Thursday 12th December, 2019
Theme: Consequence Of Unbelief
Passage: Hebrews 3:7-19
One of the dangerous enemies of man is ‘unbelief.’ It is a sin that denies one his/her inheritance in Christ. Unbelief makes one to suffer in the midst of plenty or success. For instance, Peter initially believed and was walking on the water but when unbelief set in, he started thinking about the consequences of his action and he started sinking. He would have drowned if not for our Lord, and Saviour Jesus Christ who saved him.
In today’s passage, we are warned not to rebel against God through unbelief as the Israelites did and experienced God’s wrath in the wilderness (Ps 95:7-11; Ex.17:7). This means that when unbelief comes it hinders God’s blessings from manifesting in our lives. Worse still, unbelief attracts God’s wrath against our lives, endeavours and ministry. It hinders miracles (13:57-58). ‘We can’t’ OR ‘we are unable’ to do is the language of unbelief. In Numbers 13:26-33, we saw the report of the 12 spies. While 10 said ‘we are unable,’ 2 said ‘we are able.’
Unbelief has made it to seem to us that God has changed. It was the faith of the woman with the issue of blood that made her whole while the unbelief in the city of Jesus or his home town (Nazareth) hindered the manifestation of miracles through Jesus and He left them with their unbelief and problems.
Brethren, let us have unshakeable faith in God and so manifest the power of God in miraculous ways in our lives, in our families and endeavours rather than dwelling in our unbelief and its consequences which include sin, sickness, poverty, faithlessness, and may eventually cost us eternal life.
MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 95:11, “So I declared on oath in my anger, “they shall never enter My rest.”
HYMN: MHB 511 – Begone, unbelief, my Saviour is near.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to overcome my unbelief as I cultivate the needed faith in Christ for a victorious life in Jesus’ name. Amen!