Just Pondering…Unbelief

In the moment…Just pondering…

Sitting at coffee this morning, I inadvertently overheard a conversation while working on a message…OK…I purposefully and intentionally listened in on the conversation. 😜 What drew me in, was one person describing how they were a “worshipper,” which of course, peeked my curiosity. I wanted to know what she meant—why was this identifying marker so important to her. On the side, let me say I always find it interesting to hear Christians describing their identity by their calling more than by their walk. But nonetheless… What she began to describe, though, was more about how she had left her last church and decided that she could “learn on her own for awhile.” Of course, hidden between the words was an offended spirit.

On the surface, nothing would normally seem to be out of order. We would all listen to her process as legitimate. People leave one church for another all the time. We all have the right to be led the way we desire, right? We all need a place where we can fully realize our identity, correct?

Certainly! But…we should not miss the fact that there all kinds of spiritual forces lurking in the background playing with our motives when we’re in this kind of mindset.

In moments like this, there’s a big issue that we can easily miss in our own pursuit of purpose. It’s the widespread issue of unbelief; which says to itself, “I don’t believe in what someone else is doing because they don’t believe in what I’m doing.” An awkward place to stand, to say the least!

What we need to understand though is that the challenge of believing God has little to do with believing for the supernatural or believing for God’s call in our lives. All people of faith believe that! True believing is exchanging my right to be right for an agenda greater than myself. Take a look at Jesus’ own experience. When Jesus showed up in His hometown, the people could not receive His teaching, so the Bible describes how Jesus subsequently “could not do many mighty works (miracles) there” because of their unbelief. What they already believed got in the way of what Jesus was saying.

This is where I find a troubling spirit in our world…and at times, even in the church…we’re moved more by our desire for personal power than by the truth of what God is doing. We’re looking for confirmation of what we know and believe rather than believing what God is doing in front of us. Now, I’m not speaking of loving a specific church, or honoring the person in the pulpit. I’m speaking of truly seeing God speaking and working in our midst regardless of my personal interests.

In the case of Jesus’ hometown, there was no power available for them because there was no willingness to embrace Jesus’ Words. They held their own belief close rather than Jesus’ truth. It wasn’t about believing God for the miracles Jesus could do, but believing in who He said He was.

At the end of the day, I wonder if the same is true for us. Is Jesus hindered in our own midst because we truly don’t believe what He’s saying or doing?

Just pondering…

What do you all think?

14 thoughts on “Just Pondering…Unbelief

  1. joyfullyhis1

    The time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. I find my greatest hinderence to my walk with the Lord is when I don’t walk with Him but make decisions on my own understanding. I don’t seek Him, I don’t pray for His leading. Dangerous place to be. Unless the Lord build the house, we labor in vain, Pastor, as long as your remaining open to seeking and hearing Gods direction for Zions River and are humble as you are, the house will be built. True worshippers will grow in faith! ❤️

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  2. I’m with Bonnie on this one; the more revelation, the more I am able to grasp I don’t know anything. And not knowing anything is freeing because it’s not what I know but Who I know and how much I want to know Him more and how much more I want others to know His great love far more than I do.
    It’s all so simple.

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  3. Bonnie Simmons

    I believe the more I know, the more I realize I don’t know. Good word though. It keeps us on our toes alway making sure our motivation is in alignment with the will of the Father.

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  4. Peggy Magnuson

    Pastor Jim,

    I understand your train of thought. It seems like every day the Lord is showing me something about myself that He needed me to know…not so much unbelief as seeing that “His ways are higher than my ways”. Sometimes I feel like it’s unbelief on my part and then slowly He gently shows me that I need to “come up higher”. EVERY DAY I become more aware that He is so very AWESOME;….will I ever comprehend? Probably, not. But, with your encouragement to stretch and grow, I’ll get a little further along the path. Thanks for your gentle way of pushing us along that path!!


    Sent from Outlook


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  5. Awesome post!
    If we’re not going to church to be in GOD’S presence and to worship HIM, then we’re absolutely going for the wrong reasons….
    I think a lot of people leave the church too for all kinds of different reasons, could be that the church may not have the best of the best ‘Praise and Worship Team, or the preacher is preaching too much on sin (where the message makes one have to do “self examinations)”, or it could be something happened between some of the members and going means having to face it, instead of running from it, or it could be just plain laziness too, but there are plenty of reasons people don’t go to church, and while I think many are from offenses… many though are just plain ole excuses…

    Great message! 😄

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