes pre-salvation.
What did you believe about yourself before you were saved? For me, I was very independent and fought my own wars with the lies that I had believed. Those lies were my foundational beliefs.
It was not until 1993 that I learned that not all my thoughts were of my own origin. I spent years undoing satan’s strongholds. 2 Corinthians 4:2 was my template. It says, “But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully…”
Renounce means to disown. As the Holy Spirit would bring a hidden lie to the surface, I would acknowledge it and renounce it. Then I would affirm the truth of God’s word that tore down the counterfeit stronghold.
We know that the wicked one throws out fiery darts. Ephesians 6:16 says that our door shield of faith will quench them. However, unbelief will allow them to penetrate. Then satan uses the hidden lies to build an internal stronghold. Then he is able to war against us through our own thought processes.
That is why we have to keep truth in our heart. Our heart is designed to be a reservoir full of God’s word that we have memorized and meditated on. It is our true warring stronghold. When the enemy lobs a fiery dart lie, the truth within stands up like a sentinel. The Holy Spirit uses what we have hidden to keep us free!
Experiential truth is truth that has become ours. It is part of our thought process that directs us into paths of righteousness. John 8:31 says that inner heart truth is the fruit of a disciple. Verse 32 says that it becomes truth that sets us free and keeps us free.