The Withering Effect of Unbelief


How important is FAITH?

God makes it very clear that without a living and vital faith in our hearts we absolutely cannot please Him. Unbelief makes pleasing God impossible!

And without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God. For we come to God in faith knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who give all their passion and strength into seeking him. (Hebrews 11:6 TPT)

Let me ask you something. In light of eternity, can there be any more important question for us to be asking than this: “Is my life pleasing to God?”

The Apostle Paul agreed, which is why he made it clear that “our aim is to please him always and in everything.” (2 Corinthians 5:9 TLB) That pretty much covers it – always & in everything.

Faith pleases God. Another way to say it is genuine faith brings God great pleasure.

Now we can understand why Satan works overtime to attack both our faith in God and our confidence in His promises to us. We are encouraged to “fight the good fight of faith” (I Timothy 6:12) because it is our faith that gives us the victory over sin, Satan and the spirit of this world (I John 5:4).

We must fight to feed our faith because unbelief is deadly.

David opens Psalm 14 with this dramatic declaration: Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.”

Unbelief will make a fool out of you!

I was reading through this passage from The Passion Translation which paraphrases the verse this way:

Only the withering soul would say to himself, “There is no God.” Anyone who thinks like this is corrupt and callous, depraved and detestable, devoid of what is good.
Psalm 14:1-2 TPT

The author notes that the word for “fool” comes from a Hebrew word meaning “withering.” He adds, “If we make no room for God, we have withered hearts, our moral sense of righteousness is put to sleep, and the noble aspirations of the heart shrivel up and die.”

Unbelief is toxic. It makes our souls wither and atrophy. We must be diligent to examine the condition of our hearts to make sure we are not allowing any hidden pockets to be infected with the poison of unbelief.

So search your hearts every day, my brothers and sisters, and make sure that none of you has evil or unbelief hiding within you. For it will lead you astray, and make you unresponsive to the living God.
Hebrews 3:12

How do we know if we are experiencing the withering effects of unbelief? Our hearts become cold, callous and unresponsive to the living God.

The good news is that Jesus forgives or unbelief and awakens fresh faith as we “give all their passion and strength into seeking him.” (Hebrews 11:6 TPT)

Lord, may our hearts be filled with confident, expectant FAITH in you and in your WORD!

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