How does unbelief get in? I felt this question pop into my mind when I read Matthew 17:20. Jesus was speaking to His disciples. They wanted to know why they couldn’t cast out the man’s epileptic son’s demon.
It says, “…Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
The issue was not the size of their faith. It never is with us either. Unbelief comes in when we allow a fiery dart lie to penetrate our mind. It also comes in when we waver in what God’s words instructs us to do.
James 1:8 says that those who waver are double-minded and therefore unstable. Their faith borders are not secured. Faith is a resolute, unshakeable, and steadfastly rooted truth that is hidden in our heart. It is surrounded with thankfulness.
In Colossians 2:5 Paul commended the church, “…rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.” He went on in verse 6-7 to say, “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”
1 Corinthians 10:5 says to take every thought captive. That does not mean that we take every thought apart to see if it has a lie in it. It means that we hide God’s truth in our heart. It is an inward truth that will rise like a sentinel to thwart any lie from entering in the first place.
Those that we dialogue with became our own. They seeded into our hearts unknowingly. That is the stealth activity of our enemy. It is essential to remember that not every thought is of our own origin. As each lie is hidden, it is gathered into a stronghold which fights against us from the inside.
The fiery darts are outside. Ephesians 6:16 was written so we could stop it from coming in. It says, “Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” More on this tomorrow.